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SEATTLE KRAKEN TO BECOME OFFICIAL ON FRIDAY, CAN BEGIN ADDING PLAYERS AHEAD OF DRAFT

APR 29, 2021  (12H02)      MIKE ARMENTI
As reported a few weeks back, the Seattle Kraken were expected to make their final expansion payment towards the end of April, enabling the club to begin negotiating trades and signing free agent players. Now, we finally have a date.

According to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic, Seattle is expected to issue their final expansion payment on Friday, April 30th, at which point, the Kraken will officially become 32nd NHL franchise.

The NHL has confirmed that once the expansion payment has been processed, the league will begin distributing the expansion money to NHL owners. This will obviously help some teams offset a portion of their pandemic-related financial losses.

The same rules from the Vegas expansion will apply to Seattle, with one small exception. The Vegas Golden Knights will be exempt from the expansion draft and will not lose an asset to Seattle for nothing. The Golden Knights and Kraken may still complete trades.

One interesting thing to note; if you're a fan of a team who has a player who may be a prime buy-out target, Seattle is not likely to bail your team out of a bad contract with an expansion draft pick for the purposes of a buy-out. Under the current expansion rules, the Kraken will not be permitted to buy out any player that they select in the expansion draft until the offseason following their first complete season.

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NHL STATS
SEASON
2020-2021GPGAPTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
+4
533268100
LEON DRAISAITL
+2
53304979
BRAD MARCHAND
+2
52283967
MITCH MARNER
+1
54204767
NATHAN MACKINNON
47204565
AUSTON MATTHEWS
+1
50402565
PATRICK KANE
54154964
SIDNEY CROSBY
55243862
MIKKO RANTANEN
+1
49303161
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
+2
55204161
MARK STONE
53213960
ARTEMI PANARIN
42174158
MARK SCHEIFELE
+2
53203858
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
+1
49263157
SEBASTIAN AHO
55243357
JAKE GUENTZEL
56233457
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
54153853
ALEX DEBRINCAT
50292352
MAX PACIORETTY
48242751
DAVID PERRON
53163551
  COMPLETE STATS
NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
MAY 8, 2021 G A PTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
1 3 4
REILLY SMITH
3 - 3
TIM STUTZLE
3 - 3
ALEXANDER WENNBERG
3 - 3
CONNOR BROWN
1 2 3
PHIL KESSEL
1 2 3
PAVEL BUCHNEVICH
- 3 3
SETH JONES
- 3 3
LEON DRAISAITL
2 - 2
CHRISTIAN DVORAK
2 - 2
  COMPLETE RESULTS