The NHL free agent signing period has started.
The Seattle Kraken have several areas of concern, including backup goaltender, and others that could see upgrades.
Will they be able to shore up these areas or will they stay quiet? Follow along here for updates through free agency.
Shane Wright signs entry-level deal
Shane Wright, the No. 4 pick in last week’s NHL draft, signed his entry-level deal on the ice as soon as the Kraken prospects finished up a scrimmage on the third day of development camp.
GM Ron Francis presented Wright with the papers between the benches. Wright then swung a stuffed fish into the delighted crowd.
Report: Andre Burakovsky to Seattle
It wasn’t quite one of the big names they’d been linked to, but the Kraken reportedly added some scoring punch up front Wednesday by signing Colorado Avalanche left wing Andre Burakovsky to a five-year deal.
Former Sportsnet reporter Chris Johnson first reported the deal. The Kraken began the NHL free agency period Wednesday by reportedly inking former Washington Capitals defenseman Justin Schultz to a two-year, $6 million contract.
Capitals get their goaltender
The Washington Capitals confirmed the signing of goaltender Darcy Kuemper to a five-year, $26.25 million contract. In his only season in Colorado — taking over for Philipp Grubauer, who signed with the Kraken as a free agent — Kuemper won the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche.
Report: Burns to Hurricanes
For the first time in his long NHL career, former San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns is headed to the Eastern Conference.
It was widely reported Burns, 37, was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes along with Lane Pederson for Steven Lorentz, goaltender Eetu Makiniemi and a conditional 2023 3third-round pick. The Sharks are retaining 33 percent of Burns contract, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported.
Reports: Big paydays for Trocheck, Thomas
Vincent Trocheck could be with the New York Rangers for quite a while, according to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan.
Citing a league source, The Athletic reported the deal was for seven years at $5.625 million AAV. Trocheck spent parts of seven seasons with the Florida Panthers before playing the past two with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Elsewhere, 23-year-old center Robert Thomas signed the richest contract in Blues history, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He signed an eight-year, $65 million extension.
Report: Giroux lands in Ottawa, G Campbell to Oilers
Sportsnet reported forward Claude Giroux signed a three-year deal with an average annual value of $6.5 million.
The 34-year-old center from Hearst, Ontario, was the longtime captain of the Philadelphia Flyers before becoming one of the most sought-after additions at the trade deadline. He went to the Florida Panthers, who were swept in the second round of the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
All told he had 65 points in 75 games in 2021-22.
Jack Campbell will be with the Edmonton Oilers next season, having accepted a five-year deal worth $25 million. He spent the past 2 1/2 seasons in Toronto.
Report: Kraken add former Capitals defenseman Justin Schultz
Sportsnet anchor Elliotte Friedman is reporting that former Washington Capitals right-handed shot defenseman Justin Schultz, 32, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Kraken worth $3 million annually.
The Kraken had been in the market for a right-handed defender with puck-moving skills and Schultz, who compiled combined 50 points his last two seasons with the Caps, does fit that criteria.
Schultz, 32, has split 10 NHL seasons between the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. He had four goals and 19 assists in 74 games for the Capitals last season.
Schultz won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016-17.
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