With the Kraken firmly entrenched in last place in the Pacific Division, and with the third worst record in the league, general manager Ron Francis is going to have to make some tough choices for the franchise’s future with the NHL trade deadline around four weeks away. This season has not gone to plan at all, as the team has been unable to generate scoring opportunities with any kind of consistency and its defense has been surprisingly leaky.
It’s likely that the Kraken are going to trade two forwards in Calle Jarnkrok and Mason Appleton; along with the franchise’s first captain in defensemen Mark Giordano. Of the three, Giordano’s situation is more tricky as his contract has a no-trade clause for 19 of the league’s 32 teams and it’s also the last year of his current contract. On top of that, the odds are pretty good that the 38-year-old will be consulted (and involved) in the process of trading him if that’s what Francis wants to do. That being said, there have been no conversations about trading him…at this point.
I’m honestly going to cross that bridge right when it comes to it. I’m not going to make my mind up until I have a good honest conversation with Ronny.”Ryan Clark, The Athletic
If Seattle is able to, or desires to, move its captain, then they should expect a fairly sizable haul in draft picks; especially if the Kraken take advantage of their existing cap space and take on half of (if not more) of Giordano’s remaining salary — the Blue Jackets did this twice last season.
As for Jarnkrok and Appleton, they’re also in the last year of their deals and would provide bench depth to any playoff contender that trades for them. While neither forward has been a scoring threat in the Emerald City, their career track records clearly indicate that they have the potential to make a pop off on any given night.
Jarnkrok scored 13 goals and had 28 points with the Predators in 2020-21; while Appleton had a 25 point campaign with the Jets in that same season. It would hurt to see the Kraken move on from two young, and talented, forwards; but neither has found success so far in Seattle and with the club struggling throughout its first season it would make sense for Francis to try and stockpile as many draft picks as he can to build a deep roster.
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