The Seattle Kraken became an official member of the NHL, as the 32nd franchise, on Friday after making the final payment on their $650 million expansion fee. The Kraken can make trades and sign players ahead the team’s first year in the 2021-22 campaign.
Seattle GM Ron Francis said in mid-April that trying to get college free agents to sign would be a difficult task because those players often want to jump right to the NHL and burn the first year of their entry-level deals. Still, he said they would explore those options, while looking to the Canadian Hockey League as well as Europe.
The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft is scheduled for July 21. The Vegas Golden Knights will be exempt and Seattle will choose one unprotected player from each of the other 30 teams. Seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie or eight skaters and one goalie will be protected.
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WINNIPEG 3 MONTREAL 5
The Canadiens bounced back from Wednesday’s loss with a big comeback win over the struggling Jets. Winnipeg has lost six straight games and now Montreal sits just four points behind them for third in the North.
Paul Stastny opened the scoring late in the first period with his 13th goal of the year.
Trevor Lewis potted two of his five goals this season in the second stanza to give the Jets a 3-1 lead.
Nick Suzuki was the offensive star of the contest with two goals and one assist. His power-play goal at 15:10 of the third frame held up as the game winner. Suzuki also picked up a helper on the man advantage on Joel Armia’s seventh of the year.
Tyler Toffoli sealed the win with his 26th goal of the year into an empty net. He also added an assist in the match.
Blake Wheeler, Jansen Harkins, Dylan DeMelo, Phillip Danault, Jake Evans, Corey Perry, Ben Chiarot and Jeff Petry posted one helper apiece.
Connor Hellebuyck, who stopped 30 of 34 shots, has not won a game since April 15.
Jake Allen blocked 19 of 22 shots for his 10th win in his 24th appearance.
Shea Weber was a late scratch prior to the game due to an upper-body injury.
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SAN JOSE 0 COLORADO 3
The Avalanche halted a three-game losing skid with a shutout win over the Sharks. Colorado is four points behind Vegas for first in the West.
Philipp Grubauer turned aside all 21 shots he faced in his return to the lineup from COVID protocol. He is tied for the league lead with six shutouts and sits second overall with 26 victories.
Mikko Rantanen also made a triumphant return on Friday from his stint on the COVID protocol list with one goal and two assists.
Gabriel Landeskog and Cale Makar notched one goal and one assist apiece.
Joonas Donskoi, who was back from the COVID protocol list as well, picked up an assist. Carl Soderberg also had a helper on Friday.
San Jose had a goal called back following a successful coach’s challenge from Colorado for an offside entry.
Martin Jones played well in the loss with 33 saves on 35 shots.
The Avalanche lost blueliners Samuel Girard and Ryan Graves to injuries in the game.
VEGAS 0 ARIZONA 3
The Coyotes ended a 10-game winning streak of the Golden Knights, while halting a two-game losing skid of their own. Arizona is three points behind St. Louis for the final playoff spot in the West.
Adin Hill stopped 25 shots for his second shutout of the year.
John Hayden ended with the game winner when he opened the scoring 9:13 into the first period.
Michael Bunting and Christian Fischer (empty-netter) scored in the third period.
Nick Schmaltz, Derick Brassard, Christian Dvorak, Lawson Crouse and Jason Demers contributed one assist each.
Robin Lehner surrendered two goals on 31 shots in the defeat. The loss, which was only his second in regulation over 16 starts, ended his six-game win spree.
Jonathan Marchessault was a late scratch before the match due to a lower-body injury.
LOS ANGELES 2 ANAHEIM 1
The Kings rebounded for a win over the Ducks on Friday after losing Wednesday’s contest to Anaheim. Los Angeles also defeated the Ducks on Monday. The two teams wrap up their season series on Saturday.
Haydn Fleury scored his first goal as a member of the Ducks to open the scoring 5:37 into the match.
Lias Andersson tied the game 14:56 into the third period and Anze Kopitar provided the game winner in the final minute of regulation time.
Trevor Zegras, Gabriel Vilardi, Trevor Moore, Dustin Brown and Mikey Anderson registered an assist apiece.
John Gibson shielded 23 of 25 shots in the loss. He has one win in his last seven starts.
Jonathan Quick blocked 33 shots to record his 10th win of the season in 21 appearances.
Published: 2021-05-01 06:04:30
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