As the trade deadline approaches, we’ll be doing a team-by-team look at who should be buying and selling and which players might be on the move. Today, we have the Seattle Kraken.


The Situation

The Seattle Kraken look a lot more like what you’d expect an expansion team to look like in their first season than what we got the last time around.

The Vegas Golden Knights hit the ground running and never stopped. They ran all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in their first season and have been a legitimate contender ever since.

Things are going to take a little longer in Seattle.

The Kraken own a 14-25-4 record, third last in the league in terms of points percentage, and well out of the mix for a playoff spot.

While nobody expected them to capture the same magic as the Golden Knights did in their inaugural season, this has been a disappointing start for the Kraken, a team that appeared to be, at the very least, good enough to be competitive in a mediocre Pacific Division.

Before the season, Seattle was pegged as a team without much high-end offensive talent but a strong blueline and a very good goaltending tandem.