As the Seattle Kraken staff and front office re-arrange the furniture on the SS Kraken in preparation for game one, COVID-19 has had other ideas.
⚓ According to head coach Dave Hakstol, Joonas Donskoi, Calle Jarnkrok, Marcus Johansson, Jared McCann and Jamie Oleksiak are all on the COVID-19 protocol list. They will need negative COVID-19 tests to return to team activities as opposed to 14-day quarantines that unvaccinated players would need.
⚓ In what was supposed to be the big announcement of the day, Mark Giordano was named the first team captain in Kraken history. Jordan Eberle, Yanni Gourde, Adam Larsson and Jaden Schwartz were named as Kraken alternate captains for the inaugural 2021–22 season.
Mark Giordano was named first captain of the Seattle Kraken on Monday. He will be Seattle’s on-ice leader when it begins its inaugural season against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS) https://t.co/CGUdQjVniJ via @NHLdotcom
— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) October 11, 2021
⚓ As the news rolls in of more players in COVID-19 protocol, the Kraken claimed Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Barre-Boulet off waivers. Barre-Boulet played 15 games for a stacked Lightning team last season scoring three goals. The 5-foot-10, 181-pound, 24-year-old forward has shown he can put the puck in the net at the AHL level (69 goals, 67 assists, 0.94 points per game) and has been looking for a spot to take his shot in the NHL. This will be a great opportunity for him.
Alex Barré-Boulet, placed on waivers by TB, played 15 whole games that looked pretty good. Why not eh? pic.twitter.com/am6lQHwKJx
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) October 10, 2021