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It’s lineup projection time

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Welcome to another edition of Squid Words, your semi-weekly (or is it bi-weekly? Whichever one is twice a week, it’s that one) roundup of the latest news, rumors, and reports related to the Seattle Kraken and the National Hockey League. As we grow ever nearer from the puck dropping on the 2021-22 season, projections about Seattle’s starting lineup and final roster are abundant.

What’s Kraken

  • Forward Calle Järnkrok has entered the league’s COVID-19 protocol [Seattle Times]
  • Ryan S. Clark makes his predictions for the opening night lineup [The Athletic $]
  • Storylines abound ahead of the Kraken’s inaugural season, including a potential breakout year from Morgan Geekie [DJLR]
  • Goaltender Joey Daccord has been assigned to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League [Charlotte Checkers]
  • The Kraken are set to release a new app on Monday to handle tickets, transportation, and everything else you’ll need to attend home games [KING]
  • Climate Pledge Arena will also require attendees to download the CLEAR app in order to provide proof of vaccination prior to attending home games [KOMO]
  • Shaquille O’Neal will open two of his Big Chicken restaurants inside of Climate Pledge Arena, both of which will feature the all new Just Walk Out technology
  • Kraken prospect Matty Beniers notched his first assist of the college season on Saturday (No. 10 in yellow below)
  • Beniers is also the only underclassman in the leadership group, wearing the A of an assistant captain
  • Fellow Kraken prospect Ryker Evans netted 4 assists in his first 4 games since being assigned to the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, tied for 2nd-most in the league [WHL]
  • EA Sports released the first look at the Kraken and Climate Pledge Arena in NHL 22

Around the NHL

  • Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin left the team’s final preseason game early with a leg injury. His status for the beginning of the year remains unknown. [RMNB]
  • Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian took a scary headfirst fall into the ice during a fight with Vancouver’s Zack MacEwan [Yahoo! Sports]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens rivalry got even pettier when the Canadiens reportedly informed the league that the Hurricanes have violated NHL rules by playing only four preseason games, despite six being required by the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Minnesota Wild forward Matt Boldy will miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured ankle [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has entered the NHL’s player assistance program

We wish Carey all the best and applaud the way he’s helping end the stigma around mental health issues.