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Kraken roster shuffling ahead of game 2

Kole Lind could make Kraken debut on Thursday

NHL: Preseason-Seattle Kraken at Edmonton Oilers Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Kraken made a few changes to their roster ahead of their second regular season game in Nashville. The first to come through on Wednesday morning was the news that defenseman Dennis Cholowski had been placed on waivers. No reports of any claims made on him, so he’ll be heading to Charlotte to join the Checkers this week.

Cholowski was battling for a spot in Seattle’s deep defensive core, but couldn’t beat out fellow youngster Will Borgen. Seattle currently has eight defensemen on their roster, which likely won’t change until Yanni Gourde and Colin Blackwell return from injured reserve.

A short while later the team announced that forward Marcus Johansson, fresh out of Covid protocol, had been placed on injured reserve with a lower body injury. Johansson will have to sit out at least a week before he can play again, but no firm updates on the injury have come about just yet.

Forward Alex True has also been sent to Charlotte once again, after a weird 24 hours in which he nearly started in the season opener after several Kraken players were placed in the league Covid protocol. Forward Kole Lind, on the other hand, was officially recalled to the NHL, and could potentially get some game action on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, the recently claimed forward Alex Barré-Boulet remains on the NHL roster, giving the Kraken yet another option to replace Johansson in Thursday’s lineup. We’ll have to wait and see now how head coach Dave Hakstol wants to organize the lineups as Seattle searches for their first franchise victory.

This story has been edited, a previous version stated Alex True was recalled to Seattle rather than re-assigned to Charlotte.