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Preseason predictions and an update on Yanni Gourde

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Alex True of the Seattle Kraken against the Calgary Flames on Sep 29 Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Welcome to Squid Words, the regular roundup of all the links and news about our favorite cephalopod-based hockey team. We are less than one week out from opening night, which means this week is filled with predictions of how the Seattle Kraken’s inaugural season will shake out.

What’s Kraken

  • Seattle should compete for a playoff spot in a weak Pacific Division [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Dom Luszczyszyn’s model predicts the Kraken will finish 10th overall in the NHL [The Athletic ($)]
  • Evolving Hockey also pegs Seattle as the 10th best team and 2nd in the Pacific Division [Evolving Hockey]
  • Micah Blake McCurdy’s model drops Seattle to 12th overall and 3rd in the Pacific [Hockey Viz]
  • Kraken forward Yanni Gourde ditched his red no-contact practice jersey at Monday’s practice
  • Seattle placed forwards Alex True and Carsen Twarynski on waivers. Both went unclaimed and are expected to land with the Kraken’s American Hockey League affiliate Charlotte Checkers [NHL.com]
  • Kraken forward Riley Sheahan is hosting a podcast discussing the importance of mental health and speaking up when you’re not okay [Seattle Times] [Subscribe]
  • Kraken fans finished the American national anthem themselves after a technical issue cut off the microphone prior to Friday’s preseason game against the Edmonton Oilers
  • Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer was in the stands at the Seattle Mariners’ season finale on Sunday:

Around the NHL

  • Emily Kaplan reported that the league is attempting to interview Lehner to get more details surrounding Lehner’s allegations. [ESPN]
  • The Vancouver Canucks agreed to terms with restricted free agents Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson [Sportsnet]
  • Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel tested positive for COVID-19 [Pensburgh]
  • Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom will likely miss the team’s season opener as he rehabs from a hip injury [Washington Post]
  • Several players on the Chicago Steel of the USHL payed homage to Brandon Tanev on team picture day: