The Kraken made a couple additions to their roster on Monday morning, adding goaltender Joey Daccord and defenseman Dennis Cholowski back to the NHL club. The two were in Seattle and on the ice for Monday’s practice.
Cholowski has been tossed around a fair bit since being selected by Seattle in the expansion draft from the Detroit Red Wings. He appeared in the preseason, was placed on waivers, claimed by the Capitals, then reclaimed by Seattle weeks later and sent directly to Charlotte. He has yet to play in a regular season game with the Kraken.
Daccord has made four appearances with the Kraken this season. He’s allowed 16 goals on 113 shots (.858 save percentage) and hasn’t recorded an NHL win with the team yet. His numbers in Charlotte this season were significantly better. He set the Checkers’ franchise record with a .925 save percentage this season, which was good for the second best mark in the entire AHL.
Charlotte has a first round bye in the Calder Cup playoffs, and as the AHL season doesn’t conclude until this weekend, it’s likely the team won’t play again for more than two weeks. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Hershey Bears are the first teams to announce their first-round playoff schedule, and it takes them potentially through May 9th. Joining the Kraken should give Daccord and Cholowski an opportunity to stay fresh ahead of their playoff run next month. And in case you’re curious, there is no corresponding move as far as players being sent down from the Kraken roster. There is no limit on the number of players on an NHL roster after the trade deadline, so long as the team is cap compliant.