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Oliver Bjorkstrand & the Tkachuk trade that immediately overshadowed him

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The dust has settled on the majority of this offseason, with the draft and the opening days of free agency behind us. There are still a few notable names left out there — Nazem Kadri and John Klingberg being the headliners. But it’s been the trades that have headlined this past week in the NHL. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s been happening this week around the NHL.

What’s Kraken

  • The Kraken acquired Oliver Bjorkstrand in a trade with the Blue Jackets [DJLR]
  • Joonas Donskoi had his jersey raised in a skate park he saved in Finland [NHL]
  • Pending RFAs Kole Lind and Carsen Twarynski have re-signed in Seattle [Seattle Kraken]
  • The Kraken are accepting applications to be the team’s primary anthem singer [Seattle Kraken]
  • The NHL released a short documentary following five of the 2022 draft picks — including new Kraken center Shane Wright
  • Eddie Olczyk will be joining Seattle’s broadcast team this year [DJLR]
  • The Coachella Valley Firebirds announced their inaugural regular season schedule [DJLR]

Around the NHL

  • Matthew Tkachuk was traded to Florida in a blockbuster deal [LBC]
  • The Canucks’ reverse retro jersey for the 2022-23 season has been leaked
  • The reverse retro program is expected to be back for all 32 teams this upcoming season — including the Kraken [The Athletic]
  • Can teams really improve by 30+ standings points over a single season? [AATJ]