The NHL’s 32nd team and the newest club in the Pacific Division have named a team captain. On Monday, the expansion NHL franchise named veteran defenceman Mark Giordano their first captain in team history. The Kraken posted the news on their social media pages and called him a leader, as well as naming alternate captains that will help usher in a new era of professional hockey in Seattle.
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Giordano, now a 38-year-old veteran, joined the Kraken in the NHL Expansion draft after being selected from the Calgary Flames. Until this season, he had spent his entire 15-year NHL career in Calgary. He’s got one year remaining on his current deal and the Kraken will have to decide if he’s sticking around in the coming offseason or if they’ll have a captain for one season and give the letter to someone else next year.
There was some chatter that Giordano might look to finish his career back in Calgary, but much of that will probably depend on how the Kraken and Flames both perform this season.
Giordano has posted 143 goals and 366 assists over 949 career games. He won the Norris Trophy in 2018-19 as the NHL’s top defenceman and he brings plenty of playoff experience to the Kraken with 23 playoff games on his resume. The team is hoping they can reproduce the same kind of magic the Vegas Golden Knights did during their inaugural season and, not only get into the postseason but have playoff success.
Interestingly, Seattle’s first official NHL game is Tuesday night against those very same Golden Knights.
Kraken Name Four Alternate Captains
Along with Giordano being named captain, the Kraken named Jordan Eberle, Adam Larsson, Jaden Schwartz, and Yanni Gourde as alternate captains.
Eberle and Gourde came over from the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning as part of the draft, while Larsson signed in free agency after leaving the Edmonton Oilers for a fresh start. Jaden Schwartz left the St. Louis Blues and signed later during the summer after seeing how the Kraken had built their roster.
It wasn’t all good news for the Kraken on Monday as head coach Dave Hakstol says Calle Janrkok, Marcus Johansson, Jared McCann, Jamie Oleksiak and Joonas Donskoi are all on the COVID protocol list.
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