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Hockey writer for @TheAthleticCAN.
20 Jul
One last Seattle Kraken mega-thread!

I wanted to incorporate some changes/feedback and place a greater emphasis on cap space.

Please mute if you're not interested; it's going to be long.

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Overall goals:
- competitiveness, obviously
- acquisition of trade chips
- a cap hit of around ~$60MM for maximum leverage

Let's start with the forwards.

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TBL: C Yanni Gourde

We'd love to take a half-dozen of these guys. Gourde was TBL's 3rd most-used F in the playoffs; he's a fantastic two-way talent who has good totals at EV, PP and PK. He's instantly the most important forward on our team.

No. 1 C / PP1 / PK2

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19 Jul
Expansion draft mega-thread!

(In all seriousness, if you don't want to geek out on Kraken team-building, mute this thread.)

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First, our objectives:
- obviously, win as many games as possible over the next five seasons
- secondly, find players to flip for futures; we don't have a farm system yet and we're taking 30 NHL-ready pieces but only have room for 23 of them.

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We'll go through this team-by-team, but we'll start by trying to find our key Year 1 building blocks:
- Two centres
- Three scoring wingers
- Two anchor defencemen
- No. 1 G

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