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Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft open thread and verified insiders Twitter stream

Discuss the latest news and rumours as Seattle finalizes its list of 30 players plucked from other NHL teams.

New NHL Franchise Seattle Kraken Open Team Store Photo by Jim Bennett/Getty Images

How to watch

Start time: 8:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the U.S.: ESPN2
Streaming: Sportsnet Now

For the second time in four years, the NHL is adding a franchise to the league, bringing the divisional alignment to an even four groups of eight teams with the Seattle Kraken.

That means all the existing teams (minus the Vegas Golden Knights, who are exempt) have protected just a small group of players from their rosters and left a good amount of NHL regulars and promising prospects available. The Montreal Canadiens are no different, and the top player everyone is keeping their eyes and ears on is Carey Price, who agreed to waive a no-movement clause that would have guaranteed his protection slot, making him eligible to be claimed.

The lists of protected and exposed players in the Canadiens organization. Outlined boxes are mandatory exposure slots requiring signed players with recent NHL experience.

The official list of selections isn’t due to be released until tonight during a broadcast to announce each player, but news has been trickling out since the protection lists were submitted on Saturday about Seattle’s interest in and negotiations with several players. Members of the media will be poking and prodding all of their sources to get the latest details and try to piece together the Kraken’s plan before it’s all made official.