The Seattle Kraken made official what many suspected, announcing
Mark Giordano as the primary captain in franchise historical past. Jordan Eberle, Yanni Gourde, Adam Larsson and Jaden Schwartz will all function alternates this season.
Giordano, 38, was an apparent choice for the Kraken when the Calgary Flames determined to depart him unprotected within the current enlargement draft. Despite his age and costly contract, he additionally represents a real top-pairing defenseman who took house the Norris Trophy as not too long ago as 2019. There was fast hypothesis about whether or not the Kraken would flip him to a different workforce, including future property as an alternative of the veteran defenseman, however they’ve embraced him because the chief of their group as an alternative.
The query now turns into how lengthy he’ll really function captain given Giordano’s contract expires on the finish of this season. He’s nonetheless efficient and is worthy of an extension, although it’s not even clear if he’ll wish to play previous this season, not to mention accomplish that in Seattle. Still, the choice to call him captain suggests that there’s a good relationship between Giordano and the entrance workplace, maybe pointing to him sticking round for a short while. The Vegas Golden Knights, for example, determined to not title a captain immediately, ready for a participant like Mark Stone, who was signed to a long-term deal as an alternative.
At the very least, the Kraken begin the yr with a powerful management group that may assist market the sport in Seattle. Giordano is well-respected across the league, and the quartet of alternates have fairly a little bit of NHL expertise between them. Gourde and Schwartz are each current Stanley Cup champions and ought to be enormous elements of the workforce’s offensive unit. Larsson in the meantime signed a four-year deal to be a pillar of the workforce’s protection for the subsequent a number of seasons. In reality, it’s within the alternates that there will probably be some stability. All 4 are signed for not less than the subsequent three seasons, with Eberle expiring first in 2024.