Blackhawks left with plenty of decisions to make after Kraken go off the board with John Quenneville pick – The Athletic Rayse13 July 22, 2021 1 min read The expansion draft isn’t necessarily supposed to be a positive event for the 31 teams aside from the Seattle Kraken. After all, every team loses one of its players. In theory, the draft benefits the Kraken and subtracts from their competition. But the Blackhawks likely envisioned the expansion draft as helping not just the Kraken, but themselves. Chicago has a ton of decisions to make at all positions in the coming weeks, and the assumption was the Kraken would alleviate that by taking one of those players. The Blackhawks were going to be OK if the Kraken took defensemen Calvin de Haan or Nikita Zadorov. In fact, they assumed they’d be losing one of those two players. If that occurred, the Blackhawks would be freed either of de Haan’s $4.55 million cap hit or what they were going to potentially pay Zadorov as a restricted free agent. The Blackhawks planned to bring back one of those two players next season, but not both of them. Related Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.