Multiple reports indicate the Seattle Kraken have selected Colin Blackwell from the New York Rangers. However; per Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic, he may still be a Blueshirt with a trade in the works.
Colin Blackwell taken by Kraken
Colin Blackwell signed a two-year deal worth $750,000 per year. The 28 year-old forward scored 12 goals and 22 points in 47 games last season and proved to be versatile playing 4th line minutes when needed. Although small at 5-9, Blackwell is a tenacious forechecker with speed who views every shift as if it could be his last.
The Rangers surely enjoyed Blackwell’s play on the second line but he was also effective as a 4th liner. He was also a leader for Team USA at the World Championships in Latvia this summer helping them capture Bronze.
Rangers trade in the works
The question remains as to exactly what the trade would be?
Are the Rangers about to acquire Mark Giordano as Carpiniello speculates? If so, the 37 year-old left handed defenseman would be that veteran defender they’ve been seeking. He has the ability to play top four minutes as well as a lesser role on the third pair.
Giordano has one year left on a deal that pays $6.75 million. One has to assume the Kraken are going to retain up to 50% of his salary in a deal. But what is it going to cost the Rangers for them to do that is a bigger question.
Maybe more details will be revealed tonight.
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