NHL Rumors: Bruins close to signing Taylor Hall; Kraken picks start to leak; no Vladimir Tarasenko but take Mark Giordano

The Seattle Kraken will broadcast their selections tonight but it appears their full team will leak well before that. Insiders like Frank Seravalli are on the case and tweeting out selections left and right.

Let’s get Kraken.

I can’t believe I wrote that.

Seattle Kraken selections start to leak

Per Seravalli here’s who the Kraken hare expected to take:

  • Jared McCann, Maple Leafs
  • Yanni Gourde, Tampa Bay
  • Vince Dunn, St. Louis
  • Brandon Tanev, Pittsburgh
  • Vitek Vanek, Washington
  • Joey Daccord, Ottawa
  • Mark Giordano, Calgary

There was talk that the Kraken may actually select Vladimir Tarasenko and then flip him to one of the four teams rumored to be interested in trading for him. The Flames did indeed Mark Giordano who is expected to be the Kraken’s first captain.

Pierre LeBrun is also reporting that the Kraken spoke with UFAs Jaden Schwarz, Dougie Hamilton and Gabriel Landeskog but could not come to terms.

Bruins close to signing Taylor Hall

Taylor Hall wanted to be a Boston Bruin and it looks like he’s going to stay for awhile. According to Frank Seravalli and confirmed by multiple sources, Hall is nearing an agreement with the Bruins for 4 years at an AAV of $6 million.

This is a similar discount to what Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gave the Oilers. It’s unlikely to be used in other contract negotiations.

The Boston Bruins acquired Taylor Hall at the Trade Deadline. He was everything they could have hoped scoring 14 points in 16 games to help propel Boston into the playoffs. Unfortunately, he could not keep that production up and managed just 5 points in 11 postseason games.

The 29 year-old met with the media after the playoffs and said that he sees a fit and hopes the Bruins feel the same. “I’m not looking to absolutely maximize my value at this point in my career,” as he eluded to a hometown discount. “I’ve been fortunate enough to make some good money in this league, and at this point, it’s more of a fit for me than maybe money, or long-term thing. You want to find a home for the next few years here.”