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WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup: Aug. 23

Kraken first-round pick Matty Beniers returns to NCAA Michigan along with other elite prospects. Why that's not a bad thing, plus an all-time great Swede steps away from the NHL

by Bob Condor / @ByBobCondor / nhl.com/kraken

It is weeks now rather than months until the Kraken takes to the ice for preseason and regular season games.

Let's drop the WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup puck for a final Monday column before going on hiatus until mid-September.

 

Michigan Men

Matty Beniers, the Kraken's first-round pick (2nd overall) in this summer's NHL Entry Draft, announced Friday afternoon he will return to the University of Michigan for his sophomore season and what hockey insiders consider a high probability of the Wolverines making the NCAA Frozen Four.

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WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup: Aug. 16

The hockey world loses an Esposito brother as goalies everywhere mourn. Plus, three big-name NHLers sign contracts in last few days

by Bob Condor / @ByBobCondor / nhl.com/kraken

NHL transaction activity slows down every August but never quite stops. This month is no exception. But, first, allow me to write in the first person about a hockey hero who left this world too soon last week.

Let's the drop the WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup puck:

 

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WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup: Aug. 9

The Metropolitan division solidifies goalie tandems, including a record second NHL contract for a goalie. Plus, Tampa Bay's Jon Cooper named head coach of Team Canada at 2022 Olympics

by Bob Condor / @ByBobCondor / nhl.com/kraken

August is routinely a slower month for NHL players, coaches and front office staffs. But this offseason is a month shorter. Some signings and other preparations for the 2021-22 regular season will continue to dot this month's calendar.

Let's drop the summertime WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup puck:

 

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WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup: Aug 4

Day 1 of 2021 NHL Free Agency featured plenty of player movement, including three new Kraken players. Plus, young D-men get big paydays and what free agents remain

by Bob Condor / @ByBobCondor / nhl.com/kraken

The blizzard of signings on Day 1 of this offseason's NHL Free Agency period subsided to scattered flurries by this past weekend. There are some solid players still at large.

Let's drop the WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup puck for the latest free-agent "whether (to sign or not) report."

 

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WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup: July 27

Following a week that featured two drafts and the release of the Kraken's inaugural season schedule, the work is not finished. NHL Free Agency starts Wednesday

by Bob Condor / @ByBobCondor / nhl.com/kraken

In this special and historic edition of WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup, let's look back at the boom-boom-boom events last week, Expansion Draft last Wednesday, schedule release Thursday and NHL Entry Draft Friday and Saturday. Then peek ahead to the beginning of NHL Free Agency at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Let's drop the milestones puck:

 

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WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup: July 12

Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov, top postseason scorer for a second straight Cup-winning run, certainly enjoyed his week. Plus, an upset St. Louis star and closer look at Expansion Draft rules

by Bob Condor / @SeattleKraken / nhl.com/kraken

The 2020-21 season is in the books and we are nine days from the Kraken picking players in the NHL Expansion Draft™. Seattle, you're on the clock.

Let's drop the first offseason WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup puck:

 

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WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup: July 5

Tampa Bay focuses on one more win to notch back-to-back Stanley Cups, while Montreal shakes up its line for Monday's Game 4. Plus, tragic news for Columbus

by Bob Condor / @SeattleKraken / nhl.com/kraken

July is a monumental month for the Kraken with a team-building triple header of the expansion draft, NHL amateur draft and the opening of the league's free agency period-all packed into the final week-plus of the month. But first a Stanley Cup champion will be crowned sometime between Monday and next Sunday.

Let's drop the WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup puck for the first time this historic month:

 

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WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup: Stanley Cup Final Preview

Expect showdowns all-around with top-performing special teams, two Vezina-winning goalies in opposite nets and notable underdog Montreal against favorite Tampa Bay

by Bob Condor / @SeattleKraken / nhl.com/kraken

July is going to be a fun month. First, the NHL crowns a 2021 Stanley Cup champion that will either win the coveted trophy for the first time in 28 years or nine months. The Kraken fans are in the front and center row for the NHL Expansion Draft July (should be a fun night on social media) and the NHL amateur draft July 23 and 24. The month finishes with the start of NHL Free Agency July 28.

Let's drop the WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup to preview the Stanley Cup Final, which starts Monday in Tampa Bay:

 

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WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup: June 14

As the Stanley Cup Playoffs go to semifinals, two No. 4 divisional seeds, New York Islanders and Montreal, are still playing-and succeeding

by Bob Condor / @SeattleKraken / nhl.com/kraken

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are down to four teams after a 16-squad first round.

Let's drop the WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup to discuss the final quartet:

 

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WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup: June 7

The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is a study of contrasts in competitiveness of each series, plus a major surprise (we're talking about you, Montreal)

by Bob Condor / @SeattleKraken / NHL.com/Kraken

Two NHL postseason series are knotted at two games each while the other pair of final-eight matchups feature elimination games from here out. The 16th and last team to qualify is one Monday night win from advancing to this spring's Stanley Cup semifinals.

Let's drop the WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup puck to name names. 

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