The Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly losing forward Carsen Twarynski to the Seattle Kraken in their upcoming expansion draft.
With the official list of the picks submitted at 10:00 a.m. ET, the Kraken’s selections have been slowly oozing out into the public minute by minute. And according to Frank Seravelli of Daily Faceoff, the Flyers selection is weird.
There was a lot of intrigue about whether #SeaKraken would be tempted to take one of the high-priced players the #Flyers dangled.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021
Hearing the selection was a bit of a surprise: Carsen Twarynski.
Can honestly say I didn't see him plucked in many mock drafts. @DFOHockey
Instead of selecting the unprotected options such as Jakub Voracek, James van Riemsdyk, or Shayne Gostisbehere, Seattle is opting for the younger, cheaper option and avoiding any sizeable contract whatsoever.
Compared to the multi-million dollar cap hits of that exposed trio, Twarynski is currently a restricted free agent and will need a new deal (that is projected to be extremely cheap). Whether or not Seattle really likes what the 23-year-old can bring to their lineup is questionable, but with head coach Dave Hakstol at the reins, you can expect some reunions happening.
Flexibility over cap hits, apparently.