Kraken expected to take Predators’ Jarnkrok over Johansen, Duchene

Nashville Predators centre Calle Jarnkrok (19) is stopped by Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

The Seattle Kraken are expected to take centre Calle Järnkrok from the Nashville Predators off of their unprotected list in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft, per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

The move allows Seattle to save cap space rather than taking players like Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene who were also left unprotected.

Both Duchene and Johansen come with an $8-million cap hit, while Jarnkrok’s salary is a quarter of that at $2 million.

The 29-year-old Järnkrok had 28 points in 49 games during the 2020-2021 season.

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