What was rumored happened Wednesday night at the NHL’s Seattle expansion draft when the Kraken used their pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins to pick out Brandon Tanev.
It was a somewhat surprising move on the surface, especially since Seattle did not take that many forward with long contracts and / or strong wage ceilings. An exception they made was for Tanev, who has had two solid and eventful seasons in Pittsburgh.
Tanev’s loss will be a blow to the pens, but they all have out-of-season tackles. Free agency begins a week from today and the trading market will reopen tomorrow afternoon. While Tanev leaves a hole in the depths map of Pittsburgh, he also takes with him his annual salary increase of $ 3.5 million. It provides a valuable chance for the pens to reshape their team with a new or two new players as they hope to enclose their core players with a chance to get another deep endgame.
Get well with the long-haired savage who was always ready to remind the opposition of their status. The last two seasons of Pens’ hockey have generally been pretty tough between constant injuries, a worldwide pandemic and early playoff losses, but Tanev’s play and personality was a great injection of color and fun with him in the picture. Good luck to him in Seattle for the next chapter of his career, he has carved out a lovely little niche as a cult favorite that will linger in the years to come.