Seattle Kraken, Jared McCann

Kraken Daily: Diamond Rings; Tuesday Game On!

With no representation at the NHL All-Star Game in Florida, the Seattle Kraken cast and crew will wrap up some fun in the sun elsewhere over the next couple of days and prepare themselves for some hockey. The team is back at it again on Tuesday night against the New York Islanders at UBS Arena, the start of Seattle’s five game eastern road trip.

The Islanders feature former Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat, traded on Monday to the Isles for winger Anthony Beauvillier, prospect center Aatu Raty, and a conditional 2023 1st-round NHL Draft pick. Horvat is participating in the All-Star festivities this weekend in Florida representing the Islanders, although he’ll play in the actual game for the Pacific Division.

Horvat will be very familiar with the Kraken come Tuesday and can pass along some advice to his new teammates. Just nine days ago his Canucks were spanked by Seattle at Climate Pledge Arena, 6-1.

While Horvat and others will be returning from south Florida, plenty of other Kraken players and staff will be making their way east from places like Mexico and Hawaii. After a gruelling but very successful January schedule, the Seattle folks deserved a break.

Stretch drive reality will kick in quickly.

Pass the Kraken Diamonds

Kraken forward Jared McCann and his girlfriend Valerie (pictured) were among the many NHL related couples that got engaged to be married during the short bye week. Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kyle Burroughs and Vegas Golden Knights D-man Ben Hutton were two more gent’s having happy photographs displayed on social media.

In other pic’s splashing around, we saw fishing on the agenda, with Kraken D-man Jamie Oleksiak and goaltenders Chris Driedger and Philipp Grubauer among the participants.

Those gent’s were in Mexico along with forward Andre Burakosvky.

… if you’re wondering why none of the top Kraken players decided to cancel vacation plans and replace Matty Beniers in the All-Star line-up … now you know why.

Rob Simpson

Rob Simpson has covered the NHL in five different decades. He’s authored 4 books on hockey and is a veteran TV and radio play-by-play man and reporter.