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Kraken NHL Thursday; Camp Opens, ‘Rat’ Captain

Kraken Campers

Following an off-ice day that included media access for rights holders — Root Sports, local radio, etc. — the Kraken complete the transition from the two-day rookie camp that ended Tuesday to big camp that starts today.

The public is welcome, the multiple sessions begin at 9:40 am at the Kraken Community Iceplex. Here’s the schedule leading up to Monday’s split squad games at Climate Pledge Arena and in Calgary against the Flames.

Training Camp

Sept. 21

Session 1: 9:40 – 11:05 a.m.

Session 2: 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Scrimmage: 12:40 – 1:25 p.m.

Sept. 22

Session 1: 9:40 – 11:05 a.m.

Session 2: 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Scrimmage: 12:40 – 1:25 p.m.

Sept. 23

Day Off

Sept. 24

Session 1: 9:40 – 11 a.m.

Session 2: 12:20 – 1:40 p.m.

“Rat” Captain

He’s been called a lot of things; rat, shi(f)t disturber extraordinaire, and a number of things I can’t print, but today you can call Brad Marchand captain of the Boston Bruins.

He’s follows in the footsteps of soon-to-be Hockey Hall of Famers Patrice Bergeron, who held the honor for three seasons, and Zdeno Chara, who wore the “C” for 14.

“I am extremely proud and honored,” Marchand said. “It means more to me than I think anyone will ever know to be able to wear a ‘C’ for this team. When you look at the leaders that have been here before me and the guys that I’ve been fortunate enough to be under, they take an incredible amount of pride. Everything that they can possibly lead into this team, they do. It’s been incredible to see, but I see the work that goes into it … and I really believe that I’ve witnessed two of the best leaders of all time being in this organization.”

The 35-year-old forward has proven his skills over the years and his unpredictability, at one point along with way licking Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan during a scrum in the 2018 playoffs.

It’s safe to say he’s cleaned up his act since then. (almost a reverse pun).

The 35-year-old is the 27th captain in Bruins history.

Neighbor Trade

If you missed it on Tuesday, the Kraken’s neighbors to the North made a trade on Tuesday. The Canucks traded veteran forward Tanner Pearson with a 2025 3rd-round NHL Draft pick to the Montreal Canadiens for back-up goalie Casey DeSmith.

The trade of the less-than-fleet-afoot 31-year-old and his $3.25-million contract was inevitable and would have occurred last season had he not injured his hand and undergone multiple surgeries. Pearson is a previous Stanley Cup champion with the Los Angeles Kings.

Based on preseason work-outs, Pearson confirmed he was back to 100%. DeSmith gives Vancouver a viable back-up to starter Thatcher Demko after last season’s experiment of Spencer Martin and Collin Delia collapsed after Demko got hurt.

Other Recent Kraken:

— 1st Kraken Camp Opens; Tye Kartye Makes Impact

— Simmer and John Forslund talked about Brad Marchand potentially becoming Bruins captain during this earlier podcast …

Simmer and Forslund talk captains and controversial rule proposals.

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.