The Seattle Kraken roster shuffle continued on Friday with the club announcing that veteran winger Jaden Schwartz will be out six weeks due to injury. It’s lower body, as in the foot/ankle area, as was clearly seen in the 3rd period replays from Tuesday night’s game in Chicago.
In what appeared to be a harmless looking play as D-man Jamie Oleksiak cleared the puck up the far boards, Schwartz took the biscuit off his boot while standing in front of his bench during the end of a line change. He then hobbled off and didn’t return.
Schwartz goes out of the line-up having tallied eight goals and seven assists in 23 games this season. He was pointless in his last five.
With Schwartz to injured reserve, Kraken General Manager Ron Francis made some personnel moves. Andrew Poturalski was sent down to Coachella Valley while the Firebirds captain Max McCormick was called up.
McCormick has been consistent this season with 17 points in 16 American Hockey League games. He played ten games for the Kraken two seasons ago, failing to notch a point, and had 83 previous NHL games with the Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes. He totalled eight goals, five assists, and 87 penalty minutes.
Poturalski went pointless with Seattle during this latest stint, seeing very limited action in the club’s last two games.
The Kraken have been consistently banged up this season in their forward group. Andre Burakovksy remains out of the line-up having missed 17 games. Fellow winger Brandon Tanev is suffering through a lower body injury for the second time this season.
Seattle continues its road trip in Canada with upcoming stops against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday and the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.
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