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Lots Of Love For Kraken’s New D-Man Brandon Montour

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New Kraken D-man Brandon Montour mentioned “love” a handful of times during his meet-the-media zoom call on Monday. The 30-year-old very recent Stanley Cup champion with the Florida Panthers signed a seven-year contract with Seattle, featuring a $7.1-million annual cap hit.

That’s a lot of love.

Montour appreciated the club’s interest in him, shared his day-to-day passion for the game, and discussed Seattle as a destination for him and his growing family. He and his wife have a baby son and then a baby daughter on the way.

“Everyone has that love for one another in the organization and now, that was the big, big thing for me, was coming into something that is still obviously fresh and new, that excites me, and then the group, older group-ish, but then from what I’ve heard the last couple of days, some high end prospects that are coming up the pipeline, that’s always good,” he said.

The Kraken’s backend now features their two highest paid players: Vince Dunn and Montour. Both are offensive minded blueliners, very capable defensively, and both munch minutes; Dunn from the left side, Montour from the right.

Meanwhile, Kraken General Manager Ron Francis seems to love how his free agent Monday went, adding a versatile forward/center in Chandler Stephenson and Montour as a D-man. Both are champions who “skate with pace”.

Earlier Seattle:

— Kraken Trade Talk: Say No To Patrik Laine

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.
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