Seattle Kraken snap up Stanley Cup winners Burakovsky and Schultz

Seattle Kraken have added some NHL experience to their roster by snapping up Andre Burakovsky and Justin Schultz on day one of free agency.

Austrian Andre Burakovsky arrives fresh from Stanley Cup success with Colorado, and has signed a 5-year deal worth $5.5m per season.

He scored 22 goals and 61 points in 80 regular season games for the Avalanche last season, which was a career high for the 27-year-old.

“Andre brings offensive skill and creativity to our forward group,” Seattle Kraken General manager Ron Francis said. β€œHe has won two Stanley Cups, has good size and has been a very productive offensive contributor. We are excited he is signing with us.”

Seattle Kraken were busy on their blueline too, picking up 10-yearNHL veteran Schultz. The former Oiler and Penguin has signed on for two years in Seattle at a capo hit of $3million.

“We were looking at the back end to find someone to improve our power play,” said Francis. “We think Justin is a guy that can do that.

“He hasn’t had much of an opportunity to play [power play minutes]. He was behind [John] Carlson in Washington and behind [Kris] Letang in Pittsburgh. We have a good opportunity for him.

“We think he has that capability. I remember talking to people in Pittsburgh when he was there (where he won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017). They were saying he was really good in that role, but just kind of didn’t get that opportunity.”

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