Seattle's asking price has reportedly been set for Kraken captain Mark Giordano

Published March 3, 2022 at 10:41

We have about two and a half weeks remaining until the NHL's trade deadline and there has been no shortage of trade chatter - specifically regarding rental defenders like John Klingberg, Ben Chiarot and Mark Giordano.

It is expected that both Klingberg and Chiarot will fetch multiple pieces, but as for the 38-year-old Giordano, we didn't have any real clarity as to what Seattle Kraken GM Ron Francis was asking in exchange for his team's captain. Now we have a clearer picture.

Per TSN's Darren Dreger on Thursday, during an appearance on Sekeres & Price, the Insider revealed that Francis has asked teams for a 1st round pick for Giordano's services.

Dreger had more to say on the subject, suggesting that Seattle is not likely to receive a first round pick for the aging veteran defender. Francis may be forced to settle for less or risk losing Giordano for nothing in free agency this summer.

As for potential suitors, at this point, Dreger suggested that a return to the Calgary Flames is not out of the question, but seems to be a stretch. He also mentioned the Toronto Maple Leafs as a potential suitor. With Giordano playing the left side, there may or may not be a fit there. The Leafs have been rumoured to be looking for a right-shot defender. Giordano is not that. He is, however, a Toronto native.
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