Kraken's Joey Daccord Surprisingly Unclaimed On Waivers

The Seattle Kraken have more than enough goaltenders in their organization, so unfortunately the team had to cut Joey Daccord from training camp. It wasn't surprising he was cut, but more so that no team claimed him when he was forced to pass through waivers.

Daccord is a 26-year-old goaltender who is just about ready for the NHL. He was selected from the Ottawa Senators in the expansion draft and got into five games with the Kraken last season. His numbers in the AHL were very good and he should start to see more NHL time, even if it is for another franchise.

Elliotte Friedman and others were surprised the NHL-ready goaltender went unclaimed, and he believes so too were the Kraken. There are a few teams who could have taken a chance on him with their current goaltending situations. It's understandable that some teams don't want to lose their high spot in waiver order. But for a team like the Arizona Coyotes who just claimed Juuso Valimaki off of waivers and went to the bottom of the list, there's no harm in bringing a goalie of that skill level in and trying him as a backup to Karel Vejmelka.

A couple of other teams could have also used Daccord including the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators. The Canadiens' goaltending situation is less than ideal and Daccord could have backed up Jake Allen. Daccord is arguably better than Sam Montembeault and Cayden Primeau right now. As for the Senators, they claimed Magnus Hellberg off of waivers instead of waiting a few days for a better option. They made this move because Cam Talbot is expected to miss time to open the season.

Daccord should have another strong showing in the AHL this season and force teams to pay attention to him.

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