3 Seattle Kraken Not Expected Back Next Season

The Seattle Kraken were eliminated in seven games by the hands of the Dallas Stars as the Kraken went deep into the second-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in only their second season. While there was significant changes year over year on the roster, expect much of the same in Seattle this summer. Here's three Kraken players not expected back next season:

Ryan Donato

The shifty winger is set to hit the open market this summer and there's going to be lots of interest. Donato is a great depth forward who can move around all over the lineup and help fill in on the top six should an injury take place. The 27-year-old winger scored 14 goals in 71 games and in a weak free-agent class this summer should easily land on his feet somewhere else.

Carson Soucy

Speaking of free-agent interest, defenseman Carson Soucy is going to get paid this summer. He's a pending unrestricted free agent and will be on the radar of several contending teams as Soucy does a little bit of everything out there. At 28 years old, this should be the prime of his career and the 6-foot-5 Soucy showed this season, he's capable of being an impact top-four defenseman. 16 points in 78 games during the regular season, including a +18 rating. He went on to chip in with another two points in the playoffs and was a +6. He'll be one of the busiest free agents taking calls leading up to July 1.

Martin Jones

Martin Jones signed a one-year contract with the Kraken as a 'prove it' deal and it worked. Jones was stellar during the regular season for Seattle and was a big reason they made it into the playoffs. He took a back seat to Philipp Grubauer in the playoffs but Jones did a lot to put himself back on the map, appearing in 48 games and posting a 2.99 GAA. He'll likely hear from the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks this summer.

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