Seattle Kraken Place Forward On Waivers

The Seattle Kraken have made a surprising move by placing forward John Hayden on waivers, as reported by multiple sources.

Hayden, who recently underwent surgery for a lower-body issue, has shown impressive performance this season. With 17 goals and 33 points in 47 games for the Coachella Valley Firebirds, the Kraken's AHL affiliate, he has become a valuable player in their pursuit of the Calder Cup.

The timing of this decision is unexpected, as the Kraken's postseason has already ended. Speculation suggests that Hayden could potentially join the Firebirds for their playoff campaign.

Standing at 6 feet 3 inches and weighing 223 pounds, Hayden brings size and physicality to his game. Despite only appearing in seven NHL games this season and scoring two goals, he has caught the attention of the Kraken organization with his strong AHL performance.

Hayden, a 28-year-old center, was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013 and later traded for a former first-round pick in the 2014 draft.

As an impending unrestricted free agent, his future with the Kraken remains uncertain. Nonetheless, the decision to place him on waivers indicates the team's willingness to potentially assign him to the AHL and provide an opportunity for him to contribute in the Calder Cup playoffs. Photo Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports