Kraken Avoid Arbitration With Massive Extension For Vince Dunn

The Seattle Kraken have taken care of their final potential arbitration case in a big way. They've come to pre-arbitration terms with top defenseman Vince Dunn on a huge extension. 

It's a four-year deal for Dunn, totalling $29.4M, with a $7.35M AAV. A full no-trade clause takes effect in the second season, which goes down to a partial 16-team no-trade list in the third and fourth years of the deal.

The terrific two-way D-man broke through big-time in 2022-23, blowing away his previous career-highs, with 50 assists and 64 points in 81 games, to go with a plus-28 rating. He also was counted on for a personal-high 23:40 time on ice per game. 

Only five blueliners in the past decade have had more even-strength points in a season than Dunn did this year. And it's an impressive list. 

The Kraken were rewarded handsomely for selecting Dunn in the 2021 expansion draft from the St. Louis Blues, and now they've done the same for the 26-year-old defenseman. 

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