NHL Trade Rumors: 2 Kraken Players Named "Trade Candidates"

This summer is shaping up to be a busy one for the Seattle Kraken, with Jamie Oleksiak and Brandon Tanev increasingly becoming the focus of trade rumors.

Geoff Baker has highlighted these two players as prominent potential candidates for moves.

Oleksiak's imposing presence on the blue line and Tanev's relentless energy and versatility make them valuable assets in the trade market.

The 31-year-old Oleksiak is through three years of his 5-year, $23M contract, carrying an AAV of $4.6M, signed back in 2021.

This season, Oleksiak recorded two goals, 15 total points, a -2 plus/minus rating, 177 blocked shots, and 110 hits while playing all 82 games.

Tanev has one more year remaining on his 6-year, $21M contract, carrying an AAV of $3.5M, signed back in 2019.

After a career-best season in 2022-23, Tanev took a step back this year, recording seven goals, 16 total points, and 148 hits across 66 games played.

Whether the Kraken opt to leverage these assets to address areas of need or to acquire promising prospects remains to be seen, but their availability signals a willingness to explore all avenues to enhance the team's competitiveness.

The decisions made regarding Oleksiak, Tanev, and other potential trade assets will undoubtedly shape the trajectory of the Kraken as they strive to establish themselves as a formidable force in the league and return to the postseason.

Since joining the Kraken, Oleksiak has amassed 12 goals, 57 points, a +10 plus/minus rating, 418 hits, and 378 blocked shots over 229 games played and three seasons.

In comparison, since Tanev joined the Kraken, he has put up 32 goals and 34 assists for 66 total points over 178 games played and three seasons. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports