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Strathclair’s Morgan Geekie Avoids Arbitration, Re-Signs with Kraken

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Strathclair’s Morgan Geekie Avoids Arbitration, Re-Signs with Kraken

Morgan Geekie and the Seattle Kraken have put pen to paper on a fresh contract for the 2022-23 National Hockey League season.

The 24-year-old and the league’s newest team will dodge an arbitration hearing – scheduled for August 11 in Toronto – after coming to agreement on a one-year, $1.4 million deal as a restricted free agent with the Kraken.

“Morgan set several career highs last season and we’re happy to re-sign him,” Kraken general manager Ron Francis said on Sunday. “He took an important step forward last year and we’re looking forward to him continuing his growth with the Kraken.”

Drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes 67th overall in 2017, Geekie stormed into the Canes’ lineup with a spectacular opening game followed by a strong performance for Carolina until being claimed by the Kraken at the expansion draft last summer.

The Strathclair, MB. product skated in 73 games for Seattle during the 2021-22 season, scoring seven times and adding another 15 assists for 22 points. Geekie has 13 goals and 35 points to his name through 111 career NHL contests.

Earlier this month, Geekie’s younger brother, Conor, was selected by the Arizona Coyotes at No. 11 overall out of the Winnipeg ICE at the 2022 NHL Draft in Montreal. He was there to support his younger brother, who also attended his draft five years back.

Seattle now only needs to sign one remaining restricted free agent, Cale Fleury – another player chosen in the expansion draft. The club recently added Andre Burakovsky, Martin Jones and Justin Schultz via free agency, while acquiring Oliver Bjorkstrand in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets just two days ago.

Geekie and the Kraken finished eighth in the Pacific Division last year (27-49-6) – their first in the league.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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