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Deal the Kraken? Francis can't make official trades -- yet

The Seattle Kraken couldn't finalize any moves at the trade deadline because they're not the NHL's 32nd team until the final expansion payment is made.

The Seattle Kraken couldn't finalize any moves at the trade deadline because they're not the NHL's 32nd team until the final expansion payment is made. 

That doesn't mean general manager Ron Francis couldn't make a handshake deal or two.  

Francis was watching closely as the 31 teams made their deals. 

The expansion draft is in July. It will be the first one since 2017, when George McPhee set the roster for the Vegas Golden Knights.