July 15, 2024

Kraken, Eeli Tolvanen reach 2-year deal worth $6.95 million


The Seattle Kraken on Friday agreed to terms with restricted free agent Eeli Tolvanen on a two-year contract worth $6.95 million.

He will count $3.475 million against the salary cap through the ’25-26 season.

A first-round pick by Nashville in 2017, Tolvanen found a home in Seattle after the Kraken claimed him off waivers early in the 2022-23 season. Tolvanen has played primarily on a line with Yanni Gourde and Oliver Bjorkstrand and has 32 goals and 36 assists in 129 games with the team over the past two seasons.

Last season, Tolvanen set career highs with 41 points and 25 assists.

Tolvanen’s signing leaves center Matty Beniers as Seattle’s only remaining restricted free agent. Beniers, the Calder Trophy winner as rookie of the year in 2022-23, had a disappointing second full season with Seattle with 37 points in 77 games.

Seattle also signed first-round pick Berkly Catton to a three-year entry-level contract. Catton was selected with the No. 8 pick in last month’s draft after posting 116 points (54 goals, 62 assists) in 68 regular-season games for the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League last season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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