UPDATE (8:47 PM): I mean, we all knew, but now it's official:
The Seattle Kraken have selected Jeremy Lauzon in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft.— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 22, 2021
Thank you Jeremy for your contributions to our organization and best of luck in your next chapter. pic.twitter.com/2YpXB2NvzX
It would appear that the Jeremy Lauzon Era in Boston is over, ended by the mean Seattle Kraken.
Curious to see who #SeaKraken wanted from the multitude of blueliners available from Boston with new assistant coach Jay Leach's insight.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021
Sounds like the pick from #NHLBruins will be Jeremy Lauzon.@DFOHockey
In case you're not on Twitter, Frank Seravalli, formerly of TSN, has been revealing just about every Kraken pick over the course of the afternoon.
So much for drama!
Nothing has been confirmed at this time, but you got the feeling it was always going to be either Lauzon or Connor Clifton headed out west.
Lauzon spent plenty of time playing for his new assistant coach, Jay Leach, back when Leach was the head coach of the Providence Bruins.
It's fair to assume that Leach likely had a decent amount of input in this decision.
Lauzon skated in 48 games for the Bruins last season, including the playoffs.
When you consider his age, his decent NHL experience, and his contract situation, you can see why he's an attractive pick for Seattle.
Lauzon is signed for less than a million bucks through next season, he will be a restricted free agent when that contract ends.
The kind of role he has in Seattle remains to be seen, but you could also see Seattle choosing him as an attractive trade chip: plenty of teams would probably be interested in adding a young, cheap defenseman.
Lauzon played 76 regular season and 13 playoff games for the Bruins over the course of his career.
In those 89 games, he recorded 3 goals and 8 assists.
Lauzon regularly played 15+ minutes per night, alternating between the second and third defense pairs.
While his departure won't leave a gaping hole in the Bruins' blue line, they'll certainly need to find a new player to eat those minutes.