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Kraken Open With Preseason Win Over Canucks

Sep 27, 2021 11:46 AM

Seattle made its debut on Sunday night with a 5-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks in the preseason opener for both teams. With Seattle's home arena putting the finishing touches on its construction, the Kraken have taken their first preseason on the road to three junior hockey venues in the state.

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Seattle Kraken Creating Hot Market For Jersey Sales

Sep 21, 2021 6:34 PM

The expansion Seattle Kraken are shattering NHL jersey sales records.

Sales, in fact, are the highest in league history for a newly released jersey in its first five days of availability, according to the NHL. Which means Seattle jerseys are doing brisker business than the expansion Vegas Golden Knights did when their jerseys were released to the public in 2017.

"Vegas set a pretty high bar. The Kraken are blowing through it, hourly. It's a hot market right now," Brian Jennings, NHL chief brand officer, told ESPN on Tuesday.

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Kraken Draft 30, Roster Highlighted By Mark Giordano, Jorden Eberle

Jul 22, 2021 1:31 AM

The Seattle Kraken have been unleashed.

Chris Driedger is poised to be the Kraken's starting goaltender next season, while the roster is highlighted by former Flames captain Mark Giordano, longtime Islanders winger Jordan Eberle, former Penguins forward Brandon Tanev, a pair of veteran defenseman in Adam Larsson and Jamie Oleksiak and two-time Stanley Cup-champion Yanni Gourde from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The selections were made Wednesday at the expansion draft for the NHL's 32nd franchise, which will begin play this coming season.

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Kraken Will Not Select Canadiens' Carey Price

Jul 21, 2021 1:37 PM

The Seattle Kraken will not select Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price in the expansion draft, a source told ESPN on Wednesday.

Price, who just led Montreal to the Stanley Cup Final, waived his no-movement clause to become available for the Kraken's expansion draft, which is being held Wednesday night.

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Kraken Getting FA's Adam Larsson, Chris Driedger

Jul 21, 2021 1:34 PM

The Seattle Kraken used their exclusive negotiating window with unrestricted free agents to start building their roster ahead of Wednesday night's NHL expansion draft reveal.

Sources confirmed to ESPN that Edmonton Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson has agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with the Kraken and that Florida Panthers goalie Chris Driedger has agreed to a three-year, $10.5 million deal with Seattle.

Both players will count as Seattle's selections from those teams in the expansion draft.

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Kraken Plan For Wednesday's Expansion Draft

Jul 20, 2021 9:27 AM

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price and St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko were among several star players left exposed in the Seattle Kraken expansion draft, as the NHL revealed its teams' protected lists on Sunday.

The Kraken will select one player from 30 NHL teams, as the Vegas Golden Knights are exempt from the draft. The selections will be revealed beginning on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET during a 90-minute special on ESPN2.

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Stars Won't Protect Goalie Ben Bishop

Jul 15, 2021 5:20 PM

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop has waived his no-movement clause to be exposed in the Seattle expansion draft next week after approaching the team with the idea, according to multiple reports.

Protected lists from teams are due Saturday. The league is expected to release them at some point this weekend. The draft is Wednesday night.

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Kraken Arena To Be Ready By Mid-October

Jul 13, 2021 1:36 AM

Seats have been bolted into position throughout the upper deck and into the lower bowl. All the concrete has been poured and on the floor of Climate Pledge Arena, the outline of the rink is waiting to be covered in ice.

Builders say the home for the newest NHL franchise, the Seattle Kraken, remains on schedule to be ready by the middle of October, when the NHL season is expected to begin.

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Kraken Name Dave Hakstol Head Coach

Jun 24, 2021 12:08 PM

The Seattle Kraken have named Dave Hakstol as their first head coach.

Hakstol, 52, was an assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs for the past two seasons. He previously coached the Philadelphia Flyers for three and a half seasons, before he was fired in the 2018-19 season. When he was hired by Philadelphia in 2015, Hakstol -- a longtime coach at the University of North Dakota -- became the first coach to jump from the NCAA to the NHL in 33 years.

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J.T. Brown To Retire As Player, Join Kraken As TV Analyst

Jun 21, 2021 1:40 PM

J.T. Brown is retiring from professional hockey and joining the expansion Seattle Kraken as a television analyst, the team confirmed on Monday.

Brown, 30, played seven years in the NHL from 2011 to 2019 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild, for a total of 365 games. He played last season with IF Bjorkloven in the Swedish Hockey League.

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Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, Expansion, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Seattle Kraken's First Deal Is With Luke Henman

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Seattle Kraken Officially Become 32nd NHL Franchise

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Bruce Boudreau Interested In Coaching Seattle Kraken

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Seattle Kraken Name Jason Botterill Assistant GM

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Seattle Kraken Remain Patient Over Coaching Search

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Seattle Kraken Expect Training Center To Open Summer 2021

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Report: Seattle Kraken In No Hurray To Hire Coach

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Gary Roberts Joins Seattle Kraken As Consultant

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Kraken Devour Knights' Expansion Launch Marks

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Kraken Hire Dave Baseggio As Pro Scouting Director

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Seattle Kraken To Debut In 2021-22 NHL Season

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NHL Seattle Considering Nickname, Logo Amid Virus Outbreak

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Seattle's New NHL Franchise Releases Ticket Prices

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Seattle Franchise Gets AHL Team In Palm Springs

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New Seattle Arena On Track To Open Summer 2021

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Seattle Adds Ricky Olczyk As Assistant GM

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Ron Francis Welcomes 'Great Chance' In Seattle
Ron Francis says Seattle's new NHL expansion team "will be a destination."

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Source: Ron Francis To Be Named Seattle GM
The Seattle franchise is set to begin play in the 2021-22 season.

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Seattle NHL Franchise To Have AHL Affiliate In Palm Springs
A privately funded arena on tribal land in Palm Springs would serve as home ice for Seattle's affiliate.

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Bettman: Seattle To Host NHL Draft, An All-Star Game
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league has promised Seattle it will host All-Star weekend within its first seven seasons.

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