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Seattle Kraken Name Jason Botterill Assistant GM

Jan 6, 2021 1:38 AM

The Seattle Kraken made two more additions to their front office Tuesday, bringing in former Buffalo general manager Jason Botterill as an assistant GM and Norm Maciver as director of player personnel.

Botterill joins the Kraken after serving as the general manager of the Sabres for three seasons. Botterill was fired in June in a strange flip-flop after the Sabres ownership initially announced he would return for a fourth season.

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Seattle Kraken Remain Patient Over Coaching Search

Dec 1, 2020 3:26 PM

The expansion Seattle Kraken haven't established a timeline for naming their first head coach, citing uncertainty regarding the 2020-21 NHL season.

"No real rush on the timeline there. We still don't have an understanding of what the 2020-21 season is going to look like, and how many games that they'll play," general manager Ron Francis told ESPN on Tuesday.

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Seattle Kraken Expect Training Center To Open Summer 2021

Nov 11, 2020 2:12 PM

The expansion Seattle Kraken expect to have the main portion of their training facility open in plenty of time for the team's first NHL season.

The primary NHL rink, locker rooms, training areas and front-office space are on target to be finished by mid-July, Kraken senior vice president for digital and fan experience Todd Humphrey said Tuesday.

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Report: Seattle Kraken In No Hurray To Hire Coach

Nov 2, 2020 12:16 AM

The Seattle Kraken, who are scheduled to begin play as the League's 32nd team in the 2021-22 NHL season, are not in a hurry to hire a coach.

"We don't know yet the kind of team we may be able to draft, so we're comfortable kind of sitting back and waiting right now and watching what happens here," general manager Ron Francis told The Athletic on Friday. "There's still, hopefully, a 2020-21 season getting up and running and playing. Are there guys that end up losing their jobs or looking for other things elsewhere?

"I just think we have time on this. We're not in a race to make that decision at this point."

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Gary Roberts Joins Seattle Kraken As Consultant

Oct 22, 2020 1:28 AM

Gary Roberts helped the Vegas Golden Knights from the ground up -- or the ceiling down, rather -- before they joined the NHL in 2017-18.

"I stood on the top of the Vegas practice rink with no roof, placing equipment," he said.

Now Roberts will help the NHL's newest expansion team, the Seattle Kraken, who announced him as one of seven hires in hockey operations Wednesday.

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Kraken Devour Knights' Expansion Launch Marks

Aug 4, 2020 4:47 PM

The Seattle Kraken are the NHL's best-selling expansion identity launch ever, beating the previous record set by the Vegas Golden Knights by four times, according to Fanatics, the league's official retail partner.

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Kraken Hire Dave Baseggio As Pro Scouting Director

Jul 31, 2020 12:46 AM

The Seattle Kraken added to their hockey operations staff by hiring Dave Baseggio as director of pro scouting Thursday.

Baseggio spent the past 12 seasons with Anaheim as a pro scout, director of pro scouting and assistant to the general manager for the Ducks. Baseggio also played and coached in the AHL.

"To help start a franchise from scratch is a unique opportunity," Baseggio said in a statement.

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Seattle Kraken To Debut In 2021-22 NHL Season

Jul 23, 2020 12:27 PM

Seattle's NHL team, which will make its debut in the 2021-22 season, on Thursday finally announced its name -- the Kraken -- as well as a color scheme: icy blue and navy blue with sharp red accents.

The NHL officially named Seattle as its 32nd team in 2018 for a $650 million expansion fee.

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NHL Seattle Considering Nickname, Logo Amid Virus Outbreak

Mar 21, 2020 1:35 AM

Seattle's NHL expansion franchise has not ruled out unveiling its highly anticipated name and logo while many of its fans are social distancing and self-quarantined due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The team told ESPN that it is still going through the name and logo trademarking process with the NHL, ensuring that it won't have the same obstacles the Vegas expansion team did in trying to secure exclusivity on "Golden Knights." There was no date determined to reveal the name, logo and colors for the team before the global outbreak, nor was there a public event scheduled for the reveal.

"In theory, coronavirus will not delay our name and will not affect it, but we're in unprecedented times. So I can't say that as soon as the legal process is wrapped up that we'll go with the name," said Katie Townsend, vice president of corporate communications at NHL Seattle. "We're working as hard as we can. We know how badly our fans want it."

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Seattle's New NHL Franchise Releases Ticket Prices

Oct 17, 2019 2:27 AM

Seattle's expansion NHL franchise has released initial pricing for club seats, with details on general ticket prices coming in 2020.

The team said club seats will each cost between $285 and $355 based on a 44-game season ticket package. The club seats will be on three-, five- or seven-year terms.

The team will have 2,600 club seats in its new arena. Fans who left deposits will begin selecting seats soon.

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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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Seattle Begins Work On New Arena
The cost now is $850 million for the new arena at Seattle Center, according to Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke.

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Seattle Gets NHL Expansion Team
The Seattle franchise will enter the NHL for the 20121-22 season as a member of the Pacific Division.

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NHL To Deal With Uncertain Situations At Winter Meetings
The Seattle expansion and the realignment that comes with it will be announced Tuesday.

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Seattle Ownership Group Unveils Plan For Training Facility
The Seattle NHL group is planning a $70M training facility in the northern part of the city.

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NHL Moving Forward With Seattle's Expansion Plan
The NHL board of governors 'executive committee has recommended proceeding with Seattle's expansion application.

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Seattle City Council Approves Renovation Of Key Arena
The Seattle Hockey Partners will present before the NHL Board of Governor's executive committee next week.

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NHL Won't Vote On Seattle Expansion Until December At The Earliest
The Seattle Hockey Partners are looking to bring the NHL to the pacific Northwest.

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Seattle Group Hires Dave Tippett As Senior Adviser
Dave Tippett has coached over 1,000 NHL games with the Stars and Coyotes.

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NHL Expansion Draft Rules Unlikely To Change
Commissioner Gary Bettman has gotten "no pushback whatsoever" from NHL owners if the league should give a prospective Seattle franchise the same rules that the Golden Knights received.

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Tod Leiweke Will Be CEO, President Of Seattle Hockey
Seattle Hockey is the group that has been authorized to redevelop KeyArena and bring an NHL team to the city of Seattle.

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Seattle Officially Applies For NHL Franchise
The goal is for Seattle to enter the NHL for the 2020-21 season.

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Senators Owner Says Team 'Could Look Good Somewhere Else'
Cities like Seattle, Houston, and Quebec City are all seeking to land an NHL franchise.

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NHL Invites Seattle To Apply For Expansion Team
The NHL's price for Seattle's expansion bid is $650 million.

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