Sports Exclusive: Seattle's New Beacon For Hockey
Golden Knights re-sign defenseman Dylan Coghlan
The Golden Knights have taken care of one of their remaining restricted free agents as they announced the re-signing of defenseman Dylan Coghlan to a two-year contract. The deal carries an AAV that’s just over the league minimum at $762.5K. © Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Dylan Coghlan. The 23-year-old made his NHL debut last season after spending the first two seasons of his professional career exclusively in the minors. He made frequent appearances in our Taxi Squad Shuffle posts as he was sent down on 23 separate occasions.
The Kraken Community Iceplex was designed to be more than just a practice facility for the team and we've got an inside look at the brand-new building.
Starting an NHL franchise from scratch takes an incredible amount of work, from the names to the uniforms to the roster of the team itself. The Seattle Kraken have officially taken to the ice in the NHL with the franchise playing its first pre-season games this week, but the organization has been busy elsewhere, too.
Climate Pledge Arena will be where the Kraken's home games are played, but the team has also built a brand-new practice facility and we got an exclusive look. The aesthetics and finishes in the building are very cool, but there was also a larger purpose taken up by the Kraken.
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RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Throughout the moments when it seemed the Seattle Seahawks were headed for a downfall over the past decade, they’ve found a way to navigate those potential tipping points into their favor. Only three weeks into the season, the Seahawks are at another one after Sunday’s 30-17 loss at Minnesota, the second straight loss for Seattle. And this moment feels different than the past. It’s not an understatement that the next 11 days will determine the course of Seattle’s season. With consecutive division games against San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Seahawks can right their issues and get back into the dogfight that is the NFC West.
"We felt that we needed, not only a practice facility for the team, but also a home for hockey in Seattle," said Lance Lopes, executive VP and general counsel for the Kraken. "Believe it or not, there were no rinks within the city's limits."
That may sound shocking, but given how expensive Seattle real estate is, that does make sense for a city that until right now did not have an NHL team (the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds play just south of the city in Kent, Washington).
Seattle real estate is still expensive – even more so than ever, really – which meant a big commitment from Kraken ownership in finding a spot near both a freeway and public transit, something highlighted by Lopes and echoed by the team's GM.
"Credit to our ownership, it would have been easy to put in one sheet of ice for the team, but they put in three to make it a community building where people could learn to skate or learn to play, or figure skate," said Ron Francis. "It's seven miles north of Climate Pledge and I haven't seen everybody else's, but I think I'm safe in saying it's the nicest practice facility in the league."
Kraken look to write own story during inaugural campaign
SEATTLE (AP) — The question will hang over the Seattle Kraken throughout their inaugural season, even if it’s probably unfair. Can they come close to matching what Vegas did in its first season in 2017-18? It seems preposterous to think Seattle is going to find the same combination of talent, skill, luck and a little magic to make the kind of run the Golden Knights did four years ago, getting to the Stanley Cup Final in their first year. “Yeah, everyone wants to get there. So that’s obviously everyone’s goal at the start of the season,” Seattle defenseman Mark Giordano said. “Obviously, they set a high, high bar.
As Francis mentioned, Kraken Community Iceplex does indeed have three sheets of ice, not to mention an urgent care health center, 14 dressing rooms and a Starbucks. The coffee giant, famously born in the city, actually bought the naming rights for the practice facility but did so while insisting the rink be named after the team, not the sponsor (where was this logic when Jobing.com was negotiating with the Coyotes?).
And the Iceplex still has more on the horizon: the team is about one month away from opening a 300-person capacity bar and grill in the building with a hockey-centric theme and views into two of the three pads, including the team rink.
"We wanted to plant a flag," Lopes said. "We wanted the facility to serve as a beacon for hockey in Seattle."
And the early reviews have been positive.
"Even the change rooms are incredible and state-of-the-art," said Kraken goalie Philipp Grubauer. "It makes it fun to be here. As a player, this is an amazing facility."
Defense keeps Eagles in the game until offense rallies late for an unlikely win over Panthers .
The Eagles held on for a 21-18 win over the Panthers on Sunday after Carolina QB Sam Darnold threw his third interception of the game. © Douglas DeFelice, USA TODAY Sports Eagles safety Marcus Epps reacts after a blocked punt during the second half. Hurts wasn't great -- completing 22-of-37 passes for 198 yards and an interception. Hurts had just 35 yards passing on his first 20 attempts, right up until the final 31 seconds of the first half. In all, the Eagles had 88 net yards on 29 plays in the first half, an average of a paltry 3.0 yards per play. Hurts was 15 of 24 for 74 yards.