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Sports Before Playing a Game, the Seattle Kraken Are Winners

01:41  13 october  2021
01:41  13 october  2021 Source:   si.com

Kraken vs. Golden Knights: Live score, updates, highlights from Seattle's inaugural NHL game

  Kraken vs. Golden Knights: Live score, updates, highlights from Seattle's inaugural NHL game Sporting News has all the action as the puck drops on the 2021-22 NHL season and the Kraken officially become the NHL's 32nd team.The NHL's newest team hits the ice for the first time in its history on Tuesday night, as the Kraken head to Sin City to take on the Golden Knights. It's a battle of the league's two newest franchises, and Vegas left some big shoes to fill. During its inaugural season in 2017-18, the club won the Pacific Division and went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Seattle Kraken are a professional ice hockey expansion team based in Seattle . The Kraken will compete in the National Hockey League (NHL)

The Seattle Kraken announced two Fleurys on Wednesday night during the expansion draft for the NHL's 32nd team. Of course, brothers Haydn (Anaheim Ducks) and Cale Fleury (Montreal Canadiens) aren't star goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, but the Kraken did assemble an interesting team when general Mark Giordano: The former Calgary Flames captain and Norris Trophy winner will assume a leadership role on the Kraken . And if Seattle doesn't take off in its first season, he could end up going to a contender as a pending unrestricted free agent. Defenseman Mark Giordano speaks Wednesday

When the first puck is dropped on the Seattle Kraken during their first regular-season game tonight, fans will be hoping for a win. But the truth is, it doesn’t matter what side of the win/loss column they wind up on. The truth is, they’ve already won.

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When the first puck is dropped on the Seattle Kraken during their first regular-season game tonight (against the Vegas Golden Knights), many fans will hope for a Kraken victory to underscore their bright future. But the truth is, it doesn’t matter what side of the win/loss column they wind up on. The truth is, they’ve already won, just by having an NHL team in Seattle.

Roster decisions loom for Seattle Kraken

  Roster decisions loom for Seattle Kraken CapFriendly currently projects forwards Morgan Geekie and Kole Lind and defensemen Dennis Cholowski and Cale Fleury as being among those sent down to the AHL. The odds of any of those players clearing waivers, nevertheless all five, seem slim. Geekie especially would be a can’t-miss waiver claim (and as such won’t be waived). Lind and Fleury are each only 22 and were highly regarded prospects in the 2017 NHL Draft, while Cholowski was a 2016 first-rounder and already has 100+ NHL games under his belt. Yet, the trade-off is obvious.

The Seattle Kraken will play the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS) in their first regular-season game , and Barr and Buxton will be back in the stands, this time in Kraken jerseys, along with many more Seattle fans. Buxton brought back the sign and said he has something special planned for warmup. "It'll probably be pretty emotional, especially given we were there four years ago," Buxton said. "That same exact building, having our first team, that's something you can't really make up. … The fact that we have an NHL team in Seattle

The Kraken are going to be play 3 pre-season games in different nearby WHL locations to promote the game . This post says Jack Rathbone scored the "first goal in Seattle Kraken history." Another post tonight says "Riley Sheahan opens the scoring for the Seattle Kraken franchise." Both of these posts cannot be true. What gives?

When the league green-lit an expansion team in Seattle, it electrified locals and outsiders alike – and the choice to go with a name like Kraken showed majority owners Jerry Bruckheimer, Tod Leiweke and David Bonderman understood who their audience could be: hardcore hockey fans, but also, fans who wanted nothing more than to experience the big-league feeling that had been somewhat muted in Seattle since the NBA SuperSonics left for Oklahoma City. Kraken was a perfect name for people who could imagine the mythical monster, and be entertained just by the mention of it. Now, with a ground-up view of a brand new franchise, fans can emotionally (and financially) invest in something meaningful.

And the steps the Kraken already have taken are all about endearing themselves to the larger community. They’ve helped revive the NCAA’s University of Alaska Anchorage hockey program. They’ve started The One Roof Foundation charity, which is focused on environmental justice, youth homelessness, and youth access to hockey. The team joined the Black Girl Hockey Club’s “Get uncomfortable” campaign. In sum, Kraken ownership’s initial focus has been on establishing roots in Seattle and building off the history of hockey in the city.

Kraken post 1st NHL victory, spoiling Preds' opener 4-3

  Kraken post 1st NHL victory, spoiling Preds' opener 4-3 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Seattle Kraken wound up having to wait longer to play their first regular-season game on home ice than they did their first victory. Brandon Tanev scored his second goal into an empty net with 1:21 left, and the Kraken beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday night for the first victory in the expansion franchise's second game. “I think it’s phenomenal,” goalie Philipp Grubauer said. “It doesn’t only speak for the group, it speaks for the organization and rewards the people that put in the work for two years or longer.

Early winners from the Seattle Kraken expansion draft. Truthfully, the biggest wins might be difficult to detect. Maybe those happen via a trade or free-agent pickup. It could boil down to the Kraken finding their version of William Karlsson, too. That said, here are some early guesses at winners . At 27 years old, Driedger has played in just 41 regular-season games , and made three playoff appearances.

Welcome to the NHL, Seattle ! Load Error. The NHL's newest team, the Kraken , will hit the ice in Las Vegas to take on the Golden Knights on opening night. Before things get underway at T-Mobile Arena, the Lightning will take on the Penguins in Florida. The games mark the return of ESPN as the league's broadcaster. What to expect from the Kraken in 2021-22 is anyone's guess. Will they be like expansion teams of yore, who struggled mightily against the more established clubs? Or will they be more like their first opponent, the Golden Knights, who went to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural year?

It really shouldn’t come as a surprise the Kraken have been hitting home runs since their inception. Bruckheimer is famously known for producing smash hits in the movie industry, including “Top Gun”, “Con Air”, and “Beverly Hills Cop”. He is a master mass entertainer, and isn’t he exactly who you’d want to kick-start an entertainment experience out of thin air?

Of course he is. Bruckheimer isn’t one of the old-timer hockey establishment people who want players and coaches to lean on humility and play down their incredible talents. They want a more lively, fun experience for their fans. That’s the right direction for the NHL and all of its teams, and to see Seattle so openly embrace a more engaging involvement is a breath of fresh air.

The team Kraken GM Ron Francis has assembled may surprise the hockey world and make the playoffs in the talent-challenged Pacific Division, but that would just be gravy on top of Seattle’s feast. Seattle’s ownership paid the NHL a whopping $650 million in expansion fees, but they’re already making millions in merchandising – powered by an incredibly meticulous design choice – as well as their TV rightsholder share. It won’t be long at all for the Kraken to dig out of the hole that initial franchise fee is for them.

Years of waiting finally end as Kraken make home debut

  Years of waiting finally end as Kraken make home debut SEATTLE (AP) — In the hierarchy of influential figures in Seattle's sports history, Ken Johnsen’s name isn’t likely to be found even if his fingerprints are all over the landscape. More than two decades ago, Johnsen was heavily involved in the building of the stadium now named T-Mobile Park that kept the Mariners from relocating and taking Major League Baseball away from Seattle. For the past three years, Johnsen has overseen the construction of Climate Pledge Arena, which helped lure the NHL and could maybe bring the NBA back to Seattle someday. He’s an expert when it comes to the construction of sports venues.

Player Search. League Leaders. All-Time Trophies & Winners . The 38-year-old defenseman will be Seattle 's on-ice leader when it begins its inaugural season against the Vegas Golden Knights Kraken superfans ready for first NHL game years in the making. Barr, Buxton return to T-Mobile Arena for Center says 'my game is there' after not playing last season with chronic immune response syndrome.

Seattle Big Ben Down Before He Crossed the Plane. Seattle WTO riots. I’m tired of playing third fiddle to the Battle of Alberta. That was sweet and once the eye appeared, I sorta got chills. I wasn't sure if it was Kraken or Storm during the It’s a cool name (that may take a while for some people) and concept, plus they have a brand new arena so the visuals and in- game presentation should be

As the on-ice product improves, more money will come their way via increased ticket prices, and ownership has already given Francis the OK to spend to the salary cap’s upper limit. The fact the Kraken have spent more than $76.4 million on their 2021-22 roster is a credit to ownership’s competitive intentions. It’s pedal-to-the-metal in many ways in Seattle, even if that’s not entirely possible for them on the ice. Slow-but-steady on-ice improvement is more important to them than a first-year super-splash like the Golden Knights made in their initial NHL season. In between the wins, the Kraken have to leave a positive footprint on multiple off-ice fronts. That will generate enough public goodwill to keep Seattle in the headlines and at the top of internet searches when their on-ice play is lacking.

So enjoy Game 1, Kraken fans. If they beat Vegas in Las Vegas tonight, that’ll be a lot of fun. If they don’t, that’s OK, too. Just being there is victory enough for big-league hockey’s arrival in Seattle.

Vegas defeats Seattle, 4-3, ruins Kraken league debut .
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights earned a victory in their first game in franchise history four years ago. They denied the Seattle Kraken the same accomplishment Tuesday night. Max Pacioretty scored twice as the Golden Knights spoiled Seattle’s debut with a 4-3 win. “I think our exhibition schedule was kind of up and down a little bit but we’ve got a veteran group and they know when it’s time to dial it up and be ready to play and I thought our group was ready to play tonight,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. Chandler Stephenson and Jonathan Marchessault also scored for Vegas, while Robin Lehner made 25 saves.

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