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Final Buzzer: Kraken Fall Short

Icing a close-to-regular lineup, the defending Pacific Division champion Calgary Flames extinguished the Seattle Kraken 4-1 Monday at the Scotiabank Saddledome

by Andy Eide / @AndyEide /

The Flames were the stingiest NHL team last season in terms of goals allowed and the Kraken learned why Monday. Calgary started strong, absorbed a pushback from the Kraken and that was enough for goaltender Jakob Markstrom who made 21 saves and allowed one power-play goal.

Christopher Tanev, Michael Stone, and Noah Hanifin each scored to build a lead and provided all the offense that Markstrom needed. 

Matty Beniers scored a goal and Martin Jones made 21 saves for the Kraken who lost for the first time in the preseason.

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Kraken Begin to Trim Roster

Kraken reassign six to Firebirds and place 10 on waivers with the purpose of assignment to Firebirds

by Andy Eide / @AndyEide /

The Kraken got back to work Sunday at the Kraken Community Iceplex a day after they won their fourth straight preseason game, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0. Earlier in training camp, the team was split into two groups but as the roster has been trimmed, they are now down to one group and that group spent Sunday with a brisk practice.

"Not a whole lot of standing around and talking," head coach Dave Hakstol said. "Just get up and down the ice, execute and create some pace."

The execution and pace are needed because Seattle is right back on the ice Monday when they travel to Calgary for a rematch with the Flames at 6 PM on KONG TV and 950-KJR.

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Launch Pad: Driedger's Keepers

Chris Driedger's new initiative will make it easier to learn how to be a goaltender by providing loaner equipment for young hockey players

by Alison Lukan / @AlisonL /

If you're a goaltender, you need a lot of gear. But, as Chris Driedger began his journey towards becoming an NHL netminder, he spent his first three years playing the position without owning a single piece of equipment; and the fact that he didn't was a big part of how he has been able to become the player he is today. That fact is also the driver behind the 28-year-old's new community program "Driedger's Keepers" that focuses on providing goalie equipment to youth hockey players.

It all started in Winnipeg, Manitoba when a seven-year-old Driedger joined the Fort Garry Flyers through his local community center. He started as a skater, but soon realized he "wasn't very good."

Driedger laughed as he shared the story.

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Final Buzzer: Kraken Blank Canucks In Fun-Filled Night

Kraken continue to perform in preseason with strong performances from Grubauer, Gourde, and Wennberg. Plus fans meet Buoy

by Andy Eide / @AndyEide /

SEATTLE - Buoyed by 17 Philipp Grubauer saves and some Matty Beniers magic the Seattle Kraken remained unbeaten in preseason play with a 4-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Climate Pledge Arena on Saturday.

Beniers scored his second goal in as many preseason games, Alex Wennberg scored a goal and added two assists, and Yanni Gourde scored twice. Grubauer has yet to allow a goal in the preseason. Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko played well in the loss and allowed three goals on 25 shots.

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Oh, 'Buoy!' Mascot Reveal!

To lots of noise, Kraken unveils newest roster move, a six-foot, blue, flow-haired sea troll inspired by Seattle landmark Fremont Troll

by Bob Condor / @ByBobCondor /

What an ultimately satisfying weekend for Seattle sports fans. Friday night, the Mariners clinched their first MLB playoffs spot in 21 years (Matty Beniers and Shane Wright were not born yet) winning on a two-out, full-count, ninth-inning pitch and home run by power-hitter/catcher Cal Raleigh.

Then on Saturday, the Kraken delivered another long-anticipated, discussed and sought after answer to a quest by kids and adults alike. Coming down from high-above and inside of Climate Pledge Arena's landmark roof, the team's new mascot, Buoy, arrived in a style that surely will set the tone for Seattle's newest fun one for pro sports teams.

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3 Game Essentials | Canucks at Kraken | 6:30 p.m.

Calling all Kraken fans and, yippee, mascot lovers. Arrive early for Saturday's 6:30 game (!) start to find out the newest member of the Seattle roster. Plus, roster shaking out

by Andy Eide / @AndyEide /
One: Mascot Mania

Saturday's game against the Vancouver Canucks will be remembered as the birth of the first mascot in Kraken history. The game starts at 6:30 but you will want to find your seats at Climate Pledge Arena early to meet the new mascot to be revealed during the pregame.

Video: A new friend is coming to The Deep soon...

What, or who, will the mascot be? The Kraken have dropped hints in a pair of videos that debuted during the Monday and Tuesday preseason games. The videos featured Kraken center Morgan Geekie, along with Seattle sports celebrities such as Seattle Sonics legend Detlef Schrempf, Storm star Breanna Stewart, Mariners reliever Paul Sewald, goalie Phallon Tullis-Joyce of OL Reign and Seahawks running back DeeJay Dallas. Plus, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell appeared, suggested the mascot should represent one of the landmarks in Seattle. Speculation is rampant, but it will be clarified Saturday night.

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Final Buzzer: A Whale of a Game

In a match that started with chippy play, a persistent effort brought the Kraken back from a two-goal deficit to earn an overtime win

by Alison Lukan / @AlisonL

The Kraken headed out on the road for the first time this preseason to line up against a veteran-heavy Vancouver squad. While most of the Seattle players had seen some preseason action it was the first outing for Tye Kartye, Cameron Hughes, Austin Poganski and Matt Tennyson. And there were many lessons to learn about the levels of competition in the NHL. But that is the point of preseason play.

The Kraken fell down on the scoreboard early with the Canucks scoring two goals in the first ten minutes of play, but they were able to steady themselves and maintain play in the second period before building a comeback in the final twenty minutes of regulation to force overtime. In extra time, back-and-forth play filled the majority of the bonus minutes before Ryan Donato got off on the breakaway and beat Arturs Silvo for the game winner with forty seconds remaining on the clock.

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Half and Half = Two Wins

After watching Monday's split-squad take the preseason opener, the other main training camp group posts a second straight shutout and two veteran goals

by Bob Condor / @ByBobCondor

Flanked by veterans Jordan Eberle to his right and Jaden Schwartz on the left, 2022 first-round draft choice Shane Wright debuted for Kraken here Tuesday at Climate Pledge Arena. Wright notched two shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes and joined Eberle, Schwartz, Jared McCann and Vince Dunn on the first power play unit. The 18-year-old looked comfortable with the speed of play.

Fellow 2022 draft pick Jagger Firkus (No. 35 overall) pulled on a Kraken game jersey for the first time too. He showed flashes of the high-skill offensive toolkit that prompted Seattle hockey operation to make the selection despite 5-foot-10 Firkus weighing in at an official weight of 154 pounds for NHL Draft week. Firkus' control of the puck was mixed, but he looked most comfortable during his final shift of Period 1, firing a wrist shot saved by Flames veteran goalie Dan Vladar

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Camping By Night and Day

As preseason games dot the calendar, practices continue to fill the player schedules this week. Plus, Dave Hakstol's thoughts on young centers Beniers, Wright and Petman

by Bob Condor / @ByBobCondor /

As morning skaters and preseason games mix with daily practices these next two weeks (only 20 players dress for games among nearly 60 camp participants), the logbook for Kraken Training Camp Presented by Starbucks is filling up with entries, night and day:

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3 Game Essentials | Flames at Kraken

Mix of 2021-22 scorers and top draft choices from this summer make preseason debuts against division foe Calgary Tuesday, plus forward depth personified

by Bob Condor / @ByBobCondor /
One: Find Your Groups

Coach Dave Hakstol split his squad during early training camp because it's difficult to fit nearly 60 players on one sheet of ice for the fast-moving drills, repetition and individual instruction that all NHL coaching staffs seek. That's why two primary groups have been skating and training at Kraken Community Iceplex over the last week.

The second group, aka Team Blue, will get its opportunity to impress coaches, the Kraken front office and fans alike Tuesday when Calgary comes to town for the second of six preseason games for Seattle. Among other notables, goaltender Philipp Grubauer (guess here is he starts and play half the game) will be in net to answer a rock-solid game for newcomer free agent Martin Jones (14 saves in 30-some minutes) and Joey Daccord on Monday. Daccord, just minutes after subbing for Jones, even added a primary assist to set up Ryan Donato's thrilling wraparound goal.


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