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Seattle NHL expansion team 'going to be ready' despite pandemic

At two-year mark, Kraken continuing to prepare for 2021-22 debut amid challenges

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

Ron Francis held his first pro scouting meetings during the last week of January. The general manager of the NHL's newest team, soon to be called the Seattle Kraken, gathered the scouts in Seattle so they could get to know each other and start preparing for the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft.

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Five Questions With...

Five Questions with Robert Kron

Kraken director of amateur scouting shares vision of working with NHL expansion team

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Robert Kron, whom the Seattle Kraken announced as their director of amateur scouting Oct. 30. Kron played 12 seasons as a forward in the NHL from 1990-2002, scoring 338 points (144 goals, 194 assists) in 771 games for the Vancouver Canucks, Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets. He spent 12 seasons as an amateur scout with the Hurricanes from 2008-2020, rising to director of European scouting last year. Now he will help build the newest NHL expansion team, which will participate in its first amateur draft next year before beginning play in the 2021-22 season.

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Seattle expansion team turns to tech hubs to fill analytics staff roles

Kraken hire candidates from outside sports for hockey operations jobs

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

John Mavroudis was vacationing in Seattle when a friend shared a link to a job posting. The NHL's newest expansion team, not yet named the Seattle Kraken, was looking for a data engineer.

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Kraken season-ticket sales being conducted virtually because of pandemic

NHL expansion team, to begin play in 2021-22, relying on Zoom calls rather than in-person tours

by Andy Eide / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

The Seattle Kraken have begun to sell season tickets, ending a two-year wait for depositors eager to select their seat at Climate Pledge Arena.

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Short Shifts

Kraken website features section on community involvement, activism

NHL's 32nd team offering links, information to support anti-racism movement

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

The soon-to-be newest team in the NHL isn't waiting until it plays games to make a big impact in its community.

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Short Shifts

Kraken raise flag atop Seattle's famous Space Needle

With help of mayor, giant logo now flying above city from point of iconic landmark

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

They didn't just release the Kraken, they raised it.

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Short Shifts

Players, coaches, Hollywood stars pumped for Kraken announcement

Seattle's big news caught attention of those around NHL, fans alike

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Ray Ferraro reacts to the Kraken

Ferraro joins the show to give his reaction to Kraken

Ray Ferraro joins the show to give his reaction to the Seattle Kraken name, the future of the franchise and the city's attraction for players

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The Seattle Kraken are here and they are letting everyone know it.

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Releasing the Kraken serious undertaking for Seattle expansion team

NHL expansion team did extensive research before deciding on name

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

Release the Kraken.

It sounded cool when the Seattle NHL expansion team announced its name, colors and logo Thursday. It looked cool on the line of merchandise that went on sale immediately.

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Seattle 2021 NHL Expansion Draft rules same as Golden Knights followed

Kraken will select one player from each team, excluding Vegas

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NHL Tonight: Expansion draft

Expansion draft rules for Seattle's NHL franchise

Jamison Coyle and E.J. Hradek discuss the expansion draft rules for the League's 32nd NHL franchise

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Seattle was granted an expansion franchise by the NHL on Dec. 4, 2018 and will begin play in 2021-22. The Seattle Kraken will be in the Pacific Division with the Arizona Coyotes moving to the Central Division.

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Seattle Kraken reveal nickname for NHL expansion team

Will begin play in 2021-22 season; also unveil colors, logo

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

Seattle released the Kraken on Thursday, unveiling its long-awaited name, logo and colors in an event at Climate Pledge Arena.

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