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Notable News Surrounds the Seattle Kraken Club

There are a few newsworthy items surrounding the Seattle Kraken in recent days. What’s going on with the 32nd NHL franchise?

As the 2020-21 NHL season creeps closer and leads into the playoffs, then the drafts, including an expansion draft that will bring a 32nd team into the NHL, more and more discussion will involve the NHL’s newest franchise. Some of the talk is already happening considering how influential the Seattle Kraken might be when it comes to the other 31 teams organizational plans moving forward.

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In recent days, we’ve heard that a few teams are already planning to talk with Kraken GM Ron Francis about his vision, willingness to work with teams and their salary caps and more. There’s already news on those trade talks and other information that are relevant to the Seattle team this week.

First, the organization has continued to make their installment payments on their expansion fees and without interruption or delay. Once they hit their $650 million entry fee mark in March, team will be eligible to join in league functions such as Board of Governors’ and GM’s Meetings and, more importantly, they can begin making trades and signing free agents.

This is key for Seattle who will want to strike deals with the other clubs, picking up useful players with a bit of salary. So many NHL teams are trying to move contracts, there’s a huge opportunity for the Kraken to add pieces before the expansion draft even begins.

Second, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic has taken a look at how the franchise is going to approach building their team and discussed the club’s focus on analytics. In a recent article he talks about the team hires in that department, noting it’s a diverse group made up of quality analytics people.

The analytics department is now the second-largest in the NH (behind the Toronto Maple Leafs) and it will be interesting to see how much of a focus is place on that data when Seattle goes through and makes its picks during expansion.

Seattle Kraken arena season ticket sales

More Good Kraken News

It doesn’t appear the financial hardships that have hit the globe thanksto a pandemic have slowed down the fan’s interest in Seattle to watch the team live when games begin and fans can get back into the buildings.

TSN’s Pierre LeBrun noted that the Kraken expect to sell out their season ticket package offerings by February. This according to Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke.

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