Fans will be looking for a victory when the first puck is dropped.
on the Seattle kraken roster during their first regular-season game tonight. The reality is that it makes little difference whatever side of the win/loss column they end up on. They’ve already won, in fact.
When the puck drops on the Seattle Kraken’s ?
first regular-season game (against the Vegas Golden Knights) tonight, many supporters will be hoping for a Kraken win to highlight the team’s bright future. The reality is that it makes little difference whatever side of the win/loss column they end up on. The fact is, simply by having an NHL franchise in Seattle, they’ve already won.
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When the league approved an expansion team in Seattle ?
it enthralled locals and visitors alike – and the choice of a name like Kraken demonstrated that majority owners Jerry Bruckheimer, Tod Leiweke, and David Bonderman knew who their audience could be: hardcore hockey fans, as well as fans who wanted nothing more than to feel like they were in the big leagues, which had been somewhat muted in Seattle since the NBA SuperSonics left for Oklahoma City. Kraken was an ideal name for those who could conjure up images of the legendary monster and be delighted simply by hearing it. Fans may now emotionally (and financially) engage in something important after getting a firsthand look at a fresh new franchise.
And the Kraken’s actions so far have all been aimed towards appealing themselves to the wider community. They’ve aided in the resurgence of the University of Alaska Anchorage hockey programme in the NCAA. They founded The One Roof Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to environmental justice, child homelessness, and youth hockey access. The squad took part in the “Get Uncomfortable” promotion of the Black Girl Hockey Club. To summarise, the Kraken’s first emphasis was on establishing roots in Seattle and building on the city’s hockey heritage.
It really shouldn’t come as a surprise the Kraken have been hitting home runs since their inception.
Bruckheimer is best known for creating box office blockbusters such as “Top Gun,” “Con Air,” and “Beverly Hills Cop.” He’s a great mass entertainer, and wouldn’t you want him to create an entertaining experience out of thin air?
He’s right, of course. Not like the old-timers in the hockey establishment, Bruckheimer doesn’t want players and coaches to rely on humility while downplaying their immense abilities. They want their followers to have a more vibrant and enjoyable experience. Seeing Seattle publicly embrace more active participation is refreshing for the NHL and its clubs as a whole.
GM Ron Francis’ squad, built by the Kraken, may surprise hockey observers by making the playoffs in the talented but competitive Pacific Division, but it would be icing on the cake for the city of Seattle. Even though the NHL charged Seattle’s owners a staggering $650 million in expansion fees, the team’s owners are already earning millions in merchandise and TV rightsholder shares thanks to an extremely careful architectural decision. The Kraken will be able to recover quickly from the original franchise price that they paid.
Increased ticket prices will bring in more money as the on-ice product improves.
and ownership has already granted Francis permission to spend up to the wage cap’s top limit. The fact that the Kraken have invested more than $76.4 million on their 2021-22 squad demonstrates ownership’s commitment to competitiveness. In many ways, Seattle is all about putting the pedal to the metal, even if that isn’t always feasible on the ice. On-ice progress that is slow but consistent is more essential to them than a first-year super-splash like the Golden Knights had in their first NHL season. Between victories, the Kraken must have a positive impact on a variety of off-ice fronts. When their on-ice performance is weak, this will create enough public goodwill to keep Seattle in the news and at the top of online searches.
So, Kraken lovers, have fun with Game 1. It’ll be a lot of fun if they defeat Vegas in Las Vegas tonight. It’s also OK if they don’t. The advent of major-league hockey in Seattle is already a triumph.