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The AHL Will Be A Temporary Stop For Shane Wright

11/21/2022 at 11:33am EST

from Steven Ellis of The Daily Faceoff,

On October 26, I wrote about Shane Wright’s lack of playing time in Seattle.

That was 26 days ago. Since then, the Kraken have played 10 games. Wright has suited up in two of them with just 22 minutes of total ice time.

So, really, not much has changed, other than they’re finally able to send him to the AHL. After being a healthy scratch in five consecutive games, he became eligible to get sent down to Coachella Valley, something the team promptly elected to do late Sunday night ahead of the team’s trip to Calgary.

Perfect. The best solution. He isn’t eligible to play full-time in the AHL due to the NHL/CHL agreement preventing major junior players from playing in the AHL. But he doesn’t have a ton to gain from playing in the NHL, either. Something had to give.

But that’s for five games maximum. Then what?

Not much has changed since Oct. 26, and now Wright’s stuck in the shadow realm waiting for the best path forward. Unlike most prospects his age, he hasn’t had any consistency – other than a lack of consistency – from the get-go. For a kid his age, this is a terrible development path, but it’s hard to argue for anything better right now. He nearly had 100 points last year as a draft-eligible prospect – could he truly gain anything against junior players?

That’s why the AHL is a nice little stopgap. But like any stopgap, it’s temporary, allowing him to play up to five games during a maximum of 14 days. Fourteen days from Sunday is Dec. 5, two days after the fifth possible game he could play with the Firebirds. On Dec. 6, the Kraken play Montreal – the team most people expected to pick him – which wouldn’t be an awkward return or anything.


The Seattle Kraken Are On A Roll

11/04/2022 at 9:19am EDT

from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

There were moments before the surging Kraken opened the scoring floodgates here Thursday night when goaltender Martin Jones was the only thing standing between them and a second-period deficit.

And then, after second period goals by Morgan Geekie, Jamie Oleksiak and Alex Wennberg stunned the home crowd at Xcel Energy Center arena, it would be Jones coming through again with two huge stops late in the frame to keep his team’s sizable lead heading to intermission. That lead stood up from there and Wennberg added his second of the night in the third period of a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Wild for a Kraken team that’s now captured three straight and four of five.

“Momentum’s obviously a big part of games and to be able to go in with a three-goal lead and then come out and really shut them down for the first five or six minutes of the (third) period was really good,” Jones said afterward.


Watch the game highlights below.

Getting Noticed In Seattle

10/26/2022 at 9:51am EDT

from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

The trio of Climate Pledge Arena matchups presents an opportunity for the Kraken in their bigger, ongoing battle to define for local fans what type of team they’ll be. Establishing a stronger on-ice identity would be a step toward greater relevance in a market where their season debut was overshadowed by the playoff Mariners. They’ll also compete for attention in coming months with the surprising first-place Seahawks.

Through seven games entering Tuesday’s matchup against Buffalo, the Kraken showed signs of escaping their placement among the NHL’s bottom rungs. And that would be critical to making them a hotter ticket and filling some of the ample empty seats at an officially “sold out” home arena, where the Kraken failed to win their first three games.

But wanting it and actually going out and getting it done are different things.

This team is fast becoming a case study for glass-half-full, glass-half-empty factions. Optimists point to wins at Los Angeles and Colorado amid a .500 performance in five consecutive games against expected playoff squads as proof that the Kraken can contend all season.

And that ability to hang around, lending importance to games not just now but down the road in March and perhaps April, will be the true measuring stick for Kraken success. Expansion team or not, nobody running the Kraken expected them to perform as poorly as they did last season, and there is zero appetite within the fledgling organization for another campaign filled with struggles to build value in the product they’re trying to sell.


Morning Line -Jared Bednar

10/22/2022 at 8:43am EDT

“Sloppy. Poor execution. Really the whole night,” Bednar said. “So that’s why we didn’t get any shots. Tough to get shots when you can’t execute. Whether it’s decisions, execution: sloppy. Spent the whole night defending.”

-Jared Bednar, head coach of the Colorado Avalanche after a 3-2 home loss to the Seattle Kraken. Bennett Durando of the Denver Post has more.

Watch the game highlights below.

The Seattle Kraken Have Improved, But

10/13/2022 at 8:54am EDT

from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

On the team-improvement front, general manager Ron Francis signed offensive-minded defenseman Justin Schultz and imported the new forwards partly to help Grubauer out. The thinking is that the longer the Kraken maintain offensive possession, the less time teams will have to test Grubauer.

Schultz also balances out a blue-line corps that skewed toward left-handed point shots and slower-moving, defense-first types.

The Kraken can roll out three balanced defensive pairings with nobody forced to play on their opposite-shooting side.

It looks great on paper. But paper isn’t where the Kraken play games. Though they could potentially compete with Vegas, Los Angeles and Vancouver for standings positioning beneath Pacific Division favorites Calgary and Edmonton, they can’t take several weeks to get going.

“The ‘compete level’ has been high,” Gourde said of training camp. “The intensity is high. It’s been super fun. And the new faces, the new additions have been working very hard.”

And that must continue beyond a winning preseason for the summertime fixes to flip results in the Kraken’s favor.

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