USA Hockey player membership analysis for 2023-24
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by John Barr
3d ago
USA Hockey player memberships grew by 1.5 percent over the 2023-24 season compared to the previous season. While this growth is a positive sign for hockey participation, the numbers have not yet reached the pre-pandemic levels of the 2018-19 season. Let’s dive into the details of the report to understand where hockey is growing and identify potential opportunities for further growth. USA Hockey player memberships by year USA Hockey reported 564,468 player members during the 2023-24 season. This represents an increase of 8,262 members from the previous season, although it is slightly lower than ..read more
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Getting to know the Seattle Kraken Ice Breakers
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by Blaiz Grubic
3d ago
At every TV timeout at an NHL hockey game, a group of uniformed shovel bearers takes the ice and quickly manages to clear the playing surface snow and debris. These folks usually get tuned out by fans in attendance, since they are not meant to draw attention, but they are undoubtedly an important part of the show. For Seattle Kraken games at Climate Pledge Arena, these folks are known as the Ice Breakers. I sat down with Ice Breaker team member Kevin Ruuhela and Kraken entertainment experience and promotions specialist Nicole “Shabz” Shabaz to get a behind-the-scenes view of who the Ice Breake ..read more
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WHL Offseason Pulse; Everett Silvertips closing in on GM, Head Coach, & Landon DuPont decisions
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by Cameron Riggers
6d ago
It’s been nearly two months since the Everett Silvertips started looking to backfill its head coach and general manager positions, and yeaahh this is definitely taking longer than it’s needed to. The organization is showing signs of making these critical decisions, though, as well as a decision regarding their highly touted defensive prospect very shortly. Silvertips chief operating officer Zoran Rajcic spoke with The Everett Herald this week, indicating that both the general manager and head coaching positions have been filled as of now, and the organization is waiting for the right time to a ..read more
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Kraken’s Free Agency Dilemma: Are huge free-agent contracts worth it?
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by John Barr
6d ago
The NHL free agency period will open on July 1, and NHL teams will be tempted to sign blue-chip free agents who become available. The allure of acquiring top-tier talent through a big-money contract can be irresistible, and while the Kraken’s options might be limited this offseason, they will still need to weigh the risks and future contributions of signing one of these top available players. The critical question remains: is spending a substantial portion of the salary cap on one superstar truly worth it? In this post, we will delve into the intricacies of high-value contracts in NHL free age ..read more
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Kraken free agency primer: roster spots and cap space
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by John Barr
1w ago
As the Stanley Cup Playoffs wind down, our focus has started to turn to the offseason. We already spent a week looking at the Seattle Kraken prospect pool, and now we are dedicating this week to free agency, which is just three weeks away. Free agency is always a tricky time. Current state Defining the current Seattle Kraken roster that is officially under contract is a bit nuanced, but I am going to do my best. As a starting point, from the returning players from last season’s team, the Seattle Kraken have eight forwards, six defensemen, and two goalies signed for next season. Currently not ..read more
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Stanley Cup Final Preview – Edmonton Oilers versus Florida Panthers
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by Blaiz Grubic
1w ago
After almost daily NHL postseason hockey action since the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, this past week has been a long one. The Florida Panthers are finally set to face-off against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Here is the series schedule: Game 1: Saturday, June 8 – Edmonton Oilers at Florida Panthers – 5 p.m. PT Game 2: Monday, June 10 – Edmonton Oilers at Florida Panthers – 5 p.m. PT Game 3: Thursday, June 13 – Florida Panthers at Edmonton Oilers – 5 p.m. PT Game 4: Saturday, June 15 – Florida Panthers at Edmonton Oilers – 5 p.m. PT Game 5: Tuesday, June 18 – Edmonton Oilers at Flor ..read more
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The offseason to-do list for Ron Francis and the Seattle Kraken
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by Darren Brown
1w ago
With just one more round of Stanley Cup Playoff hockey left to go, it’s challenging to wrap one’s head around the fact that the Seattle Kraken have not been in contention for the Stanley Cup Final since April 3. That’s two full months since Seattle was mathematically eliminated, during which the Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers have continued on in battle and now stand one step away from hockey’s pinnacle. General manager Ron Francis surely wants his team to at least be relevant in 2024-25, but to avoid another early bow out by the Kraken, there are a lot of levers that need pulling. As th ..read more
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A data-driven look at 2024 NHL Draft top prospects
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by Curtis Isacke
2w ago
A few weeks ago we dug into all NHL-affiliated prospects, first ranking the Seattle Kraken’s prospects and then comparing the prospect pools of every team in the league based on player production from the 2023-24 season. Now, as the calendar turns to June, we look to the future. Draft season is upon us. In less than four weeks, just after 4:00 p.m. PT on Friday, June 28, the San Jose Sharks will make Macklin Celebrini the first overall pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. This much we’re fairly confident about. After that, the real game begins. Who are the best prospects? Who should the Kraken (or your ..read more
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Crafting a Contender: Lessons for the Seattle Kraken on roster construction
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by John Barr
2w ago
As the Seattle Kraken aim to rise in the NHL standings, examining the roster-building strategies of this year’s Stanley Cup semi-finalists offers valuable insights into how contending teams have been constructed. Each of the final four clubs—the Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, and New York Rangers—has taken a distinct path to success. From Edmonton’s draft-centric approach to Dallas’s drafting without tanking, Florida’s bold trading, and New York’s hybrid method, the Kraken have multiple models to consider. This article explores these different strategies, discussing how Seatt ..read more
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Dan Bylsma was always the choice to become the next Kraken head coach
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by Darren Brown
3w ago
As is now being widely reported, Dan Bylsma is expected to be announced as the new head coach of the Seattle Kraken in a press conference Tuesday at Kraken Community Iceplex. Assuming the reports are correct, Bylsma will become the second head coach in franchise history, replacing Dave Hakstol at the helm after three seasons.  Jets introduced Scott Arniel today…another coaching vacancy soon to be filled.  Hearing Dan Bylsma is the choice in Seattle — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 27, 2024 We say “assuming the reports are correct” because the last time the Kraken hired a he ..read more
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