18 July 2024

Seattle Kraken coach Dave Hakstol, who guided the franchise to its first playoff appearance a year ago, won’t get another chance at a second such berth.

 

The Kraken fired Hakstol, 55, on Monday after a disappointing campaign in which the team missed the playoffs and finished with 12 fewer wins and 19 fewer points than last season. His dismissal comes only 10 months after being a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year.

After a season-ending road victory against Minnesota on April 18, Hakstol had said: “Now, we have to take a step back and make sure that we do everything that we can to make sure that we’re not in this situation a year from now.”

 

Those above him in the organization apparently felt a change in coaches was one of those things.

 

Kraken general manager Ron Francis did not immediately announce a replacement but released a statement:

 

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