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Seattle Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol, left, with team CEO Tod Leiweke, center, and general manager Ron Francis. Seattle?s management is still dealing with the mixed emotions that came with the Kraken?s unexpected playoff run and the disappointment when it ended. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Rise of the Kraken leaves GM Ron Francis pleased, not satisfied after playoff run

Seattle Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol, left, with team CEO Tod Leiweke, center, and general manager Ron Francis. Seattle?s management is still dealing with the mixed emotions that came with the Kraken?s unexpected playoff run and the disappointment when it ended. (AP Photo/Ted S.

May 18, 2023, 4:02pm National Sports

As the Seattle Kraken scattered following the end of their second season in existence, general manager Ron Francis and coach Dave Hakstol received an overwhelming message from their players. Read story

Fans cheer as the Seattle Kraken celebrate a 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Saturday, May 13, 2023, in Seattle.

Kraken believe unexpected playoff run is the foundation for future success

Fans cheer as the Seattle Kraken celebrate a 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Saturday, May 13, 2023, in Seattle.

May 16, 2023, 6:00pm National Sports

Of all the victories the Seattle Kraken enjoyed in its second year — 46 in the regular season and another seven in the playoffs — the biggest was a broader win that went beyond the ice. Read story

Seattle Kraken center Yanni Gourde (37) celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars with Oliver Bjorkstrand (22) and Eeli Tolvanen (20) during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Saturday, May 13, 2023, in Seattle.

Kraken outshine Stars 6-3, send series to deciding Game 7

Seattle Kraken center Yanni Gourde (37) celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars with Oliver Bjorkstrand (22) and Eeli Tolvanen (20) during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Saturday, May 13, 2023, in Seattle.

May 13, 2023, 7:29pm Latest News

Jordan Eberle scored twice, Eeli Tolvanen had a goal and two assists, and the Seattle Kraken beat the Dallas Stars 6-3 on Saturday night to force a deciding Game 7 in their Western Conference semifinal series. Read story

Dallas Stars' Roope Hintz celebrates after scoring against the Seattle Kraken during the first period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Thursday, May 11, 2023, in Dallas.

Stars down Kraken 5-2 to take 3-2 series lead back to Seattle

Dallas Stars' Roope Hintz celebrates after scoring against the Seattle Kraken during the first period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Thursday, May 11, 2023, in Dallas.

May 11, 2023, 9:59pm National Sports

Roope Hintz had two goals and had an assist, Joe Pavelski scored his seventh goal of the second-round series and the Dallas Stars beat the Seattle Kraken 5-2 in Game 5 on Thursday night. Read story

Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) looks back at a goal by Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn, not seen, as Stars left wing Jason Robertson (21) celebrates during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 9, 2023, in Seattle.

Pavelski scores 6th of series, Stars top Kraken 6-3

Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) looks back at a goal by Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn, not seen, as Stars left wing Jason Robertson (21) celebrates during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 9, 2023, in Seattle.

May 9, 2023, 10:26pm Latest News

Joe Pavelski scored his sixth goal of the series as part of a four-goal second period for Dallas, and the Stars routed the Seattle Kraken 6-3 on Tuesday night in Game 4 to even the Western Conference semifinal series. Read story

Seattle Kraken left wing Brandon Tanev (13) and a member of the Kraken staff, right, accompany left wing Jared McCann (19) off the ice after McCann was hit into the boards by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Monday, April 24, 2023, in Seattle.

McCann back on ice, but not ready to return yet for Kraken

Seattle Kraken left wing Brandon Tanev (13) and a member of the Kraken staff, right, accompany left wing Jared McCann (19) off the ice after McCann was hit into the boards by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Monday, April 24, 2023, in Seattle.

May 6, 2023, 2:38pm National Sports

The Seattle Kraken welcomed leading scorer Jared McCann back to practice on Saturday, but coach Dave Hakstol doesn’t expect the forward to be available for Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series against Dallas on Sunday. Read story

Fans stand and cheer as Dallas Stars center Joe Pavelski, front center, celebrates with the bench after scoring against the Seattle Kraken in the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 4, 2023, in Dallas.

Pavelski scores again as Stars beat Kraken 4-2 to even series

Fans stand and cheer as Dallas Stars center Joe Pavelski, front center, celebrates with the bench after scoring against the Seattle Kraken in the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 4, 2023, in Dallas.

May 4, 2023, 10:15pm Latest News

Joe Pavelski scored his fifth goal in two games since returning from concussion protocol with an assist from Wyatt Johnston, his 19-year-old rookie housemate who also scored a goal, and the Dallas Stars beat Seattle 4-2 on Thursday night to tie the second-round series at a game each. Read story

Seattle Kraken center Ryan Donato (9) is defended by Colorado Avalanche center Lars Eller (20) during the second period of Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Thursday, April 20, 2023, in Denver.

Avs rally to beat Kraken 3-2, tie playoff series at 1-1

Seattle Kraken center Ryan Donato (9) is defended by Colorado Avalanche center Lars Eller (20) during the second period of Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Thursday, April 20, 2023, in Denver.

April 20, 2023, 10:01pm Latest News

Devon Toews scored with 7:01 remaining to complete Colorado’s rally from two goals down as the Avalanche beat the Seattle Kraken 3-2 on Thursday night to even their first-round series at a game apiece. Read story

Seattle Kraken center Morgan Geekie (67) is congratulated for his goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Tuesday, April 18, 2023, in Denver.

Kraken make successful playoff debut, stun Avalanche 3-1

Seattle Kraken center Morgan Geekie (67) is congratulated for his goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Tuesday, April 18, 2023, in Denver.

April 18, 2023, 10:17pm Latest News

Alex Wennberg had a goal and an assist, Philipp Grubauer stopped 34 shots and the Seattle Kraken made a successful playoff debut by beating the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Tuesday night. Read story

Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, front left, celebrates his goal against Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Seattle.

Vegas claims Pacific Division crown with 3-1 win over Kraken

Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, front left, celebrates his goal against Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Seattle.

April 13, 2023, 10:34pm National Sports

Alec Martinez broke a tie midway through the second period and the Vegas Golden Knights won their fourth Pacific Division title with a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Kraken in the regular-season finale Thursday night. Read story