May 26th, 2024

Seattle Kraken fire coach Dave Hakstol after leading the franchise for its first 3 seasons

By Tim Booth, The Associated Press on April 29, 2024.

Seattle Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol reacts toward players during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif., Monday, April 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SEATTLE (AP) – The Seattle Kraken fired coach Dave Hakstol on Monday after the third-year franchise took a significant step back following a playoff appearance in their second season.

Hakstol was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year last season as Seattle finished with 100 points and reached the Western Conference semifinals in its second year.

But the Kraken failed to match expectations this season and spent most of the year trying to climb back into playoff contention after a terrible start, and failed to build on the success of that playoff run. Seattle finished tied for fifth in the Pacific Division after going 34-35-13 with 81 points, and was officially eliminated from playoff contention with two weeks left in the regular season.

Hakstol went 107-112-27 in his three seasons in charge of the Kraken.

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