The Seattle Kraken have announced that they’ve signed head coach Dave Hakstol to a contract extension that may hold him with the membership by way of the 2025-26 season. No monetary particulars have been launched right now however the two-year contract offers the 54-year-old some safety approaching the heels of the primary 100-point season in franchise historical past.
Hakstol led the franchise to a collection of firsts in simply their second season of existence. The Kraken made the playoffs for the primary time and even knocked off the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche within the opening spherical for his or her first playoff collection win.
Hakstol oversaw one of the dramatic turnarounds in latest historical past as he took the Kraken from a thirtieth general end in 2021-22 to the second spherical of the playoffs. Seattle went from simply 60 factors in 2021-22 to 100 factors this previous season. The staff’s level share almost doubled going from .366 to .610. It was by far Hakstol’s most profitable season as a head coach within the NHL together with his earlier greatest coming whereas he was overseeing the Philadelphia Flyers in 2017-18. That yr he led the Flyers to a 98-point common season earlier than they had been dumped in six video games by the Pittsburgh Penguins within the first spherical of the playoffs.
Hakstol may not have big-name recognition, however he matches with what Seattle has constructed all through their lineup. They don’t have many large names of their lineup, however the membership confirmed unimaginable resiliency and grit all through this previous season. One thing Hakstol himself confirmed after an initially disappointing first season in Seattle.