Seattle Kraken key dates as they officially become part of the NHL with final payment

The Seattle Kraken are now officially the 32nd franchise in the NHL. They made their final installment payment today, which confirms their inclusion for next season.

Seattle Kraken send message out to fans

“Today is another momentous day on the journey to puck drop,” owner David Bonderman wrote. “I would like to thank Gary Bettman and the NHL for welcoming us to the league.” The message continued with a shout out to their already growing fan base. “I also want to thank my partners in our ownership group for their support and our incredible fans who have made their enthusiasm for hockey heard loud and clear.”

NHL welcomes Seattle

The NHL also sent out a message in kind after the Kraken made their final payment today.

“On behalf of the Board of Governors, I am delighted to officially welcome the Seattle Kraken to the NHL as our 32nd Member Club,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Congratulations to David Bonderman, the Bonderman Family, their partners, the entire Seattle Kraken organization, the city of Seattle and Kraken fans as the Club continues on its exciting journey towards puck drop in October.”

Key Dates for Seattle

Ron Francis has already begun working as they look to hire their first head coach by June 30th. Here are other key dates.

  • 7/17 – Protected Lists Submitted
  • 7/18 to 7/20 – Seattle UFA Period Begins (they get first crack at talking to UFAs)
  • 7/21 – Expansion Draft
  • 7/23 – NHL Entry Draft
  • 7/28 – Free Agency officially opens

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