Kraken Forward Wants To Stay In Seattle Long-Term

The Seattle Kraken made stunning huge strides in their second NHL season, cracking the 100-point mark, going 46-28-8 and winning their first ever playoff series. And they couldn't have done it without the greybeard on the team, 33-year-old Jordan Eberle. 

Now, with the recent expansion upstarts in Seattle, Eberle would like nothing better than to continue on long-term with the Kraken, as he confirmed upon reporting to camp this past week. 

“I’ve made my stance clear as far as I love it here,” Eberle said. “I want to be here. And I want to be a part of a winning group. I think we have one here.” 

Eberle says he'd be more than happy to sign an extension in Seattle. He's going into the final season of a five-year contract he signed with the New York Islanders, that carries a $5.5M cap hit. Without an extension, he's set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Are the Kraken ready to fork over a long-term deal to a 33-year-old? Eberle recorded his best season in years in 2022-23, hitting the 20-goal mark (21) for the 8th time in his career (second consecutive with Seattle), while notching 63 points, his best mark in eight years. 

It remains to be seen if Kraken GM Ron Francis is ready to invest in one of the team's oldest players going forward. 

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