Breaking: Seattle Kraken Make Decision on Dave Hakstol's Future

He led the Seattle Kraken to a stunning second season of existence in the 2022-23 season, including a playoff appearance and a first-round series victory, but a disappointing follow-up season this year has led to Dave Hakstol being fired as head coach.

In addition to Hakstol, assistant coach Paul McFarland is also out.

Hakstol finished with a 107–112-27 record as the first coach in Kraken history, over three seasons. This year, the team finished under .500, at 34-35-13 with 81 points, a full 17 points back of a Wild Card berth.

After the shocking second-season success, and a two-year contract extension signed this past summer, many pundits are raising an eyebrow at the Kraken's move.

Nevertheless, the team has decided to go in another direction. 

“Following our end-of-the-season review, we have decided to make a change at our head coach position," said GM Ron Francis in making the announcement. "These decisions are never easy, but we feel this is a necessary step to help ensure our team continues to improve and evolve. Dave is a good coach and a terrific person. We wish him and his family all the best. We will begin our search for the Kraken’s next head coach immediately.”

Hakstol is now the 4th head coach this season to be fired before their extensions even began, joining Todd McLellan, Lindy Ruff, and Don Granato.

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