Out of nowhere, the Kraken decided to hold a press conference today with much of the executive core of the team showing up. Naturally, this caused quite a bit of a stir, with certain elements becoming very leery of what that could mean.
Thankfully, it was nothing but good news. The Kraken announced that Ron Francis will be helming the direction of The Deep for an extra three years!
Francis as you know is the first ever GM of the Kraken, and has steered the team through it’s inaugural season and into this one, bringing the team steadily into a place where they could seriously consider themselves contenders in the Western Conference going into the next couple of years.
Here’s what Ron had to say about his time so far working with Seattle:
“We have been able to maintain what we set out to do. . .If there’s a way we can improve our team and we feel makes us better, we’re certainly not going to hesitate to do that. We think we’ve got a good group and we’re headed in the right direction.
While last season’s team defied the odds and exceeded expectations with resilient, relentless and selfless play, off the ice they’re becoming part of the fabric of our community. I’d like to thank the ownership group for their continued faith in me, I’m surrounded by a talented staff and unbelievable fans who’ve shown incredible passion for this team. I’m excited for the future and look to build upon the strong foundation we’ve established.”
It’s a good thing they got him locked down too, after the Finals featuring Florida and Vegas are over, the turnaround on the Draft is less than a few weeks, and Free Agency just after it. With 10 picks in his hand as well as five RFAs to make decisions on, one can only imagine how much work he has to contend with in the upcoming month or two.
Regardless, here’s to a successful next few years for Ronnie!