Kraken mailbag: Are there any ROOT Sports streaming options? Will the T-Birds keep Seattle in their name?
What a week for the NHL, which has shown fans around the world how its present is still shaped by forgettable parts of its past. Anyone who hasn’t seen the NHL’s “border justice” showcased on 1980s YouTube videos has only needed to watch a pair of New York Rangers and Washington Capitals cases this week for the understand.
Notorious Capitals badass Tom Wilson performed an act on Rangers forward Pavel Buchenevich on Monday, hitting him while he was face down on the ice in a scrum. After triggering the expected melee, Wilson then slammed the body of Rangers star Artemi Panarin after first pulling his hair out, then continued to punch him where he was now injured and take out the rest. of the season.
The head of the NHL’s player safety department, former police officer George Parros, fined Wilson only $ 5,000 without suspending him. The enraged Rangers erupted with a public statement accusing Parros of “dereliction of duty” and of being “unfit” for his job. As expected, after 24 hours of building up anger, Wednesday’s rematch puck looked like the movie. Slap, as the Rangers sought revenge. Three sets of players from both teams immediately paired up and began to throw each other.
In all, there were six fights in the first five minutes, including one involving Wilson, who had barely stepped on the ice for his first shift. Buchenevich later, high-stick Caps forward Anthony Mantha and – unlike Wilson – landed a one-game suspension, which did nothing to silence critics Parros and his old school boss, Executive Vice President of the NHL and defenseman of the 70s and 80s Colin Campbell. The Rangers were also fined $ 250,000 for their declaration of Parros – 50 times what Wilson got for starting it all.
Stanwood Capitals captain TJ Oshie also recorded a hat trick Wednesday in his first game after the death of his 56-year-old father, Tim, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, not many people talked about this part after the smoke cleared.
Bring the playoffs! And your questions about mail bags.
Q: @kpedraja asked: Is there any chance that @ROOTSPORTS_NW will make their service (and the Kraken games) available on a streaming service like YouTube TV? It would really help build the fan base.
A: There have been discussions between ROOT Sports Northwest and several streaming services. But I doubt you will see YouTube TV getting involved, as this service does not appear to have any interest in Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) as part of its business.
It’s not 2015. As a streaming service, you’ll either have an appetite to go after sports and pay what it costs, or continue to offer cheaper shows with less demand. If you watch AT&T TV, the only streaming service offering ROOT Sports, it also offers the Bally Sports line of 21 former FOX Sports regional outlets. Yes, AT&T TV costs more than YouTube TV – around $ 85 per month versus $ 65 – but that’s because AT&T TV paid the going rate for what regionalized live sports cost.
I would expect to see a few more serves possibly taking ROOT Sports ahead of the Kraken’s first season. But only those who have a committed sports platform.
Fubo TV fits this description. The company’s starter package costs $ 65 per month for channels including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2, NFL Network, Big Ten Network, NBCSN, and a small handful of RSN options depending on location.
Two of them are the former ROOT Sports networks of Pittsburgh and Houston, since renamed under the AT&T SportsNet banner. So, of course, it makes sense that Fubo TV is considering adding ROOT Sports here, but, again, at a cost.
Anyone who’s hoping to see Kraken games for $ 30 a month, or what those services used to cost when streaming was in its infancy, better forget about it. The cost of obtaining the rights to broadcast sporting events has not come down. The television networks that pay for these rights are not about to give them away for a good deal.
Q: @brycetacoma asked: Will the Seattle Thunderbirds still be Seattle. Or will they change their name to Kent. It looks like it could confuse two Seattle hockey teams.
A: They keep their name as is. The Kraken is committed to helping them and the Everett Silvertips through marketing projects and other forms of support. Neither junior team feels at risk of losing many longtime fans in person to the NHL club. Different savings at stake.
I asked the question directly to T-birds communications director Ian Henry and he replied, “We are proud to play in Kent and to have the city as a partner. We are not going to change our name. “
Q: @jcoulterbrown asked: Is it me or is this arena more on top of the ice than most? Looks like the fans are going to get some amazing views.
A: Yes, it is more “on top” because of the slope. When the renovation was planned, the architects looked at some of hockey’s steepest seating sites. In the old days, before the “bigger is better” mentality, several revered hockey buildings – including the Boston Garden, Maple Leaf Gardens and the Forum in Montreal – were intimate, highly ranked, and offered great views.
The AECOM report commissioned by Seattle City Council in 2014 recommended stiffer seats to fit a refurbished KeyArena arena within the narrow confines offered under its roof, which was to be historically preserved. Architectural firm Populous, hired by group developer Oak View in the current Climate Pledge Arena, followed the report’s recommendation.
“The roof, I think, forces you to create a very intimate seating bowl,” Chris Carver, senior manager of that company, told me in 2017. “We’re trying to compress things… so that gives us more freedom. opportunities to create great seating, even on the upper deck.
So they dug deeper, built an intimate bowl of just over 17,000 seats, mostly underground, and the rest should be easy – or at least, a lot easier – to see.
Q: @SasquatchNHL asked: I heard anything about an open house at @ClimateArena before the start of the season?
A: Yes, they are planning something before the opener but also after the opener. They have already invited certain season ticket holders to come and check their physical seats on a limited basis. But these open days that I referred to will be for fans in general. Details to come as the reopening approaches.
Q: @ The_blakeshow88 Asked: Expansion Draft and Rookie Draft previews. Who are the players most likely to be on the Kraken shortlist?
A: It would take thousands of words to describe all the team and player possibilities for the expansion draft, but goalies are essential. They will likely include a couple of Jake Allen from Montreal, Braden Holtby from Vancouver, Vitek Vanacek from Washington, Chris Driedger from Florida, Cam Talbot from Edmonton and Aidin Hill from Arizona.
Defenseman possibilities include Matt Dumba of Minnesota, Shayne Gostisbehere of Philadelphia, Brady Skjei of Caroline, Devon Toews of Colorado and maybe a few salary additions such as Brent Burns of San Jose or PK Subban of New Jersey. Forwards will likely include at least one of the three local guys in Oshie, Tyler Johnson of Tampa Bay or Dylan Gambrell of San Jose. Philadelphia’s James Van Riemsdyk is a salary bumper, but he’s productive and the Kraken need to spend at least $ 48.9 million next season on his 30 picks. Honestly, too many combos and accompanying possibilities to guess in a few graphics.
The entry draft is easier, given that the Kraken are guaranteed among the top five picks and there are several prized defenders to choose from if the lottery goes its way to Seattle. Owen Power, 18, of the University of Michigan is a 6-foot-5, 214-pounder known for his maturity, poise and skillful passing, and he may be the only NHL-ready blue-liner given the lack of play at the time of the pandemic. time for other prospects.
Simon Edvinsson, 17, of Sweden, is a 6-4, 203-pounder known for his puck-moving ability, and 6-2 Luke Hughes, 17, of the United States National Team Development Program has two recent top 10 picks in the NHL. for the brothers and is a strong and mobile skater. Unlike Power, Edvinsson and Hughes probably need more seasoning before any jump into the NHL.
Brandt Clarke, 18, weighing 6-2 and 190 pounds, is another solid skating defenseman who should go high. But the Ontario Hockey League hasn’t played this season and he’s been looking for time on the ice with a professional Slovakian team. He’s performed well in limited games and the Kraken spotted him at the IIHF World Under-18 Championships in Texas.
If the Kraken go for the offense, there’s Dylan Guenther, 18, a 6-1, 175-pound straight-winger for the WHL Edmonton Oil Kings, whom the Kraken also spotted – along with Edvinsson. – at U-18. Event. Guenther is known for his solid work in the toughest areas of the ice, as evidenced by his keeping alive for a tying Team Canada goal in Thursday night’s U-18 victory over Russia.
Additionally, Matthew Beniers, 18, a 6-1, 175-pound Michigan center, looked great for the U.S. team at the world junior championships in January and is considered capable in the NHL in his post, while d other young center players are often converted to wings.