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Media once again accused of lying after report on Dave Hakstol

Published May 1, 2024 at 6:29 PM

Seattle Kraken assistant captain Jordan Eberle has responded to report that top players with the team were responsible for getting coach Dave Hakstol fired

Dave Hakstol had already signed an extension with the Seattle Kraken that hadn't even kicked in yet when he was fired as head coach of the team this week. GM Ron Francis had nothing but praise for Hakstol and his three years with the Kraken, but said the team wanted to move in a different direction. Then came the report that players had a hand in getting Hakstol fired.

ESPN's Emily Kaplan was the first to report that "significant players" with the Kraken told Francis in their end-of-season interview that they likely wouldn't remain with the team if Hakstol continued as coach.

"What I can tell you is that GM Ron Francis did not want to make this move."

"I was told at the exit meetings with players, there were a handful of players, and pretty significant players, who made it clear to management 'I don't want to play on this team in the future if Dave Hakstol is still the coach. That forced them to make a change."

Kraken assistant captain Jordan Eberle was asked about that report during a radio interview, and denied it, calling the report disappointing.

"I was extremely disappointed [by the report].

"By no means did anyone go in with an ultimatum. It's just not how our team operates or how our group operates."

Eberle added the report wasn't fair to his former coach, and that he has nothing but respect for Hakstol.

"I felt bad for Hak because we hold him in high regard. And obviously, with the three years that we had, we took a massive step forward last year getting to the second round, and he's a big part of that."

Francis told reporters that the search for a new coach for the Seattle Kraken has already begun. Several reporters have linked current Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour to the job. Brind'Amour and Francis are former teammates, co-workers, and great friends.
May 1   |   266 answers
Media once again accused of lying after report on Dave Hakstol

Do you think Kaplan's report was true, or is Eberle being completely honest?

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