In a major oof, Seattle Mayor, Jenny Durkan, may have just accidentally tweeted the name of the newest NHL expansion team.
#GoKraken? The newest expansion team in the NHL is going to be called the Seattle Kraken? With all the hype that was coming with the Seattle expansion, it’s a little disappointing that this is the way we all found out. What is also disappointing is just how bad this name is.
Typically, Seattle professional teams select their name based on something that is related to the city. The Mariners for the marine culture in Seattle, Supersonics because of the Boeing plant and Seahawks for reasons I am sure you can figure out.
There are no kraken around the Seattle Area though. In fact, there are no kraken anywhere. The kraken is an enormous mythical giant squid said to have appeared off the coast of Norway.
There is just no way that the city signed off a name that ridiculous. I think there is a bigger conspiracy going on and one of two things happened:
First scenario: The mayor really wanted the name to be the Kraken so she purposely released the tweet with the #gokraken with full knowledge that the name had not yet been released. She is just strong arming her way into getting what she wants.
Second scenario: The tweet was released for the sole purpose of gauging public response. If the people of Seattle seem to like Kraken then they will keep it. If not, they will issue a statement apologizing for the confusion and say they have yet to decide on the name.
As far as the potential names go, Kraken is not the worst, but it is also far from the best. Here is the list that Kraken was picked from:
- Seattle Cougars
- Seattle Eagles
- Seattle Emeralds
- Seattle Evergreens
- Seattle Firebirds
- Seattle Kraken
- Seattle Rainiers
- Seattle Renegades
- Seattle Sea Lions
- Seattle Seals
- Seattle Sockeyes
- Seattle Totems
- Seattle Whales
Despite the fact Kraken is just a terrible name, the Red Wings already have a monopoly on all things squid.