SEATTLE (AP) — Short of being awarded the franchise and the completion of an arena, the biggest step in the creation of the Seattle Kraken comes Wednesday with the expansion draft. Seattle will get a chance to show whether it intends to be a contender right away. The festivities could possibly soothe some bitter feelings in Seattle from more than a decade ago. The expansion draft lands on the same week during which the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics were sold 15 years ago, the first step in the franchise's departure for Oklahoma City.

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