Seattle Kraken will wait to name head coach – Yardbarker

Although the Seattle Kraken are set to take the ice as the NHLs 32nd franchise in less than a year, the team is in no rush to name its inaugural head coach. The team did not hesitate to get a jump on hiring a GM, landing Ron Francis in July 2019, but now Francis tellsThe Athletics Pierre LeBrun that the team is willing to wait on their next major personnel decision:

The sentiment makes sense and actually should not come as much of a surprise; the Vegas Golden Knights did not name Gerard Gallant (who is currently available) as their head coach until April 2017, just two months ahead of the 2017 Expansion Draft. With the high likelihood of another NHL season that could run later into the calendar year than usual, given the delayed start, Seattle would still have many months left before making a coaching decision in order to keep to Vegas timeline.

However, Francis does mention that the Kraken can begin making roster transactions prior to the Expansion Draft, stating that they will officially become a member of the league with player movement abilities once their final expansion payment in made to the league early next year. That of course raises a chicken-and-egg debate: Do they hire a coach and base their early signings and trades on his style, or do they make moves and then find a coach who might best fit those players and their 2021 Expansion Draft targets?

With that in mind, LeBrun asks Francis whether he has interviewed any candidates yet for head coach. Francis refused to answer, so make of that what you will. He did hint that the team is starting to get a better idea of who might be available in the expansion draft next offseason and how that could drive the teams philosophy and whether that pairs with any available head coaches, so a coaching move could be on the horizon. He said:

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