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Could Dan Bylsma be the new Kraken head coach?

Published May 2, 2024 at 6:26 PM
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With the coaching carousel in full swing, speculation is rife about the next head coach for the Seattle Kraken, and one name that has emerged as a strong contender is veteran coach Dan Bylsma.


The Carolina Hurricanes have reportedly removed Bylsma from their list of potential candidates as they focus on extending Rod Brind'amour's contract, leaving the door wide open for Bylsma to potentially join the Kraken.

Bylsma boasts an impressive coaching pedigree, most notably leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup championship in 2009. Despite facing some challenges following his championship season, Bylsma has demonstrated his coaching acumen with the Coachella Valley Firebirds, the AHL affiliate of the Seattle Kraken. His success in developing players in the farm system bodes well for a potential transition back to the NHL level.



With Dave Hakstol's departure from the Kraken, many believe Bylsma could be the perfect fit to lead the team forward. His familiarity with the Kraken's farm system could facilitate a seamless transition, while his track record of success at the highest level of hockey speaks for itself.

Bringing Bylsma on board could be just the boost the Kraken need to return to their winning ways and establish themselves as a competitive force in the NHL. As the offseason progresses, all eyes will be on Seattle to see if they indeed choose Bylsma as their next head coach and if he can help guide the team to new heights.
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