Next Kraken coach name could have the letter "B" in his name

Will Bloggs
May 18, 2024  (12:28)

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If Rod Brind'Amour doesn't become the next head coach of the Seattle Kraken, the team will need to explore other options.

The Carolina Hurricanes are working to sign Brind'Amour to a contract extension, but if they fail, other teams in need of a coach might have the advantage over the Kraken for his services. Another potential candidate, Craig Berube, has been taken off the market. He was hired as the new coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.
Berube might have been a good fit for Seattle, given his hard-nosed coaching style. According to Lou Korac, Seattle would have been the second-best landing spot for Berube out of the five recent openings, behind the New Jersey Devils. This ranking is based on the existing rosters and how well they align with Berube's coaching approach.
"Seattle may not be a big, bruising type of team in the sense that Berube liked here in St. Louis," Korac writes, "but the Kraken has a number of guys that put in the hard work and are very gritty."

"There's Jaden Schwartz and Vince Dunn, two guys Berube loved here in St. Louis who played their behinds off for him, and at the time, Berube trusted a young Dunn to be a key cog."

"The Kraken has a roster that can get back in the mix with the right guidance. With a relentless style of cycling pucks and checking, Berube would use Schwartz as a guide to get that group to buy in."

"Plus, there's a good mix of younger guys, led by Matty Beniers, that Berube could help mold. Who do you think helped make Ivan Barbashev the player he is today?"

Seattle fans are familiar with another potential candidate which is Dan Bylsma. Currently, he is coaching the Kraken's AHL team, the Coachella Valley Firebirds. Bylsma won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009 and could be a really good contender to be the next Kraken coach
Bylsma is the betting favorite as of now. According to, Bylsma has the lowest odds of landing the job. He is followed by current Kraken assistant coach Jay Leach and University of Denver coach David Carle.
The Kraken's decision will likely hinge on who they believe can best develop their roster and build on the foundation laid in their first three NHL seasons.
"Despite finishing no worse than second in the division in his six seasons with the Penguins," the site says. "Bylsma was fired following the 2013-14 season."

"He coached the Buffalo Sabres in 2015-16 and 2016-17. But the team let him go after missing the playoffs both times. Bylsma has spent the last seasons coaching Seattle's AHL franchise. That could be a huge boost in his quest to return to being a head coach at the NHL level."

About Carle: "The head coach of the NCAA champion Denver Pioneers is a rising star in the coaching profession. It seems like a matter of when and not if Carle will make the jump to the NHL."

"Seattle just cut loose a former college head coach in (Dave) Hakstol, who first made the jump to the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers. Are the Kraken willing to dig into the college ranks for their next coach?"

Source : UPDATE: Next Kraken Coach Could 'B' Bylsma Or Brind'Amour, But Not Berube
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Next Kraken coach name could have the letter "B" in his name

Who do you think the next coach of the Seattle Kraken will be ?

Dan Bylsma2554.3 %
Rob Brind'Amour1430.4 %
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