It must be assumed that any free agent head coach with NHL expertise could have interest in taking up the reigns of the league’s latest workforce subsequent season. The Seattle Kraken have but to call their inaugural head coach, however the workforce has certainly begun the method of vetting candidates. However, there have been no potential names made public, a minimum of till now. Long-time NHL coach Bruce Boudreau has formally thrown his hat in the ring, telling The Athletic’s Ryan Clark that he’s “extremely interested” in the place:
The factor about that job is it could be nice to start out with a workforce that’s beginning recent and to be the builder of one thing. I feel that could be a actual thrilling factor… It is just not like an growth workforce in 1967. You knew then you weren’t going to be superb or have the dregs of each workforce. The manner they’ve gone about it now, Seattle goes to start out off with a fairly good workforce.
Who is aware of if the decision will ever come? I don’t need to get the decision and say I’m not prepared and I don’t know what I’d do and I don’t need to really feel that manner. This is the one factor I’ve ever recognized my complete life… If somebody presents you a job, it’s an incredible factor.
As Boudreau notes, he has not formally contacted Seattle but, nor has anybody formally reached out to him. GM Ron Francis has beforehand said that the membership is not going to rush to call a head coach and by all accounts haven’t interviewed any candidates so far. However, the percentages are that Boudreau has a minimum of had some contact with the workforce. The veteran coach has beforehand labored with Kraken proprietor Tod Leiweke, in addition to different members of the entrance workplace. He additionally stands out as one of many prime obtainable names and is probably going a critically candidate for the place, even when solely being mentioned behind closed doorways.
Boudreau, 66, was most lately in the NHL simply final season, fired mid-season by the Minnesota Wild in his fourth 12 months with the franchise. Boudreau has greater than a decade of expertise as an NHL head coach, beforehand main the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks as properly. Prior to that, he coached for a few years and located nice success in the minors. Among his profession accolades are a Jack Adams Award, quite a lot of NHL playoff appearances, and championships in the AHL and ECHL. If the Kraken resolve to go for essentially the most skilled candidate as their inaugural head coach, few can rival Boudreau.