Kraken to name Dan Bylsma as new head coach
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Kraken to name Dan Bylsma as new head coach

From Hakstol to Bylsma... how we feelin', Krak heads?

Trevor Connors

This just in, according to a report from NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, the Seattle Kraken are hiring Dan Bylsma as their new head coach, replacing Dave Hakstol.

From Friedman:

Bylsma has been with the Kraken franchise since 2021 first as an assistant coach of their then-AHL affiliate Charlotte Checkers. He's been the Kraken's AHL head coach with the Coachella Valley Firebirds for the past two seasons. Bylsma led the Firebirds to the Calder Cup Final last season and is currently tied 1-1 i in the Western Conference Final of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

He was an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings under Jeff Blashill from 2018 until 2021. Prior to that though Bylsma was a head coach in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He famously won a Stanley Cup championship with the Penguins in his first season with the team, taking over for former coach Michel Therrien.

Stay tuned for official confirmation on Bylsma's hiring. 

Source: Elliotte Friedman