Kraken still plan to hire coach before expansion draft

SEATTLE — Seattle general manager Ron Francis has some milestones in his sights now that the Kraken are full-fledged members of the NHL.

The expansion draft, free agency and training camp are coming up.

But first the Kraken need a head coach.

Francis is being methodical about picking a coach, even as rumors swirl about the likely candidates.

Francis noted he’s been keeping a spreadsheet of names.

Most speculation has centered on Gerard Gallant since he was fired by the Vegas Golden Knights halfway through the 2019-20 season.