The Seattle Kraken, who are scheduled to begin play as the League's 32nd team in the 2021-22 NHL season, are not in a hurry to hire a coach.

"We don't know yet the kind of team we may be able to draft, so we're comfortable kind of sitting back and waiting right now and watching what happens here," general manager Ron Francis told The Athletic on Friday. "There's still, hopefully, a 2020-21 season getting up and running and playing. Are there guys that end up losing their jobs or looking for other things elsewhere?

"I just think we have time on this. We're not in a race to make that decision at this point."