Goaltending was a key shortcoming for the Kraken last season, and the team hopes some of that was addressed with Tuesday’s announcement that Steve Briere has been hired to coach the men between the pipes.
Briere, 45, was let go as goaltending coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs last month after seven seasons with that club, two of them working alongside currnt Kraken coach Dave Hakstol when he was also an assistant there.
During his Leafs tenure, Briere coached Frederik Andersen and Jack Campbell to seasons in which they made the All-Star Game in 2020 and 2022, respectively. But he also became a popular scapegoat in recent months for the team’s inability to advance past the first round of the playoffs.
“Steve’s body of work speaks for itself,” Kraken general manager Ron Francis said in a team statement. “He has been successful throughout his career and we expect the same in Seattle. He will bring additional value to our coaching staff.”
Briere said in the same statement: “Anytime you have the opportunity to work in the NHL it’s a privilege and I’m beyond excited to get started in Seattle. I would like to thank the Seattle Kraken organization and specifically Ron Francis and Dave Hakstol for believing in me and giving me the chance to help build something special alongside them.”