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yave1964

Who is the next coach to be canned?

Who is the next coach to be fired?  

7 members have voted

  1. 1. Who is the next coach to be fired?

    • Randy Carlyle
      5
    • Bruce Boudreau
      1
    • Jeff Blashill
      1
    • Phil Housley
      0
    • Other
      0
  2. 2. How many more coaches get fired in season this year?

    • zero
      0
    • one
      1
    • two
      5
    • more than two
      1


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Oh the carnage!

 

  Last season saw exactly zero NHL coaches fired in season. In a league where chaos is the norm as far as head coaches go and there are usually at least two to three coaching changes during the season regardless, I remember seeing Kevin Weekes commenting on the NHL network that perhaps GM's have finally developed patience with their coaches and are going to allow coaches a longer leash to get their message across.

 

  Nope. 2017-18 was just a blip.

 

 After zero coaches were fired during last year, at seasons end six teams (Calgary, Carolina, Dallas, Rangers, Islanders and Capitals) brought in new men, and during the seasons first few months the Kings, Blackhawks, Blues, Oilers and Flyers all fired their head coaches and replaced them. THink about that one for a moment, that means that 11 of 31 head coaches were replaced in a matter of seven months, in a little over half a year over one third of NHL head coaches lost their jobs. How would you like to work a job where you had a one in three chance of getting fired over the course of half a season? Jon Cooper is now the longest tenured coach in the NHLat six seasons.

 

  So the question is who is next? Is the carnage done for this season or will there be more blood and if so, who will it be? To me the obvious candidates are:

 

RANDY CARLYLE 12 game losing streak on a team that cannot score and is wasting brilliant goaltending and defense on a popgun offense. GM bob Murray is loath to fire coaches midseason but 12 game losing streaks tend to get GM's to change their minds.

 

JEFF BLASHILL The Wings are bad and at times bordering on unwatchable but have lots of young kids, again, an organization that hates to fire midseason but Windsor native Quenneville is sitting at home with his feet propped up and would be a great fit.

 

BRUCE BOUDREAU The Wild are struggling to find an identity, a coaching change for change sake may be in order.

 

PHIL HOUSLEY After a great start to the season including a 10 game winning streak the Sabres have really struggled and right now are out of the playoff picture.

 

  Other candidates for next man fired IMHO would have to include Boughner in Florida whose Cats have really struggled and possibly one of the interms such as Desjardins in LA or Berube in St. Louis.

 

  So who gets canned next? How many more get fired in season?

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57 minutes ago, Icechipper said:

How much time does Boudreau have on his contract? Who might come in? Tippet? Hakstol?

 

Shirley, you jest.... 

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      Oh the carnage!     Last season saw exactly zero NHL coaches fired in season. In a league where chaos is the norm as far as head coaches go and there are usually at least two to three coaching changes during the season regardless, I remember seeing Kevin Weekes commenting on the NHL network that perhaps GM's have finally developed patience with their coaches and are going to allow coaches a longer leash to get their message across.     Nope. 2017-18 was just a blip.  
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