Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Fun fact: No NHL head coaches have been fired, yet

No one sits in a hotter seat than an NHL coach. Typically, by this point in the season, one or more coaches are fired. Last season (2016-2017) was particularly brutal; five coaches were fired between November and February:

Nov. 27 - Florida Panthers fired Gerard Gallant
Jan. 17 - New York Islanders fired Jack Capuano
Feb. 1 - St. Louis Blues fired Ken Hitchcock
Feb. 7 - Boston Bruins fired Claude Julien
Feb. 14 - Montreal Canadiens fired Michel Therrien

Not every season is so turbulent, but the NHL has fired more coaches (38) in the last 10 years than the NBA, NFL, or MLB.*

So, it's unusual to see everyone who started the 2017-2018 season to still be employed with their respective teams. However, that doesn't mean that everyone is safe from the ax this year. There are a lot of reasons that a coach can get sacked, from not making the playoffs, to more unusual circumstances. You can even get fired after having a good season.**

Who do you think, if anyone, will get their walking papers this season?


081128 Claude Julien
Claude Julien, 2008
By Dan4th (via flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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