5 NHL Coaches on the Hot Seat Entering 2013-14 Season

October 1st, 2013 by Rick Sadowski Leave a reply »
Anyone looking for job security might want to avoid giving a head coaching position in the NHL a try. The shelf life doesn't seem to last much longer than it takes for a fresh loaf of bread to go stale.

Five of the league's 30 teams will begin the 2013-14 season with new head coaches—the Colorado Avalanche (Patrick Roy), Dallas Stars (Lindy Ruff), Edmonton Oilers (Dallas Eakins), New York Rangers (Alain Vigneault) and the Vancouver Canucks (John Tortorella).

Two teams—the Buffalo Sabres (Ron Rolston) and Tampa Bay Lightning (Jon Cooper)—have coaches who were hired late last season. Rolston replaced Ruff in February on an interim basis and had the interim tag removed in May; Cooper succeeded Guy Boucher in March.

Vigneault and Tortorella simply replaced each other in New York and Vancouver, respectively, after being let go after last season.

Previous success hardly guarantees longtime employment. The joke around the NHL is that winning the Jack Adams Trophy as Coach of the Year is tantamount to receiving a dreaded vote of confidence from management—also regarded as the proverbial kiss of death.

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