The year 2011 is coming to a close and if you are a coach in the NHL, you could not be happier. When most people speak about the NHL they do so in seasons. But when you take a look at this past calendar year, you will see a lot of coaches who were asked to clean out there desk. Last night the Kings did just that to Terry Murray making him the fourth coach fired this season and I haven’t even bought one Christmas gift yet. I’ts been a strange 2011 for coaches to say the least, here is a quick recap:
April 9th Sens fire Cory Clouston
Minutes after the Sens finished 19 points out of a playoff spot, Clouston was fired. He led the team to just one playoff appearance and lost to the Penguins
April 11th Panthers fire Peter DeBoer
The Panthers won only eight of 33 games following the All-Star break, and finished with the worst record in the East. DeBoer failed to lead to Panthers to the playoffs in his tenure in Florida
April 11th Wild Fire Todd Richards
11 points out of a playoff spot and Richards got canned. The Wild finished 12th in the West
April 12 Stars Fire Marc Crawford
This one came as a bit of a surprise. Sure the Stars struggled in the second half , but they did miss out on the playoffs on the last day of the regular season.
June 20 Jets don’t bring back Craig Ramsay
After True North Sports and Entertainment decided to buy the team, they wanted a fresh start and announced that Ramsay would not be making the move with the team
November 6th Blue fire Davis Payne
A definite surprise as the Blues were just one game under 500 and were only 13 games in. He was also 61-48-15 as head coach of the Blues
November 28th Caps fire Bruce Boudreau
After a 7-0 start, the Caps (and Alexander Ovechkin) started struggling badly. Despite a resume most coaches would love to have, Boudreau got canned.
November 28th Canes fire Paul Maurice
This happened about an hour after the Boudreau news. Maurice being fired by the Canes wasn’t a surprise, but at least he had prior experience with it!
December 1st Ducks fire Randy Carlyle
The Ducks were easily the most underachieving team in the NHL. Despite signing a 3 year extension in August, the Ducks fired Carlyle (and made Boudreau their coach after spending 165 hours in the unemployment line)
December 12th Kings Fire Terry Murray
Dead last in the NHL in scoring??? bye Bye Mr Murray
We could also throw Jacques Lemaire in there as well, but technically he “stepped down” as head coach of the Devils. So count them up, that is ten coaches who had jobs on January 1st who are either looking for work, or are behind the bench in another city. That’s a third of the coaches! Who knows, we still have a couple weeks left in the year, this number could still go up.
Let’s head to the links
I shook my head while reading this post (Puck Daddy)
By this point I’m sure you have heard the Sid will be out indefinitely . So what hit rung his bell? (Days of Y’Orr)
Jaromir Jagr returns to Washington tonight, and more importunity to an arena he doesn’t like! (Pro Hockey Talk)
Jagr isn’t the only one facing his former team tonight (ESPN)
Looks like Paul Stastny is all healed up and will play tonight (Denver Post)
You know those two players that look the same in Vancouver. You know, the ones who can really put up some good numbers? They are making a charge (Dirty Dangle)
The Ducks and Devils pulled off a 4 player deal (The Fourth Period)
Teemu Selanne makes his return to Winnipeg this Saturday and Anaheim Calling will spend the week paying tribute to the Finnish Flash
Mike Green is visiting a specialist (Washington Post)
And a rough night of Dwayne Roloson last night in the NHL’s only game