So far this season it seems like it’s not only the players that are feeling the pressure. The NHL coaching staffs have been taking some hits this year. Kirk Muller replaced Paul Maurice as the Carolina Hurricanes new head coach; the Los Angeles Kings dismissed head coach Terry Murray and replaced him with Darryl Sutter. Probably one the most talked about moves was the firing of Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau, I mean the Washington Capitals have been great through the regular season but they always come up short in the playoffs, way too short! But Boudreau wasn’t unemployed for long as the Anaheim Ducks relieved Randy Carlyle of his duties of head coach and hired Boudreau immediately. The St. Louis Blues now have Ken Hitchcock as head coach after dismissing Davis Payne in early November.
I have to say the most talked about coaching moves in the NHL was probably the firing of Montreal Canadien head coach Jacques Martin. He was replaced by newly hired assistant coach Randy Cunneyworth, who I might add does not speak French. It’s been a bit of a rough start for new appointed head coach Cunneyworth but he seems to be getting the team back on track despite the lack of confidence from the fans.
Another coaching change that took place recently was the replacement of Columbus Blue Jackets Scott Arniel by Todd Richards on January 9th. The Blue Jackets are currently occupying the last spot in the league; let’s just hope this change didn’t come too late.