5 NHL Head Coaches On The Hot Seat In 2013
Written by Greg Thornberry
During the NHL lockout, it must have been hard being a Head Coach. Getting paid to sit around, play golf, maybe play some Xbox. They did have to be bored. However there may come a time later in the short season when a few coaches wish that they had that time back. There are a few coaches that have short leashes and a few of them are new to their franchise.
#1 Mike Yeo – Minnesota
There hasn’t been a buzz about hockey in Minnesota like this since the Stars were in the north. With the signing of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, Mike Yeo has got to be excited and scared at the same time. Missing the playoffs is not an option, and a first round loss still may not be good enough to keep his job.
#2 Dan Bylsma – Pittsburgh
The goal for the Penguins each year is Stanley Cup or bust, but since Bylsma took over midseason of what turned out to be a Cup winning year in 2009, it has been all bust once they hit the post season. Without a deep trip to at least the Eastern Finals, Bylsma may be looking for a new job.
#3 Michel Therrien – Montreal
Yes Therrien just got hired, but he has been there before, and fired before. Montreal is hungry for success and want to set themselves on a path to the Cup. If Therrien doesn’t point them in that direction he may be gone…..again.
#4 Kirk Muller – Carolina
With the addition of another star named Staal and an enigmatic player in Alex Semin, expectations are high in Carolina. Like in Minnesota, missing the playoffs or an early exit is not an option, and if Jordan isn’t used properly, fans will be calling for a new bench boss.
#5 Adam Oates – Washington
Riding high off of his recent Hall of Fame induction, Oates appears to be a great fit for his former team. However there is one player that may determine the success of Oates more than the coach himself. How will Alex Ovechkin react after his down and drama filled season? Three coaches in a one year span does not spell good things, and neither does having a coach killing superstar.
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