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Poll: Who will be the next coach fired?

Feb 20, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres today made Lindy Ruff the first coaching victim of the season, but there are plenty of other candidates to join him.

To the poll!

For what it’s worth, we’re going with Claude Noel in Winnipeg. Possibly after a mutiny.

  1. 19to77 - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    McLellan’s replacement is standing right next to him on the bench. The Sharks are one more humiliating losing streak away from Larry Robinson’s return as a head coach, and they’ll be much better off for it.

    • ron05342 - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Yeah, he did so much for the Kings in his short stint there. Not.

      • 19to77 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        Won two Cups with the Devils and got ‘em back to the finals a third time against the Avalanche, giving him three more finals appearances than every coach in the history of the Sharks franchise.

  2. ikedavisnose - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    The Isles should fire Capuano and make Doug Weight the Coach

  3. bcisleman - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Probably any of the above. Cappy should be worried for several reasons. He’s had several years to get this team to play consistently good hockey and has been unable to do so. His team just got drubbed 7-0 at home by fellow cellar dweller Philly. His team has an awful home record. Finally, Doug Weight, his assistant, is also a special adviser to Garth Snow, has a tight relationship with JT, Matt and others and has special responsibility for special teams which are better in combination than any other NHL team while the Isles are 28th at 5 on 5.

  4. dsonashville28 - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    “The Isles should fire Capuano and make Doug Weight the Coach”

    I’d rather see them hire Lindy Ruff. Weight isn’t ready for head coach duties. Ruff is a good coach; it just got stale after 16 years.

    • bcisleman - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:13 AM

      No. Dougie has a special rapport with the players and with Garth. The players respond to him. It shows in the results he gets on special teams.

  5. lordfletcher - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    As a Wild fan I am a tad shocked to see Yeo this high on a national poll. Not saying he isn’t in a bit of hot water, just shocked that others (non-wild fans) were expecting the Wild to be strong at the start of the year… From my perspective, it’s still hard to know if the Wild have a coaching issue, or player / lack of quality Staley Cup winning players. I think if they were to Fire Yeo, nothing would change and could actually do more harm than good. If Yeo keeps calling up young talent to be on the Wild from the Aeros, it makes sense to keep Yeo around seeing as he led the Aeros to the Calder Cup last season.

    Yeo is getting blamed for the Wild not scoring enough and our horrible PP. I can’t point the finger at Yeo for Seto / Cullen / Bouchard / Brodziak / etc. not tallying a couple points a week… as for the PP, he doesn’t coach that unit but can easily be blamed for 50% because if it isn’t working take over the gig… but then again, there is still plenty of time in this shortened season.

    story over, didn’t proof read my ramble… PHT and working at the same time, deadly combo

    • r4n6er - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      There are 200 million reasons why the wild should be strong

      • ron05342 - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        Well, to be accurate, more like 196 million reasons.

      • lordfletcher - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        not disagreeing that they shouldn’t be strong, I just don’t think you can blame the coach 100% for not starting out like the Blackhawks (extreme example) but I don’t think too many are shocked by my favorites team current standings in the West… With young talent added and two new “elite” skater taking over a team that almost fell into the lottery last season, …can we really expect them to be topping Vancouver yet? I was hoping but not shocked is all.

        If the Wild went on a big losing streak and not near .500, I would say Yeo is on the way out but for right now, I don’t see a coaching switch doing the Wild any good this season. keywords this season.

        Cheers! :)

  6. contraryguy - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    As the franchise which fired Ken Hitchcock and Claude Noel in the same year, and with a new GM, hard to think that Todd Richards will make it to the end of this season on the Blue Jackets bench. Noel, who coached to a winning record with the CBJ in his interim gig, is not a great public communicator (see article link above) and I can see him getting chopped in favor of a better public figurehead. So many heads to roll, such a short season…

  7. govtminion - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    The Avs should be firing Sacco, but only if it’s as part of a housecleaning that includes throwing Greg Sherman out as GM. Then again, I said that all last season too- the issue with O’Reilly only puts an exclamation point on it. What a mess back home in Denver these days. :/

    • juliath83 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      If they did fire him, they’d just replace him with another AHL coach in over his head.

      • govtminion - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        Well, and that’s the problem- the Avs are in penny-pinching mode, and that starts with ownership unfortunately. Until someone else owns that team, they’ll continue to try to make a bargain-team- and end up exactly where they deserve to be, the bottom of the league.

  8. acieu - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Fire the Capitals bench boss. Now!!!!!!

  9. caucasian1975 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    I just hope the pins don’t fire disco dan. He’s the biggest thing keeping them down.

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