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Online bookmaker: over/under on fired coaches is 2.5

Apr 26, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

Sacco CP

How many NHL coaches will be fired before July 1? You can bet on it with online bookmaker Bovada, which has set the over/under at 2.5 canned coaches.

So…who might get the ax?

Colorado’s Joe Sacco is one potential casualty. His Avalanche are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the third straight time.

There’s more and more grumbling in Edmonton about the job Ralph Krueger has done with an Oilers team that was expected to compete for a spot in the postseason. New general manager Craig MacTavish didn’t blame the coaching staff when he was hired, but might he want his own guy in there?

Then there are the bench bosses that may need a good showing in the playoffs to survive. Vancouver’s Alain Vigneault, San Jose’s Todd McLellan and the Rangers’ John Tortorella come to mind.

  1. einjzmolf - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    I’m sure ol’ Glen Gulutzan down in Dallas is looking over his shoulder at Willie Desjardins, just waiting for GM Joe to realize both his coaches are in the opposite league they should be in. As soon as the AHL playoffs are over, I hope Glen is gone.

  2. barkar942 - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Torts is going nowhere. Just cause the media cries for him to be canned doesn’t mean that Rangers management feels the same.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      his team is going nowhere…1st round exit and bye bye coach

  3. chicagobtech - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    I look at this, I look back at PHT’s predictions for this season, and I laugh at Mike Halford’s prediction of Coach Q being the first coach fired this season.

    • Mike Halford - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      You and I both, friend. You and I both.

  4. 19to77 - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    What, no mention of Claude Noel? I get that his team was contending all year, but given that he turns to insulting his players every time they hit a rough patch, you’d have to think he’s not long in the job.

  5. critter69 - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    Gee, with all ‘the love’ everyone usually displays for the Washington Capitals, I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, that there isn’t any mention of replacing the coach of those d**n Capitals!

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