Tracking every available major NHL head coach during the offseason

    The nhl head coaching market for the 2022 offseason is absolutely wild.

    with the award of the stanley cup, one of the biggest stories in hockey right now is the huge list of head coaches on the market and the vacancies available on teams. Normally, there are a handful of teams and only a few big names available for coaching jobs, but the 2022 offseason will have some surprisingly good coaches looking for jobs.

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    As of July 3, there are now two teams in the market for a head coach. those teams include:

    Honestly, the NHL head coaching carousel will probably be an even bigger clock than the next class of free agents, which is saying something.

    here are 11 top nhl head coaching candidates to watch for during the 2022 offseason.

    barry trotz

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    The firing of Barry Trotz from the New York Islanders shocked the hockey world in early May. Sure, the Islanders didn’t make the playoffs this year, but given the team’s unusual start of 13 away games, their lackluster season makes a little more sense.

    trotz is by far the biggest fish in this group of nhl coaches, as his suffocating but successful defensive style and overall record of 914-670-168 (with 60 ties to his name! too!) make it quite an attractive attraction. for a contending team. In addition, he has a Stanley Cup in his name, won with the Capitals not long ago in 2018.

    update: barry trotz will not coach in the nhl for the 2022-23 season.

    bruce cassidy

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    Add Bruce Cassidy to the list of surprising head coaches fired by contending teams as the Boston Bruins parted ways with their bench boss of six years. Cassidy ends his tenure in Boston with a record of 245-108-46, leading the Bruins to the playoffs in all six seasons, with two first-round losses, three second-round losses and one loss in the Finals. 2019 stanley cup.

    While I understand the Bruins’ first-round exit against the Hurricanes this year is disappointing, I’m not sure why Boston chose to part with Cassidy after such a successful time with the team. Like Trotz, Cassidy likely won’t be on the market for long with his resume.

    update: cassidy has been hired by the golden knights!

    juan tortorella

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    Currently, john tortorella is an analyst for espn, slamming the nhl’s biggest and brightest stars. But previously, Tortorella was the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets who helped the team to four playoff appearances in six seasons. And not only that, he trained Lightning to a Stanley Cup in 2004!

    After a year away, Tortorella feels like a prime candidate to jump from broadcast television to a head coaching job.

    update: the flyers have hired the tortorella!

    jim montgomery

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    Jim Montgomery was previously a head coach for the All-Stars before he was fired and checked himself into rehab to deal with alcohol abuse. For the past two years, Montgomery has been an assistant coach with the Blues, but his contract is set to expire this summer.

    While Montgomery has a limited résumé (60-43-10 record with one playoff appearance), he shows promise and will likely make the jump back to a head coaching role soon.


    update: jim montgomery is reportedly headed to boston!

    pedro deboer

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    for the first time in franchise history, the golden knights missed the playoffs this year and it cost peter deboer his job. in his career, deboer has two stanley cup final losses (2012, 2016) and three conference final losses (2019, 2020, 2021) to his name, he has never been able to get that elusive cup ring stanley yet.

    In Las Vegas, Deboer finished with a record of 98-50-12, a fairly successful tenure despite missing the playoffs last season.

    update: peter deboer has been named head coach of the stars!

    paul mauritius

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    paul maurice was the jets’ longtime coach for nine seasons before recusing himself and resigning midway through last year, despite going 13-11-5 with the team. The resignation was unusual, with Maurice stating that the team “needed a new voice” and he knew it.

    That kind of honesty is probably something nhl franchises would admire in a head coaching candidate, and it seems that if maurice wants to coach again, a team would be more than happy to hire him.

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    Update: Paul Maurice has been signed by the Panthers.

    claude julien

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    NHL fans haven’t seen Claude Julien since the 2020-21 season, when he was waived by the Canadiens after going 129-123-35 in his four-year tenure there. Julien has a Stanley Cup win, in 2011 with the Bruins, and recently coached the 2022 Canadian Men’s Olympic team in Beijing.

    While julien hasn’t had much playoff success in his recent coaching tenure, he’s certainly a name to watch as the nhl’s coaching search continues this offseason.

    alain vigneault

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    alain vigneault’s time in philadelphia will not be well remembered by flyers fans, but he finished his time there with a positive overall record (74-54-19). To be fair to Vigneault too, midfielders have much bigger problems than he could solve as head coach.

    vigneault is another head coach who has had playoff success but failed to win it all after losing two stanley cup finals (2011, 2014) in his nhl coaching career.

    rick tocchet

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    rick tocchet is currently a studio analyst for nhl at tnt, but that hasn’t stopped his name from appearing in head coaching rumors this offseason. He’s also the only coaching candidate on this list with more career losses than wins of his own, with a record of 178-200-60 over six years.

    While not the highest profile name on the list, Tocchet is a former midfielder and has been linked to the team in recent weeks.

    joel quenneville

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    Given Joel Quenneville’s role as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks when Kyle Beach was horribly sexually assaulted in 2010, we likely won’t be seeing him on an NHL bench again anytime soon. and rightly so, as his inaction when informed of the beach assault did irreparable damage to the previous no. 11 overall pick and also the others who were assaulted after video coach brad aldrich left the team.

    Despite all this, given the NHL’s general attitude toward men of hockey as a whole, don’t be surprised if Quenneville’s name shows up in coaching searches after leaving the Panthers last season.

    mike babcock

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    just like quenneville, mike babcock also has controversy surrounding him as he verbally abused players while coaching the detroit red wings and toronto maple leafs. Babcock last coached in the NHL in 2019, where he was fired from the Maple Leafs after starting the season 9-10-4.

    With Babcock still not fully apologizing for his egregious actions as head coach, he doesn’t deserve another shot at the NHL either. however, considering this is the nhl we’re talking about here, it’s very likely his name is on the table, regardless of his past actions.

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