Mike Babcock got fired from being the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Sheldon Keefe took over as the head coach.
He has been coaching in the minors in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies. Keefe has also played in 125 games in the NHL in his career with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
He has also played some AHL games in his career as well. Sheldon Keefe won his coaching debut in a 2-0 win on the road against the Arizona Coyotes.
He knows Toronto can be something special. One of the reasons why is because they have the talent and Keefe won a Calder Cup with the Marlies. Other than Babcock being fired, who else could be fired at some point this season?
One of the coaches that comes to mind is Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay hasn’t been as dysfunctional as Toronto has been. Cooper had his team bounced by a sweep in the playoffs last season against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Lightning would be out of the playoffs if the season ended right now. They have a 10-7-2 record with 22 points. Tampa Bay is currently five points back of the Montreal Canadiens for third place in the Atlantic Division.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are four points back of the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins for wild card spots in the Eastern Conference.
The second coach that comes to mind is Jeff Blashill of the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit has not made it to the playoffs since 2015-2016.
They have gone backwards in their rebuild. The Red Wings are currently in last place in the Atlantic Division with a 7-14-3 record with 17 points. Detroit needs an alpha male inside the locker room or Dan Bylsma needs to take over.
The third team that comes to mind is the New Jersey Devils. I thought General Manager Ray Shero was going to fire John Hynes by now.
I’m guessing that they are going to ride it out for the time being. This move may not come until the All-Star Break. New Jersey was supposed to be a playoff team this season after making some solid offseason moves.
It may not be all Hynes’s fault because Shero has made some questionable moves as well.
The Devils are currently in last place in the Metropolitan Division. Their record is 7-9-4 with 18 points so far this season.
The fourth team that comes to mind is the Nashville Predators. I understand that Peter Laviolette is one of the better coaches in the NHL, but it is possible that players might be tuning out to his message.
Laviolette was one of the reasons why they got to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2017 and Nashville lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.
The Predators are currently on a six-game losing streak. They might losing due to a lack of personnel. Nashville is currently in sixth place so far this season in the Central Division with a 9-9-3 record with 21 points.
They are seven points back of the Dallas Stars for the third spot in the Central Division. The Nashville Predators are five points back of the Vegas Golden Knights for the second wild card in the Western Conference.
The sixth coach that is on the hot seat is Bruce Boudreau. The Minnesota Wild are currently in last place in the Central Division. Their record is 9-11-2 with 20 points so far this season.
The seventh coach that comes to mind is Bill Peters. Even though he is only in his second season as the head coach of the Calgary Flames, they are currently in seventh place in the Pacific Division after being the number one seed in the Western Conference last season.
Calgary was ousted in five games against the Colorado Avalanche. The Flames have lost six straight games. The San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks have the same amount of points as them.
They are only three points back of the Vancouver Canucks for the third spot in the Pacific Division.
Other coaches that could be fired: Jeremy Colliton of the Chicago Blackhawks and David Quinn of the New York Rangers.