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Odds to Be Next NHL Coach Fired: Canucks’ Green On the Hot Seat

Vancouver Canucks head coach leads the list in next NHL coach fired odds.

The saying “coaches are hired to be fired” rings true time and time again in professional sports. In the professional hockey world, it’s no different.

The 2021 NHL season is at its halfway point, and three coaches have already been handed their walking papers. Ex-Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien was the first to be let go, followed by Geoff Ward in Calgary and Ralph Krueger in Buffalo. 

In their places, Dominique Ducharme has taken over on an interim basis in Montreal, while the Flames stunned the hockey world by hiring Darryl Sutter for his second stint in Cowtown. Sabres assistant Don Granato has taken over in Buffalo for Krueger, who was fired on March 17.

So, which coaches will be the next to find themselves looking for work? According to odds from Bovada, Travis Green is the +250 favorite. John Hynes (+350), Dallas Eakins (+400), Bob Boughner (+450) and D.J. Smith (+550) round out the top five at the shop in odds to be the next NHL coach fired.

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Here’s a look at the sportsbook’s full list of next NHL coach fired odds:

Odds to Be Next NHL Coach Fired

Which NHL Coach Will be fired next?
TeamOdds
Travis Green+250
John Hynes+350
Dallas Eakins+400
Bob Boughner+450
D.J. Smith+550
Jeff Blashill+600
David Quinn+750
Rick Bowness+800
John Tortorella+1000
Rick Tocchet+1200
Lindy Ruff+3300

Odds as of March 18 at Bovada

Why Is Green The Favorite?

Green finds himself firmly on the hot seat in Vancouver for a number of reasons. The Canucks (15-16-2) have been one of the most disappointing teams in the league this season after a promising 2019-20 campaign. 

Last year, the Canucks had no issue filling the back of the net, but that scoring has suddenly dried up. Brock Boeser (30 points), J.T. Miller (27) and Quinn Hughes (25) have done their part offensively, but secondary scoring has been a problem for Vancouver. 

The biggest issue for the ’Nucks is between the pipes. Vancouver made the tough decision to not offer unrestricted free agent Jacob Markstrom a contract in the offseason, leaving the veteran goaltender to sign with the archrival Calgary Flames.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning brought in former Washington Capitals standout netminder Braden Holtby to form a tandem with promising youngster Thatcher Demko, but the results simply haven’t been there. 

Holtby (4-6-1, 3.56 goals-against average, .893 save percentage) has been a disaster in British Columbia, while Demko (11-10-1, 2.69 GAA, .920 SV%) hasn’t looked like the goalie we saw in 2020, although he has been rounding into form in recent weeks.

If the Canucks can’t get things back on track, Green could easily be shown the door sooner rather than later. Unfortunately for Green, he deserves to be the front-runner in odds to be the next NHL coach fired given the Canucks’ recent performance.

Eakins Is the Best Bet on the Board

The Anaheim Ducks are off to an atrocious start this year, as the Ducks were sitting at 8-16-6 while riding a four-game losing streak as of this writing. Anaheim wasn’t exactly projected to be a contender in the West Division this year, but the Ducks haven’t looked remotely competitive on most nights.

The Ducks have a young team with lots of promise in the future, but it’s becoming clear that Eakins is not the right man to lead them through the rebuilding phase. Eakins has been at the helm for two and a half seasons and only has one more year left on his deal. 

Unless the Ducks can make a sudden turnaround – which is unlikely at this point in the campaign – it could be time for a new voice in the locker room going forward.

The question is, will the Ducks let go of Eakins before the end of the season, or will they wait until the summer? If things keep trending the way they are, I can see Eakins getting the same kind of treatment that Julien, Ward and Krueger have received in 2021. The +400 price is solid in this odds to be the next NHL coach fired prop.