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Which NHL Coach Gets Fired First?

Head coach Jim Montgomery of the Dallas Stars (left) watches the action during an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres on October 14, 2019 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo won, 4-0.

Every year when an NHL team is slow out of the gate, the first question asked by fans and the media is “why don’t they fire the coach?” In reality, you can’t fire or trade 23 players, so making a change at the helm is usually the first attempt by the organization to right the ship before it’s too late. 

It’s even worse when you were expected to be a potential Stanley Cup contender like the Dallas Stars were with the success they had under Jim Montgomery last season, making it all the way to the Western Conference final. 

What a difference a few months makes. Montgomery (+255) is now the leading candidate to be the first coach relieved of his duties among the league’s 31 bench bosses. The Stars are 1-6-1 through their first eight games and it’s the opponents they’ve lost to that may be most concerning, Buffalo, Detroit and Columbus chief among them. 

Boudreau, Guerin Butting Heads? 

Minnesota’s Bruce Boudreau is No. 2 on the list at +280 after a 1-6 start and Boudreau coming out and publicly criticizing roster composition. The carpenter is complaining about the tools he’s using and rookie GM Bill Guerin is in a position where he is being challenged by a subordinate (sound familiar, Leafs Nation?). 

New Jersey’s John Hynes is a decent bet at +400 as well, seeing as assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald came on the ice to help with practice earlier this week. That move reeks of unrest and unhappiness with the current staff. 

See below for the full list of odds:

Odds to be the first nHL Head coach fired
CoachOdds
Jim Montgomery (Dallas)+255
Bruce Boudreau (Minnesota)+280
John Hynes (New Jersey)+400
Peter DeBoer (San Jose)+550
John Tortorella (Columbus)+1000
Paul Maurice (Winnipeg)+1800
Mike Sullivan (Pittsburgh)+2200
Rick Tocchet (Arizona)+2200
David Quinn (NY Rangers)+3300
Jeff Blashill (Detroit)+3300
Jeremy Colliton (Chicago)+3300
Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay)+3300
Todd Reirden (Washington)+3300
Travis Green (Vancouver)+3300

Odds as of October 18 at Bovada