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Sportsbooks Believe Boudreau Will Be the Next NHL Coach to Get Fired

NHL Next Coach to Be Fired Odds

Shortly after Mike Babcock was given his walking papers by the Toronto Maple Leafs, sportsbooks released odds on which NHL coach will be fired next.

At Bovada, Minnesota Wild bench boss Bruce Boudreau is the +130 favorite. John Hynes (+250), Peter DeBoer (+300), Jon Cooper (+650), Bill Peters (+850) and Travis Green (+1000) are also available to wager on at the shop.

Babcock, who was +1000 to be the first coach fired before the season, likely won’t be out of work for long, yet the same can’t be said for others on the hot seat right now. Boudreau’s Minnesota Wild were sitting in second-last place in the Western Conference standings as of November 23 with a 9-12-1 record.

Is Boudreau On His Way Out?

Even before the campaign started, Boudreau was already on a short leash. Ex-general manager Paul Fenton was let go after only one year and replaced by Bill Guerin. With Guerin overseeing things in the Gopher State, the Wild fell flat out of the gate in an ugly 1-6-0 start.

Minny hasn’t been able to escape the bottom of the conference since then, and a 4-10-0 road record certainly hasn’t helped matters. It wouldn’t be a shock to see Boudreau relieved of his duties in the not-too-distant future.

Devils are Spinning Their Wheels Right Now

Things are getting ugly in New Jersey, and Hynes could find himself on the outs very soon if the 7-10-4 Devils don’t pick it up quickly. New Jersey’s offense has mustered up only 52 goals in 21 games – the lowest number in the league.

Longtime goaltender Cory Schneider was sent down to the AHL, leaving the Devils with a goaltending tandem consisting of Mackenzie Blackwood and Louis Domingue. That’s not exactly a recipe for success, but the Devils don’t have many other options right now.

Sharks are Starting to Pick it Up Under DeBoer

Prior to San Jose’s recent six-game winning streak, DeBoer looked like a legitimate candidate to be the next coach fired. The Sharks are starting to resemble the ever-consistent regular-season squad we’ve become accustomed to seeing throughout the years, however, so it seems far-fetched for general manager Doug Wilson to pull the plug on DeBoer right now.

Don’t Expect the Lightning to Can Cooper

It’s incredibly surprising to see Cooper on this list, but the underachieving Tampa Bay Lightning simply appear to be out of sorts at the quarter mark of the season. The 10-7-2 Bolts simply haven’t been able to score like the team that became the second club in NHL history to win 62 games a year ago.

Cooper was given a multi-year contract extension last March – before the team was swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round. Those bad memories are definitely still lingering, although there’s no denying Cooper’s prowess as a coach. I don’t foresee Tampa letting him go this year, so it’s likely best to search elsewhere for value on this prop.

Looking for more betting information on the ice? Head over to our NHL page.

Odds to Be the Next NHL Head Coach Fired
CoachOdds
Bruce Boudreau+130
John Hynes+250
Peter DeBoer+300
Jon Cooper+650
Bill Peters+850
Travis Green+1000

Odds as of November 23 at Bovada