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With Therrien Out of Montreal, Who’s Next to be Fired?

Speak of the devil and the devil shall… get fired? Well, obviously, that is the circumstance. A bit over an hour after I wrote about Michel Therrien’s odds of being fired from +500 to +175, he had been canned and replaced by lately fired Bruins head coach Claude Julien. The funniest part of this absolutely villainous move by Marc Bergevin is this is the next time Julien has replaced Therrien as the head coach of the Canadiens.
Together with Therrien’s exit from Montreal bringing the number of NHL head coaches fired this year to five, another swing of the ax may be right around the corner. BetOnline has upgraded its odds for its prop once more and Stars seat boss Lindy Ruff tops the list at +170 followed closely by Paul Maurice of the Jets (+300) and Jon Cooper of the Lightning (+500).
Ruff’s name has been tossed around quite loosely by the media in hot-seat rumors as the Stars have underachieved hugely this year. Lindy has had the explanation of bad goaltending in his disposal because his 2013 arrival in Dallas but with a decent crew of defensemen now occupying the space in front of Antti Niemi and Kari Let-it-in, the group’s .894 save percentage — that is dead last in the league — is now unacceptable.
Like I have mentioned before, I think Dallas waits until the conclusion of the year to ditch Ruff but as was highlighted by Therrien’s shooting only an hour after I said he would probably be spared, I am very often erroneous. NHL upper management is becoming unpredictable and impossible to trust. The Islanders’ and Canadiens’ GMs both tied themselves to their head coaches this season, stating they would not be fired, and the two went on their word within weeks.
I’m done making predictions about the use of NHL head coaches as the fickleness of general managers has attained an all-time high. A path to follow here is take the guys. Therrien was +500 to lose his job under a week until he did, so there’s a precedent for loyalties rapidly changing.
I’ll once more throw Dave Hakstol’s name on the market as a value bet as I think he has just as good a chance of hitting the unemployment line since the guys at the peak of the plank. He has made some conclusions that were incredulous and his team has crumbled since a series in 2016.
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