The NHL coaching carousel was not that active this past offseason, with only five teams hiring new coaches. Here is a preview of the new coaches on benches around the league this season..
Anaheim Ducks: Randy Carlyle
Carlyle served as the Ducks’ coach for seven years, highlighted by his Stanley Cup championship in 2007. After failing to reach 100 points in the next five seasons, the Ducks fired Carlyle after the 2012 season, leading him to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs for three years. The Maple Leafs were a disappointment under Carlyle and after a year away from coaching, the Ducks hope they head back to the Stanley Cup with Caryle the second time around.
Calgary Flames: Glen Gulutzan
At 45-years old, Gulutzan will begin his second NHL head coaching stint after missing the playoffs in two seasons with the Stars a few years ago. As an assistant coach with the Canucks, Gulutzan coached the penalty kill to ninth, second, and 17th in the league in his three seasons. The Flames hope he can improved a penalty kill that ranked last in the league last year at 75.6 percent.
Colorado Avalanche: Jared Bednar
After spending 12 years as a player in the WHL, ECHL, and AHL, Bednar will get his first shot as a NHL head coach after starting his coaching career in the minors in 2002. Coach Bednar wants the Avalanche to push an attack around their speed and their ability to pressure the puck.
Minnesota Wild: Bruce Boudreau
Coach Boudreau has been successful in his career, but hasn’t been able to take his team to the Stanley Cup, leaving him to coach his third team. Boudreau has won four division titles for both the Capitals and Ducks, sporting a 409-192-90 career record. He takes over a talented team who hasn’t been able to put it all together for a long playoff run. The franchise has always been able to sell Wild tickets, so they hope the signing of Boudreau helps the team produce a title-contending team.
Ottawa Senators: Guy Boucher
Boucher has been out of the league since 2013, when he was fired by the Lightning after starting with a 13-18-1 record. He has coached three seasons with SC Bern of the Swiss elite league. Boucher does not have the best of reputations, best known for his innovative but controversial coaching philosophy.