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A look at coaching seniority among NHL teams

Monday, 11.28.2011 / 2:30 PM / NHL Insider

By NHL.com Staff

Job security is tenuous as an NHL coach, as the list below proves. While rarities like Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres and Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators have held onto their positions over the long haul, two-thirds of the League's teams have replaced their coaches as recently as 2009 and only five teams have employed their coaches for longer than five years now.

Dale Hunter of the Washington Capitals and Kirk Muller of the Carolina Hurricanes are the newest additions to the coaching fraternity, named Monday to replace Bruce Boudreau and Paul Maurice, their respective predecessors.

Here's a look at coaching seniority among the 30 NHL franchises (sorted by hire date [longest tenure] with current team):

Head coach
Franchise Hire date
Career games coached
Lindy Ruff Buffalo Sabres July 21, 1997 1,089 games
Barry Trotz Nashville Predators Aug. 6, 1997 1,006 games
Mike Babcock Detroit Red Wings July 14, 2005 678 games
Randy Carlyle Anaheim Ducks Aug. 1, 2005 516 games
Alain Vigneault Vancouver Canucks June 20, 2006 699 games
Claude Julien Boston Bruins June 21, 2007 588 games
Ron Wilson Toronto Maple Leafs June 10, 2008 1,361 games
Todd McLellan San Jose Sharks June 12, 2008 266 games
Terry Murray Los Angeles Kings July 17, 2008 1,006 games
Joel Quenneville Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 16, 2008 1,105 games
Dan Bylsma Pittsburgh Penguins Feb. 15, 2009 213 games
John Tortorella New York Rangers Feb. 23, 2009 744 games
Jacques Martin Montreal Canadiens June 1, 2009 1,286 games
Joe Sacco Colorado Avalanche June 4, 2009 188 games
Brent Sutter Calgary Flames June 23, 2009 350 games
Dave Tippett Phoenix Coyotes Sept. 24, 2009 678 games
Peter Laviolette Philadelphia Flyers Dec. 4, 2009 649 games
Scott Arniel Columbus Blue Jackets June 8, 2010 105 games
Guy Boucher Tampa Bay Lightning June 10, 2010 104 games
Tom Renney Edmonton Oilers June 22, 2010 533 games
Jack Capuano New York Islanders Nov. 15, 2010 86 games
Kevin Dineen Florida Panthers June 1, 2011 23 games
Paul MacLean Ottawa Senators June 14, 2011 23 games
Glen Gulutzan Dallas Stars June 17, 2011 23 games
Mike Yeo Minnesota Wild June 17, 2011 23 games
Claude Noel Winnipeg Jets June 24, 2011 47 games
Peter DeBoer New Jersey Devils July 19, 2011 268 games
Ken Hitchcock St. Louis Blues Nov. 6, 2011 1,051 games
Dale Hunter Washington Capitals Nov. 28, 2011 0 games
Kirk Muller Carolina Hurricanes Nov. 28, 2011 0 games



I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round