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November featured four NHL coaching changes

Thursday, 12.01.2011 / 2:16 PM / News

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November featured four NHL coaching changes
Four coaches were handed their pink slips in November. If the final three teams to replace their coaches have the type of success the St. Louis Blues have had since replacing Davis Payne with Ken Hitchcock, they'll be very happy with their difficult decisions.

COACHES ON THE MOVE

IN TEAM OUT
Bruce Boudreau Ducks Randy Carlyle
Dale Hunter Capitals Bruce Boudreau
Kirk Muller Hurricanes Paul Maurice
Ken Hitchcock Blues Davis Payne
Payne was relieved of his duties on Nov. 6. With Hitchcock behind the bench, the Blues are 8-1-2 and have risen to fifth in the Western Conference.

The Hurricanes fired Paul Maurice on Monday, about an hour after the Capitals parted ways with Bruce Boudreau. They were replaced by Kirk Muller and Dale Hunter, respectively, and both coaches lost their debuts Tuesday. Muller will try for his first win Thursday, when the Hurricanes host the Rangers, while Hunter will go for his first win Thursday against the Penguins in Washington (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

Following the Ducks' 4-1 win Wednesday, they fired Randy Carlyle and replaced him with Boudreau, who was out of a job for less than three days. He'll make his debut Friday night at home against the Flyers.

Boudreau last coached the Capitals on Saturday; the six-day turnaround in coaching two different teams in the same season is an NHL record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Quote of the Day

I'm very excited about what happened today. We've worked on this deal with Toronto for a month, or over a month. It got a little bit of legs on draft day, but it really heated up last night, and we were able to complete the deal today.

— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Phil Kessel, who he acquired from the Maple Leafs in a trade on Wednesday