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Coaching moves since the start of the 2011-12 season


DATE TEAM NEW COACH STORY OLD COACH IMPACT
JAN 9 Todd Richards DETAILS Scott Arniel (11-25-5) Richards takes over a team that is mired in the NHL cellar while also dealing with injuries to major players like Jeff Carter. Columbus has the inside track on the No. 1 pick in the 2012 Draft, and that seems unlikely to change.
DEC 17 Randy Cunneyworth DETAILS Jacques Martin (13-12-7) Cunneyworth's hiring has been a source of controversy for Habs fans due to his inability to speak French. On the ice, Montreal lost its first four games under Cunneyworth and six of its first nine -- all in regulation.
DEC 12 John Stevens/Darryl Sutter DETAILS Terry Murray (13-12-4) Interim coach John Stevens went 2-2-0 with L.A. before Sutter was hired to take over. Sutter went 5-1-3 in his first nine games and has the Kings in the playoff hunt.
DEC 1 Bruce Boudreau DETAILS Randy Carlyle (7-13-4) After his surprise hiring less than three days after being fired in Washington, Boudreau went 5-9-2 in his first 16 games with the Ducks, who are unlikely to make the playoffs.
NOV 28 Dale Hunter DETAILS Bruce Boudreau (12-9-1) The Capitals only won three of their first seven games under Hunter -- just two in regulation -- but since they now seem to be back on track and are pushing Florida for first in the Southeast.
NOV 28 Kirk Muller DETAILS Paul Maurice (8-13-4) Carolina lost its first four games under Muller, who is in his first stint as a head coach. They are still struggling and appear destined for the 2012 NHL Draft Lottery.
NOV 6 Ken Hitchcock DETAILS Davis Payne (6-7-0) After Hitchcock took over, the team turned it around almost immediately, going 18-5-5 in their first 28 games since the change. St. Louis is now in a fight for the West's top seed.

Quote of the Day

There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp