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Stanley Cup Final

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

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday