became the seventh NHL coach to be fired this season when the Montreal Canadiens
relieved him of his duties on Monday.
Carbonneau was fired after 66 games with his team in second place in the Northeast Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 35-24-7 record. The Canadiens were 89-59-16 in Carbonneau's two-plus seasons at the helm. Carbonneau was replaced by General Manager Bob Gainey.
The first coach fired this season was Chicago's Denis Savard
, who was let go on Oct. 16 after a 1-2-1 start. Savard, who was 65-66-16 during his tenure, was replaced by Joel Quenneville
The Tampa Bay Lightning
fired coach Barry Melrose
on Nov. 14, after 16 games in which the Lightning were 5-7-4. Melrose had been appointed head coach in June after a 13-year hiatus. He was replaced by Rick Tocchet
on an interim basis.
Stanley Cup-winning coach Peter Laviolette
was fired by the Carolina Hurricanes
on Dec. 3. The Hurricanes were 12-11-2 and trailed the Southeast Division-leading Washington Capitals
by three points. Carolina got off to a hot start, but lost nine of 16 games in November and four of five before Laviolette's firing. Laviolette coached the Hurricanes to the 2006 Stanley Cup but his team missed the playoffs the next two seasons. Laviolette was replaced by Paul Maurice
The Ottawa Senators
fired coach Craig Hartsburg
on Feb. 1, following a 17-24-7 start. Hartsburg was also hired in June. Hartsburg, who previously coached the Anaheim Ducks
and Chicago, hadn't coached in the NHL since 2000. He was replaced by Cory Clouston.
coached the Pittsburgh Penguins
to the Stanley Cup Final last season but wasn't able to inspire to similar success a revised lineup that was badly affected by injuries this season. Therrien was fired on Feb. 15 when his team was in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with a 27-25-5 record. The Penguins started the season 11-4-2. Therrien was replaced by Dan Bylsma
The New York Rangers
fired Tom Renney on Feb. 23, after his team went 31-23-7 but only 2-7-3 in their previous 12 games. Renney had coached the Rangers for almost five seasons, winning two playoff series. Renney was replaced by John Tortorella.