<
>

Coaches on the hot seat

4/25/2006 - NHL St. Louis Blues

Looking for candidates to follow Marc Crawford into the hockey unemployment line? Here's a look at other coaches who are on the bubble:

Michel Therrien -- Pittsburgh Penguins
Therrien didn't earn many friends when he ran roughshod over the players after taking over for Ed Olczyk. It would be a major surprise if the new GM in Pittsburgh didn't look elsewhere for a guy with a little more finesse to handle this young squad.

Mike Sullivan -- Boston Bruins
The problems in Boston seemed to be more of a personnel nature when the Bruins started the season looking like conference challengers and ended up in the draft lottery with a lot of guys not pulling their weight. Still, the new GM will likely be looking for new blood and it figures Sullivan won't get an invitation back to one of the league's strangest franchises.

Mike Kitchen -- St. Louis Blues
You've got to feel for Kitchen, who got his first head coaching job at the expense of good buddy Joel Quenneville late in the 2003-04 season. Kitchen then had to wait out the lockout to hold his first training camp and got saddled with a lame-duck team waiting for a new owner. Opposing coaches will tell you the Blues were always well-prepared and difficult to play against in spite of a dearth of talent. Kitchen may get a second chance in St. Louis because he knows the young players so well. If not, he'll get another chance somewhere, likely with a young, emerging team.

Brad Shaw -- New York Islanders
The Islanders did well to hang around the periphery of the playoff race after Steve Stirling was jettisoned by outgoing GM Mike Milbury. But whichever GM holds his breath and takes over one of the wackiest teams in the league, the Islanders will want someone with a more impressive résumé than Shaw's.

Trent Yawney -- Chicago Blackhawks
In the epicenter of complacency, GM Dale Tallon looks to be secure in his job even though he overpaid for most free agents and got little in return except an early start on the golf season. Yawney? Same boat.

Scott Burnside is an NHL writer for ESPN.com.