NHL coaching changes

Originally Published: November 27, 2006
ESPN.com

2006-07 NHL COACHING CHANGES
TEAM OLD COACH NEW COACH
Philadelphia Flyers Flyers Ken Hitchcock -- Story
More than a month after signing an extension, Hitchcock was abruptly fired after the Flyers opened 1-6-1 -- their worst start in 17 seasons.
John Stevens -- Story
Just months into his first NHL assistant's job, Stevens was given his mentor's job. Stevens coached the Flyers' AHL affiliate to the 2005 Calder Cup championship.
Chicago Blackhawks Blackhawks Trent Yawney -- Story
Yawney posted a 33-55-15 record in a season and a half behind the Blackhawks bench after coaching Chicago's AHL affiliate for five seasons.
Denis Savard
A 17-year NHL veteran, who scored 377 goals with Chicago, Savard becomes the Blackhawks' 36th head coach in their history.
Columbus Blue Jackets Jackets Gerard Gallant -- Story
Gallant was fired less than 24 hours after the team dropped into last place in the Western Conference's Central Division.
Ken Hitchcock -- Story
Hitchcock was hired by the struggling Jackets after he was fired by the Flyers in October.
St. Louis Blues Blues Mike Kitchen -- Story
Kitchen was fired on Dec. 11 after leading the Blues to a dismal 7-17-4 start, the league's worst record at the time.
Andy Murray -- Story
Andy Murray gets another shot at the NHL coaching ranks after being dismissed by the L.A. Kings before the end of the 2005-06 season.
New Jersey Devils Devils Claude Julien-- Story
Despite his team heading into the playoffs with 102 points, Julien is let go with a week left in the regular season.
 

NHL COACHING TENURES
TEAM COACH HIRED YRS
A look at some of the longer coaching tenures in the NHL.
Buffalo Sabres Lindy Ruff 7/21/1997 10
Nashville Predators Barry Trotz* 10/1/1998 8
Minnesota Wild Jacques Lemaire 6/19/2000 7
Edmonton Oilers Craig MacTavish 6/22/2000 7
Tampa Bay Lightning John Tortorella 1/6/2001 6
* -- Hired 8/6/97. Team didn't start playing until 1998-99 season.