NHL coaching changes

Updated: October 16, 2008, 12:41 PM ET
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2008-09 NHL COACHING CHANGES
TEAM OLD COACH NEW COACH
Chicago Blackhawks
Blackhawks
DENIS SAVARD -- Story
Oct. 16, 2008: With expectations high for the new season, the Blackhawks apparently did not want to take any chances, firing Savard after a 1-2-1 start.
JOEL QUENNEVILLE -- Story
Oct. 16, 2008: After signing on as a pro scout with the Blackhawks in September, Quenneville was promoted to new bench boss after Savard's firing.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Lightning
BARRY MELROSE -- Story
Nov. 14, 2008: Former ESPN analyst Barry Melrose's return to the coaching ranks was short-lived as the Lightning fired him after just 16 games.
RICK TOCCHET -- Story
Nov. 14, 2008: Associate coach Tocchet is named interim coach less than a year after serving a suspension for his role in an illegal gambling ring.
Carolina Hurricanes
Hurricanes
PETER LAVIOLETTE -- Story
Dec. 3, 2008: Despite leading the Canes to a Cup in 2006, Laviolette's squads have not returned to the playoffs since and he was fired after the team's 12-11-2 start.
PAUL MAURICE -- Story
Dec. 3, 2008: This is Maurice's second coaching stint with the team; an ironic twist given that Laviolette was the one who replaced Maurice behind the bench in 2003.
Ottawa Senators
Senators
CRAIG HARTSBURG -- Story
Feb. 2, 2009: Hartsburg was fired after 48 games with the Senators, who were 13th in the East with a 17-24-7 record at the time of his firing.
CORY CLOUSTON -- Story
Feb. 2, 2009: Cory Clouston was promoted from the AHL and is Ottawa's fourth coach since the team appeared in the 2007 Stanley Cup finals.
Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins
MICHEL THERRIEN -- Story
Feb. 15, 2009: Despite leading the Penguins to a Cup finals appearance last season, Therrien was ousted with 25 games left in the regular season (the team was 27-25-5 at that point).
DAN BYLSMA -- Story
Feb. 15, 2009: Dan Bylsma, who coached the team's AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, was promoted on an interim basis. He played nine NHL seasons as a right winger.
New York Rangers
Rangers
TOM RENNEY -- Story
Feb. 23, 2009: With 21 games left in the regular season, Renney was fired after the N.Y. Rangers went on a 2-7-3 skid and sat two points out of ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
JOHN TORTORELLA -- Story
Feb. 23, 2009: Tortorella returns to the NHL after being fired by the Tampa Bay Lightning after the 2007-08 season. His fiery personality is a stark contrast to Renney's calm demeanor.
Montreal Canadiens
Canadiens
GUY CARBONNEAU -- Story
March 9, 2009: Carbonneau was in his third season as Habs coach and led the team to a 35-24-7 record this season. Montreal was in fifth in the East at the time of his firing.
BOB GAINEY -- Story
March 9, 2009: This is Gainey's second stint as coach of the team. He previously took over behind the bench following the firing of Claude Julien during the 2005-06 season.
Minnesota Wild
Wild
JACQUES LEMAIRE -- Story
April 12, 2009: Jacques Lemaire stepped down after eight seasons behind the Wild bench. He was 291-256-107 with Minny, including winning records in his last six seasons.
TBD
 
Edmonton Oilers
Oilers
CRAIG MACTAVISH -- Story
April 15, 2009: After failing to reach the postseason again, the Edmonton Oilers and Craig MacTavish agreed it was time for a coaching change. He had coached the team since 2000.
PAT QUINN -- Story
May 26, 2009: Pat Quinn last coached in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1998 to 2006, guiding the team to a pair of conference finals apperances in 1999 and 2002.
Calgary Flames
Flames
MIKE KEENAN -- Story
May 22, 2009: Mike Keenan was fired almost a month after his team lost in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight season. He had a 88-60-16 regular-season record with Calgary.
BRENT SUTTER -- Story
June 23, 2009: The addition of Brent pushes the total number of Sutters in the Flames organization to five and he left the Devils with one year remaining on his contract to return to Alberta.

NHL COACHING TENURES
TEAM COACH HIRED YEARS
A look at some of the longer coaching tenures in the NHL.
Buffalo Sabres Lindy Ruff 7/21/1997 11
Nashville Predators Barry Trotz-* 10/1/1998 9
* -- Hired 8/6/97. Team didn't start playing until 1998-99 season.