LeBrun: NHL coaching carousel spins fast, another set of UFAs coming

It’s been 12 months since the earthquake NHL Coaching fraternity.

Since the start of the 2021-22 season, there have been changes in coaching canucks, canadians, oilers, Bruins, golden nights, panthers, island, Shark, blackhawks, passengers, red feather, jet And Stars,

If you’re keeping score, there are over a dozen organizations with new head trainers.

To catch up, the offseason hires were:

• Peter DeBoer in Dallas (four-year deal at $4.25 million average salary)

Bruce Cassidy in Vegas ($4.5 million over five years)

• Paul Morris in Florida (three years on just under $4 million)

• John Tortorella in Philadelphia ($4 million over four years)

• Rick Bones at Winnipeg ($2.5 million in two years, close to $3 million for the third year with a club option)

• Jim Montgomery in Boston (just under $2 million in three years)

• David Quinn in San Jose (just under $2 million in three years)

• Luke Richardson in Chicago ($1.5 million over four years)

Derek Lalonde in Detroit (word unconfirmed, but I believe three years)

• Lane Lambert in Long Island (term unconfirmed, but I believe three years with a choice)

Martin St. Louis (three years at Montreal, I believe south of $3 million per season) and Jay Woodcroft (three years at Edmonton at $2 million) also played their respective teams in the middle of last season. Signed new deals after taking over.

We should also mention that veteran head coach Mike Sullivan signed a three-year extension to Pittsburgh, which gives him five years in total. He had this season and the next on his current deal. The extension, believed to be around $5.5 million a year for the 2024-25 season, would put Sullivan among the highest-paid coaches in the league. In my opinion, it’s totally worth it.

While not 100 percent confirmed, I believe John Cooper is currently the highest-paid coach in the league, at around $5.3 million per season (not counting the fact that Mike Babcock is on 5.875). million dollars owed) Maple Leafs for this season, the last of that eight-year deal).

Even with all this movement, looking ahead we know there are still more decisions to come. Here’s a look at the head coaches entering the final years of their contracts – pending UFA, if you will:

Dallas Eakins, Duck, New Ducks general manager Pat Verbeek decided to take the option year on the Eakins deal in April, which I think was a smart move to give himself time to further evaluate his coach. I have always been of the opinion that a new GM should delay their first coaching change as much as possible. As GM you only get so many coaching hires. And who knows, maybe Verbeek and Eakins make the kind of connection with this roster rebuild that leads to a new contract for the coach. But as it stands, Eakins, who took over as head coach at Anaheim in June 2019 after four years at AHL San Diego, enters this season as a pending UFA.

Darryl Sutter, the flames, It wouldn’t surprise me if an expansion is made here with the reigning Jack Adams winner. I believe Sutter would be open to this, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the organization has already discussed it with him. But as we speak, the veteran coach is entering the final season of that deal in March 2021, when he took over.

Lindy Ruff, Devils, This is my own read on things, nothing that came to me from anyone but the Devils appointing Jack Adams final Andrew Brunet as associate coach as of July 15 (on a three-year deal) These give an indication of where this is going after the season, given the rough ending deal. But then, who knows? I think the Devils are going to take a positive step as a team this season. What this means for the 62-year-old Raf, given his pending UFA status, we will see.

Bruce Boudreau, Canucks: Who knew the mutual choice over Boudreau’s deal for this season (at a salary of $2.5 million) would cause so much consternation and intrigue? But after an awkward hiatus, it was finally confirmed by both sides that the veteran coach would return for this season.

Where does it go from here? It’s anybody’s guess. Signature JT Miller One detail indicates that the organization intends to try to back down while trying to win the game, which is good news for Boudreau as far as a roster competitor he can hope for. was. Let us see where this new year goes as far as the future of the coach is concerned.

Peter Laviolette, capitals, The veteran bench boss was hired in September 2020 on a three-year deal for just under $15 million. My understanding is that the potential extension has already been discussed. Whether that transpires remains to be seen, but they are talking.

In addition to the pending UFA, group of coaches with this season and the next left on their current deals, therefore signed through the 2023–24 season:

Some of those conditions may decide next summer, before those coaches enter the lame-duck years.

I think the Sabers are really high on Granato, and I can see that expanding into next summer if the team makes an impressive move this season. Keefe’s future is pretty straight forward, depending on whether the team eventually crashes out of the first round of the playoffs. Stanley Cup champion Avalanche would be smart to extend Bednar into next summer, and I doubt that’s really going to happen. Bednar is earning $2.1 million and $2.3 this season. million next year, so he should be in line for a decent increase considering his recent adventures.

(Photo by Bruce Boudreau: Sergei Belsky / USA Today)

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