BY KEVIN HARRIMAN
Boston Sports Desk Publisher
BOSTON – Statistics tell us that by the time Thanksgiving comes around, you can probably get a good idea of just how your hockey team is going to do for the season.
The number of clubs making the playoffs after a struggling to the Thanksgiving Day Holiday is few. Think back to the Boston Bruins start of the season. Many predictaed Claude Julien’s exit if the B’s were not in contention by the end of November. If the 3-7 start had continued, we would very likely be talking about a new Bruins Head Coach.
Two National Hockey League coaches got shown the door on Monday morning. Bruce Boudreau in Washington and the Hurricane’s Paul Maurice.
The Capitals (12-9-1) find themselves in 8th place in the eastern Conference and just a point ahead of 10th place Tampa Bay. There had been rumblings the last two weeks in Washington about Boudreau’s future after the Caps continued to struggled on the road. Washington has posted a 4-7-1 record away from home.
“I think Bruce came in here and emptied the tank,” Capitals GM George McPhee told reporters in Arlington, Va. “He gave it everything he could and did a really good job, but the tank was empty. When that happens, you get a new coach where the tank is full and see if it makes a difference.”
Dale Hunter has been named the new coach of the Capitals. The Capitals had big plans coming into this season of making a deep run in the playoffs. Last season’s disappointing second round loss to Tampa was behind them. But at this juncture, the Capitals are fighting for playoff positioning.
Carolina had hoped that this would be the year that they get into the playoffs and make a mark for themselves. The Hurricanes signed Tomas Kaberle for big money this off season and then kept Joni Pitkanen signed for three more years, so the thought in Carolina was that big strides were being made.
Such is not the case to this point of the season. Carolina is last in the Southeast Division with an 8-13-4 record. Overall, they are 14th in the Eastern Conference.
With the firings today, here is a look at the coaching tenures in the NHL:
|Head coach||Franchise||Hire date||Career games coached|
|Lindy Ruff||Buffalo Sabres||July 21, 1997||1,089 games|
|Barry Trotz||Nashville Predators||Aug. 6, 1997||1,006 games|
|Mike Babcock||Detroit Red Wings||July 14, 2005||678 games|
|Randy Carlyle||Anaheim Ducks||Aug. 1, 2005||516 games|
|Alain Vigneault||Vancouver Canucks||June 20, 2006||699 games|
|Claude Julien||Boston Bruins||June 21, 2007||588 games|
|Ron Wilson||Toronto Maple Leafs||June 10, 2008||1,361 games|
|Todd McLellan||San Jose Sharks||June 12, 2008||266 games|
|Terry Murray||Los Angeles Kings||July 17, 2008||1,006 games|
|Joel Quenneville||Chicago Blackhawks||Oct. 16, 2008||1,105 games|
|Dan Bylsma||Pittsburgh Penguins||Feb. 15, 2009||213 games|
|John Tortorella||New York Rangers||Feb. 23, 2009||744 games|
|Jacques Martin||Montreal Canadiens||June 1, 2009||1,286 games|
|Joe Sacco||Colorado Avalanche||June 4, 2009||188 games|
|Brent Sutter||Calgary Flames||June 23, 2009||350 games|
|Dave Tippett||Phoenix Coyotes||Sept. 24, 2009||678 games|
|Peter Laviolette||Philadelphia Flyers||Dec. 4, 2009||649 games|
|Scott Arniel||Columbus Blue Jackets||June 8, 2010||105 games|
|Guy Boucher||Tampa Bay Lightning||June 10, 2010||104 games|
|Tom Renney||Edmonton Oilers||June 22, 2010||533 games|
|Jack Capuano||New York Islanders||Nov. 15, 2010||86 games|
|Kevin Dineen||Florida Panthers||June 1, 2011||23 games|
|Paul MacLean||Ottawa Senators||June 14, 2011||23 games|
|Glen Gulutzan||Dallas Stars||June 17, 2011||23 games|
|Mike Yeo||Minnesota Wild||June 17, 2011||23 games|
|Claude Noel||Winnipeg Jets||June 24, 2011||47 games|
|Peter DeBoer||New Jersey Devils||July 19, 2011||268 games|
|Ken Hitchcock||St. Louis Blues||Nov. 6, 2011||1,051 games|
|Dale Hunter||Washington Capitals||Nov. 28, 2011||0 games|
|Kirk Muller||Carolina Hurricanes||Nov. 28, 2011||0 games|