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NHL coaching carousel: Devils, Kraken among teams looking for new bench bosses

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The NHL coaching carousel has been especially active over the last year, and it will continue to spin for the next few weeks. Starting with Mike Babcock resigning from the Columbus Blue Jackets last September, there have been 11 NHL coaching changes in 2023-24, and several of those teams still need to figure out who will be behind the bench for the 2024-25 season.

Three teams fired their head coaches in the middle of the season and immediately appointed a new full-time bench boss. The Edmonton Oilers made the switch from Jay Woodcroft to Kris Knoblauch, the Minnesota Wild replaced Dean Evason with John Hynes and the New York Islanders hired Patrick Roy on the heels of firing Lane Lambert.

One team, the Buffalo Sabres, has already settled on its new coach after making an offseason change. Then again, “new” is used loosely there. They fired Don Granato after a disappointing regular season and brought back Lindy Ruff for his second stint with the franchise.

Outside of those changes, seven teams are still looking for their next full-time head coaches. It will be interesting to see how those searches play out especially as the first round of the playoffs comes to an end.

Keep track of every NHL coaching carousel hiring and firing below.

Team

Former coach

Interim coach

New coach

Buffalo Sabres

Don Granato

N/A

Lindy Ruff

Columbus Blue Jackets

Mike Babcock

Pascal Vincent

Los Angeles Kings

Todd McLellan

Jim Hiller

New Jersey Devils

Lindy Ruff

Travis Green

Ottawa Senators

D.J. Smith

Jacques Martin

San Jose Sharks

David Quinn

N/A

Seattle Kraken

Dave Hakstol

N/A

St. Louis Blues

Craig Berube

Drew Bannister

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