The Search for a New Coach in New York: A Master List of Potential Replacements

In what some would say was a long overdue move the New York Islanders fired their Head Coach Jack Capuano. Who is available to replace Capuano as Head Coach? I’ve compiled a master list of 50 of the best available candidates.

John Anderson

  • Current Job: Assistant Coach with the Minnesota Wild in the NHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 70-75-0-19 with the Atlanta Thrashers
  • AHL/IHL Coaching Record: 624-368-100 with the Chicago Wolves
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Kicking off our list is former Thrashers coach John Anderson. Like many coaches Anderson first saw success as a player in the NHL rather than a coach. He was a prolific goal scorer, racking up over 600 points with the Maple Leafs, Nordiques, and Whalers.

Anderson spent a very long time with the Chicago Wolves in the IHL and AHL where he led the team to the playoffs in all but two seasons, and won three championships with the team.

In 2008 Anderson left Chicago for his only stint in the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers. After two disappointing seasons with the team he was canned.

Craig Berube

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  • Current Job: Head Coach of the Chicago Wolves in the AHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 75-58-0-28 with the Philadelphia Flyers
  • AHL Coaching Record: 72-42-0-12 with the Philadelphia Phantoms and Chicago Wolves
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Long time member of the Flyers organization, Berube started his career as an NHL enforcer. After an 18 year pro playing career Berube made the transition from Philadelphia Phantoms player to Philadelphia Phantoms Assistant Coach. Berube rose through the ranks, going from Assistant Coach to Interim Head Coach to Head Coach of the Phantoms to Assistant Coach of the Flyers, and finally to Head Coach of the Flyers. Unfortunately for Berube he lasted only two seasons before players and fans soured on him.

Dave Cameron

  • Current Job: Assistant Coach of the Calgary Flames in the NHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 70-50-0-17 with the Ottawa Senators
  • AHL Coaching Record: 105-106-0-29 with the Binghamton Senators
  • OHL Coaching Record: 408-241-45-31 with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and the Toronto/Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

No, this is not the former British Prime Minister.

Dave Cameron moved around quite a bit, bouncing back and forth between the AHL and OHL always posting impressive numbers. After 16 years of coaching Cameron finally got his first NHL as Assistant Coach for the Ottawa Senators. Cameron impressed Sens management and once Paul MacLean was let go, he got his shot as Head Coach. Cameron and the Senators were a Cinderella Story in his first season and they surprised by making the playoffs. After a disappointing sophomore campaign Cameron was fired.

Guy Carbonneau

  • Current Job: N/A
  • NHL Coaching Record: 124-83-0-23 with the Montreal Canadiens
  • QMJHL Coaching Record: 6-7-0-2 with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

After a long and successful playing career Carbonneau served as an Assistant Coach for the Montreal Canadiens and the Dallas Stars. After the 2006 season Carbonneau took the reins from Interim Head Coach and GM Bob Gainey where he flourished for the better part of three seasons. In 2008 he narrowly lost in voting to Bruce Boudreau for the Jack Adams Trophy. But in 2009 Carbonneau was fired, a move that had fans angry and confused.

After leaving the Canadiens Carbonneau took a year off from coaching and returned in 2010 to coach the team he co-owned, the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. Carbonneau lasted 15 games before he decided to resign as coach. He hasn’t had a coaching job since.

Marc Crawford

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  • Current Job: Associate Coach with the Ottawa Senators in the NHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 549-421-103-78 with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars
  • AHL Coaching Record: 125-78-37-0 with the St. John’s Maple Leafs
  • OHL Coaching Record: 47-80-5-0 with the Cornwall Royals
  • NLA Coaching Record: 125-47-0-28 with the Zurich Lions
  • Stanley Cups: 1
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 1

Marc Crawford’s start to his coaching career was lacklustre. After two mediocre seasons with the Cornwall Royals he made the move to the AHL where he began his climb to coaching stardom. With St. John’s Crawford shined, taking the team to the finals in his first season with the team. In three seasons with St. John’s Crawford impressed the Nordiques so much that he was offered the position of Head Coach. Crawford won the Jack Adams Trophy in his first season and remained with the team in their move to Colorado where he led the team to their first ever Stanley Cup.

Crawford was never able to replicate his success in Colorado and after a good stint in Vancouver and unimpressive stints with Dallas and Los Angeles he moved away from the NHL for a fresh start. Crawford moved to Switzerland to coach the Zurich Lions. Under Crawford the Lions won a championship and had another finals berth, but after a disappointing performance in the 2016 playoffs Crawford was let go. He’s recently come back to the NHL as an Associate Coach with the Senators, hoping to impress enough to earn a head coaching job.

Randy Cunneyworth

  • Current Job: N/A
  • NHL Coaching Record: 18-23-0-9 with the Montreal Canadiens
  • AHL Coaching Record: 384-309-48-55 with the Rochester Americans and Hamilton Bulldogs
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Loyal to the Rochester Americans, Cunneyworth spent plenty of time with the organization both as a player and a coach. Cunneyworth has been an on and off member of the organization from 1980 to 2016.

Cunneyworth had one stint in the NHL as an Interim Head Coach for the Montreal Canadiens. This move was highly controversial and was the cause of protests due to the fact that Cunneyworth could not speak French. After an unimpressive season Cunneyworth returned to his position as Assistant Coach only to be fired a month later.

Kevin Dineen

  • Current Job: Assistant Coach with the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 56-62-0-28 with the Florida Panthers
  • AHL Coaching Record: 266-155-0-59 with the Portland Pirates
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Best known for his days as a player, Dineen is severely underrated as a coach. After some strong seasons with the Portland Pirates Dineen was given a shot as an NHL coach with the Florida Panthers. In his first season with the Panthers Dineen took the team to a surprising division title and playoff berth. Although he saw success in his first season he didn’t see very much in the two seasons after and he was fired.

Dineen has served as Assistant Coach of the Chicago Blackhawks since he was let go, and in 2014 he coached Canada’s Women’s Hockey Team to Gold at the Sochi Olympics.

Dallas Eakins

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  • Current Job: Head Coach of the San Diego Gulls in the AHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 36-63-0-14 with the Edmonton Oilers
  • AHL Coaching Record: 213-149-0-50 with the Toronto Marlies and San Diego Gulls
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

After spending seven years in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization the hype for Eakins was through the roof. He’d spent time as Leafs Assistant Coach and Marlies Head Coach and had done well in both roles. Many speculated that then Leafs Head Coach Randy Carlyle would be getting the can so the Leafs could hire Eakins, but that never came to fruition. Carlyle kept his job as bench boss for another season and Eakins joined the Oilers.

Eakins tenure with the Oilers was short and disappointing, but the jury is still out as to whether the blame falls on Eakins for that.

Gerard Gallant

  • Current Job: N/A
  • NHL Coaching Record: 141-136-6-30 with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers
  • QMJHL Coaching Record: 161-34-0-9 with the Saint John Sea Dogs
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Aside from Capuano, Gallant is the coach that was most recently made available. Aside from a poor stint with the Columbus Blue Jackets Gallant has had a very successful coaching career. He made two three trips to the finals and won two championships with the Saint John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL and had two very impressive campaigns with the Panthers before he was fired earlier this season.

Gallant has ties to the Islanders organization having served as an Assistant Coach with the team from 2007 to 2009.

Scott Gordon

  • Current Job: Head Coach of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the AHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 38-47-0-14 with the New York Islanders
  • AHL Coaching Record: 280-186-13-43 with the Providence Bruins and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Another coach with ties to the Islanders organization Gordon was Capuano’s predecessor in New York. He served as Head Coach for the team for two of the team’s darker years where they failed to make the playoffs. On the bright side he did help land John Tavares.

Since leaving the Islanders organization Gordon served as Assistant Coach of the Maple Leafs before moving on to coach the Flyers’ AHL affiliates the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Gordon seems to have helped turn around the team as they are currently third in the AHL standings.

Travis Green

  • Current Job: Head Coach of the Utica Comets in the AHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 137-94-0-36 with the Utica Comets
  • WHL Coaching Record: 37-8-0-2 with the Portland Winterhawks
  • Stanley Cups: N/A
  • Jack Adams Trophies: N/A

Green got his coaching start Assistant Coach of the Portland Winterhawks, but after then coach Mike Johnston was suspended for the remainder of the season Green took over as interim. He led the Winterhawks to 37-8-2 finish and a championship.

After leaving the Winterhawks Green joined the Utica Comets, the Canucks farm team. Green has done a great job with the Comets and his name was mentioned heavily last offseason when multiple teams were searching for new coaches.

Wayne Gretzky

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  • Current Job: N/A
  • NHL Coaching Record: 143-161-0-24 with the Phoenix Coyotes
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Who?

Islanders fans probably know him best from his two matchups with the Islanders in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1983 and 1984 where the Isles and Oilers each took home a Cup. Gretzky brought forth the end of the Islanders dynasty and triggered the start of the Oilers dynasty.

As a coach Gretzky had a disastrous four season campaign as coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. He hasn’t had a coaching job since.

Benoit Groulx

  • Current Job: Head Coach with the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: N/A
  • AHL Coaching Record: 93-86-0-19 with the Rochester Americans and Syracuse Crunch
  • QMJHL Record: 414-274-16-66 with the Gatineau Olympiques
  • Stanley Cups: N/A
  • Jack Adams Trophies: N/A

“Tic-tac-tao!”

Benoit Groulx is best known for his role in Team Canada’s 2015 World Junior Championships win where he was credited as a huge factor to the team’s success.

Groulx served as a long time Head Coach of the Gatineau Olympiques where he led the team to three championships. Between his 12 seasons with the Olympiques Groulx tried his hand in the AHL with the Rochester Americans where he did not see much success. In hopes to make his climb to the NHL Groulx has returned to the AHL as Head Coach of the Syracuse Crunch.

George Gwozdecky

  • Current Job: Head Coach at Valor Christian High School
  • NHL Coaching Record: N/A
  • NCAA Coaching Record: 592-390-0-85 with Wisconsin-River Fall, Miami, and Denver
  • Stanley Cups: N/A
  • Jack Adams Trophies: N/A

George Gwozdecky is one of the most winningest coaches in NCAA Division I hockey history. With 592 total Div I wins he has amassed the 12th most wins of all time, and with 443 wins with the University of Denver he is the most successful coach in the program’s history.

Bob Hartley

  • Current Job: N/A
  • NHL Coaching Record: 463-361-61-59 with the Colorado Avalanche, Atlanta Thrashers, and the Calgary Flames
  • AHL Coaching Record: 151-120-33-16 with the Cornwall Aces and the Hershey Bears
  • NLA Coaching Record: 27-19-0-4 with the Zurich Lions
  • QMJHL Coaching Record: 81-52-7-0 with the Laval Titan
  • Stanley Cups: 1
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 1

Bob Hartley has won a major championship in every league he’s coached in, taking the Laval Titan, Hershey Bears, Zurich Lions, and the Colorado Avalanche all the way in his time with them. Most recently Hartley served as Head Coach of the Calgary Flames where he won a Jack Adams Trophy but was ultimately let go of after posting a negative record with the team through four seasons.

Don Hay

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  • Current Job: Head Coach of the Kamloops Blazers in the WHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 61-65-20-4 with the Phoenix Coyotes and Calgary Flames
  • AHL Coaching Record: 104-105-16-15 with the Utah Grizzlies
  • WHL Coaching Record: 705-450-27-76 with the Kamloops Blazers, Tri-City Americans, and Vancouver Giants
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Having won the Memorial Cup and President’s Cup three times Don Hay has had a very successful career coaching in the WHL, but he’s found himself unable to stick in higher tiered leagues. Hay has had four stints with three NHL teams as both a Head Coach and as an Assistant Coach, none of which lasted more than a year. Hay also spent three seasons with the Utah Grizzlies in the AHL where he was never able to advance past the first round of the playoffs.

Peter Horachek

  • Current Job: Scout with the New Jersey Devils in the NHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 34-64-0-10 with the Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs
  • IHL/AHL Coaching Record: 156-115-14-35 with the Orlando Solar Bears, Milwaukee Admirals, and San Antonio Rampage
  • ECHL Coaching Record: 40-16-0-10 with the Trenton Titans
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Always the bridesmaid and never the bride, Horachek has served as an Interim Head Coach but has never been given a shot in the NHL as anything more. This is likely in part because of his poor performance of both teams he served as Interim for.

Dale Hunter

  • Current Job: Head Coach of the London Knights in the OHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 30-23-0-7 with the Washington Capitals
  • OHL Coaching Record: 674-263-21-62 with the London Knights
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Long time Co-Owner, President, and Head Coach of the London Knights Hunter has been a staple for the team and it’s hard to imagine him leaving the team for a coaching gig elsewhere. He did join the Capitals as Head Coach 2011 where his team underperformed and disappointed.

Mike Johnston

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  • Current Job: Head Coach and General Manager of the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 58-37-0-15 with the Pittsburgh Penguins
  • WHL Coaching Record: 239-100-0-18 with the Portland Winterhawks
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

A good coach for a defensively minded team, unfortunately Johnston’s only NHL coaching gig was with the Pittsburgh Penguins who at the time were as far from defensively minded as a team could be. After his departure from the Penguins Johnston rejoined the Portland Winterhawks, a team he’s seen some success with as Head Coach in the past.

Sheldon Keefe

  • Current Job: Head Coach of the Toronto Marlies in the AHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: N/A
  • AHL Coaching Record: 70-35-0-9 with the Toronto Marlies
  • OHL Coaching Record: 98-29-0-9 with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  • Stanley Cups: N/A
  • Jack Adams Trophies: N/A

Sheldon Keefe is rising through the coaching ranks extremely quickly. After a championship win in the CJHL Keefe took the OHL by storm with the Greyhounds and transformed the team from a pushover to a powerhouse. In just his second season with the team Keefe and the Greyhounds posted their best season in franchise history. Keefe’s contributions to the team’s were recognized as he won both OHL and CHL Coach Of The Year.

In 2015 Keefe was hired as Head Coach of the Toronto Marlies. In his first season he took the team to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Mike Keenan

  • Current Job: N/A
  • NHL Coaching Record: 657-507-141-36 with the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago BlackHawks, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, Calgary Flames
  • AHL Coaching Record: 116-98-26-0 with the Rochester Americans
  • KHL Coaching Record: 88-33-0-13 with Magnitogorsk Metallurg
  • Stanley Cups: 1
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

One of the most winningest coaches of all time, without context you may wonder why he’s struggled recently to get back into the NHL. Mike Keenan does not play well with others. Whether he’s feuding with a Senior V.P., or a General Manager, or with superstars such as Trevor Linden, Brett Hull, or Wayne Gretzky, no matter where Keenan is coaching he’ll struggle to get along with his co-workers. Even if he has seemed to calm down as of late his reputation as ‘Iron Mike’ Keenan will continue to hang over his head.

Uwe Krupp

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  • Current Job: Head Coach of Eisbaren Berlin in the DEL
  • NHL Coaching Record: N/A
  • DEL Coaching Record: 138-90-0-20 with Kolner Haie and Eisbaren Berlin
  • Stanley Cups: N/A
  • Jack Adams Trophies: N/A

One of the greatest German coaches of all time, Uwe Krupp has coached Germany a total of ten times at the World Juniors, World Championships, and Olympic Games. In five seasons of coaching in DEL Krupp has led his teams to five finals berths, most recently losing to his former team Kolner Haie.

Doug MacLean

  • Current Job: Sports Analyst
  • NHL Coaching Record: 107-111-41-0 with the Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets
  • AHL Coaching Record: 17-13-5-0 with the Baltimore Skipjacks
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Best known for his role as a Hockey Analyst on Sportsnet, what many may not know is that MacLean had a five year NHL Coaching career. While most of his seasons as coach ended in disappointment, MacLean did lead the Florida Panthers to their first and only Stanley Cup Final appearance in his first season as coach.

Paul MacLean

  • Current Job: Assistant Coach of the Anaheim Ducks
  • NHL Coaching Record: 114-90-0-35 with the Ottawa Senators
  • IHL/AHL Coaching Record: 121-97-0-28 with the Kansas City Blades
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 1

After seeing plenty of success with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Detroit Red Wings as an Assistant Coach from 2002 to 2011 MacLean was given his first gig as an NHL Head Coach with the Ottawa Senators. With the Senators MacLean was nominated for the Jack Adams Trophy in each of his first two seasons, winning it in his second season. After leaving the Senators MacLean returned to the Ducks organization again as an Assistant Coach.

Jacques Martin

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  • Current Job: Assistant Coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 613-481-119-81 with the St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens
  • AHL Coaching Record: 33-36-11-0 with the Cornwall Aces
  • OHL Coaching Record: 41-23-2-0 with the Guelph Platers
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 1

One of the most experienced coaches on this list, Jacques Martin is the 12th most winningest coach of all time, having amassed 613 total wins from 1986 to 2012. In 1999 Martin took home the Jack Adams Trophy after his Ottawa Senators topped the Northeast Division for the first time in franchise history.

Pierre McGuire

  • Current Job: Sports Analyst
  • NHL Coaching Record: 23-37-7-0 with the Hartford Whalers
  • ECHL Coaching Record: 31-33-0-6 with the Baton Rouge Kingfish
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

No I’m not joking. Every time an NHL coach is fired McGuire’s name seems to pop up brought up both seriously and non-seriously. McGuire had one brief NHL coaching stint with the Hartford Whalers. He was fired after only six months. Then Whalers captain Pat Verbeek called McGuire’s firing the best that could have happened to the Whalers.

Mark Messier

  • Current Job: Adviser with the Edmonton Oilers
  • NHL Coaching Record: N/A
  • Stanley Cups: N/A
  • Jack Adams Trophies: N/A

Another familiar face for old school Islanders fans, Messier was a member of the Oilers teams that faced the Islanders in the Stanley Cup Finals two years in a row. Messier has expressed interest in both General Manager and Head Coach roles and has garnered experience in both roles with Team Canada. It is unlikely that Messier will leave his position with the Oilers at this time.

Mike Milbury

  • Current Job: Hockey Analyst for NBC
  • NHL Coaching Record: 146-160-45-0 with the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders
  • AHL Coaching Record: 76-65-15-4 with the Maine Mariners
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Oh what Islanders fan doesn’t have fond memories of Mike Milbury? The team’s saviour and most esteemed coach and General Manager in the franchise’s history.

Seriously though, the Islanders have a soured relationship with Mike Milbury. While he was extremely successful as Head Coach of the Boston Bruins the same cannot be said for his time with the Isles. With the Bruins he took the team to a Conference Final and a Cup Final, winning Executive of The Year and coaching an All-Star team along the way. His time with the Islanders on the other hand was a disaster to put it lightly. Milbury coached the team to some of their all time worst seasons all the while trading away key pieces such as Zdeno Chara, Bryan McCabe, Olli Jokinen, Eric Brewer, Wade Redden, and Roberto Luongo for scraps. When Milbury finally left the Islanders organization fans breathed a sigh of relief.

Kirk Muller

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  • Current Job: Associate Coach with the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 80-80-0-31 with the Carolina Hurricanes
  • AHL Coaching Record: 10-6-0-1 with the Milwaukee Admirals
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

The heir apparent to Michel Therrien in Montreal, Muller has spent plenty of time behind the bench as an NHL Assistant Coach with the Montreal Canadiens and St. Louis Blues. But his only job as an NHL Head Coach resulted in a poor stretch as Head Coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Andy Murray

  • Current Job: Head Coach of Western Michigan University
  • NHL Coaching Record: 333-278-58-69 with the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues
  • NLA Coaching Record: 23-40-5-0 with Kloten HC
  • NCAA Coaching Record: 81-84-27-0 with West Michigan University
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

No, not the tennis player!

With 20 years of NHL coaching experience Murray is a seasoned veteran. He knows how to get the very best out of his players and has a strict no nonsense policy. Since leaving the NHL Murray has joined Western Michigan where he had a very strong start with the team, but team has since gone downhill.

Terry Murray

  • Current Job: Assistant Coach with the Buffalo Sabres
  • NHL Coaching Records: 499-400-95-45 with the Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers and Los Angeles Kings
  • IHL/AHL Coaching Record: 167-181-6-27 with the Baltimore Skipjacks, Cincinnati Cyclones, and Adirondack/Lehigh Valley Phantoms
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Terry Murray (of no relation to Andy) a member of the Flyers 1976 Stanley Cup winning team returned to the organization after spending time coaching the Washington Capitals. In his time as Head Coach of the Flyers he took the team to a Conference Final and to a Stanley Cup Final in 1997. After his finals loss he moved back and forth between the Flyers organization and other positions around the AHL and NHL. He currently serves as the Assistant Coach of the Buffalo Sabres.

Todd Nelson

  • Current Job: Head Coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins in the AHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 17-25-0-9 with the Edmonton Oilers
  • AHL Coaching Record: 245-151-0-51 with the Oklahoma City Barons and The Grand Rapids Griffins
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

In his one short stint in the NHL as Interim Head Coach of the Oilers Nelson began to turn around a struggling team and finished the season stronger than many people expected. Nelson helped struggling young players such as Yakupov, Hall, and Eberle turn develop and finish the season on a high note.

Claude Noel

  • Current Job: Scout with the New Jersey Devils
  • NHL Coaching Record: 90-87-0-24 with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Winnipeg Jets
  • IHL/AHL Coaching Record: 293-207-0-57 with the Michigan K-Wings, Milwaukee Admirals, and the Manitoba Moose
  • ECHL Coaching Record: 140-95-0-29 with the Roanoke Valley Rebels, Dayton Bombers, and the Toledo Storm
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Although he was able to find success in the AHL winning a Calder Cup in 2004, Claude Noele has never been able to replicate that success in the NHL. Having the distinction of being the first Head Coach of the new Winnipeg Jets there were big expectations for Noel. Expectations that he did not live up to. In four NHL seasons with the Jets and Blue Jackets he never once was able to make the playoffs.

Ted Nolan

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  • Current Job: N/A
  • NHL Coaching Record: 188-227-19-38 with the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders
  • OHL Coaching Record: 174-129-27-0 with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  • QMJHL Coaching Record: 52-15-0-3 with the Moncton Wildcats
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 1

Ted Nolan is yet another familiar face for Islanders fans. After a very successful tenure in the CHL and between stints with the Buffalo Sabres, Nolan spent two seasons behind the bench for the Islanders. With New York Nolan took the Isles to the playoffs in his first season, but after missing the playoffs in his second season he was fired.

Adam Oates

  • Current Job: N/A
  • NHL Coaching Record: 65-48-0-17 with the Washington Capitals
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Adam Oates is a great coach for a team with a strong defensive corps and a struggling offense. Oates spent two seasons with the Capitals and fans soured on him very quickly due to his offense first coaching style. After leaving Washington he took on an unorthodox role as a co-coach of the New Jersey Devils where he ran the offense and Scott Stevens ran the defense.

Tom Renney

  • Current Job: President of Hockey Canada
  • NHL Coaching Record: 256-206-7-64 with the Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers
  • WHL Coaching Record: 101-37-6-0 with the Kamloops Blazers
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Best known for his international coaching career Tom Renney has coached Team Canada at a total of ten World Championships, winning a total of three Gold Medals, three Silver Medals, and Two Bronze Medals. Renney has also seen success after taking over as President of Hockey Canada. Unfortunately that success never translated to the NHL.

Todd Richards

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  • Current Job: Assistant Coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 204-136-37 with the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets
  • AHL Coaching Record: 98-49-0-13 with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Todd Richards started his head coaching career behind the benches of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins where he led the team to a Calder Cup Final. After his finals appearance he joined the Minnesota Wild as Head Coach. After two disappointing seasons with the Wild he was fired. The season after his firing he was brought on as an Assistant Coach of the Blue Jackets. That same season he replaced Scott Arniel as Head Coach. After failing to make the playoffs in three of his four full seasons with the Jackets and starting his fifth season off 0-7-0 he was fired.

Luke Richardson

  • Current Job: N/A
  • NHL Coaching Record:N/A
  • AHL Coaching Record: 153-120-0-34 with the Binghamton Senators
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Luke Richardson left his job at Binghamton to pursue an NHL coaching job but as positions opened up he did not get a call. Instead of waiting around Richardson went to coach Team Canada at this year’s Spengler Cup, helping Canada capture gold. Richardson is often praised for his abilities as a teacher which may make him a good fit for one of the youngest teams in the NHL.

Gary Roberts

  • Current Job: Training with NHL players
  • NHL Coaching Record: N/A
  • Stanley Cups: N/A
  • Jack Adams Trophies: N/A

Gary Roberts is a very interesting name to bring up in the Head Coach conversation because he doesn’t have any experience coaching. What he does have experience with is training and pushing players to their limit. It would be difficult to lure Roberts away from his current job as a personal trainer.

Larry Robinson

  • Current Job: Associate with the San Jose Sharks in the NHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 209-217-69-6 with the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Not only was Larry Robinson one of the best defensemen of all time but he was also a very successful Head Coach. After a somewhat rocky start coaching the Kings, Robinson hit his stride with the New Jersey Devils. In his first partial season with the Devils he helped the team to a Cup win, and in his second season he helped the Devils ditch their reputation as an anti-offence team as his Devils lead the NHL in goals.

Patrick Roy

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  • Current Job: N/A
  • NHL Coaching Record: 130-92-0-24 with the Colorado Avalanche
  • QMJHL Coaching Record: 349-159-0-37 with the Quebec Remparts
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 1

Hot head Patrick Roy showed that he was not a one trick pony when he took the QMJHL by storm as Head Coach of the Quebec Remparts in 2005, leading the team to a finals berth. Although he never won a championship in the league he did make the playoffs every single year and was a part of some deep playoff run.

After eight years with the Remparts Roy joined his former team the Colorado Avalanche. In his first season with the Avs Roy won his division and clinched the Jack Adams Trophy. Unfortunately for Roy things only went downhill from there. They were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs and failed to qualify in the rest of his tenure with the team.

After the 2015-16 season Roy decided to step away from the Avalanche citing his lack of control over the roster as a main reason for his departure.

Brad Shaw

  • Current Job: Assistant Coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the NHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 18-18-4-0 with the New York Islanders
  • IHL/AHL Coaching Record: 122-156-26-18 with the Detroit Vipers and the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Brad Shaw had his only chance as a Head Coach with the Islanders in 2006 when he took over for Steve Sterling as Interim Head Coach. The Isles’ performance under Shaw was mediocre and he did not return the next season.

Shaw served as Assistant and Associate Coach with the St. Louis Blues, serving under a total of four coaches, never getting the call himself. After the 2015-16 season Shaw left the Blues to pursue other opportunities.

John Stevens

  • Current Job: NHL Associate Coach with the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 120-112-0-34 with the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings
  • AHL Coaching Record: 230-181-33-36 with the Philadelphia Phantoms
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

The heir to the Darryl Sutter and likely the next Head Coach of the LA Kings, Stevens will likely not be leaving the Kings organization. A long time member of the Flyers organization, Stevens spent 12 years between the Flyers and Phantoms. But like many members of the Flyers, Stevens joined the LA Kings. With the Kings Stevens won the Stanley Cup as an Assistant Coach.

In 2014 John Stevens was not given permission to interview with other NHL teams.

Brent Sutter

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  • Current Job: Head Coach of the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 215-146-0-49 with the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames
  • WHL Coaching Record: 435-289-31-60 with the Red Deer Rebels
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

A member of the famed Sutter hockey family, Brent Sutter not only was a very effective NHL player but is also an effective coach. While he’s had two unimpressive stints in the NHL Sutter has been impressive when coaching the Red Deer Rebels. With 12 seasons under his belt as coach of the Rebels Sutter has led the team to some very deep playoff berths.

Brent Thompson

  • Current Job: Head Coach with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the AHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: N/A
  • AHL Coaching Record: 128-110-0-26 with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers
  • ECHL Coaching Record: 83-50-0-11 with the Alaska Aces
  • Stanley Cups: N/A
  • Jack Adams Trophies: N/A

Brent Thompson is the current Head Coach of the Islanders AHL affiliate the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. After three and a half seasons with Bridgeport Thompson became the longest tenured Sound Tigers Coach with 266 games under his belt. Thompson is a no nonsense coach who is already familiar with much of the Islanders roster.

Troy Ward

  • Current Job: N/A
  • NHL Coaching Record: N/A
  • AHL Coaching Record: 119-83-0-26 with the Abbotsford Heat
  • ECHL Coaching Record: 62-32-8-4 with the Trenton Titans and the Victoria Salmon Kings
  • WHL Coaching Record: 9-16-0-0 with the Vancouver Giants
  • USHL Coaching Record: 78-62-5-11 with the Dubuque Fighting Saints and the Madison Capitols
  • Stanley Cups: N/A
  • Jack Adams Trophies: N/A

Troy Ward has been around the block. He’s coached in eight different leagues in some capacity. He’s was especially successful in tenures with the Trenton Titans of ECHL and Abbotsford Heat of the AHL. More recently Ward has faltered, lasting only 25 games with the Vancouver Giants and then only 60 games with the Madison Capitols.

Doug Weight

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  • Current Job: Interim Coach with the New York Islanders in the NHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 2-0-0-0
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

The Interim Head Coach himself, his time as interim with the Islanders this season will be his first as a bench boss. As interim Weight hopes to start a turnaround for the Islanders, helping them rise from the basement of the NHL’s Eastern Conference. Weight has gotten off to a promising start and is a perfect 2-0-0.

Ron Wilson

  • Current Job: N/A
  • NHL Coaching Record: 648-567-94-92 with the Anaheim Ducks, Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Wilson has made a number of deep playoff runs but he has never been able to win the big prize. Wilson may be best known for his time with the Maple Leafs where he failed to make the playoffs every year he was with the team. After he left the Leafs he had plenty to say as he called out everyone from Phil Kessel to Colby Armstrong to Maple Leafs fans.

Funnily enough Ron Wilson’s last game with the Leafs was on a leap day so he quite literally was coaching on borrowed time.

Mike Yeo

  • Current Job: Associate Coach with the St. Louis Blues in the NHL
  • NHL Coaching Record: 173-132-0-44 with the Minnesota Wild
  • AHL Coaching Record: 46-28-0-6 with the Houston Aeros
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Jack Adams Trophies: 0

Statistically the best coach in Minnesota Wild history, Yeo took the Wild to the playoffs in three of his four and a half seasons with the team. Although he garnered good results with the Wild during the regular season he was unable to find success in the playoffs as the team was eliminated by the Blackhawks three seasons in a row. A first half of the 2015-16 season was the final straw that led to Yeo’s firing from the Minnesota Wild.

Yeo will be the likely replacement for Ken Hitchcock in St. Louis upon his retirement so the Islanders will need to act quickly if they want to pick up Mike Yeo.

Rob Zettler

  • Current Job: N/A
  • NHL Coaching Record: N/A
  • AHL Coaching Record: 108-90-0-41 with the Syracuse Crunch
  • Stanley Cups: N/A
  • Jack Adams Trophies: N/A

Rob Zettler seemed to be Ron Wilson’s right hand man, serving under him as an Assistant Coach in both San Jose and Toronto. In 2002 Zettler did multiple jobs working as an Assistant Coach and colour commentator for the Sharks. After nine years under Wilson, Zettler decided to set out on his own and he joined the Syracuse Crunch. Towards the end of the 2012-13 AHL season Zettler took over as Head Coach of the Crunch and took the team to the the Calder Cup Final

Chris Carnovale is a “The Wraparound” columnist for Good Night, Good Hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @Chris_Carnovale.

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