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LeBrun: NHL teaching carousel spins quick, with one other set of UFAs coming

It has been a seismic 12 months within the NHL teaching fraternity.

For the reason that begin of the 2021-22 season, there have been teaching adjustments for the Canucks, Canadiens, Oilers, Bruins, Golden Knights, Panthers, Islanders, Sharks, Blackhawks, Flyers, Pink Wings, Jets and Stars.

That is greater than a dozen organizations with new head coaches, when you’re holding rating.

To catch up, the offseason hires had been:

• Peter DeBoer in Dallas (a four-year deal at a $4.25 million common wage)

• Bruce Cassidy in Vegas (5 years at $4.5 million)

• Paul Maurice in Florida (three years at just below $4 million)

• John Tortorella in Philadelphia (4 years at $4 million)

• Rick Bowness in Winnipeg (two years at $2.5 million, with a membership choice for a 3rd yr nearer to $3 million)

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

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

• Luke Richardson in Chicago (4 years at $1.5 million)

• Derek Lalonde in Detroit (unconfirmed time period, however I imagine three years)

• Lane Lambert in Lengthy Island (unconfirmed time period, however I imagine three years with an choice)

Martin St. Louis (three years in Montreal at, I imagine, simply south of $3 million per season) and Jay Woodcroft (three years at $2 million in Edmonton) additionally signed new offers after taking on their respective groups halfway by means of final season.

We also needs to point out that veteran head coach Mike Sullivan signed a three-year extension in Pittsburgh, which provides him 5 years in whole left. He had this season and subsequent on his present deal. The extension is believed to be value round $5.5 million a yr when it kicks in for the 2024-25 season, which can put Sullivan among the many highest-paid coaches within the league. For my part, it’s very deserved.

Whereas not 100% confirmed, I imagine Jon Cooper is at present the highest-paid coach within the league, at round $5.3 million per season (not counting the truth that Mike Babcock is owed one other $5.875 million from the Maple Leafs for this season, the final of that eight-year deal).

Even with all this motion, trying ahead we all know there are additionally nonetheless some looming selections elsewhere. Here is a take a look at head coaches coming into the ultimate years of their contracts — the pending UFAs, if you’ll:

Dallas Eakins, Geese: New Geese normal supervisor Pat Verbeek determined to select up the choice yr on Eakins’ deal in April, which I believe was a wise transfer to provide himself time to additional consider his coach. I’ve at all times been of the opinion a brand new GM ought to delay his first teaching change from him so long as doable. You solely get so many teaching hires as a GM. And who is aware of, perhaps Verbeek and Eakins forge the sort of relationship out of this roster rebuild that results in a brand new contract for the coach. However because it stands, Eakins, who took over as head coach in Anaheim in June 2019 after 4 years in AHL San Diego, enters this season as a pending UFA.

Darryl Sutter, Flames: It would not shock me if an extension will get achieved right here with the reigning Jack Adams winner. My sense is Sutter could be open to it, and it would not shock me if the group has already mentioned it with him. However as we converse, the veteran coach is coming into the ultimate season of the deal he signed in March 2021 when he took over.

Lindy Ruff, Devils: That is my very own learn on issues, not something that is come to me from anybody, however the Devils hiring Jack Adams finalist Andrew Brunette as affiliate coach July 15 (on a three-year deal) would appear to point the place that is headed after the season , given Ruff’s expiring deal. However then once more, who is aware of? I believe the Devils are going to take a optimistic step as a group this season. What which means for Ruff, 62, given his pending UFA standing, we will see.

Bruce Boudreau, Canucks: Who knew the mutual choice that existed on Boudreau’s deal for this season (at a $2.5 million wage) would trigger a lot consternation and intrigue? However after a bizarre interlude, it was lastly confirmed by each side that the veteran coach could be again for this season.

The place does it go from right here? That is anyone’s guess. Signing JT Miller to an extension indicators the group’s intention to attempt to retool whereas additionally attempting to win video games, which is nice information for Boudreau so far as having as aggressive of a roster as he may have hoped for. Let’s examine the place this goes come the New 12 months, so far as the coach’s future.

Peter Laviolette, Capitals: The veteran bench boss was employed in September 2020 on a three-year deal value just below $15 million in whole. My understanding is that there have already been discussions a couple of doable extension. Whether or not or not that transpires stays to be seen, however they’re speaking.

Past the pending UFAs, there’s the group of coaches with this season and subsequent left on their present offers, so signed by means of the 2023-24 season:

A few of these conditions may result in selections subsequent summer season, forward of these coaches coming into lame-duck years.

I believe the Sabers are actually excessive on Granato, and I may see that resulting in an extension subsequent summer season if the group takes an impactful step ahead this season. Keefe’s future is somewhat simple, relying on whether or not the group lastly will get out of the primary spherical of the playoffs. The Stanley Cup champion Avalanche could be sensible to increase Bednar subsequent summer season, and I think that is precisely what is going on to occur. Bednar is incomes $2.1 million this season and $2.3. million subsequent yr, so he needs to be in line for a pleasant elevate given his latest exploits of him.

(Photograph by Bruce Boudreau: Sergei Belski/USA At present)


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