Here is a list! We can also add John Stevens and Mark Morris (Monarchs).
Gerard Gallant head coach of Saint John Sea Dogs (Memorial Cup winner 2011) would I also consider for the job.
On Friday, April 24, 2009, Gerard was named head coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. He led the team to their first QMJHL President's Cup Final with a league best 109 points and subsequently was named the 2010 Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year.
What about Mike Eaves?
DREGER: LOOKING AT 10 POTENTIAL NHL HEAD COACHES
There is no sense of imminent change behind an NHL bench - regardless of what some may believe in Montreal and Columbus.
But when teams inevitably make changes there will be plenty of head coaching candidates to consider. That said, we've compiled a list of 10 NHL head coaches-in-waiting.
Let's start with ex-NHL head coaches and current NHL assistants:
Stanley Cup-winning coaches Marc Crawford and Ken Hitchcock both have a wealth of experience and would be considered for a team that can't get over the hump either in making the playoffs or contending for the Cup.
Three current NHL assistants - Chicago's Mike Haviland, Nashville's Lane Lambert and Philadelphia's Kevin McCarthy are also highly regarded.
Haviland finished a close second in Winnipeg's decision to go with Claude Noel and is considered a strong candidate to make the jump to a head coaching position.
However, more NHL teams are promoting from within and going with their American Hockey League affiliate coaches. Washington's Bruce Boudreau and Pittsburgh's Dan Bylsma are shining examples.
Toronto's Dallas Eakins is believed to be next in line for the Maple Leafs coaching job, while Kurt Kleinendorst was a strong contender to lead Ottawa's staff before Paul MacLean was hired. Craig MacTavish and Kirk Muller are ranked high by a number of NHL teams, in part because both high profile coaches stepped into the AHL to hone their skills.
Lake Erie's David Quinn is our 'out of left field' candidate. The Monsters - Colorado's farm club - are off to a rough start, but Quinn's coaching rivals say his players play hard for him and are always well prepared. Prior to joining Lake Erie in 2009, Quinn spent five seasons with the Boston University Terriers as an associate coach and won the NCAA championship before making the move to Lake Erie.
Before a coach is fired, NHL general managers usually have his replacement in mind.
- Bob Boughner, Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL), Assistant Coach
- Patrick Roy, Free
- Adam Oates, New Jersey Devils (NHL), Assistant Coach
- John Stevens, Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Assistant Coach
- Mark Morris, Manchester Monarchs (AHL), Head Coach
- Igor Larionov, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL), Director of Hockey Operations
- Tony Granato, Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL), Assistant Coach
- Rick Tocchet, Free
- Marc Crawford, Free
- Mike Haviland, Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Assistant Coach
- Lane Lambert, Nashville Predators (NHL), Assistant Coach
- Kevin McCarthy, Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), Asisstant Coach
- Dallas Eakins, Toronto Marlies (AHL), Head Coach
- Kurt Kleinendorst, Binghamton Senators (AHL), Head Coach
- Craig MacTavish, Chicago Wolves (AHL), Head Coach
- Kirk Muller, Milwaukee Admirals (AHL), Head Coach
- David Quinn, Lake Arie Monsters (AHL), Head Coach
- Adam Deadmarsh, Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Assistant Coach
- Mike Sullivan, New York Rangers (NHL), Assistant Coach
- Bob Hartley, ZSC Lions (Zurich), Head Coach
- Bengt Åke-Gustavsson, Atlant Moscow Oblast (KHL).
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Since I asked about Muller here is a brief coaching bio
Muller began his coaching career with the Queen's University Golden Gaels. In 2005-06, Muller was Head Coach of the Queen’s University Golden Gaels, in his hometown of Kingston, posting an 8-13-1-2 record in the Ontario University Athletics Conference.
Muller also held the title of Assistant Coach to Marc Habscheid with Team Canada, winning the gold medal at the 2005 Lotto Cup Tournament in Slovakia. In March 2006, he served as Assistant Coach to Greg Gilbert at the Under-18 World Championship.
Kirk Muller returned to the Montreal Canadiens organization on June 20, 2006, when he was named Assistant Coach of the Canadiens.
On June 27, 2011, the Nashville Predators announced that Muller had been hired as the head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.
Not exactly what I would call seasoned yet, but maybe that's not important.
I think offense being generated from the blueline is a big reason why the Kings finished 7th in scoring a few seasons ago. In particular, that was when Doughty played at his best. Last season and this season he's off to a slow start and the team is suffering as a result. He's a big reason why the Kings' offensive numbers have dipped.
When Doughty is playing at his best, the Kings possess the puck more often. When he's playing at his worst, well, the Kings are caught chasing the puck around. Doughty isn't the only player that has to step it up, but he's being paid as a franchise defenseman and it is time for him to perform as one. His struggles are not helping the Kings.
The big reason why the Kings finished in the top ten in scoring two seasons ago was an excellent power play. Their 5v5 scoring was below average that year.
Doughty was off his game when he first came back from the shoulder injury, but Mitchell and Doughty have excellent possession stats so far, and against the toughest competition.
Scuderi and Johnson, just like last year, do not.
It would be great to have Doughty start scoring but defensemen get the bulk of their scoring from assists. 15-20 goals from Doughty would be terrific, but half would likely be on the power play. The top pair is driving the play in the right direction, but realistically, the rest of the forwards would need to pick it up as well.
Terry Murray pinning things on the defense isn't going to change the fact that his teams always struggle 5v5, even when he had a d-man with a Norris finalist season.
i am not necessarily on the "fire TM" wagon, and will keep my opinion out of the thread for my own sanity. but i would like to hear a serious and straight answer to this question. it seems to me that "fire TM" has been a mantra for at least a year if not two, and i want to know how close we are, realistically, to that happening. my initial inclination is that we are closer than ever because we have made a lot of moves that, in the eyes of DL, are designed to put us over the top. but i would like to hear what other people think. please no "but who would replace him?"s because that doesn't answer the question.
I don't think we are as close as some here hope. If the Kings lose another four or five games this November, as in win one, lose two, shoot out tie, lose three, win one, lose two... then, and only then, we will be in the "change is gonna come mode." That would be around 25, maybe 30 games in. First week of December.
Patience and careful deliberation. That's just the way Lombardi is wired. He and Murray and Hextall and Stevens (and all the second tier guys from Philly) have been talking and dreaming about running their own team for years, while working for the Flyers. They've discussed this to death deep into traveling nights - talking about what's right and what's wrong with teams. What they'd do different.
They've finally got that chance. They've turned the Kings from a franchise that was literally laughed at from within the old school powers in the NHL into a franchise that is on the cusp of becoming an elite team - with a system and philosophy, a "Kings Hockey", that can be kept going for many, many years.
Lombardi is not just going to fire coaches left and right when it gets tough. Listen to what he's saying in Hammond's interview. He is not going to relieve the pressure on the players to improve their game and emotion. This is the easy part of the year. Remember, the Penguins were 20 or 30 games from the end of the season when they finally pulled the trigger.
In the meantime, he'll probably wait until some other teams, more desperate then he, with less ownership backing and confidence, start to dangle offers he can't refuse. That's the first thing he'll look at. But, he just sent his message to the players and coaches.
They've finally got that chance. They've turned the Kings from a franchise that was literally laughed at from within the old school powers in the NHL into a franchise that is on the cusp of becoming an elite team - with a system and philosophy, and as a previous poster said, Kings players and prospects, a "Kings Hockey", that can be kept going for many, many years.
On the cusp of being an elite team? Based on what? Before annoiting them as the 2nd coming, wouldn't it be prudent to wait until they actually accomplish something more than 2 1st round playoff exits in 10 years?
A team and prospect system and method that other teams are now copying.
Link? What novel and unique methods has DL come up with that other teams didn't use in the past and are now others are emulating?