This past NHL season once again saw a coaching carousel and changes behind the bench.
Head coaches such as the Edmonton Oilers' Todd McLellan, St. Louis Blues' Mike Yeo, Chicago Blackhawks' Joel Quenneville and Los Angeles Kings' John Stevens were dismissed during the regular season. As soon as the door shut on the year a flurry of firings followed, with the Buffalo Sabres' Phil Housley and Florida Panthers' Bob Boughner and Anaheim Ducks' GM and interim head coach Bob Murray stepping aside.
Can the same be said for the upcoming 2019-20 season?
There are quite a few coaches that could be on the hot seat - especially if their respective clubs are considered Stanley Cup contenders and have slow starts. Let's delve into the top six candidates to potentially get the axe first.
1. Paul Maurice, Winnipeg Jets
The Jets have by no means been horrible throughout Maurice's tenure as they've consistently finished as one of the top teams in the Central Division. Behind a powerful offense featuring Blake Wheeler, Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele, they produced an average of 3.29 goals per game last season. Winnipeg also had the fourth-best power play in the league last year (24.8%).
However, with the defense looking weaker without Jacob Trouba, Tyler Myers and Ben Chiarot, there will be higher expectations for Maurice to help maintain the team's high-grade caliber. Despite the consistent success, Maurice probably has a short leash and could be on the outs if the Jets have a slow start - because another failed playoff run is not an option in the 'Peg.