Behold, your comprehensive list of the statuses of all 32 NHL head coaches, broken down into tiers, as we inch toward the 2021-22 campaign.



Here, we have all first-year coaches and ones who took over at some point last season. These guys are somewhat an exception to the list and presumably safe as can be, barring something truly unforeseen.

Andre Tourigny, Coyotes: It will be interesting to see how Tourigny, a highly successful skipper at the junior level, manages in his first year in the bigs. Considering the roster he's inherited, his hands are already full.

Brad Larsen, Blue Jackets: How will Columbus look in the post-Tortorella era? It's unlikely the Jackets reach the playoffs, but if Larsen can unlock Patrik Laine again, his first season will probably be viewed as a success.

Dominique Ducharme, Canadiens: He only has 38 regular-season games under his belt, but a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in his first half-year at the helm made a pretty strong first impression.

Gerard Gallant, Rangers: Many believe New York hit a home run by bringing in Gallant. His job in Year 1 is to push the up-and-coming Rangers into the playoff mix.

Don Granato, Sabres: Buffalo looked better under Granato after he took control of last season's overall dismal showing, but there's still a long way to go for the coach to prove he's the guy to navigate a rebuild.

Darryl Sutter, Flames: It's a make-or-break year for the Flames, and the club's decision to put Sutter in charge will be front and center. Of everyone in this category, he's under the most pressure.

Dave Hakstol, Kraken: Hakstol is back in a head coaching role and has a blank canvas to make his mark on the NHL's newest franchise. Can he make Seattle competitive off the bat?


Not going anywhere

Here are the best of the best; mortal locks to stay put unless they decide to quit on their own terms.

John Cooper, Lightning: The NHL's longest-tenured coach is sitting on back-to-back Stanley Cups and a chance to lead Canada to a gold medal at the Olympics. He's as likely to be discarded as Nikita Kucherov.

Barry Trotz, Islanders: Trotz has the Isles on the cusp of a championship, and there's no coach better suited to his team's identity.