Travis Green, Dominique Ducharme and 2 other NHL coaches on the hot seat after Jeremy Colliton firing

The first pink sheet has been delivered.
Just 12 games into the 2021-22 NHL season, Jeremy Colliton was sent packing after the Blackhawks started with a disastrous 1-9-2 record. Yes, a victory. It’s a bit of a surprise after the team spent the offseason trading some high-caliber guys like Seth Jones and Marc-André Fleury, winner of the Vezina Trophy 2021. But obviously things have not gone according to plan and it was becoming increasingly obvious that a change was needed.Now comes the question: Who’s next? Usually when one player leaves, the rest of the NHL general managers start to assess how things are going with their club, and there are several underperforming teams. Last season, the Canadiens’ Claude Julien was the first bench chief sent to pack, closely followed by Geoff Ward (Flames) and Ralph Krueger (Sabers). At the end of the season, three guys: Rick Tocchet (Coyotes), John Tortorella (Blue Jackets) and David Quinn (Ranger) – They also left due to dismissal or for not renewing their contracts.
As the NHL approaches the quarter mark in late November, the separation between the cream of the crop and the bottom of the barrel for each division could force things to turn. Remember the Blues (2019 Stanley Cup champions), Stars (2020 Stanley Cup finalists) and Canadiens (2021 Stanley Cup finalists) made midseason adjustments the year they ran.Here’s a look at four trainers who could get the ax below.

Four NHL coaches in the hot seat

(In alphabetical order.)

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Jared Bednar, Colorado Avalanche

Record: 4-5-1, sixth in the Central DivisionWhy: Expectations are high at Mile High City, and that doesn’t just come from outside the organization. While various experts have predicted that the Avalanche will elevate the Cup by the end of the year, the team is also aiming for the Cup or failure. Yes, they lost No. 1 goalkeeper and 2021 Vezina Trophy finalist Philipp Grubauer on the opening day of free agency, but this is a team that has future Norris Cale Makar Trophy winner, perennial Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon and Captain Gabriel Landeskog, who has a Calder. Apart from that trio, there are also Mikko Rantanen, Bowen Byram and, when he is finally healthy, Pavel Francouz. So far, things have not gone as planned in Colorado. Although it’s only a few games, losses in October can hit a spot in May. Will Bednar be fired? Probably not for now. Bednar will have room to fix things, but if it all goes downhill and they continue to hold onto the non-playoff spot they have now (tied for fifth for the wild card entering the Nov. 8 games, yikes!) There is a good chance that general manager Joe Sakic will disengage before the season is out.

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Peter DeBoer, Vegas Golden Knights

Record: 6-6-0, fifth in the Pacific DivisionWhy: Like the Avalanche, the Golden Knights are marked by many as a Cup champion at the end of the year, but, like the Avalanche, the team has struggled. Last year, the Golden Knights had one of the best Corsi For 5v5 percentages in the NHL at 53.37; this year, even though there has been no massive change in personnel, it has dropped to 48.77. They went from 53.29 percent of expected goals at 5v5 in 2021 to 46 this season (by natural stats trick). Basically, the Gold Knights have struggled not only to control the game, but also to score goals (-5 goal differential as well). Obviously the fact that several big names wasting time (i.e. Mark Stone, Zach Whitecloud, and Max Pacioretty) and only nine players playing in the 12 games hasn’t helped solidify things either.Will DeBoer be fired? Placing Jack Eichel should bolster the lineup, but the “savior” won’t come until after the Olympics break at this point. There’s also the question about the lineup after he, and his $ 10 million salary cap, is inserted. DeBoer should be around to see the new kid play, but what happens after that is anyone’s guess.JACK EICHEL: Talk about trade | Commercial grades

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Dominique Ducharme, Canadians from Montreal

Record: 3-10-0, eighth in the Atlantic DivisionWhy: The Canadiens may be coming off a Stanley Cup final, but they were one of the worst teams during the regular season. They infiltrated the playoffs as the last place in the North Division and had the lowest total points of the 16 teams (the Stars and Rangers had the most points and did not make the playoffs). Sure, this team doesn’t have Shea Weber on the blue line or Phillip Danault in the middle, and Carey Price has been out as well, but no one thought they’d have just three wins in the first 13 games. How bad has it gotten in Montreal? The team has a goal difference of minus 19 (the third most goals allowed and only the Blackhawks and Coyotes allow more) and Calder Trophy contender Cole Caufield was sent to Laval.Will Ducharme be fired? At this point, how can it not be?CAREY PRICE: When will he play again?

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Travis Green, Vancouver Canucks

Record: 5-6-1, tied for sixth place in the Pacific DivisionWhy: This is a coach on the hot seat list, so of course Travis Green is on it. Rinse and repeat, as the saying goes. The Canucks have been a bumpy team to start the season and already have a two- and three-game losing streak. But after a comeback overtime win against the Rangers and a 6-3 beating of the Stars (with a one-goal loss to the Predators sandwiched), maybe things are turning around. Quinn Hughes continues to fight in 5v5 (67th best xGF in 5v5 among defense (6.96) with at least 150 minutes played), according to Natural Stat Trick, but his power play numbers (6.7 xGF, third best) are still key. Elias Pettersson hasn’t brought the thunder this season yet, with two goals in 12 games, but with one of those markers on Sunday against Dallas (in his first three-point effort of the season) maybe, just maybe, his tide has. converted.Will Green be fired? He just landed a new deal in the offseason, so the odds are slim, but the pressure is on Vancouver to move things in the right direction. NHL POWER RATING: Canucks drop four points