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Added June 15th, 2015 by Ian

NHL team’s introduce seven new coaches for 2015/16
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There will be at least seven new head coaches in place when the 30-team NHL faces off for the 2015/16 season in October. A couple of them have simply switched clubs while another two were unemployed, two have been promoted from the AHL (American Hockey League) and the other one is a former college coach. Three of the new coaches have never been behind the bench in an NHL game, so have no experience at all at the top level. However, one has coached 1,094 NHL games and another has 602 games of NHL experience under his belt.

Dave Hakstol – Philadelphia Flyers

The first club to fire their coach was the Philadelphia Flyers as they axed Craig Berube just after the regular season ended. Berube’s replacement is Dave Hakstol, who has never coached in the NHL before. Hakstol spent the last 15 years with the University of North Dakota where he was the head coach for the past 11 seasons. The Flyers hired him on May 18 and will be hoping he can improve on this year’s record of 33-31-18.

Todd McLellan – Edmonton Oilers

Just a day after Hakstol was hired by Philadelphia, the Edmonton Oilers grabbed the headlines by naming Todd McLellan as their new head coach. McLellan was let go by the San Jose Sharks at the end of the 2014/15 campaign after spending seven season with them and winning over 300 games. The Sharks failed to make the postseason this year after six straight years of playoff hockey under McLellan. The club and coach mutually agreed to part ways and he was soon snapped up by Peter Chiarelli, the brand new general manager of the Oilers. Dallas Eakins started the season as the Oilers’ coach, but he was sacked after 31 contests and replaced by Todd Nelson. McLellan’s job will be made a bit easier since Edmonton once again has the number one overall draft pick this June.

Mike Babcock – Toronto Maple Leafs

Some fans are still having a hard time digesting the fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to pay Mike Babcock $50 million over the next eight years to coach the team, making him the highest-paid coach in the history of the NHL. The Leafs signed Babcock while he was still officially under contract to the Detroit Red Wings. However, Detroit gave him permission to speak to other clubs since his contract was due to expire at the end of June. But instead of waiting another five weeks and signing Babcock for nothing, the Leafs will be giving up a future third-round draft pick as compensation for signing him. And fans wonder why Toronto hasn’t won a Stanley Cup or even made it to the Final since 1967. Babcock joins Toronto with a fine resume as he led the Wings to the postseason 10 years in a row and won the Cup in 2007-08. Babcock replaces former coach Peter Horachek, who replaced former coach Randy Carlyle earlier in the season. However, Ron Wilson, Brian Burke and Carlyle all had excellent resumes as well when they joined the Leafs and they’re still brutal.

Dan Bylsma – Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres thought they had a done deal with Babcock, but he spurned their offer and they ended up hiring former Pittsburgh Penguin coach Dan Bylsma on May 28. Bylsma won the Stanley Cup in the 2008/09 campaign and spent just over five years in Pittsburgh. Bylsma will be replacing former bench boss Ted Nolan, who the Sabres sacked on April 12. Bylsma has his work cut out for him since the Sabres were the worst team in the league this season with just 23 victories.

Peter DeBoer – San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks replaced Todd McLellan on May 28 when they hired former New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers coach Peter DeBoer. He has success in New Jersey as he took the Devils to the Stanley Cup Final in the 2011/12 season, but was beaten by the Los Angeles Kings. The Devils gave DeBoer the boot last December after the they got out of the gate with a 12-17-7 record.

John Hynes – New Jersey Devils

The Devils hired John Hynes as their new head coach on June 2 after he spent the past five years in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Hynes managed to win at least 42 games with the AHL club in each of his five years there. Ray Shero the Devils GM, originally hired Hynes as the coach of Wilkes-Barre when Shero was with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 40-year-old Hynes is now the youngest head coach in the NHL.

Jeff Blashill – Detroit Red Wings

With Mike Babcock heading to Toronto, Detroit decided to replace him with Jeff Blashill on June 9. Blashill was the coach of the Red Wing’s AHL farm team, the Grand Rapids Griffins, for the past three years. He won the Calder Cup championship in 2012/13 and was named the AHL’s coach of the year in 2014.

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