The Washington Times - December 17, 2011, 10:21AM

With the Montreal Canadiens’ firing of Jacques Martin – it sounds better in French “Jacques Martin a été relevé de ses fonctions” – the year of the coach getting the ax continued.

Since the end of last season, 12 NHL teams have made a change behind the bench – among them obviously the Washington Capitals, who saw Bruce Boudreau almost immediately get a job with the Anaheim Ducks.


But over a third of the league turning over coaches in the past seven months? That’s impressive. And it may not be over, with teams like the New York Islanders (Jack Capuano), Colorado Avalanche (Joe Sacco) and Columbus Blue Jackets (Scott Arniel) floundering near the bottom of the standings.

Here’s the list of moves … so far:

April 9: Ottawa Senators fire Cory Clouston

April 10: Florida Panthers fire Peter DeBoer

April 11: Minnesota Wild fire Todd Richards

April 12: Dallas Stars fire Marc Crawford

June 1: Florida Panthers hire Kevin Dineen

June 5: Ottawa Senators hire Paul MacLean

June 17: Dallas Stars hire Glen Gulutzan

June 17: Minnesota Wild hire Mike Yeo

July 19: New Jersey Devils hire Peter DeBoer

June 24: Winnipeg Jets hire Claude Noel

Nov. 6: St. Louis Blues fire Davis Payne, hire Ken Hitchcock

Nov. 28: Washington Capitals fire Bruce Boudreau, hire Dale Hunter

Nov. 28: Carolina Hurricanes fire Paul Maurice, hire Kirk Muller

Nov. 30: Anaheim Ducks fire Randy Carlyle, hire Bruce Boudreau

Dec. 12: Los Angeles Kings fire Terry Murray, replace him with on interim basis with John Stevens

Dec. 17: Montreal Canadiens fire coach Jacques Martin, replace him on interim basis with Randy Cunneyworth

Dec. 17: Los Angeles Kings hire Darryl Sutter to replace interim coach John Stevens

Teams’ records since coaching changes (through Saturday Dec. 17):

Florida Panthers: 17-9-6 (40 points out of a possible 66)

Ottawa Senators: 15-14-4 (34 points out of a possible 64)

Dallas Stars: 18-12-1 (37 points out of a possible 62)

Minnesota Wild: 20-8-5 (45 points out of a possible 66)

New Jersey Devils: 18-13-1 (37 points out of a possible 64)

Winnipeg Jets: 15-13-4 (34 points out of a possible 64)

St. Louis Blues: 12-2-4 (28 points out of a possible 36)

Washington Capitals: 4-5 (8 points out of a possible 18)

Carolina Hurricanes: 2-5-1 (5 points out of a possible 16)

Anaheim Ducks: 2-5-1 (5 points out of a possible 16)

Los Angeles Kings: 1-2 (2 points out of a possible 6)

Montreal Canadiens: 0-1 (0 points out of a possible 2)