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NHL odds: Who will be the next coach fired this season?

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Is Bob Hartley next on the chopping block? The odds aren't in his favor. (USATSI)
Is Bob Hartley next on the chopping block? The odds-makers think so. (USATSI)

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Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley could be next on the chopping block according to odds makers Bovada. He and five other coaches were pegged by the betting site as most likely to be fired next in the wake of Peter Laviolette's ouster from the Flyers.

Here are the odds from Bovada:

Bob Hartley (Flames) -- 2/1
Kirk Muller (Hurricanes) -- 5/2
Mike Yeo (Wild) -- 7/2
Claude Noel (Jets) -- 4/1
Kevin Dineen (Panthers) -- 13/2
Peter DeBoer (Devils) -- 13/2

The Flames have collected points in all three games so far, winning once, but are not expected to be much of a contender this year. With an unsettled situation in net, Hartley doesn't necessarily have a lot to work with. Bovada also gave the Flames a 74.5 over/under for total points heading into the season, the lowest in the NHL. So there's not much love for Calgary as far as bettors are concerned.

Mike Yeo and Claude Noel also have to be on high alert.

If Yeo's Minnesota Wild aren't taking much of a step forward this season after all the money owner Craig Leipold spent on bringing in Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, along with the extension he just handed to Jason Pominville, it could be curtains. There isn't going to be a lot of patience in Minnesota one would expect.

The same can be said for Noel in Winnipeg, though it's not about the money being spent by the owner. Quite simply, the optimism in Winnipeg in its third season since moving from Atlanta might begin to wane if the Jets don't take the next step and push for a playoff spot. My thought is that he'll be given a chance to see this through for one more year.

As far as Muller is concerned, his young defense in Carolina isn't expected to hold up well to the powers of the Metropolitan Division. That puts a lot of pressure on the guys up front to score, and if they don't, it's plenty reasonable to believe Muller could take the fall.

When it comes to Dineen and DeBoer, each is at opposite ends of the spectrum. DeBoer has to try to squeeze every last ounce out of the NHL's oldest team, which spent quite a bit in free agency. Meanwhile, Dineen has a mishmash of NHL veterans discarded by other teams and a group of highly promising youngsters. Dineen may very well get the benefit of the doubt, while DeBoer has the ever-present Lou Lamoriello and high standards to contend with.

Who do you think is next to go?

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