How are the NHL's newest head coaches faring so far?
The New York Islanders recently joined the new bench boss club by swapping out Jack Capuano for Doug Weight. In doing so, they became the seventh NHL club to employ a different head coach this season than in 2015-16.
With the new campaign now stretching into its latter half, how have those new coaches fared so far?
Randy Carlyle, Anaheim Ducks
After Bruce Boudreau ran out of time in California, the Anaheim Ducks went back to the future with their coaching change, bringing in Randy Carlyle, who previously served as the team's head coach from 2005-11.
Though the Ducks got roasted after announcing Carlyle as their choice, the veteran has brought some undeniable results thus far. Through 48 games, Anaheim ranks first in the Pacific Division with 61 points, leaving them tied with Pittsburgh and Chicago for the fourth-most points in the league.
This time last season, the Ducks were tied for last place in the Western Conference. Tough to argue with that level of success.
Glen Gulutzan, Calgary Flames
Bob Hartley achieved great things as head coach of the Calgary Flames, pushing the club all the way to the second round of the 2015 postseason. But with an abysmal follow-up campaign making a change unavoidable, Glen Gulutzan was tabbed as the new name.
To say it's been a tumultuous debut for Gulutzan would be an understatement. The season started terribly for the new coach, as the Flames won just five games through the first month of 2016 - the second-fewest of any club.
But Calgary has managed to stay afloat, rebounding all the way to a Western Conference wild-card spot. Issues remain, but Gulutzan seems to be holding things together for now.
Jared Bednar, Colorado Avalanche
Take away that resurgent effort felt in Calgary and you have the situation the Colorado Avalanche are currently suffering through. After Patrick Roy proved his winning formula wasn't as swell as initially thought, Colorado handed the reins over to AHL coaching standout Jared Bednar in the offseason.
With the first half of the season in the books, Colorado sits dead last in the league, five points behind the 29th-ranked Arizona Coyotes. No matter where you look, things are looking bleak for the Avalanche.
They've allowed the fourth-most goals of any NHL club, and have scored the fewest in the league so far as well. As trade rumours swirl, it's clear Bednar has fallen short, even if his coaching isn't the central issue in Colorado.
Bruce Boudreau, Minnesota Wild
Far, far on the other end of the spectrum is Bruce Boudreau and the surging Minnesota Wild. Taking over for John Torchetti, who himself took over for Mike Yeo during 2015-16, Boudreau has the Wild finally living up to their full potential.
After just barely slipping into the playoffs last season, the Wild sit atop the Western Conference rankings this time around, boasting the third-best goal differential in the league (145 goals scored, just 99 goals allowed).
Even more impressive? Minnesota has played fewer games than all but one other Western club (the last-place Avalanche) and have still accumulated more points than their conference competition.
Guy Boucher, Ottawa Senators
After missing the playoffs in two of the past three seasons - and winning only two games in their lone postseason appearance in that span - the Ottawa Senators' coaching change seems to be reversing the club's fortunes.
Guy Boucher made his return to the NHL after the Senators decided to part ways with Dave Cameron following 2015-16. Boucher has Ottawa rolling, as they sit second in the Atlantic Division so far. But it's unclear how long they'll stay there.
The Senators have been fairly underwhelming at both ends of the rink this season, though they've managed to hold down the fort defensively. Division rivals are closing in, but Boucher has the Sens keeping their heads above water so far, with a potential return to the playoffs on the horizon.
Tom Rowe, Florida Panthers
Unlike the previously mentioned bench bosses, who all took over in the summer, Tom Rowe earned the Florida Panthers' head coaching role mid-season, replacing Gerard Gallant in November.
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The Panthers went 11-10-1 with Gallant at the helm early this season, ranking ninth in the Eastern Conference at the time of his firing. Since Rowe - who also serves as the club's general manager - took matters into his own hands, Florida has won just nine of 25 contests.
That's a notable drop, as Florida won 50 percent of its games under Gallant this season (and 57 percent under Gallant last season), but has managed to win just 36 percent of its contests with Rowe as head coach.
It may still be too early to call the race, but it's clear Rowe hasn't improved Florida's chances just yet.
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