- Scott Burnside, NHL
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You can make a case that all 30 head coaches are on the hot seat, especially with a season cut almost in half by the lockout, but let's cut to the chase. There are a few every year whose place behind the bench is significantly more perilous than the balance of their peers. Here are five coaches who might be looking over their shoulders:
Joel Quenneville, Chicago Blackhawks
After guiding the Hawks to their first Cup win since 1962 back in 2010, veteran head coach Joel Quenneville has been one-and-done the past two playoff seasons. Yes, were it not for a couple of brain cramps by netminder Corey Crawford in the first round against Phoenix, Chicago might have written a different ending last spring, but that's not how it played out. Perhaps more concerning for the talent-laden Blackhawks was the team's dismal performance on special teams, as it was tied for 25th on the power play and 27th on the penalty kill. There were rumblings that Quenneville was in trouble in the offseason, and he'll need his team to get off to a strong start and to show improvement on special teams to keep those rumblings from becoming something more.