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Thursday, November 22, 2007
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NHL coaching changes

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2007-08 NHL COACHING CHANGES
TEAM OLD COACH NEW COACH
New York Islanders
Islanders
TED NOLAN -- Story
July 14, 2008: Ted Nolan's return to NHL coaching ended after only two years when he split with the New York Islanders over "philosophical differences" with general manager Garth Snow.
SCOTT GORDON -- Story
August 12, 2008: The Islanders finally decided on a new head coach after dismissing former head man Ted Nolan. The Isles hired former Providence Bruins coach and 2007-08 AHL coach of the year, Scott Gordon as their new boss behind the bench.
Florida Panthers
Panthers
JACQUES MARTIN -- Story
April 12, 2008: Martin, who served as the team's GM as well as coach, was stripped of his coaching duties after going 110-100-36 in three seasons. Martin remains as the Panthers' general manager.
PETER DEBOER -- Story
June 1, 2008: The Panthers are taking a chance on someone who has never coached at the NHL level. DeBoer, who turned 40 on the day he got the Panthers job, has a proven track record in the Ontario Hockey League, spending successful seven seasons with the Kitchener Rangers.
Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles Kings
MARC CRAWFORD -- Story
June 10, 2008: The Kings have fired Crawford with one season left on his contract. Crawford coached the Kings for two seasons. The Kings finished this season with the fewest points in the Western Conference.
TERRY MURRAY -- Story
July 17, 2008: New Kings coach Murray coached the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup finals 11 years ago. He has been an assistant coach with the Flyers since the 2003-04 season.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning
JOHN TORTORELLA -- Story
June 3, 2008: Tortorella was fired as coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, four years after leading the team to its only Stanley Cup championship.
BARRY MELROSE
June 24, 2008: The longtime ESPN analyst takes over a team that finished last in 2007-08. Melrose coached the Los Angeles Kings from 1992 to 1995.
San Jose Sharks
Sharks
RON WILSON -- Story
May 12, 2008: The Sharks fired Wilson after the team's latest disappointing early ouster from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Wilson is the Sharks' leader in wins and winning percentage, but San Jose only advanced past the second round of the postseason once.
TODD MCCLELLAN -- Story
June 11, 2008: McLellan had spent the past three seasons as an assistant in Detroit, where he was considered a bright offensive coach who led the Red Wings' power-play units.
Colorado Avalanche
Avalanche
JOEL QUENNEVILLE -- Story
May 9, 2008: Quenneville and the Avalanche mutually decided to end their relationship a week after Colorado was swept out of the playoffs by the Detroit Red Wings.
TONY GRANATO -- Story
May 22, 2008: Granato had been the Avalanche's head coach from 2002 to 2004, but then was demoted. In 2005, Granato returned as an assistant coach, where he has served ever since. The Avalanche decided Granato has had enough seasoning, and handed him the reins again.
Maple Leafs
Maple Leafs
PAUL MAURICE -- Story
May 7, 2008: Maurice was fired by interim GM Cliff Fletcher after the Maple Leafs failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season under his tenure. Assistant coach Randy Ladouceur was also relieved of his duties.
RON WILSON -- Story
June 10, 2008: Ron Wilson will be named the Leafs' new coach just under a month since being fired by the Sharks. He has a career 518-446-127 record and is second on the active wins list behind Mike Keenan (not counting Ottawa GM Bryan Murray, who is set to hire a replacement behind the bench).
Ottawa Senators
Senators
BRYAN MURRAY -- Story
Feb. 28, 2008: Murray is actually the Senators' GM; after firing John Paddock, Murray stepped behind the bench to finish out the season.
CRAIG HARTSBURG -- Story
June 13, 2008: Hartsburg coached the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks previously. The Senators will be looking to him for fresh guidance after suffering through a rocky season that had started with much promise.
Washington Capitals Capitals GLEN HANLON -- Story
Nov. 22, 2007: Hanlon was fired by Washington with the Capitals off to their slowest start in 26 years.
BRUCE BOUDREAU -- Story
Dec. 26, 2007: The interim tag was taken off Boudreau's title after the coach led the team to a 7-5-3 record since taking over for the fired Hanlon.
Atlanta Thrashers
Thrashers
BOB HARTLEY -- Story
Oct. 17, 2007: Hartley is fired after the Thrashers post a 0-6-0 start, their worst start in franchise history.
DON WADDELL -- Story (Interim)
Oct. 17, 2007: The Thrashers GM said he'll coach on an interim basis until he can find a full-time replacement.
Boston Bruins
Bruins
DAVE LEWIS -- Story
June 17, 2007: Lewis was 35-41-6 in his lone season on the Bruins' bench and will be reassigned to another position in the organization.
CLAUDE JULIEN -- Story
June 21, 2007: After being fired by the playoff-bound Devils with three games left in the regular season, Julien becomes the Bruins' 17th coach in 30 years.
Calgary Flames
Flames
JIM PLAYFAIR -- Story
June 14, 2007: In his one season as coach of the Flames, Playfair led the Flames to the postseason. Calgary wound up losing its first-round series vs. Detroit in six games.
MIKE KEENAN -- Story
June 14, 2007: Keenan returns to the bench in his eighth head coaching job in the league. His last job was as GM of the Panthers, but he resigned in September 2006.