NHL head-coach firings, hirings and openings: Latest news, rumors, candidates for open jobs

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While the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs are underway, the season is over for many other teams. Some of them have elected to part ways with their head coaches this offseason, including the New York Islanders, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Winnipeg Jets. Plus, there are multiple interim bench bosses whose statuses have yet to be finalized.

Here's an updated list of all of those openings. Be sure to check back as the news continues throughout the spring and summer.

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Dallas Stars

2021-22 record: 46-30-6 (98 points, fourth in Central)
2022 draft picks: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Projected cap space: $17,957,499

Rick Bowness is stepping aside as Dallas Stars head coach after three seasons, the team announced on May 20. Bowness, 67, had his two-year contract expire after the Stars were eliminated by the Flames in seven games in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Assistant coaches Derek Laxdal, John Stevens and Todd Nelson will also not return to the Stars next season.

Detroit Red Wings

2021-22 record: 32-40-10 (74 points, sixth in Atlantic)
2022 draft picks: 1st, 2nd, 2nd (WSH), 3rd, 4th, 4th (VGK), 4th (COL), 5th, 7th, 7th (LA)
Projected cap space: $35,376,944

The Red Wings will not renew the contract of Jeff Blashill, who just completed his seventh season as head coach. Detroit finished with a 32-40-10 record (.451 points percentage) and was 26 points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season.

Philadelphia Flyers

2021-22 record: 25-46-11 (61 points, eighth in Metropolitan)
2022 draft picks: 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Projected cap space: $8,803,143

Flyers interim coach Mike Yeo will not be the team's head coach next season, general manager Chuck Fletcher announced. Yeo, 48, went 17-36-7 behind the Flyers' bench this season, as Philadelphia failed to make the postseason cut for the second straight season.

Vegas Golden Knights

2021-22 record: 43-31-8 (94 points, fourth in Pacific)
2022 draft picks: 2nd, 3rd (NYR), 5th, 5th (CHI), 6th, 7th
Projected cap space: $2,673,334

The Golden Knights fired head coach Peter DeBoer on May 16, after the team failed to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

Winnipeg Jets

2021-22 record: 39-32-11 (89 points, sixth in Central)
2022 draft picks: 1st, 2nd (STL), 2nd (NYR), 3rd (CBJ), 4th (ARI), 6th, 7th
Projected cap space: $16,271,310

The Jets begin their head-coaching search, informing interim coach Dave Lowry he will get an interview in the process.


New York Islanders

2021-22 record: 37-35-10 (84 points, fifth in Metropolitan)
2022 draft picks: 1st, 2nd (COL), 3rd, 5th, 6th
Projected cap space: $10,630,833

The Islanders hired Lane Lambert -- a long-time assistant under Barry Trotz -- as their new head coach on May 16.

Previously, the Islanders fired coach Barry Trotz. The club missed the playoffs after finishing 37-35-10, following two straight seasons of losing in the conference finals. Trotz had one year left on his five-year contract.


Chicago Blackhawks

Interim coach: Derek King
2021-22 record: 28-42-12 (68 points, seventh in Central)
2022 draft picks: 2nd, 2nd (MIN), 3rd (VGK), 3rd (EDM), 3rd (TOR), 6th, 6th (CBJ), 7th
Projected cap space: $24,741,667

Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson said that interim coach Derek King remains in the running for the full-time job. The Blackhawks announced over the weekend that assistants Marc Crawford and Rob Cookson will not return to the organization next season, but Davidson said that doesn't affect King's situation.

Edmonton Oilers

Interim coach: Jay Woodcroft
2021-22 record: 49-27-6 (104 points, second in Pacific)
2022 draft picks: 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th
Projected cap space: $6,964,538

The Oilers qualified for the playoffs under the guidance of interim coach Jay Woodcroft, who was tabbed after the club fired Dave Tippett on Feb. 10.

Florida Panthers

Interim coach: Andrew Brunette
2021-22 record: 58-18-6 (122 points, first in Atlantic)
2022 draft picks: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 6th (TOR), 7th
Projected cap space: $2,710,833

Following the resignation of Joel Quenneville, the Panthers announced that Brunette would take over behind the bench. He guided the team to a dynamic season, as the club won the Presidents' Trophy for having the NHL's best regular-season record.

Montreal Canadiens

Interim coach: Martin St. Louis
2021-22 record: 22-49-11 (55 points, eighth in Atlantic)
2022 draft picks: 1st, 1st (CGY), 2nd, 2nd (EDM), 3rd, 3rd (ANA), 3rd (CAR), 4th, 4th (TB), 4th (NYR), 5th, 6th, 7th, 7th (STL)
Projected cap space: $3,359,524

The Canadiens fired Dominique Ducharme on Feb. 9, bringing in Martin St. Louis as his replacement. Though the Habs did seem to play better under St. Louis' watch, they finished last in the league with 55 points.