Why haven't any coaches been fired yet this season? – ESPN

Joel Quenneville, left, has won three Stanley Cups in Chicago. But his Blackhawks are in last place in the Central Division, and in serious danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-08 season. 

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Emily KaplanESPN

Last season was a tumultuous one for NHL coaches. On Nov. 27, 2016, Gerard Gallant stood by the loading dock of PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, luggage in tow, waiting for a cab. He had just been fired as coach of the Florida Panthers.

Claude Julien, who won a Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011 and returned to the finals in 2013, was told the team would go in a different direction — and the announcement was made public on the morning of the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI parade, as if to muddle its impact.

The Montreal Canadiens fired Michel Therrien a week later, and quickly scooped up Julien. Jack Capuano was let go by the New York Islanders, and replaced by then-assistant general manager Doug Weight. St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong had once called Ken Hitchcock “a Hall of Fame coach” and one of his “best friends” — but fired the veteran coach on Feb. 1, nine months after Hitchcock had led St. Louis to the Western Conference finals.

In-season coaching changes are ubiquitous in the modern NHL; all five of these examples occurred within the space of a few months. But as the 2017-18 season marches toward the trade deadline, an intriguing trend has taken hold: stability. No team has made a coaching change yet. It’s the first time we’ve gone this far into a season without a switch since 1966-67 — when the NHL first expanded beyond its Original Six.

So what gives?

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