2021 Coyotes Head Coach Search: List of Candidates

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With Rick Tocchet Fired, Who Will be the Next Head Coach for the Arizona Coyotes in 2021-2022? Who are the Favorites to Coach the Coyotes?

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2021 Coyotes Head Coach Search: List of Candidates

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Full Story on Rick Tocchet Being Fired as Arizona Coyotes Head Coach

With Rick Tocchet gone, now is the time for the Arizona Coyotes to make a list of top candidates. In fact, the recognizable applicants could be qualified to become the team’s new head coach for the 2021-2022 Season. Arizona will part ways with Tocchet as head coach after four seasons and a 125-131-34 record (4-5 in the playoffs). The Coyotes finished in 5th place in the West Division (24-26-6 with 54 points) for the 2020-2021 campaign. Tocchet became the fourth NHL head coach to be fired this season after John Tortorella (Blue Jackets), Claude Julien (Canadiens), and Ralph Kruger (Sabres).

Rick Tocchet’s Career with Arizona

Rick Tocchet led the Coyotes to one playoff appearance in 2020, which was their first such appearance since 2012. However, despite having a talented roster like Phil Kessel and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona was unable to build off its success from the previous season.

Before coming to Glendale in 2017, he was an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins (2014-2017). He won back-to-back Stanley Cup titles in 2016 (vs. Sharks) and 2017 (vs. Predators). Tocchet also served as the head coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2008 until 2010.

What’s Next for the Coyotes?

Now, many Arizona fans might be wondering: Who is the leading candidate to replace Rick Tocchet in 2021-2022? The top candidates listed in this article have prior coaching experience. In addition, those candidates have been on the coaching staff for at least five years. For the list of top candidates to replace Rick Tocchet as Arizona Coyotes Head Coach, please refer to the information below!

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Possible Candidates to Replace Rick Tocchet as Coyotes Head Coach

NOTE: HC=Head Coach, AC-Assistant Coach

Internal Candidates

Phil Housley-Coyotes

  • Predators AC (2013-2017)
  • Sabres HC (2017-2019)
  • Coyotes AC (2019-Present)

Top Head Coach Candidates for Arizona to Consider

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John Tortorella

  • Lightning HC (2000-2008)
  • Rangers HC (2009-2013)
  • Canucks HC (2013-2014)
  • Blue Jackets HC (2015-Present)

Jack Capuano-Senators

  • Bridgeport Sound Tigers HC (2007-2010)
  • Islanders HC (2010-2017)
  • FL Panthers AC (2017-2019)
  • Senators AC (2019-Present)

Dan Bylsma-Red Wings

  • Penguins HC (2008-2014)
  • Sabres HC (2015-2017)
  • Red Wings AC (2018-Present)

Mike Yeo-Flyers

  • Penguins AC (2006-2010)
  • Houston Aeros HC (2010-2011)
  • Wild HC (2011-2016)
  • Blues AC (2016-2017)
  • Blues HC (2017-2019)
  • Flyers AC (2019-Present)

Scott Arniel-Capitals

  • Manitoba Moose HC (2006-2010)
  • Blue Jackets HC (2010-2012)
  • Chicago Wolves HC (2012-2013)
  • Rangers AC (2013-2018)
  • Capitals AC (2018-Present)

Leading Candidate to Replace Rick Tocchet as Coyotes Head Coach

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Gerard Gallant-Golden Knights

  • Blue Jackets AC (2001-2004)
  • Blue Jackets HC (2004-2007)
  • Islanders AC (2007-2009)
  • Saint John Sea Dogs HC (2009-2012)
  • Canadiens AC (2012-2014)
  • FL Panthers HC (2014-2017)
  • Golden Knights HC (2017-2020)

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