could playing nhl games in europe, be a coaches’ curse?

This came up in a discussion and I found it interesting enough to blog about. Of the 4 Teams that played in Europe before the 2008-2009 season officially started this year:

Ottawa: “Unable to turn around a team that reached the Stanley Cup finals in 2007, Hartsburg was fired as coach Monday just 48 games into a season in which the Senators have the NHL’s third worst record.”
Tampa Bay: “The Tampa Bay Lightning fired Barry Melrose after just 16 games in his return behind the bench, and associate coach Rick Tocchet will take over as interim head coach.”
Pittsburgh: “Michel Therrien, his team fading in the Eastern Conference playoff race less than a year after making the Stanley Cup finals, was fired as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ coach on Sunday night and replaced by minor league coach Dan Bylsma.”
New York Rangers: “With speculation surrounding Sean Avery’s possible return to New York, the Rangers have lost four straight and various reports suggest coach Tom Renney’s job may be on thin ice.”

3/4 coaches gone and looks like Renney could be out the door, it could be risky for NHL coaches to continue to play in Europe in the future.

* Make that 4/4 now. Tom Renney has been canned, the curse is now official.

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