The countdown clocks are all on the verge of expiration: The 2013 NHL season is finally upon us.
Though the season may be shortened, the prize remains the same. Lord Stanley's Cup is still at stake, and all coaches are tasked with the ultimate goal of taking home the prize.
A shortened season will save no bench manager: because a championship can be won, the role of head coach remains the same. This means that head coaches who are not capable of winning a title could be let go.
Thirty head coaches will enter this season, some of whom are expected to compete for a Cup, and some of whom are tasked with building a team who can make a run in the coming years. However, some coaches have had their time, and they will need to see results if they are to remain with their current squads.
Here are six coaches who will be fired early on if their teams are not up to snuff.