All NHL coaches have difficult jobs, but heading into the 2013-14 season, there are a few who have more turbulent situations than others.
A couple of first-year coaches are walking into extremely difficult, pressure-filled environments where the expectations are higher than the team's talent level.
Other incumbents have to find a way to continue getting the most out of their team after a disappointing past 12 months.
The combination of a limited roster and the ruthless media can sometimes be too much for a coach, but they all need to balance the pressures around them and find success.
Here are the five NHL coaches with the most difficult jobs heading into the 2013-14 season.