Not everyone can be Jack Adams.
A few generations back, the Ontario-born center hung up his skates after a seven-year NHL career, walked behind the bench and stayed there for the next 20 seasons.
He spent all 20 in Detroit, where he led the Red Wings—initially known as the Cougars and Falcons—to 15 playoff appearances, seven trips to the Stanley Cup final and three championships.
Adams stepped down in 1947 and was honored by the league in 1974, when it began presenting the “Jack Adams Award” annually to the coach who’s “contributed the most to his team's success.”
In today’s NHL, the 20-year tenure is extinct. Instead, coaches of all stripes are kept on a short leash, and, as was the case with Alain Vigneault in Vancouver in May, even five consecutive division titles—and two President’s trophies and an Adams award—aren’t always enough to stave off the firing bug.
On the precipice of the 2013-14 season, some situations so seem more stable than others.
Click through to see our thoughts on which coaches needn’t be looking over their shoulders, just yet.