The Northwest Division will have plenty of new faces behind the benches this season. Four of the five teams in the division has made a coaching change.
The Jacques Lemaire stepped down as the Minnesota Wild's coach right after the season ended. Then the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers fired Mike Keenan, Tony Granato and Craig MacTavish, respectively.
The Flames hired Brent Sutter as its coach shortly after he stepped down from the New Jersey Devils head coaching position. He led the Devils to one Atlantic Division crown in two years at the helm.
The Avalanche hired Joe Sacco as its coach. He was a relatively unknown coach after only two seasons as head coach in the AHL.
The Oilers hired Pat Quinn as its coach. He comes to Edmonton with 19 years of head coaching experience and two-time Jack Adams Award winner as the league's top coach.
The one returning coach is the Vancouver Canucks' Alain Vigneault. He is also a two-time Jack Adams Award winner.
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