Northwest Division Rankings: Coaches

Joseph GuntherContributor IAugust 18, 2009

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 26:  Head coach Todd Richards of the Minnesota Wild looks on prior to the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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 Wild named Todd Richards as its coach. Richards had one year of NHL assistant coach experience and two-years of AHL head coaching experience.

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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