Entering the 2011-12 NHL season, there are several coaches with pressure to perform. They have this unfortunate burden based on the fact that they have rosters set to succeed at the highest level.
There are also coaches trying to take their teams from the basement in their respective conferences to the playoffs. Whether or not they have the roster talent required to do that rests solely on the general manager.
This offseason, we have seen some coaches escape the hot seat, and others become unemployed based on their 2010-11 team's performance.
Here are five coaches that could succumb to the pressure and/or standings entering this next season.