Finished for Rick Tocchet with the Coyotes

After the Columbus Blue Jackets yesterday, it’s now the Arizona Coyotes’ turn to announce that they are looking for a new coach. Indeed, the team announced that it was the end of their association with head coach Rick Tocchet.

Officially, therefore, this is not a firing, but a joint decision and it is interesting that the coach’s contract ended at the end of the season anyway. The result remains the same and Tocchet is now on the market. The Coyotes have officially finished their schedule and are 24-26-6 this season, good for fifth place in the West Division. Far from a disaster, but this is the third time in four seasons that the team hasn’t participated in the post-season dance and their only participation occurred last season, courtesy of the pandemic, as they were in 11th place in their association.

This does not mean, however, that Tocchet is a bad coach. Even that some teams are already interested in his services. Among these: the Seattle Kraken.

Seattle has already announced that it wants to find its coach soon enough, in June if possible. Obviously, the Coyotes will not be the only organization to divest its coach, which will make other candidates available by then. But, Ron Francis, general manager of the Kraken, already has a relationship with Tocchet, having been teammates with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1991 to 1994.

Even before his departure from the Coyotes, a number of articles already mentioned the two men’s relationship and named the coach as a possibility for the position in Seattle. Bleacher Report placed him fifth among coaches most likely to end up in Seattle, behind Rob Brind’Amour, who has since extended his deal with the Carolina Hurricanes, Bruce Boudreau, Claude Julien and Gerard Gallant. Now that it’s officially on the market, it should come as no surprise that the brand new NHL team is showing real interest.

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It’s no secret that the world of professional hockey is first and foremost about relationships. That’s why, every year, teams looking to fill a position in their organization chart tend to turn to people they’ve worked with before. So it wouldn’t be surprising to see Rich Tocchet end up with the Kraken, even though he’s not the biggest name available.

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