Who'll be next coach casualty?

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:26 PM ET

EDMONTON -- Sometimes nice guys do finish last.

Case in point, Claude Julien.

Now that the Montreal Canadiens have dumped Julien as their coach and replaced him with GM Bob Gainey, the question is: "Who's next?"

BOSTON: It's shocking GM Mike O'Connell and coach Mike Sullivan still have jobs, but probably not for much longer. One scenario has O'Connell surviving long enough so former Phoenix coach Bobby Francis can be brought in, but that seems doubtful. Look for owner Jeremy Jacobs to pull the plug on both guys.

COLUMBUS: President/GM Doug MacLean is expected to meet with ownership this month to find out if they're going to extend his contract or say goodbye. The expectation is they'll thank him for his service, point to the success Minnesota had in the same life span as the Jackets and tell MacLean it's time for somebody else to fill this job. Want a good candidate? Former Senators GM Rick Dudley.

PITTSBURGH: Penguins coach Michel Therrien is trying everything he can to get his club going. The word yesterday was he had the players on the bus in Chicago at 8:30 a.m. with an early-morning skate serving as a wakeup call. But the word is if Therrien is going to have any chance, they're going to have to move some people out. Sources say veterans Mark Recchi, John LeClair and Lyle Odelein will either be waived or traded in the next round.


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