There’s no good way to fire a coach.
In the past few days the Los Angeles Kings fired John Stevens, the Toronto Argonauts fired Marc Trestman and the Chicago Blackhawks fired Joel Quenneville. They all know the coaching credo: “The day you’re hired is one day closer to the day you’re going to be fired.”
Stevens’ firing wasn’t too surprising, considering the Kings’ slow start. Quenneville and Trestman? Much more startling, considering their penchant for winning league championships.
Quenneville’s departure nearly got lost on U.S. election day, while Trestman’s was criticized for its harshness, even though it’s actually a ham-handed way to let him quickly get back to his family and deal with much more important issues.
It may seem harsh but it goes with the territory. Coaches know what they signed up for. And don’t forget, they’re all getting paid until the end of their contracts.