Every team, every player, every coach will be under considerable pressure thanks to a 48-game season. But some will feel that pressure more than others, because of job status and expectations and replacing Roberto Luongo.
Here are 10 NHL individuals that simply can’t afford to fail in 2013; please add yours in the comments.
Cory Schneider, Vancouver Canucks
When the Canucks turned to Schneider for back-to-back playoff starts last season, it signaled that Roberto Luongo’s tenure with the team was likely at an end. So after a four-year apprenticeship and with a 3-year contract, it’s Schneider’s team, and one with a chance to win a Stanley Cup. He has gigantic skates to fill, and the bars for success are clearly set via Luongo’s sometimes brilliant performances. No one is under more pressure than Schneider this season to meet expectations.
Joel Quenneville, Chicago Blackhawks
Hey, remember that nuttiness with Quenneville leaving the Blackhawks to coach the Montreal Canadiens last May because Marc Bergevin was their new GM? Well, he stayed with the Hawks, with two years left on his contract … and his rump firmly planted on the hot seat.
He did the classic drastic-measures-before-the-firing move and canned assistant Mike Haviland, so there’s that. GM Stan Bowman should, in theory, be on the same hot seat, because he’s been unable to replenish the supporting cast since the post-Cup exodus. But it’s Q that will pay the price if the Blackhawks stumble.Read More »from Under pressure: 10 people in the NHL that simply can’t afford to fail in 2013