DETROIT (AP) - The Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets have broken the seal on firing season in the NHL.
Buffalo dismissed longtime coach Lindy Ruff last week, a little more than a week after Columbus let go of general manager Scott Howson following five-plus seasons.
Some men behind benches and in front offices may not be resting easy these days.
With stakes high in other cities, Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz says each time the puck drops, it could be one of his colleague's last game.
He would know.
Trotz recalls being told he kept his job because he won a game in Detroit on Nov. 8, 2003. And Trotz still has his gig, trailing only San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich in tenure in North America's four major pro leagues.
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