Hockey Night in Canada podcast: Coaches are hired to be fired

In this week's episode of the Hockey Night in Canada podcast, we discuss what happens when a coach gets fired. We sometimes forget that coaches are humans and have families. We will discuss the time leading up to it, during it and what happens afterwards.

Former NHL coach Barry Melrose opens up about what it's like to get canned

Barry Melrose talks up about being fired by the Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning and life after coaching. (/Mike CarlsonThe Associated Press)

The Hockey Night In Canada podcast is a weekly CBC Sports production.

In each episode, host Rob Pizzo is joined by colourful characters within hockey to discuss great moments and great players and talk about today's stars. The Hockey Night podcast brings you beyond the boxscore with insight you won't find anywhere else.

Last season in the NHL no coaches were fired in the regular season for the first time since 1968. This season has been a completely different story. The axe has fallen on four coaches and one general manager before the first Christmas carol was played on the radio. That includes the second winningest coach of all time Joel Quenneville who has three Stanley Cup rings.

Barry Melrose talks about getting fired and the stress it caused to himself and his family:

On this week's episode, we look at the process of how NHL coaches lose their jobs. 1:00

All that being said we sometimes forget that coaches are human and have families. In this episode we are going to talk about when coaches get fired. The time leading up to it, during it and what happens afterwards.

Rob Pizzo catches up with former Kings and Lightning head coach Barry Melrose who was fired twice. Ice-level reporter Sophia Jurksztowicz chats with former GM Doug Maclean who has been on both sides of the firing table.

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