After reports surfaced that Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan signed a four-year contract extension, it became a little more clear which coaches deserve longer deals with their teams. Some are nearing or are at the end of their current contracts, while others might have to wait for an extension. In either case, these four NHL head coaches are due.
4. Bill Peters, Calgary Flames
Since Bill Peters took over for the Flames, there hasn't been much for Calgary fans to complain about. In his first year, Peters delivered a 50-25-7 record which earned the Flames first in the Western Conference and second place in the entire league. With only a year left on his deal after next season, the Flames should think about extending Peters on a two or three year deal, especially if he delivers similar results in the 2019-2020 season.
3. Peter DeBoer, San Jose Sharks
Former Panthers and Devils head coach Peter DeBoer has been spectacular since joining the San Jose Sharks. In his four seasons with the team, the lowest point total he's delivered was 98 points which has earned the Sharks playoff appearances in each year. In a similar contract situation as Peters, DeBoer should also get extended for another year or two so he stays with San Jose beyond the 2020-2021 season.
2. Gerard Gallant, Las Vegas Golden Knights
No one could've expected Las Vegas' team to make the playoffs in their inaugural season, let alone the Stanley Cup Finals. Head coach Gerard Gallant still has two years left on his contract with the Golden Knights, but the team should still look to extend him sooner rather than later. With the results he's delivered in his first two years in Vegas, on top of his excellent work in Florida, Gallant is more than deserving of a new and expensive deal.
1. Rod Brind'Amour, Carolina Hurricanes
What Rod Brind'Amour has given to the Hurricanes since he joined the front office in 2010 has been indispensable. After seven years as an assistant coach in Carolina, he was finally gifted with the head coaching job last year. In his first year behind the bench, Brind'Amour brought the team back to the postseason for the first time in over nine years. The Hurricanes have to lock him up in short order, as he only has two years left on his current deal.