Nashville Predators: Questions As The Trade Deadline Looms

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Will John Hynes be the Head Coach Next Season?

If you look up the definition of “hot seat,” you will see a picture of Head Coach John Hynes. With the way the Predators are playing right now, Hynes might not be the head coach next week, let alone next season.

But in all fairness, Hynes has yet to have any type of normalcy with the Predators since taking over in January of last year. He hasn’t even had the luxury of a regular training camp.

However, his job is to motivate and teach the players and coax greatness from them. His Predators team looks fantastic on paper and should be in contention for the third or fourth playoff spot in the Central Division. That isn’t happening, and the playoffs are a pipe dream at this point.

The Predators are without several key players as the injured reserve list reads like the typical starting lines report. This may be his saving grace right now and what may keep him in the job at least until the season is over.

Next season is anyone’s guess. The fair thing to do would be to give Hynes at least an entire regular season to see if he can be the guiding force during the early stages of a rebuild.

The reality is this is a business that is driven by wins and losses. The Predators have struggled all season and haven’t lived up to expectations.

When expectations are not met, the onus usually falls on the head coach. Their position in the organization is usually the first place that is looked at when a change needs to be made.

The Predators will eventually make a change in the head coaching position. Even with an entire season, Hynes is probably not the long-term solution as the Predators’ head coach.