Team: New York Rangers
Year fired: 2013
Previous season: 48-26; Lost in second round
In his four years with the Rangers, John Tortorella turned the New York into championship contenders. The Blue Shirts reached the Conference Finals in 2012, creating high expectations for 2013's lockout-shortened season. The Rangers made the playoffs as the No. 6 seed, but they lost in five games against the Bruins in the Semifinals. Some reports say that it wasn't just his failure to meet high expectations that led to his ouster; Tortorella's brash personality may have been a factor, too.