Golden Knights fire Gallant, hire ex-Sharks coach DeBoer

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Ottawa Senators Prediction, Preview, and Odds - 1-16-2020

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Ottawa Senators Prediction, Preview, and Odds - 1-16-2020

This is no longer just Mark Stone's first game back in Ottawa.

The NHL team fired Gerard Gallant on Wednesday.

After firing head coach Gerard Gallant Wednesday morning, the Golden Knights subsequently hired former Sharks coach Peter DeBoer, who was canned last month after 3 ½ seasons in San Jose. He spent five years as head coach of the Sharks, reaching the playoffs in all four of his full seasons behind the bench and guiding the team to the Stanley Cup Final in his first year.

At the time he was let go, he was the 5th National Hockey League head coach to be replaced in 3 weeks. It's a perch from which many coaches tumble. The Golden Knights technically sit outside the Western Conference playoff picture at the current moment, but they have the same point total of 54 as the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks, who hold the two wild-card spots.

The San Jose Sharks emerged as early rivals for the Vegas Golden Knights. "It's hard to put into words unless you've done these jobs. It wasn't something we did in haste". "We are like a lot of teams - had real high hopes for the year, still have real high hopes for the year". And yet, once the decision was made, the move to sign DeBoer happened within a 24-hour period, McCrimmon said.

DeBoer is expected to join the team later tonight or tomorrow and coach them in tomorrow's game at the Ottawa Senators.

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However, Vegas GM Kelly McCrimmon obviously felt that DeBoer, who carved out a 198-129-34 record in San Jose over a five-season span before being fired by the Sharks on December 11 after a 15-16-2 start, was the right man for the job.

The Golden Knights have dropped four straight contests and now sit fourth place in the Pacific, but are tied for the final wild card spot and are just three points behind Arizona for first in the division.

"His teams are always very well prepared, very well coached", McCrimmon said of DeBoer. He's an intelligent guy. He guided New Jersey to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, losing to Los Angeles in six games, and San Jose into the 2016 final, when the Sharks lost to Pittsburgh in six games. "He's had a lot of success". Fleury stopped 22 of 25 shots in a 4-2 road loss to the Buffalo Sabres for his third consecutive loss in as many starts. And you know, we see that time and time and time again. It's more just the feeling that you have that a change might be needed. "He's part of the team, our team and we're going to make the best out of it". "We know we have a great team".

"It was fun, an I remember Stevie was pretty good that year, too", he said in 2014, according to Fox Sports. And now it seems like we're on a new path or direction. It certainly wasn't something that we did in haste or something that we did based on the recent four games. Fleury said the hiring of DeBoer caught him off guard. There's so much respect towards them.

"They're still doing the same type of things, whether it's unlucky or bad opportunities", Gallant said after the loss.

"I feel responsible for letting this happen". "We're in the unique position, we're right in the mix so this isn't a case where the bottom fell out and we were left with no choice". His overall coaching record is 415-329-111 in the regular season, 46-38 in the postseason. Gallant was set to coach the Pacific team at All-Star Weekend later this month after Vegas led the division at the halfway mark.

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