Golden Knights fire Gallant, hire ex-Sharks coach DeBoer

Golden Knights fire Gallant, hire ex-Sharks coach DeBoer

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

Peter DeBoer was named the head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights on January 15 at the same time it was announced that Gerard Gallant and Mike Kelly had been relieved of their duties.

Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon announced changes to the team's coaching staff on Wednesday: Gerard Gallant and Mike Kelly have been relieved of their coaching duties and Peter DeBoer has been named head coach.

The Golden Knights went 51-24-7 in their first season as a franchise in 2017-2018, reaching the Stanley Cup Final.

Two weeks later, he was the seventh head coach of the 2019-20 season to lose his job. Meanwhile, the league's fourth-worst PDO (shooting percentage plus save percentage) has been a major factor in the club's underwhelming record. "It's hard to put into words unless you've done these jobs but it's more just the feeling you have that a change might be needed", he said. "It wasn't something we did in haste". I wish I could be more specific than that, but that's really how we felt.

The decision to remove Gallant comes amid a four-game losing streak for the Golden Knights.

Peter DeBoer takes over immediately, a month after being fired by the San Jose Sharks.

With a mark of 24-19-6 in 49 games in 2019-20, the Golden Knights rank fifth in the Pacific Division with 54 points as of Wednesday morning.

McCrimmon said that experience, coupled with the respect DeBoer earns from his players, were factors in bringing him to Vegas. He's an intelligent guy. He guided the Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, which they lost in six games to the Los Angeles Kings. "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. "It's a tough day for us".

"As players, when you don't play up to standard changes happen". "We're a better hockey team". The Senators are competing but as you can see, they can't seem to score goals at the right time, as evidenced by their five overtime losses over the past ten games.


"I think Peter is a really good coach", said McCrimmon. "A week and a half ago we were in first place in our division". No high-pitched yelps from Jonathan Marchessault or practical jokes from Marc-Andre Fleury. "It's tough as a group, as a team to cost someone their job". "We have so much respect towards them".

"I feel responsible for letting this happen".

In what was absolutely stunning and, quite frankly, jaw-dropping news on Wednesday, the Vegas Golden Knights have changed things in a huge way.

"With this opportunity, I think he'll continue to do that".

So, why did they turn to DeBoer?

Coaches have been getting fired at a ridiculous rate this season.

In the tight Western Conference, the Golden Knights feel they can regain solid playoff footing with a bit of a push.

"Peter's a really good coach and he's had a lot of success in the NHL", McCrimmon added.

"Proactively, this was our belief to do what's best". He has an overall record of 415-329-111 in 855 games as an National Hockey League head coach. He was just over a week away from coaching the Pacific Division team at the NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis.

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