The NHL continues to recycle coaches.
After firing head coach Gerard Gallant on Wednesday morning, the Golden Knights then hired former Sharks coach Peter DeBoer, who had been canned in San Jose last month after three and a half seasons. The knights also dismissed assistant Mike Kelly.
"You saw consistency problems," said Vegas general manager Kelly McCrimmon in Ottawa. “We are like many teams – had high hopes for the year, but still have high hopes for the year. We are in a unique position where we are exactly right. So this is not a case where the floor fell out and we had no choice.
"It was more of a situation where we were proactively convinced that this would be the best for our organization."
Gallant, the only head coach in franchise history until Wednesday, led Vegas on its shocking run to the Stanley Cup final during its first season in 2017/18. McCrimmon thanked Gallant and Kelly for making an important contribution to the team's success in a statement on Wednesday. McCrimmon believes, however, that "our team can do more than we have shown this season."
DeBoer becomes the second head coach this season who has already got another job since John Hynes replaced Peter Laviolette in Nashville after being fired by the Devils last month.
The decision to remove Gallant was made after four defeats for the Golden Knights. Vegas is currently in the middle of the Pacific division, 15 points ahead of the last placed Ducks.
DeBoer has a record 415-329-111 during his coaching career with the Panthers, Devils and Sharks. He made trips to the Stanley Cup final with the Devils and Sharks, but lost both times. The sharks had a 15-16-2 record when they decided to release DeBoer from his duties, and they have gone 6-7-2 since then.
In last year's playoffs, DeBoer and the Haie eliminated the knights in a seven-game first-round series.
"His teams are always very well prepared, very well trained," said McCrimmon about DeBoer. "He is an intelligent guy. Teams have always been very strong special teams. He was with two different teams in the Stanley Cup final. He was very successful as a coach in the National Hockey League and I think he will continue to do so on this occasion will do. "