Sharks fire head coach DeBoer after about 4 1/2 seasons

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The San Jose Sharks have fired head coach Peter DeBoer. He has been replaced on an interim basis by Bob Boughner.

Besides DeBoer, the team has also parted ways with Steve Spott, Dave Barr, and Johan Hedberg. Spott, Barr, and Hedberg were assistant coaches.

Former San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer behind the bench against the Vegas Golden Knights
Peter DeBoer behind the bench against the Vegas Golden Knights (Getty Images)

Under Boughner, Roy Sommer, Mike Ricci, and Evgeni Nabokov are the assistant coaches. Dan Darrow will remain on the staff as assistant coach/video.

“When you have had a level of past success, change is never easy, but we feel this team is capable of much more than we have shown thus far and that a new voice is needed,” General Manager Doug Wilson said. “As a team and as individuals, our play has not met expectations this year and our level of consistency has not been where it needs to be. This group of individuals who will lead our team moving forward are very familiar with our players, and we think this change can provide our group with a fresh start.

“Under the leadership of Pete, along with Steve, Dave and Johan, our franchise accomplished some great things, culminating in reaching the 2016 Stanley Cup Final. We want to thank them for their contributions to our organization’s success over the last four years.”

Boughner will lead the team for the first-time on Thursday night. The Sharks host the New York Rangers at 10:30 pm EST at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.

This season, the Sharks have the third-worst record in the Pacific Division. Through 33 games, the team has scored just 32 points. But in the entire conference, they have the worst differential in the entire division. 

San Jose has given up 114 goals, while scoring just 89 goals. That’s a -25 differential. The Los Angeles Kings — who have the worst record in the Division with 26 points through 32 games — has a -23 differential.

Boughner, according to the press release, joined the Sharks before the start of this season. He was previously the head coach of the Florida Panthers from 2017-2019. 

As the Panthers head coach, he went 80-62-22.

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