Golden Knights fire Gallant, hire DeBoer

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Vegas Golden Knights have fired head coach Gerard Gallant. The team has also fired assistant coach Mike Kelly.

The Golden Knights have named Peter DeBoer as the team’s new head coach. He will join the team on Thursday against the Ottawa Senators.

“In order for our team to reach its full potential, we determined a coaching change was necessary,” Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon said. “Our team is capable of more than we have demonstrated this season. We would like to thank Gerard and Mike for their service to the Vegas Golden Knights. They were both instrumental to the success we have enjoyed in our first two-plus seasons and we wish them all the best moving forward.

“In Peter DeBoer, we have a proven, experienced head coach, who we believe can help us achieve our ultimate goal. We are excited to welcome Peter and his family to the Vegas Golden Knights organization. We look forward to a strong finish to the 2019-20 season with Peter at the helm and a successful tenure in the seasons to come.”

The move comes after the Golden Knights were defeated 4-2 by the Buffalo Sabres. With the loss, Vegas fell to 24-19-6 on the season.

They are presently in fifth-place in the Pacific Division. Only the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, and the Anaheim Ducks have worse records in the Division.

Gallant was 118-75-20 during his Golden Knights coaching tenure. The team went to the playoffs the first two seasons under the former coach, including a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 2017-18 before losing to the Washington Capitals.

DeBoer was fired earlier this season in December by the San Jose Sharks. He was let go in San Jose following a 15-16-2 record.

As the Sharks head coach, he went 198-129-34 in 361 games. As a head coach, including stops with the New Jersey Devils and the Florida Panthers, he is 415-329-111 in 855 games.

He is also 32-28 in playoff games. Like Gallant, DeBoer has lost twice in the Stanley Cup Finals – one with the Sharks in 2015-16 and another with the New Jersey Devils in 2011-12 – in his coaching career.

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