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Peter DeBoer In, Gerrard Gallant Out For The Vegas Golden Knights

VEGAS (January 15, 2020) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon announced today, January 15, changes to the team’s coaching staff: Gerard Gallant and Mike Kelly have been relieved of their coaching duties and Peter DeBoer has been named head coach.

McCrimmon will be available to the media in Ottawa on Wednesday, January 15 at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT before the team’s 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT practice at Canadian Tire Centre. A transcript will be provided by the Golden Knights Communications Staff.

“In order for our team to reach its full potential, we determined a coaching change was necessary. Our team is capable of more than we have demonstrated this season,” said Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon. “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.”

DeBoer is expected to join the team on Thursday in Ottawa prior to the Golden Knights/Senators game at 7:30 p.m. ET. His media availability will be confirmed at a later time.

DeBoer owns a career NHL coaching record of 415-329-111 as well as 46 playoff victories following stints with San Jose, New Jersey and Florida. He was named the eighth coach in San Jose Sharks franchise history on May 28, 2015. With San Jose, DeBoer guided the Sharks to a 198-129-34 record over five seasons, including a trip to the first Stanley Cup appearance in team history in 2016.

Prior to joining San Jose, DeBoer coached the New Jersey Devils for three and a half seasons, posting a 114-93-41 record and leading the Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. DeBoer finished his coaching tenure with the Devils as the second-winningest coach in New Jersey franchise history behind Jacques Lemaire (276).

DeBoer spent three seasons prior to his stint with the Devils as head coach of the Florida Panthers, compiling a 103-107-36 mark behind the Panthers’ bench.

Before coaching in the NHL, DeBoer was one of the most distinguished coaches in the Ontario Hockey League’s history. He spent 13 seasons coaching with Detroit, Plymouth and Kitchener in the OHL, including winning a Memorial Cup Championship in 2003 and the OHL Championship in 2003 and 2008 with Kitchener.

A two-time winner of the OHL Coach of the Year Award in 1999 and 2000 with Plymouth, he was also named the Canadian Hockey League’s Coach of the Year in 2000. During his time in the OHL, he led his team to the league’s best overall record four times (1998-99, 1999-2000, 2002-03, 2007- 08) and is one of only eight coaches in OHL history to reach the 500+ win mark. He ranks eighth on the OHL all-time coaches win list (539) and 12th in games coached (878).

Internationally, DeBoer has frequently been selected to represent his native Canada, including serving as an assistant coach for the Canadian World Championship squad in 2015 (gold medal), 2014 and 2010. Additionally, he was a member of the coaching staff for Canada’s World Junior Championship team in 2005 (gold medal) and 1998. He also served on the Team Canada coaching staff for the 2007 Canada-Russia Super Series.

A center in his playing career, DeBoer was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 12th round (237th overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft and played professionally for two seasons with the International Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals.

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ColdWar's avatar

oh man oh man oh man oh man

Posted by ColdWar on 01/15/20 at 10:43 AM ET

BladesOfSteel's avatar

Looking at Gallants head coaching history, he only lasts 3 seasons with his previous spots. Wonder if he Loses the room about this time with his teams.

History is showing he has a 3 season lifespan as coach.

Posted by BladesOfSteel on 01/15/20 at 10:50 AM ET

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Yzerman’s off-season options are really opening up.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 01/15/20 at 10:51 AM ET

Paul's avatar

BoS, A VGK beat writer just tweeted saying players love him.

Perhaps Gallant wants certain type players and mgmt. doesn’t agree with him.

Who knows?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/15/20 at 10:54 AM ET

SauceBoss's avatar

2nd time Gallant has been abruptly fired midseason after his team has underperformed a bit. Maybe there’s something else going on behind the scenes ?

Posted by SauceBoss on 01/15/20 at 10:57 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

DeBoer have pictures of McCrimmon or something?

Wow.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 01/15/20 at 10:59 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Holland blew his chance to get Gallant three years ago. So I hope Yzerman doesn’t make the same mistake. Fire Blashill immediately and hire “Spuddy” today.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/15/20 at 11:08 AM ET

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Or OTC as a media guy just tweeted, Yzerman turned down Gallant in Tampa and hired Cooper instead.

Does he wait to see what happens with Cooper or any other coach who could be gone by the end of the season?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/15/20 at 11:11 AM ET

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John Cooper- I just don’t like that.  Gallant would be a huge upgrade

Posted by SevensForTed on 01/15/20 at 11:17 AM ET

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Or OTC as a media guy just tweeted, Yzerman turned down Gallant in Tampa and hired Cooper instead.

That doesn’t make much sense because when Cooper was made head coach in Tampa in 2013 Gallant was an assistant in Montreal, so in order for Yzerman to have “turned down Gallant”, he’d have had to call up Marc Bergevin and get his permission to talk to Gerard Gallant, only for him to say “Hey Gerry, it’s Steve-O calling to let you know you’re not going to be the new Lightning coach”.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 01/15/20 at 11:44 AM ET

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Or BB, Gallant showed interest in the job and either the Canadiens gave him the go ahead or Yzerman cleared it with the Habs.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/15/20 at 11:47 AM ET

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Wow, VGK fire the only coach they’ve ever had! Seriously, tho, Stevie loved Spuddy as a linemate, gotta think he’s a no-brainer for next year. Or this year, but not sure why he’d want to step into this tire fire.

Posted by Steeb on 01/15/20 at 12:12 PM ET

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Go get him, Steve!

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 01/15/20 at 12:17 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Hey guys… We’re putting the band back together….. wink

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/15/20 at 12:34 PM ET

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Or BB, Gallant showed interest in the job and either the Canadiens gave him the go ahead or Yzerman cleared it with the Habs.

Could be. I’ve never seen Shawn Simpson with a scoop though, so I’m going to choose to be skeptical of the story unless I hear otherwise.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 01/15/20 at 01:09 PM ET

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Hired Pete deBoer…..I can hear the Knights management lamenting “if only Jeff Blashill was available…....“

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, sing along The YzerMan Can!...... on 01/15/20 at 01:09 PM ET

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Hired Pete deBoer…..I can hear the Knights management lamenting “if only Jeff Blashill was available…....“

Maybe they really, really like Lafreniere wink

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 01/15/20 at 01:38 PM ET

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I wonder what it’s like to fire your coach when you’re tied for a wild card and 3 points away from leading your Division.

Realistically, something must be seriously wrong somewhere, because this makes no sense.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/15/20 at 01:50 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

Send an Uber to Vegas.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 01/15/20 at 01:55 PM ET

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Posted by TreKronor on 01/15/20 at 01:50 PM ET

I was thinking that.

I hope this isn’t one of those situations where old coaching practices are coming back to haunt someone

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 01/15/20 at 02:00 PM ET

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Question:  if DeBoer is so accomplished as an amateur and international coach, why hasn’t he been mentioned as a possible coach for the Wings after he was fired from SJS a whole month ago?  Why would he not seem like a good fit for the Wings?

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/15/20 at 02:15 PM ET

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Realistically, something must be seriously wrong somewhere, because this makes no sense.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/15/20 at 01:50 PM ET

What’s wrong is Vegas way, way, WAY overperformed their first season and set completely unrealistic expectations, causing management to go even more All In, when the reality is their roster isn’t that great and never even was in the first place.

William Karlsson scores 43 two years ago, 24 last year, and is on pace to not even hit 20 this year.  And that’s kinda’ a microcosm of the entire team.  They are where they SHOULD be, but the expectations got astronomical so here we are now.  2017-18 was a fraud (or to be kinder an aberration, an anomaly), but nobody else is willing to admit it as such still.

They’re really going to regret letting Gallant go… he was the perfect fit there.

Posted by Primis on 01/15/20 at 02:50 PM ET

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What’s wrong is Vegas way, way, WAY overperformed their first season and set completely unrealistic expectations, causing management to go even more All In, when the reality is their roster isn’t that great and never even was in the first place.

I think it was before the team even played a game there that the owner had promised they’d win a cup in the first 5 years. 

Like you said - expectations were never quite right from the start.  The NHL certainly helped them be relevant immediately, but now they are normalizing to where they probably should be.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/15/20 at 02:55 PM ET

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Does he wait to see what happens with Cooper or any other coach who could be gone by the end of the season?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/15/20 at 11:11 AM ET

Or maybe Steve calls up his old friend and says, “The job is yours next season, Spuddy. But we need to keep Blashill for now so we have the best chance of being the worst we can be. Next season we’ll let you start the upward climb.”

You have to think Gallant would love to come back to Detroit and work with his old linemate to turn things around. And he’d have some talented young players to work with, especially if the Wings get this spring’s #1 or #2 pick.

I can’t wait to hear what Mickey has to say about Gallant on Friday.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/15/20 at 03:12 PM ET

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Question:  if DeBoer is so accomplished as an amateur and international coach, why hasn’t he been mentioned as a possible coach for the Wings after he was fired from SJS a whole month ago?  Why would he not seem like a good fit for the Wings?

Might lot have seen a lot of press about this but myself and a few other people speculated that he would be on the Wings short list when Blashill was fired. I can’t really blame Yzerman for waiting on DeBoer though as better options might become available (and perhaps they just have).

 

Posted by evileye on 01/15/20 at 04:44 PM ET

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Their defense has never been anything special.

They have two very strong forward lines and can
put a lot of pressure on opponents with relentless pressure.

But related to what some wrote above, they got into cap trouble
almost immediately trying to win now. They’re not exactly young.
They’re not exactly deep in prospects. So, how good is MA Fleury on
a given night - or do they have one of their occasional goal scoring
explosions - if not one of those two, they are very average.

Why not DeBoer in Detroit may have come to lack of interest on his part.
This is a pretty thankless job to take on, especially in midseason.
Las Vegas means DeBoer got a nice holiday break and doesn’t have to relocate
nearly as far and gets to take over a playoff team with the hope his hiring
gives them the jolt they need. But who knows if Stevie Y even considered DeBoer
when he was fired. Unless and until we know we have the best odds of the highest pick (and/or the team shows signs of falling apart - and we may be there) hiring a new coach midseason mostly just gives a bad team a brief sugar high

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/15/20 at 08:53 PM ET

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