The team also fired assistant coach Mike Kelly on Wednesday, as general manager Kelly McCrimmon stated "our team is capable of more than what we have demonstrated this season." Despite the quick firing, they did thank Gallant for his role in the team's instant success right out of the gates. That included a record of 118-75-20 in his two-plus seasons with the team, who made a remarkable run in their first season back in 2017-2018. Gallant was named the Jack Adams Award winner in their first season, but the team has gone backwards slowly ever since.
They now turn to DeBoer, who actually led the Sharks to a seven-game series win over the Golden Knights in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year. He is a career 415-329-111 coach during his NHL career, which includes stints with the Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, and the Sharks. He found himself in the Stanley Cup Final twice with the Sharks, but they lost both times. He was fired by San Jose on December 11th after a 15-16-2 start, but they haven't done much better, going 6-7-2 since that move.
This move comes as a bit of a surprise around the league due to the fact that the Golden Knights have hovered around the top of the Pacific Division this season. Although, they have dropped four games in a row, putting their record at 24-19-6, which has them tied with the Winnipeg Jets for the second Wild Card spot in the West. They will debut DeBoer as their new head coach on Thursday when they visit the Ottawa Senators.