The San Jose Sharks have parted methods with head coach Pete DeBoer, Pierre LeBrun has reported. This determination, as LeBrun mentions, was purely a hockey determination and wasn’t a results of any form of tradition change or reckoning that’s swept the hockey world as of late.
DeBoer nonetheless had this season and subsequent season left on his contract value roughly $three million yearly.
Supply confirms Pete DeBoer has been fired as head coach of the San Jose Sharks. Purely a hockey determination.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) December 12, 2019With the Sharks within the midst of a five-game shedding streak, the timing of this determination isn’t shocking. The Sharks have been usually disappointing this season as nicely, holding a 15-16-2 report, good for sixth place within the Pacific Division.
This season was DeBoer’s fifth because the Sharks’ head coach and was actually the primary occasion of actual adversity for him and his squad after qualifying for the postseason in every of his first 4 years with the workforce.
San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer (AP Picture/Jeff Chiu)
The Sharks weren’t only a playoff workforce underneath DeBoer, both, as they’ve additionally been professional Stanley Cup contenders, even taking part in within the Stanley Cup Last in a shedding effort to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016.
This run was the closest the Sharks have ever come to successful the Stanley Cup.
DeBoer landed on his toes with the Sharks after having a profitable run in New Jersey that noticed him employed in 2011, lead his workforce to the Stanley Cup Last in 2012, additionally in a shedding effort, and ultimately being fired throughout the 2014-15 season after lacking the postseason in every of the 2 earlier seasons.
Bob Boughner Reportedly Changing Pete DeBoer
It’s unclear the place DeBoer will find yourself subsequent, however Bob Boughner is anticipated to take over because the Sharks new coach, based on Darren Dreger.
Boughner beforehand served as the top coach of the Florida Panthers for 2 seasons, failing to qualify for the postseason in each years. Previous to that chance in addition to following his firing, Boughner served as an assistant coach in San Jose underneath DeBoer.
Florida Panthers head coach Bob Boughner and assistant coach Jack Capuano (Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports activities)
Boughner inherits a Sharks’ workforce that has many very sturdy, acquainted items to construct round all through the lineup. Sadly, although, there are nonetheless many areas the workforce might want to enhance upon, together with goaltending, to actually flip this season round.
Nonetheless, with the St. Louis Blues successful the Stanley Cup and proving final season that modifications will be made round this time of yr (and even later, within the case of the Blues) earlier than a season is completely misplaced, the Sharks might make strides with a brand new coach.
With Martin Jones sporting a sub-900 save proportion for the second consecutive season, although, it’s pretty clear the principle space of concern for the Sharks that must be addressed. Whether or not that’s bringing in a brand new goaltender or determining what’s gone mistaken for Jones, one thing has to offer.
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Time will inform, however the Sharks have taken step one in what they’ve deemed the right course of to repair their 2019-20 season.