Vegas Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant was thanked Wednesday, along with assistant Mike Kelly.
He is replaced by Peter DeBoer, the former head of the San Jose Sharks’ bench, who was fired by the California team in December.
“In order to reach our full potential, we have determined that a change of coach is necessary,” said general manager Kelly McCrimmon in a statement. In Peter DeBoer, we have a recognized experienced coach who we believe can help us achieve our ultimate goal. “
Gallant was the victim of an ugly four-game losing streak that slipped out of the playoffs. Las Vegas (24-19-6) was ninth in the Western Conference on Wednesday following a 4-2 loss to the Sabers in Buffalo on Tuesday.
Despite players like Jonathan Marchessault, Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone and Marc-André Fleury, the Golden Knights struggled to win in the Pacific section, possibly the weakest in the National Hockey League. They were fifth in this division on Wednesday.
Ironically, Gallant had to lead Team Pacific to the National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game in late January because his club led the division when it came to choosing teams.
Gallant led his team to the Stanley Cup final in 2018 in the NHL’s first year of the Golden Knights.
He won the Jack Adams Trophy, presented to the head coach of the year, for this achievement.
Having played for the Detroit Red Wings and the Tampa Bay Lightning, Gallant was head coach of the Florida Panthers and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Knights will visit the Ottawa Senators on Thursday and the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.