The San Jose Sharks will have a new look behind the bench tonight, as Peter DeBoer got his walking papers on Wednesday evening. DeBoer did some great things with the Sharks, leading them to the Stanley Cup Final in 2016 and they made it to the Western Conference Final last season. It doesn’t happen often that a head coach who delivered those kind of results gets canned.
This is less than three years after the Sharks were two wins away from winning the Stanley Cup. Sports is a what are you doing for me now business, and the Sharks have not been performing up to their potential in 2019-20. Amid a five-game losing streak, DeBoer was shown the door along with his assistants.
Former Florida Panthers head coach, Bob Boughner, will step in as the interim head coach. Boughner was fired for his inability to get the Panthers to the playoffs last season. If he can light a fire underneath the Sharks and get them going in the right direction, Boughner might be able to get the interim tag removed from his job title.
A couple of familiar faces to Sharks’ fans will be hired as assistants. Mike Ricci and Evgeni Nabokov will serve as assistant coaches, along with Roy Sommer. Players are going to have to play, though. There is talent on this team, but there has been a lot of dead weight in San Jose. Instead of being passengers, the Sharks need guys to play a more aggressive brand of hockey.
All is not dead for the Sharks this season. It hasn’t been ideal, as they head into tonight with a record of 15-16-2 and 32 points, but there’s only 8 points between them and 1st place at the moment. So what the front office tonight is that they better do something quickly before the season does completely get away from them.
They will welcome a Rangers team who are currently on a west coast road trip. The Rangers are coming off a lazy performance against the LA Kings on Tuesday night. San Jose has to expect that the Rangers put forth a better effort tonight. Following a stop in San Jose, the Rangers will wrap up their road trip in Anaheim on Saturday. Head below for our free Rangers vs. Sharks pick.
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First there was Mike Babcock, John Hynes, then Jim Montgomery, and now Peter DeBoer has been fired from their head coaching duties. It’s likely that they won’t be the only head coaches in the NHL who won’t be unemployed by the end of the regular season. There are a few out there that have to be feeling nervous right about now.
Bob Boughner is going to be under pressure to lead this team now. He’s being handed another chance on a silver platter. Even he didn’t expect to be in this role again so quickly after the Panthers fired him. Boughner must get the Sharks back to basics and winning a lot more battles in the corners. And other than the usual contributors, the role players must play like they’re fighting for a job.
The Sharks get an opportunity to show tonight that they can play better against the Rangers. The Rangers are in the midst of a road trip and should present the Sharks with a nice chance to get a bounce-back spot on Thursday. Following their 5-0 win in Las Vegas, the Rangers didn’t care to play in LA on Tuesday night. They are likely going to get up for San Jose, but it could be difficult to match the intensity on the Sharks’ side tonight.San Jose is likely going to come out with a lot of energy in this one. The front office sent a loud message with the firing of DeBoer.
He’s a stoic head coach and hopefully with his departure the energy levels will be kicked up ten notches. They’re a better team than what has been displayed thus far and that’s what got DeBoer fired. Obviously if there weren’t much expectations, then a record hovering around .500 would be good enough. At least for a night, expect the Sharks to show some passion on the ice. That should translate into a win against the road weary Rangers on Thursday night in the Shark Tank.