After roughly three seasons and missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in franchise history the Vegas Golden Knights have announced the firing of head coach Peter DeBoer. Not only was 2021-22 the first season the Golden Knights missed the playoffs it was the first time in seven seasons DeBoers team missed the playoffs.
DeBoer’s Short Stay in Vegas
Like many visitors of Sin City DeBoer didn’t stay long, or cash in. With Deboer behind the bench for 160 regular-season games, the Golden Knights won 98 of those games. In 39 playoff games, the Golden Knights had a 22-17 record reaching the conference finals in 2020 before falling to the Dallas Stars in five games and not losing a game in that series by more than one goal. In the 2021 playoffs, the Golden Knights would make the Stanley Cup Semifinals before eventually falling to the finals runner up again, but losing in six games to the Montreal Canadiens.
What Is Next For Both Parties
With the door closing on Deboer in Vegas jobs won’t be scarce for the 13-year veteran head coach with current vacancies with teams such as the Detriot Red Wings, Philidelphia Flyers, Winnipeg Jets, and potentially more. A coach of DeBoer’s stature will have no problems finding a job somewhere in the NHL.
As for the Golden Knights, there are some big-name coaches floating around that could fill the void behind their bench. Vegas could look the way of veteran coaches such as John Tortorella, Barry Trotz, and Alain Vigneault. All of them have led their teams to the Stanley Cup with Vigneault being the only one that has not won. Although in 2011 he came close with the Vancouver Canucks losing in game seven. The Golden Knights are close to contending and just need the right coach. Experience will be key in their current situation.
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