The Vegas Golden Knights introduced Monday that Peter DeBoer has been fired as head coach after the crew missed the playoffs for the primary time within the franchise's younger historical past.
“Lacking the playoffs was a humbling expertise for the crew,” Golden Knights basic supervisor Kelly McCrimmon said in a press conference. “It is a determination that in the end got here from me. … It isn't straightforward. You do what you assume is finest for the group and that is why we're right here at this time.”
DeBoer, 53, was employed by the crew through the 2019-20 season after Gerard Gallant was fired in January. DeBoer led the crew to a 15-5-2 report within the the rest of the yr and a visit to the Western Convention Ultimate. Within the 2020-21 season, the Golden Knights superior by means of the primary two rounds of the playoffs however had been bounced within the convention semifinals.
This season, Vegas completed simply in need of a fifth straight journey to the playoffs within the franchise's five-year historical past. The Golden Knights' 43-31-8 report left the crew three factors behind the Nashville Predators for the ultimate postseason berth within the Western Convention. Vegas blew a number of alternatives for factors late within the season, dropping three consecutive shootouts earlier than lastly ending the common season with a win.
DeBoer beforehand had stints as head coach of the Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils and San Jose Sharks. The Devils and Sharks reached the Stanley Cup Ultimate throughout his tenures, however each groups misplaced in six video games.