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The San Jose Sharks fired
head coach Bob Boughner on Friday after three straight playoff-less seasons.
Assistant coaches John Madden and John MacLean were also let go, as was assistant coach (video) Dan Darrow.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman broke the news of Boughner’s dismissal.
Boughner took over the Sharks’ staff on
an interim basis in December 2019 following the dismissal of Peter
DeBoer. He was promoted to the full-time role in September 2020. It
marked his second head coaching job after two seasons with the
Florida Panthers (2017-19).
San Jose posted a 67-85-23 record (.449
points percentage) during his tenure. The team finished 12th
in the Western Conference with 77 points in 2021-22.
In May, Boughner said he felt the
Sharks were ready to turn a corner next season and confirmed the staff’s desire to return.
“We put a lot of time in with this
group, and we want to be a part of it moving forward,” the 51-year-old Canadian told
reporters. “I’ve said there’s light at the end of the tunnel
for sure. The guys play hard for us, bought into the system, bought
into the culture we created, the environment and they all want to
It’s unclear why San Jose waited so
long to make a decision about the coaches, but it’s likely
linked to the franchise’s GM search, which is nearing an end.
Friedman reported Wednesday on The Jeff
Marek Show (via Sheng Peng of SJ Hockey Now) the Sharks had narrowed
their list down to a group of finalists, which was expected to include former
NHL players Ray Whitney and Mike Grier.
It’s not uncommon for a new
GM to hire their own coaching staff.
Boughner played 10 NHL seasons with six
different teams. He earned the nickname “The Boogieman” for
his physical style of play.
The former defenseman started his
coaching career with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires in 2006 and received
his first NHL opportunity as an assistant with the Columbus Blue
Jackets in 2010.
San Jose will probably want its new GM
in place before the 2022 NHL draft gets underway Thursday, and the
coaching search figures to start shortly after that hire.