General manager Steve Yzerman has praised the job performed by Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, but things took an interesting turn Wednesday.
The Vegas Golden Knights announced via Twitter that they have fired head coach Gerard Gallant and hired former San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer.
Gallant is the seventh coach fired during the 2019-20 season, the fifth fired for on-ice performance-related issues. The Golden Knights are one point behind the Calgary Flames for third place in the Pacific Division and very much part of the wild-card race in the Western Conference.
Gallant is close friends with Yzerman. The two played together from 1984-85 to 1992-93, with Gallant often lining up on Yzerman’s left wing. Since retiring as a player in 1995-96 (when he had a brief stint with the Detroit Vipers), Gallant has forged a successful coaching career. He was nominated for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year in 2016 after guiding the Florida Panthers to a franchise-record 103 points and an Atlantic Division title.