Another Coaching Surprise: Vegas Replaces Gallant with DeBoer

On the list of surprising coaching moves this season, Wednesday morning’s news might be the most shocking.

The Vegas Golden Knights fired head coach Gerard Gallant and assistant coach Mike Kelly. Veteran coach Pete DeBoer has been named the new head coach in Vegas.

Gallant was the first head coach in the history of the Vegas franchise. The Knights started 118-75-20 in 2.5 years under Gallant, who was also successful in Florida before a ridiculous firing by the Panthers.

Sincerely, there is absolutely no excuse for the Chicago Blackhawks to not reach out to Gallant about coaching the team.

21 thoughts on “Another Coaching Surprise: Vegas Replaces Gallant with DeBoer

  1. From the little bit of Vegas twitter I was reading. Not many a fan of replacement hire. Split on the firing.

  2. Feels like there has to be more to this story. Vegas has been inconsistent but are still right in the mix despite poor goaltending. The first two years under Gallant had to exceed expectations. Seems like a pretty drastic move right now.

  3. Pretty shocking. I don’t know what to think or say about JC anymore. He is working with what he has. He hasn’t had a full roster from day one. Do you really think the veterans need motivation? I don’t. These boys are self motivated with 3 Cups in 10 years. The youngsters are coming along. It really does take time to mesh and like I wrote they haven’t had a full roster. However Gallant is very enticing and Vegas plays hard every shift. It could be a Savard to Q move. I wonder what Marc Crawford thinks. Anyway when all is said and done..I think it would be the right move.

  4. Unfortunately no matter how right it might seem Gallant is not coming to CHI because Stan won’t fire JC – end of story

    To be fair the team has been playing more structurally sound lately despite injuries but the start of the year has doomed this team

  5. Oil and water don’t mix. Hated Gallant as a Wing. Let him go to Detroit. Lesser of two evils would be Laviolette.
    Does he coach at the All Star festivities?

  6. Heard it here first. Gus goes to Vegas for Reaves and a pick or Reaves and a prospect. Win trade for Bowman. Don’t think Deboer and Reaves get along.

  7. Thanks to knucklehead Bowman, Colliton comfortably employed like postal worker, he’s teflon. It was an egregiously moronic decision last year to hire him as the coach.

    A mannequin would be an improvement.

  8. Gallant gets paid through next year.He will sit out and wait on Seattle to be up and running.The injuries here have made Colliton untouchable until a Bowman firing.

  9. Maybe it’s that 11 year Coaching record of having 419 wins averaging 94.5 points a year that gets him a job.

  10. Strangely,the thought of Gallant being fired crossed my mind last night after their loss.

    Why?

    They were floundering and shouldnt be and top coaches were being canned so why not him too.

    Then today boom.

    I think thats it for in-season firings.

    Between him and Laviolette Id rather have Laviolette as hes considered a ‘master motivator’. Considering how Hawks players cant play 60 minutes he might be the right choice. Some would argue they need a kick in the pants but I think this roster would tune out that type of coach after a season.

    Colliton is here until the Blackhawks miss the playoffs then he should be gone.

  11. IDK, but if the bar for those teams means firing competent coaches, what does it say about Hawks management? Further, how long would Colliton last on Las Vegas or San Jose?

  12. Team is gelling ….2 players who need to be sent packing…Sikura and Nylander.
    Highmore is solid ,Smith good ,Kookoo solid body checking and good puck movement . Kamph not so good in Ottawa ,D.cat was really off in that game to .

    Great goalie tandem …best in the league .
    Toews playing tough hockey 19 ,8 ,91 is a solid line …91 has a great dimension .

    I`m pulling for Dach …lad needs a break lol

  13. Hagel should come up with Kurashev when healthy.They won’t send Nylander down.Maybe rotated in and out of the lineup at best.Sikura down after Toronto game.

  14. With as many problems as we had and the ones we still do. We would be tied for 1st place if in west division. That is one of the two weakest division, by having 3 or so bad teams in it. Free wins.

  15. Keith and Boquist are playing great , Boquist is being mentored by one of the best !

    Nylander looks great in practice and warm ups but that does not translate to the real thing .

  16. Saad and Strome expected back shortly after the road trip. 2 top 6 forwards coming back makes some decisions pretty easy.

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