The San Jose Sharks fired head coach Bob Boughner and most of his assistants on Friday.
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The California team seems to want to wipe the slate clean since general manager Doug Wilson announced his final departure from his duties last April. The former National Hockey League star defenseman had been in charge since 2003, leaving the reins to his assistant Joe Will.
“As we move forward in our search for the next Sharks general manager after 19 seasons under Doug Wilson’s leadership, it has become clear that the organization is in an evolving process,” Will said in a statement.
The big cleanup at the “Sharks” also affects assistant coaches John MacLean and John Madden and video coordinator Dan Darrow. Under Boughner, San Jose has not made the playoffs the past two seasons, going 53-65-20 overall.
“The past two-plus seasons have been extremely demanding – on and off the ice – and Bob and his staff have done an admirable job in very difficult circumstances. This move is not a criticism of their performance, but recognition of the complete reorganization that we feel is in the best interests of the team,” said the interim CEO.
“The real problem is that we’ve missed the playoffs for the past three seasons, which is unacceptable to our owner, our organization, and our fans,” Will added.
Prepare the terrain
Boughner, who was set to get his hands on $1.5 million in 2022-23, had a year left on his contract, but the team decided to start from scratch to “allow Sharks’ next general manager complete autonomy over the composition of the.” On-Ice coaching staff.”
The 51-year-old was first hired by the Sharks as an assistant coach in 2019-20 but quickly rose in the ranks after just 33 games following the departure of Peter DeBoer.
The Windsor native led the Florida Panthers before his second stint with the Sharks, serving as an assistant from 2015-2017. He was also Scott Arniel’s assistant behind the Columbus Blue Jackets bench in 2010-11.