Okay, so i haven't researched this or spent more than maybe 2 minutes thinking about it, but my immediate reaction is that this might possibly the most asinine firing and replacement in memory.
Seriously, the first year was incredible results and last year was very good for a second year franchise. This year I agree they're a bit more inconsistent, but they're literally 3 points out of first in their division.
Bringing in DeBoer is not an improvement over anyone, let al
Makes me wonder if there is a "Hextall" type situation going on.
Maybe Gerard pissed off the wrong person in the C suite.
This move doesn't make much sense to me at all from a "hockey success" stand point.
Yeah, that occurred to me.
It also occurred to me that someone in the C-suite is (inexplicably) a really big fan of DeBoer or friends or something and when DeBonehead was fired in San Jose was just looking for an excuse--any excuse---to bring him in.
It's simply an astounding move to me.
I wonder if the coaching favorite for Seattle just changed.
I don't get this one at all. The Golden Knights are playing up-tempo fun hockey, they've had nothing but success. Yes, they didn't win the Stanley Cup but got super close. They were good last year, and they're good this year. I agree with @IllaZilla, this reads like an Onion article to me. Did he say or do something to just trigger a termination?
This just seems terribly odd at a really strange time to do it. Wasn't he supposed to be the Pacific All Star coach too?