Your Vegas Golden Knights have had a, er, golden existence, making the playoffs every season…until this one.
Betcha can’t guess what happens when you’re the coach of the first team in the five-year history of the franchise to lead a team that misses the playoffs. Oh wait, you can – can’t you?
General Manager Kelly McCrimmon has announced “changes to the team’s coaching staff.” The key change, of course, being that Pete DeBoer “has been relieved of his coaching duties.”
Longtime hockey fans will remember when 94 points and a 43-31-8 record would win you a raise, but with the whole overtime/shootout thing, five teams in the West (and all eight playoff teams in the East) finished with 100+ points this year.
Have we mentioned that 94 points is the second-highest total in VGK history? Have we mentioned that key players like Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, William Karlsson, and Reilly Smith all missed significant time? Oh, and Jack Eichel got all of 34 games in after his arrival from the scenic hills of Buffalo and subsequent surgery.
We’re not editorializing, but that’s not an easy way to lose your gig.
Anyway, the Golden Knights are now on the hunt for their third-ever head coach. You’ll hear rumors about names like Barry Trotz and Claude Julien.
We’re just looking forward to getting ready to #KnightUp again this Fall. Until then, some photos to remember your Golden Knights by.