David Quinn confirmed at the helm of the Sharks

David Quinn confirmed at the helm of the Sharks

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What had been an open secret for a few days was confirmed on Tuesday: the San Jose Sharks named David Quinn their new head coach.

A New day dawns on the Californian formation, which cut ties with Doug Wilson and his son at the end of the last season. New Sharks boss Mike Grier has found his right-hand man behind the bench in Quinn. 

“One of the main reasons that attracted me to this job was the chance to work with Mike Grier,” he said at a press briefing on Tuesday. We are very optimistic about the team we are building.”

He will succeed Bob Boughner, who has had mixed results in two and a half years at the helm of the team. The San Jose team has missed the playoffs the past three seasons, most recently going 32-37-13 in 2021-22.

Quinn hasn't worked in the National Hockey League since being let go by the New York Rangers in 2021. The 'Blueshirts' haven't done better than an appearance in the 2020 playoff qualifier under his aegis.

“My philosophy as a coach has always been defined by my relationship with the players, he continued. We want to build a structured team, but one that plays in a liberated way.”

A transformed team

Remember that the Sharks will present a different face next season after parting with colorful defenseman Brent Burns, traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. Forwards Luke Kunin and Nico Sturm, as well as defenders Markus Nutivaara and Matt Benning, are among the newcomers.

Quinn's main mission will be to push his team to generate more attack, an objective that he will achieve by changing some things “from a structural point of view”.

The “Sharks” finished 30th in the Bettman circuit for goals scored per game in 2021-2022 (2.57 ).