Sharks: cleaning up in San Jose

Sharks: Cleanup in San Jose

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The San Jose Sharks fired head coach Bob Boughner and most of his assistants on Friday. 

The Californian team seems to want to wipe the slate clean since general manager Doug Wilson announced his permanent retirement from his duties last April. The former star National Hockey League defenseman had been in the role since 2003 and he left the reins in the hands of his assistant Joe Will.

“As we progress in our search for the next general manager of the Sharks after 19 seasons under the leadership of Doug Wilson, it has become apparent that the organization is in the process of evolution,” Will said in a statement.

The big cleaning at the “Sharks” also concerns assistant coaches John MacLean and John Madden, as well as video coordinator Dan Darrow. Under Boughner, San Jose couldn't reach the playoffs the past two seasons, going 53-65-20 overall.

“The past two-plus seasons have been extremely trying – on the ice and off – and Bob and his staff have worked admirably under very difficult circumstances. This change is not a criticism of their performance, but recognition of the complete reorganization which appears to us to be in the best interests of the team”, explained the interim CEO.

“The real problem is that we've missed the playoffs the last three seasons, which is not acceptable to our owner, our organization, or our fans,” Will added.

Setting the stage

Boughner had one year left in his contract, due to get his hands on $1.5 million in 2022-23, but the team decided to start from a clean sheet in order “to allow the next general manager of the Sharks to have complete autonomy over the composition of the coaching staff on the ice.”

The 51-year-old was initially hired by the Sharks as an assistant coach in 2019-20, but had quickly risen in rank due to the departure of Peter DeBoer after only 33 games.

Before his second stay with the Sharks, he who was an assistant from 2015 to 2017, the Windsor native managed the Florida Panthers. He was also Scott Arniel's assistant behind the bench for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010-2011.