Published: Fri, January 17, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Golden Knights fire head coach Gerard Gallant

Golden Knights fire head coach Gerard Gallant

Gerard Gallant of the Vegas Golden Knights speaks during a news conference at T-Mobile Arena on April 1, 2019 in Las Vegas.

"I wish I could be more specific", McCrimmon added. Even Schmidt, who has long served as the Golden Knights' ray of positivity couldn't smile today. "You never want to hear of a coach getting let go", Calgary coach Geoff Ward said from Toronto, where the Flames were scheduled to fame the Maple Leafs on Thursday. Ottawa is trying to avoid a season series sweep and is mired in an eight-game losing streak when they host the Golden Knights on Thursday night.

Ironically, DeBoer and three of his assistants were fired within hours of losing a game in December, which resulted in the San Jose Sharks dropping to 6th place in the Pacific Division.

"His teams are always really well prepared, well coached", McCrimmon said. "We are like a lot of teams - had real high hopes for the year, still have really high hopes for the year". He's an intelligent guy. His teams have been strong on special teams and he's been to the Cup finals with two different teams (San Jose and New Jersey). He's enjoyed a lot of success in the National Hockey League as a coach. Vegas is the third team to change coaches after facing the Sabres, a loss that didn't sit well among players. "I think he's a very respected coach in the industry". "We're taking quite a bit of that blame".

"But sometimes you feel a change is needed".

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"We know we've been given the opportunity to succeed, with all the resources, and we just have to play better", Stone said. We did some good things down low, but we struggled to score.

While McCrimmon refused to blame the four-game losing skid, some of the players felt that was the reason. And now it seems like we're on a new path or direction. It certainly wasn't something that we did in haste or something that we did based on the recent four games. No high-pitched yelps from Jonathan Marchessault or practical jokes from Marc-Andre Fleury. It's a tough day for our group. There's so much respect towards them.

"I feel responsible for letting this happen".

"It's a good wake-up call for all of us", Fleury said. Obviously, it's easier to change two coaches than to change 15 guys. He spent five years as head coach of the Sharks, reaching the playoffs in all four of his full seasons behind the bench and guiding the team to the Stanley Cup Final in his first year. He was let go 33 games into this season as the Sharks got off to a bad start. However, Ottawa does not have that at the moment, as they are far from the top, and are closer to the bottom than seeing hope for the season. "It's just the feeling you have that a change might be needed", said McCrimmon who was promoted from assistant GM to general manager last May after the team's first GM George McPhee became the President of Hockey Operations. We're right in the mix. "It was a situation where proactively it was our belief that this is what was going to be the best thing for our organization". He has a career record of 415-329-111 record behind the bench.

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