The Vegas Golden Knights have fired coach Peter Debore after he missed the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
Managing Director Kelly McCremon announced this Monday and thanked DeBoer for his work with the organization.
“Since joining the organization, Pete and his staff have guided us through some of the unique and most challenging circumstances we have seen since our franchise entered the NHL,” said McCremon. “After lengthy discussions over the past two weeks, we believe a new coach will put us in the best position to succeed next season.”
Vegas failed to qualify for the playoffs after a barrage of injuries exacerbated by salary cap issues that caused havoc on the squad, most notably in goal. The Golden Knights were at one point initially in the Pacific Division, but after 82 games, they found themselves three points behind the wild card last place in the Western Conference despite taking center Jack Eichel in a deal with Buffalo and other moves along the way determined from Yeah make them contender for the permanent championship.
An organization that has short restrictions on head coaches is nothing new. DeBoer coached the Golden Knights for two and a half seasons after being named in January 2020 to replace Gerard Gallant, who led the team to the Stanley Cup Final in his inaugural season in 2017-18 and back to the playoffs in 2019.
Under DeBoer, they made it to the playoffs in the past two years and lost one Stanley Cup semi-final round at a time.
Deborah, 53, is the fourth coach to lose his job since the regular season ended, joining Detroit’s Jeff Blashel, Philadelphia’s Mike Yu and Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders. Islanders on Monday named Trotz longtime aide Lynn Lambert as his replacement.
Vegas joins the list of job openings, which also includes Winnipeg and Chicago — teams that aren’t expected to bring back temporary coaches.
DeBoer was coaching his fourth NHL team after stints with Florida, New Jersey and San Jose. Taking
The new voice of the islanders
When the New Yorkers fired coach Barry Trotz, general manager Lou Lamorillo thought the team needed a new voice.
This new sound comes from within the same coaching room.
The Islanders on Monday named Lyn Lambert as Trotz’s replacement, giving his longtime assistant his first major coaching job in the NHL. It took just a week of the decision to move from Trotz with one year remaining on his contract to the team to conclude that Lambert was the right choice to succeed him.
“There is undoubtedly a new voice,” Lamoreello said during a virtual press conference. “This new voice is here with Lin, and Lin definitely has different ideas about different things.”
Trotz was sacked last week after the islanders missed the playoffs for the first time in his four seasons behind the bench, and the disappointing events turned dramatically into the opening with a 13-game road trip and suffered a string of absences due to coronavirus and injuries.
Lamoreello said the main reason for the move was an extension in January when Lambert took over coaching duties from Trotz, who had taken time off to deal with a family matter and had shown impressive leadership.
Got Trotz’s blessing
“When he had the opportunity or was appointed to this position, he had no questions in his mind regarding his decision-making, he had no qualms in the conversations I had with him, and the homework he did before some decisions were made,” said the 79-year-old CEO. yr. “He was completely comfortable with decisions that had to be made no matter where we were and no matter what match it was.”
Lambert said he spoke twice with Trotz and received his blessing.
“I spoke to Barry last week early after he got the news, and he told me he hoped I could get the job,” Lambert said. And then I talked to him not too long ago and he used the words he was ‘cheerful’.
Lambert, 57, has worked with the Trotz crew over 11 years in Nashville, Washington and New York. He earned a Stanley Cup ring from the Capitals title in 2018, after which Trotz quit amid a contract dispute and joined the islanders.
Trotz was also replaced by an aide afterwards, when Todd Reirden was promoted to take up the position in Washington. He was dismissed after two seasons and I got out of the first round.
The fate of the assistants is unknown
Reirden, now on Mike Sullivan’s team with the Pittsburgh Penguins, had no previous relationship with Trotz. Lambert began working under Trotz with the Nashville Predators in 2011 after four seasons as a coach for their NHL branch in Milwaukee and has been with him ever since.
Assistants Jim Heller and John Groden and goalkeeper coach Piero Greco remain on contract, and Lamoreello and Lambert expect decisions on their status in the coming weeks.
Lambert, a native of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, played 300 regular season NHL games and playoffs in the 1980s and many more in Minors and Europe after that. He went into training almost immediately after his playing days, becoming an assistant in 2002 with Moose Joe of the Western Hockey League.
Lambert remained in the junior league, where he coached Prince George for two seasons before moving to the AFC Champions League. Next season will be his 22nd in coaching at any level and seventh as head coach, although of course he is the first at the highest level in hockey.
“You work hard and achieve good things,” he said. “I worked hard and prepared for the possibility of having this opportunity one day.”
Questionable point for Game 1 against the Panthers
The lightning center at Tampa Bay Brayden Point is questionable in the first game of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Florida Panthers after suffering an apparent lower-body injury Saturday night.
However, Lightning coach John Cooper told reporters on Monday that Point will be up the day after Tuesday’s opener.
The point collapsed on the ice in the first period in Game 7 against Toronto after his right leg slipped along the sideboards. He was writhing in pain, clutching his right hip before the first break. He tried to come back, coming after a 25-second shift early in the second period, but couldn’t keep up.
“He tried it,” Cooper said Saturday night. “He wasn’t going to [dressing] area. He was going to be on the bench the whole time, but he couldn’t go.”
Cooper did not provide an update on Pointe’s injury or condition until Monday.
He was a two-pointer and four-pointer in the series against the Maple Leafs. He scored a top 28 league goal score in the previous two seasons, both of which resulted in Stanley Cup titles for Lightning, who are trying to win three runs.