Gallant was the franchise's first coach as an expansion team in 2017-18, and he led the group to an unprecedented Stanley Cup Final appearance. Year 2 saw Vegas back in the post-season and they've been above the playoff line for most of this season.
Vegas has lost four in a row and sit fifth in the Pacific Division. McCrimmon thanked Gallant and Kelly for being an intricate part to the team's success in a statement Wednesday.
Vegas Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant questions a call during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Las Vegas. "Our team is capable of more than we have demonstrated this season". "Also, at this time, we'd like to welcome Peter DeBoer as the next head coach of the hockey club". "We thought about this a lot".
"As players, when you don't play up to standard changes happen". "We feel we've underperformed a little bit and certainly not to pile it on the feet of Mike and Gerard". That was what went into the decision.
We all know the Vegas Golden Knights are built to win right now, a belief within the organization that has been made clear by the front office making a string of aggressive moves to trade for the likes of Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty. "That is what we've done in this case".More news: Drew Pearson Reacts Angrily over Exclusion from Hall of Fame
DeBoer was sacked by the San Jose Sharks last month after opening the season with a 15-16-2 record.
These things aren't black and white. "We're a better hockey team". How the team responds will be the ultimate arbiter of this course of action.
"It wasn't a specific block of games or a specific game", he said. It's hard to put into words, I guess, unless you've done these jobs.
"I wish I could be more specific", McCrimmon added. It certainly wasn't something that we did in haste or something that we did based on the recent four games. "It was a decision that was arrived at over time".
Gallant's dismissal also comes after some unprecedented work during his first two seasons with the Golden Knights.More news: Pete Davidson, Kaia Gerber relationship is 'over'
General manager Kelly McCrimmon announced the stunning change the morning after a 4-2 loss to Buffalo dropped Vegas out of a playoff position in the Western Conference.
"I think he's always been a coach that has a lot of respect from his players" McCrimmon said. We expect that he'll do a really good job for us. "I have a ton of respect for Turk and Kells". However, a few wins and the Golden Knights can skyrocket back up the standings as quickly as they fell, as they are only three points away from the top, but they will need to find the form that they had last month and stop what they are now doing. Gallant was beloved and a victor. Even Schmidt, who has long served as the Golden Knights' ray of positivity couldn't smile today.
DeBoer is now the coach.
Loyalty and love for the previous coach doesn't need to prevent people from establishing a similar bond with the new coach.
Vegas has hired former Sharks and Devils head coach Peter DeBoer, who was let go by San Jose earlier this season, to take over behind the bench. His track record, qualifications and character as a person have afforded him this opportunity.More news: Dow closes above 29000 after China and U.S. sign trade truce