Following the release of Pete DeBoer, the Golden Knights are set to hire their third coach in team history. DeBoer coached a total of 160 games with Vegas, won 98 of them, and amassed a .650 winning percentage. He was fired with a winning record like his predecessor Gerard Gallant. VGK’s first coach was behind the bench for 213 game, registered 118 victories, and a .601 win percentage. All in all, the average lifespan of a Golden Knights coach is 186.5 games or 2.2 seasons.
I can’t say I was surprised. Peter DeBoer is an excellent coach but things kind of went sideways down the stretch. It was more than just injuries. The way certain things were handled there was a lot of discussion about that. I actually felt that they might need to change the GM. It seemed unlikely they would be back together. -Brian Lawton on NHL Network
After Gallant was fired the organization expressed to fans that he was “basic” and “wasn’t the right fit.” Now, VGK enthusiasts are told the players “need of a new voice.” No wonder Golden Knights fans are apprehensive the same front office that hired and fired two head coaches, will get it right the third time around.
DeBoer’s firing is another example of the front office being impatient, indecisive, and masters of disguise. Twice now, after some adversity, the Golden Knights made the quick decision to find a replacement instead of standing behind their coach. The organization tried two different styles and despite “nothing but success” were unsatisfied with both. And without fail, the organization’s sleight of hand fooled fans into believing DeBoer was safe.
To put it politely, the end-of-season goalie drama was a mess (again). Now, questions arise over whether or not DeBoer and Lehner can co-exist moving forward.
George McPhee thinks they can and he has a simple reason why. https://t.co/OuRf59P85P
— SinBin.vegas (@SinBinVegas) May 11, 2022
Fans were told Gallant was a highly respected hockey guy but lasted two and half seasons. DeBoer was described as a detailed, championship-caliber coach only to be told two years later that he wasn’t the right guy. Why should fans believe Barry Trotz, Paul Maurice, Rick Tocchet, John Tortorella, David Quinn or any unsurfaced candidate will have a lengthier tenure in the Valley?
You’ve done so many things with this roster and the term of these contracts, the price of these contracts, the age of some of these players. I’m not sure how much more you can shake this up. They’re married to this lineup to go into next season. -Mike Rupp, NHL Network
If the average timespan for a Golden Knights coach is 186.5 games will the next one get a little extra time? And if not, how many more hires will the front office be given? Three in six seasons seems excessive for a franchise five years removed from an expansion draft and boasting three trips to the conference finals.
Surely, Trotz is an excellent coach and would be consistent with the organization’s philosophy. The 2018 Stanley Cup winner is the safe choice and is the
shiny toy most notable name on the market. It only makes sense for Vegas to show interest. The Golden Knights’ big game hunters covet star players and star coaches alike.
No matter who it is though, the burning question will remain, what’s different about the team’s third coach compared to their first two?
And I’m not sure there will ever be a good answer to the question.