Vegas Golden Knights tab Gallant as their first coach
LAS VEGAS | Kicked off the bus by the Florida Panthers in November, Gerard Gallant is packing his bags for Las Vegas to take over as the first coach of the NHL expansion Golden Knights.
General manager George McPhee cited Gallant’s experience and past success in announcing the hiring on Thursday following what he called an extensive search of candidates.
Gallant joins the Golden Knights some five months after being unceremoniously fired by the Panthers immediately following a 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes at Carolina. Gallant’s luggage was removed from the team bus outside the arena and he eventually had to take a taxi while the Panthers left him behind to continue their road trip to Chicago.