DeBoer out as Sharks coach

DeBoer was coach for more than 4 sea­sons, made Stan­ley Cup in 2016

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - SPORTS - By Cur­tis Pashelka

SAN JOSE >> Pete DeBoer, the only coach to take the Sharks to a Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal, has been fired by the team, mul­ti­ple sources con­firmed.

An of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment from the Sharks was ex­pected late Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to El­liotte Fried­man of Sport­snet, Bob Bough­ner is tak­ing over as DeBoer’s re­place­ment. As­sis­tant coaches Steve Spott and Jo­han Hed­berg

have also re­port­edly been let go by the team, al­though that in­for­ma­tion could not be im­me­di­ately con­firmed.

DeBoer, 51, had a record of 198129-34 in 361 games over four­plus sea­sons with the Sharks, who made the Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal in 2016. The Sharks, though, have lost five straight games and have a 15-16-2 record go­ing into Thurs­day’s home game against the New York Rangers.

The Sharks flew back to San Jose on Wed­nes­day af­ter they fin­ished a four-game road trip at 0-3-1, capped by a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Preda­tors on Tues­day. The Sharks en­tered Wed­nes­day in sixth place in the Pa­cific Di­vi­sion, five points out of a play­off spot.

Per Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Ath­letic, the Sharks de­ci­sion to fire DeBoer was solely hock­eyre­lated. DeBoer had this year and next year left on his con­tract at a salary of $3 mil­lion per sea­son.

The Sharks made the play­offs in each of DeBoer’s four sea­sons, as the team also ad­vanced to the

Western Con­fer­ence Fi­nal last sea­son be­fore they lost to even­tual Cup cham­pion St. Louis in six games.

Bough­ner spent the 2015-16 and 2016-17 sea­sons as DeBoer’s as­sis­tant be­fore he was hired as the Florida Pan­thers’ head coach in 2017. Bough­ner was brought back to be an

as­sis­tant with DeBoer in May af­ter he was fired by the Pan­thers in April.

The Sharks were ex­pected to be a play­off con­tender again this sea­son af­ter the team signed Erik Karls­son to a eight-year, $92 mil­lion con­tract ex­ten­sion in June, mak­ing the two-time Nor­ris Tro­phy win­ner the high­est paid de­fense­man in the NHL. But the team, which got off to an 0-4-0 start to the sea­son, has strug­gled in sev­eral

ar­eas.

Af­ter 33 games, the Sharks have scored an av­er­age of 2.64 goals per game, 24th-best in the 31team NHL, and ranked 21st in the league in 5-on-5 scor­ing.

On special teams, the Sharks ranked first in the NHL on the penalty kill but had fallen to 23rd in the league on the power play at just 16.0 per­cent.

Af­ter start­ing the sea­son with four straight losses, and fall­ing at one point to 4-10-1 by late Oc­to­ber, the Sharks re­bounded with six straight vic­to­ries and won 11 of 15 games in Novem­ber.

This month, though, be­gan with a 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals. The Sharks started the road trip with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Carolina Pan­thers last Thurs­day, but were then smoked 7-1 by the Tampa Bay Light­ning on Satur­day and 5-1 by the Pan­thers on Sun­day.

DeBoer was first hired by the Sharks on May 28, 2015. He took over as coach roughly a month af­ter the Sharks and Todd McLel­lan parted ways af­ter the team missed the play­offs that spring.

DeBoer pre­vi­ously coached the New Jersey Devils for three-plus sea­sons from 2011-2014, help­ing the team reach the Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal in 2012 be­fore los­ing to the Los An­ge­les Kings. He also coached the Pan­thers for three sea­sons from 20082011. In 855 NHL reg­u­lar sea­son games coached, DeBoer has a ca­reer record of 415-329-111.

Buf­falo (7-5) vs. Char­lotte (7-5), 2 p.m (ESPN)

FRISCO (TEXAS) BOWL

Utah State (7-5) vs. Kent State (6-6), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Satur­day, Dec. 21

CEL­E­BRA­TION BOWL

At At­lanta

NC A&T (8-3) vs. Al­corn State (9-3), 9 a.m. (ABC)

NEW MEX­ICO BOWL

Al­bu­querque

Cen­tral Michi­gan (8-5) vs. San Diego State (9-3), 11 a.m. (ESPN)

CURE BOWL

Or­lando, Fla.

Lib­erty (7-5) vs. Ge­or­gia South­ern (7-5), 11:30 a.m. (CBSSN)

BOCA RA­TON (FLA.) BOWL

SMU (10-2) vs. FAU (10-3), 12:30 p.m. (ABC)

CAMELLIA BOWL

Mont­gomery, Ala.

FIU (6-6) vs. Arkansas State (7-5), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

LAS VE­GAS BOWL

Boise State (12-1) vs. Washington (7-5), 4:30 p.m. (ABC)

NEW OR­LEANS BOWL

UAB (9-4) vs. Ap­palachian State (12-1), 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Mon­day, Dec. 23

GAS­PAR­ILLA BOWL

At Tampa, Fla.

UCF (9-3) vs. Mar­shall (8-4), 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)

Tues­day, Dec. 24

HAWAII BOWL

Honolulu

BYU (7-5) vs. Hawaii (9-5), 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Thurs­day, Dec. 26

IN­DE­PEN­DENCE BOWL

Shreve­port, La.

Mi­ami (6-6) vs. Louisiana Tech (9-3), 1

Harden, HOU 23 Ak­oun­mpo, MIL 24 Don­cic, DAL 23 Young, ATL 23 Davis, LAL 23 Beal, WAS 23 Lil­lard, POR 23 Towns, MIN 21 James, LAL 24 Booker, PHX 23 Leonard, LAC 18 In­gram, NOR 20 Mitchell, UTA 24 Si­akam, TOR 23 Wig­gins, MIN 19 West­brook, HOU21 LaVine, CHI 25 Embiid, PHL 20 Walker, BOS 21 McCol­lum, POR 25 238 275 222 215 222 218 191 189 239 207 161 179 217 211 174 175 189 141 150 217 290 153 175 145 167 137 159 96 91 118 99 94 104 90 76 96 104 136 83 43 873 741 689 654 636 631 618 549 621 586 451 498 592 564 465 471 556 439 458 541 38.0 30.9 30.0 28.4 27.7 27.4 26.9 26.1 25.9 25.5 25.1 24.9 24.7 24.5 24.5 22.4 22.2 22.0 21.8 21.6

1. Louisville (9-1) lost to Texas Tech 70-57.

2. Kansas (8-1) beat Mil­wau­kee 95-68.

3. Ohio State (9-0) did not play.

4. Mary­land (10-1) lost to Penn State 76-69.

5. Michi­gan (8-1) did not play.

6. Gon­zaga (10-1) did not play.

7. Duke (9-1) did not play.

8. Ken­tucky (7-1) did not play.

9. Vir­ginia (8-1) did not play.

10. Ore­gon (7-2) did not play.

11. Bay­lor (8-1) beat No. 18 But­ler 53-52.

12. Auburn (8-0) did not play.

13. Mem­phis (8-1) did not play.

14. Dayton (7-1) did not play.

15. Ari­zona (9-1) did not play.

16. Michi­gan State ( 6-3) did not play.

17. North Carolina ( 6-3) did not play.

18. But­ler (9-1) lost to No. 11 Bay­lor 53-52.

19. Ten­nessee (7-1) did not play.

20. Vil­lanova (7-2) did not play.

21. Florida State (8-2) did not play.

22. Se­ton Hall (6-3) did not play.

23. Xavier (9-1) did not play.

24. Colorado (7-2) lost to North­ern Iowa 79-76.

25. San Diego State (10-0) did not play.

Con­nor Mc­David, EDM 33 Leon Drai­saitl, EDM 33 Nathan MacKin­non, COL30 Brad Marc­hand, BOS 31 David Pas­tr­nak, BOS 31 Jack Eichel, BUF 32 John Carl­son, WAS 32 Artemi Pa­narin, NYR 30 Jon. Hu­berdeau, FLA 30 Patrick Kane, CHI 31 Alek­sander Barkov, FLA30 Aus­ton Matthews, TOR 32 An­drei Svech­nikov, CAR31 Alex Ovechkin, WAS 32 Elias Pet­ters­son, VAN 31 1 tied with 32 pts.

Navy

Fri­day

Ba­hamas Bowl at Nas­sau, Ba­hamas

Buf­falo

Frisco Bowl at Frisco, TX

Utah St. Satur­day

Nc A&T

San Diego St. Michi­gan

Cure Bowl at Or­lando, Fla.

Ga. South­ern

SMU

Arkansas St.

Las Ve­gas Bowl at Las Ve­gas

Washington

Ap­palachian St.

Thurs­day

Fa­vorite

61⁄2 (571⁄2)

61⁄2 (65)

Cel­e­bra­tion Bowl at At­lanta

3 (511⁄2)

New Mex­ico Bowl at Al­bu­querque, N.M.

31⁄2 (411⁄2)

41⁄2 (581⁄2)

Boca Ra­ton Bowl at Boca Ra­ton, Fla.

31⁄2 (701⁄2)

Camellia Bowl at Mont­gomery, Ala.

21⁄2 (62)

31⁄2 (50)

New Or­leans Bowl at New Or­leans

17 (48) 19 19 19 18 25 20 11 15 11 14 10 19 13 21 12 36 35 28 28 20 24 32 22 26 22 26 15 21 12 21 55 54 47 46 45 44 43 37 37 36 36 34 34 33 33

Col­lege bas­ket­ball

Odds

Char­lotte

Kent St.

Al­corn State

Cent.

Lib­erty

at FAU

Boise St.

NHAT V. MEYER — BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

Coach Peter DeBoer talks to his play­ers dur­ing a game against the Ducks in Septem­ber. DeBoer on Wed­nes­day was fired by the Sharks.

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