Sharks fire head coach Boughner after three seasons

Peter Thompson
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Bob Boughner's reign as San Jose Sharks head coach is over
Bob Boughner's reign as San Jose Sharks head coach is over

The San Jose Sharks have fired head coach Bob Boughner after missing out on the playoffs for a third straight season.

Boughner was in the final year of a contract that would have paid him $1.5million in 2022-23.

He was relieved of his duties on Friday along with assistants John Madden, John MacLean and Dan Darrow in another organisational shake-up for the struggling franchise.

The Sharks are also looking for a new general manager after Doug Wilson stepped down in April for health reasons. Wilson, who had served as GM since 2003, had been on medical leave since November, with assistant GM Joe Will handling his duties.

Boughner compiled a 67-85-23 record after replacing Peter DeBoer in December 2019. The Sharks finished 11th in the Western Conference this past season with a 32-27-13 record, and their three straight seasons of missing the playoffs is the longest stretch in the franchise’s 30-year history.

The 51-year-old previously spent two seasons as the Florida Panthers’ head coach, amassing an 80-62-22 record with no playoff berths.

San Jose have reportedly narrowed down a list for Wilson’s successor. Former Sharks players Ray Whitney and Mike Grier, neither of whom have experience as a GM, are believed to be among the finalists, according to Sportsnet Canada.

The Sharks join the Winnipeg Jets as teams with head coaching vacancies.

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