Peter DeBoer had to leave The Vegas Golden Knights, given that he was fired. The reason for this move is the poor results of the Golden Knights, as they failed to qualify for the postseason. Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon revealed that this decision took a long time, but that they still made the decision they think is the best at the moment.
“We deliberated on this long and hard,” Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon said for NHL.com. “We did not make this decision quickly. And once [president of hockey operations] George [McPhee] and I were aligned in terms of what we thought the best course of action would be, we met with our owner, Bill Foley, late last week.
Bill offered his support for our decision”.
Kelly McCrimmon: The decision was made based on next year
Kelly McCrimmon expects a lot from this team next season and we will see how things go. It is obvious that the ambitions are much higher in the coming period and that this team can achieve much more.
The question is who will be the new coach and what changes he will make in the team. Las Vegas fans may still have reason to be optimistic. “We’ve got a 4 1/2-month offseason, which I think is going to be extremely important for our group,” McCrimmon said.
“We missed the playoffs, which is humbling for a team no matter what the reasons were for how that happened, and I think what it’s going to give us is an opportunity in the fall to be incredibly rested, rehabbed, recharged, excited, and as we went through it, I felt that we could enhance that by having a new voice leading our team into next season. The decision was made based on next year. The decision was not made based on [2021-22]”.