- Editor's note: Sheng Peng will be a regular contributor to NBC Sports California's Sharks coverage for the 2021-22 season. You can read more of his coverage on San Jose Hockey Now, listen to him on the San Jose Hockey Now Podcast, and follow him on Twitter at @Sheng_Peng.
“We’re now beyond looking backwards. We’re now looking forward to the opportunities available with the new GM and a new head coach.”
That’s where San Jose Sharks interim general manager Joe Will is this morning, after letting head coach Bob Boughner, assistant coaches John Madden and John MacLean, and video coach Dan Darrow go last night.
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But before we look forward, let’s look back at Boughner’s performance, the timing of the firing, Madden and MacLean’s work, among other things.
Moving on from Boughner was somewhat expected – Boughner was GM Doug Wilson’s hire, Wilson stepped down in April, Boughner’s Sharks have missed three consecutive playoffs, and you wouldn’t necessarily expect a new GM to be forced into a shotgun marriage with a non-winning coach.
But the timing of it has reportedly left a sour taste in the mouths of the NHL coaching fraternity.