Golden Knights Fire Head Coach After Missing Playoffs For First Time

Unfamiliar with the territory of missing the playoffs, the Vegas Golden Knights have reacted by firing their head coach, Peter DeBoer. 

"After lengthy discussions over the last two weeks, we believe that a new coach will put us in the best position to succeed next season," said Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon in a statement. 

Owner Bill Foley added, "I'd say we're going to be a team now that we're 'Ready, aim, fire' not 'Ready, fire, aim.' We're going to be careful. That's a big priority for me, and I'm going to be involved in it."

DeBoer merely took Vegas to the Conference Finals in his first two seasons, before facing a number of injuries this season and missing the playoffs this season for the first time since entering the NHL in 2017. DeBoer compiled an impressive 98-50-12 in his three seasons in Vegas, and will undoubtedly find another head coaching job in short order. 

The Golden Knights will now be looking for the 3rd head coach in their 5-year history, and there are plenty of big names on the market. 

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