The Vegas Golden Knights missed the playoffs for the first time since the franchise's inception in 2017. Despite being expected to have a strong season and make a deep run in the postseason, Vegas dealt with injury troubles and inconsistency throughout the year, resulting in them missing out on the Stanley Cup Playoffs entirely. As a result of the disappointing season, the Knights have made a huge decision regarding the future of head coach Peter DeBoer. According to Elliotte Friedman, DeBoer has been fired as head coach of the Golden Knights.
General manager Kelly McCrimmon spoke to reporters at a news conference after making the decision, saying:
“The decision was made based on next year, the decision was not based on last year,” McCrimmon said via ESPN. “I'm not going to be critical of Pete or point out specifics as to why this decision was made. I've got a lot of respect for Pete as a man, I've got a lot of respect for him as a coach. These decisions are made for the future.”
DeBoer has been head coach of the Golden Knights since the midway point of their third season in the league, after he took over for former Knights boss and current Rangers coach Gerrard Gallant. Since taking over in Vegas, DeBoer led the Knights to two playoff runs, losing in the Conference Finals in 2019-20 and the Semifinals in 2020-21. In 2021-22, the Knights finished with a 43-31-8 record, missing out on the playoffs via the West.
The team will now look to find a replacement for DeBoer and someone who can help get them back to being annual playoff contenders.