At least three NHL teams will have different coaches next season, as the Panthers’ Bob Boughner, Sabres’ Phil Housley and Kings’ Willie Desjardins all learned Sunday that they will not be retained by their teams.
In Boughner’s first stint as an NHL head coach, Florida won 80 of its 164 games with him on the bench but missed the playoffs both seasons.
“We didn’t meet expectations this season and share responsibility for that fact,” general manager Dale Tallon said. “After careful evaluation, we have determined that this is a necessary first step for our young team and we will seek to identify a transformative, experienced head coach with Stanley Cup pedigree to lead our team going forward.”
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that Joel Quenneville, who led Chicago to three titles, is expected to succeed Boughner.
For Housley, his two-season tenure ended as Buffalo went from matching a franchise record in winning 10 straight and briefly sitting alone in first in the overall standings in late November, to closing the season winning 16 of its final 57 games and finishing 27th.
As a result, Buffalo joined the 2016-17 Philadelphia Flyers in becoming the second of 50 NHL teams to miss the playoffs in the same season it won at least 10 straight games.
“Today certainly wasn’t an easy day, but the results in the second half were just not there,” Sabres GM Jason Botterill said. “We were very inconsistent,” Botterill said. “Our fans expect more. We expect more. In the end, I thought this decision had to be made for our organization to move forward.”
Desjardins, who had been the Kings’ interim head coach since John Stevens was fired 13 games into the season, was told he is not a candidate to become the next head coach. The Kings were 27-34-8 with him as the head coach.
Briefly: Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, who left Saturday’s season finale against the Flames after hurting his leg when he crashed into the net, was scheduled to have an MRI exam Sunday, NHL.com reported. … Anaheim forward Ryan Getzlaf was fined $2,500 for a sucker punch of Los Angeles forward Adrian Kempe during Friday’s game.
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