Breaking: Another NHL head coach has been fired

He's the latest to get the axe.



The NHL offseason has already brought the news that one head coach has been terminated, as the Buffalo Sabres decided to part ways with bench boss Dan Granato; he's since been replaced by Lindy Ruff.

And now, a second NHL team has decided to make a coaching change. The San Jose Sharks, who earned the League's worst record with a woeful 19-54-9 mark, have fired David Quinn. 

Sharks general manager Mike Grier released the following statement

“After going through our end of the season process of internal meetings and evaluating where our team is at and where we want our group to go, we have made the difficult decision to make a change at the head coach position,” said Grier. “David is a good coach and an even better person. I would like to personally thank him for his hard work over these past two seasons. He and his staff did an admirable job under some difficult circumstances, and I sincerely appreciate how they handled the situation.”

Additionally, the Sharks parted ways with Head Athletic Trainer Ray Tufts.

“Ray spent more than two decades overseeing the care and well-being of our players,” said Grier.  “We thank him for his service to the organization and our players and wish him and his family the best in the future.”

Quinn had spent the last two years as bench boss of the Sharks, posting a total record of 41-98-25. Prior to his arrival in San Jose, he'd spent three years as coach of the New York Rangers; he was terminated in May of 2021. Quinn also holds coaching experience at the collegiate level, having led Boston University for several years before making the jump to the NHL with New York. 

The only positive that came out of this latest Sharks season is that they now hold the highest odds percentage to win the NHL Draft Lottery and earn the right to select Macklin Celebrini with the 1st overall pick. 

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