McCrimmon said the team "is capable of more than we have demonstrated this season".
The Vegas Golden Knights fired head coach Gerard Gallant and assistant coach Mike Kelly in a shocking move on Wednesday, and the team immediately appointed DeBoer as the new head coach. Gallant was the franchise's first coach as an expansion team in 2017-18, and he led the group to an unprecedented Stanley Cup Final appearance.
"In order for our team to reach its full potential, we determined a coaching change was necessary". He was sacked by the Sharks when they had a 15-16-2 record on December 11 despite high expectations entering the season.
DeBoer owns a career National Hockey League coaching record of 415-329-111 as well as 46 playoff victories following stints with San Jose, New Jersey and Florida.
The Vegas Golden Knights have scored an average of 3.04 goals per game this season while allowing 3.02 goals per game. Thursday marks game three of its five-game homestand and Ottawa needs a win otherwise they will wind up with a losing homestand."They outworked us for the last two periods."#Sens coach D.J. Smith talks about tonight's overtime loss to the Blackhawks. But the Knights have been underwhelming in the standings this season with a record of 24-19-6. "We look forward to a strong finish to the 2019-20 season with Peter at the helm and a successful tenure in the seasons to come", McCrimmon said.
Vegas has hired former Sharks and Devils head coach Peter DeBoer, who was let go by San Jose earlier this season, to take over behind the bench. The Golden Knights technically sit outside the Western Conference playoff picture at the current moment, but they have the same point total of 54 as the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks, who hold the two wild-card spots.
But, due to a combination of injuries, a lack of secondary scoring, poor goaltending at times and a less than stellar defense, the Golden Knights have punched below their weight for much of this year. They're first by a wide margin in expected goals at 5-on-5 - weighed for shot quality - at 106.93, but are only 12th in actual goals (98).
Vegas is also now just three points out of first place in the Pacific Division.
A two-time victor of the OHL Coach of the Year Award in 1999 and 2000 with Plymouth, he was also named the Canadian Hockey League's Coach of the Year in 2000.
Two of the past four Stanley Cup champions fired their coaches during the season they won it - the Blues last season and the Penguins in 2015-16.
This is the seventh coaching change in the National Hockey League this season and the fifth for performance reasons.
The Stars turned around and hired Hynes to replace Montgomery, who was sacked for unprofessional conduct.