San Jose Sharks: 3 possible coaches to hire in the offseason

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The San Jose Sharks relieved Peter DeBoer of his head-coaching duties 33 games into this season. If Bob Boughner isn’t the answer, who is?

The San Jose Sharks started this season off going 15-16-2 in what would’ve been Peter DeBoer‘s fifth full season as the Sharks head coach. This wasn’t good enough for Sharks’ management as DeBoer and his staff were fired and Bob Boughner was appointed interim head coach.

After making the postseason in all of DeBoer’s previous four seasons with the Sharks, including a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in his first season, one game under .500 was not going to cut it.

Since Boughner has taken over bench duties, the Sharks have gone 14-20-3. With the Sharks being worse under a new coach, it’s obvious “The Boogieman” isn’t the solution behind the bench.

The Sharks shouldn’t retain Boughner and hire a coach with a large, good resume. This coach should be able to implement a good defensive structure and gameplan for the team as the Sharks have lacked a good defense for the past couple of seasons.

The Sharks should also be looking for a coach that can develop young players and be able to win games once the team is ready to make a run for the cup.

Good thing for San Jose, there are a few of these coaches available to hire this offseason. Let’s take a look at the ones I think will best fit the team.