According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the San Jose Sharks have informed head coach Bob Boughner that he will not be returning next season.
Pierre LeBrun from TSN and The Athletic adds that the Sharks also let Boughner’s coaching staff go.
Boughner was hired in December 2019 after the Sharks let go of Pete DeBoer after a 5-16-2 start to the season. The Boughner-led Sharks went 14-20-3 the rest of the way and missed the expanded COVID-19 bubble playoffs held in the summer of 2020.
The Sharks missed the playoffs in both seasons with Boughner behind the bench as well, going 21-28-7 in 2021 and 32-37-13 in 2021-22.
San Jose is currently looking for a new general manager after Doug Wilson left in April to focus on his health. Wilson had worked for the Sharks since 1997 and had been their general manager since 2003.
TSN’s Friedman and Pierre LeBrun announced a few weeks ago that the Sharks’ search for GMs was coming to an end. Two names that seem to be in the mix are Ray Whitney and Mike Grier, who both played for the Sharks during their playing days.
It is not yet known who could replace Boughner behind the bench.