Peter DeBoer’s firing as coach of the Sharks on Wednesday was met with a mix of surprise and reluctant acceptance by his now-former players on Thursday. “It came as a bit of a shock for everyone,” San Jose defenseman Erik Karlsson said. “Even though that’s the part of the business, and we all knew it could potentially happen, it still surprised quite a few people.” Joe Thornton said it was time. “I love Pete, he’s a fantastic coach and he took this team to where it’s never been before,” Thornton said. “I have nothing but heavy respect for Pete, but it might have been time for a new voice, yeah.” DeBoer and assistants Steve Spott, Dave Barr and Johan Hedberg were replaced by interim coach Bob Boughner and assistants Roy Sommer, Mike Ricci and Evgeni Nabokov. General manager Doug Wilson visited DeBoer late Wednesday after the team returned from a 0-3-1 road trip that left the Sharks 15-16-2, in sixth place in the Pacific Division and five points out of a playoff spot. “Heading over to his house was one of the toughest things I’ve done in this business,” Wilson said Thursday. “I can’t thank enough what he’s done for… Read full this story
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