Bob Boughner will get his shot as an NHL head coach after being hired by the Florida Panthers on Monday. Boughner spent the past two seasons as a Sharks assistant coach on Peter DeBoer's staff.
Linking the two franchises even further, Boughner takes on a role that his former boss held from 2008-2011 when it was DeBoer's first ever head coach gig at the NHL level.
DeBoer and Sharks general manager Doug Wilson each shared the following statements in response to Boughner being named head coach of the Panthers.
"I want to congratulate Bob as he takes this next step in an already distinguished coaching career, and thank him for the contributions he made to our team and many of our individual players. While we hate to lose him, it's the ultimate compliment to an organization when members of your team are sought out by others. We wish him the best of luck."
"We are extremely happy for Bob and his family. This is a terrific opportunity for Bob to become a head coach in the National Hockey League and one that he deserves. We will immediately start the process of reviewing candidates to add to our coaching staff in San Jose."