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Sharks GM says Bob Boughner not guaranteed to return as coach

May 27 2020 7:12 AM

San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson would not guarantee on Tuesday that coach Bob Boughner will return next season.

Wilson would only say that he was going to be thorough after the Sharks went 14-20-3 under Boughner following Peter DeBoer's dismissal on December 11.

Wilson spoke after the NHL announced that the Sharks would be one of the seven teams that would not be part of the 24-team return to play this season. San Jose finished last in the Western Conference and missed the playoffs for only the second time since 2002-03.

"We are still in the process," Wilson said. "I've talked to all our players. I've been talking to Bob quite a bit lately, talking about just how we want to play and some adjustments, and some things that were learned through not only our team this year, but around the league, what works and what doesn't.

"So, it's a process that's ongoing. Very difficult to come in and coach a team halfway through the year. You don't necessarily have all the ingredients in your staff that you want around you. I think he came in and did a very good job."

Boughner previously coached the Florida Panthers from 2017-2019 and compiled an 80-62-22 record.

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