SAN JOSE -- The Sharks filled one open position on Thursday, officially naming Peter DeBoer as the team’s eighth head coach. Now, DeBoer and general manager Doug Wilson need to fill out the rest of the coaching staff after Wilson cleaned house on April 20.
DeBoer will more than likely have at least two yet-to-be-named assistant coaches by the time training camp rolls around in September.
One name has already been mentioned. DeBoer “may be bringing in” Dave Barr, his former assistant in New Jersey, according to a report in the Edmonton Journal. Barr, 54, was also fired with DeBoer by the Devils on Dec. 26. His NHL experience also includes stints as an assistant with Colorado and Minnesota, and he was the general manager of the AHL Houston Aeros when they won a Calder Cup in 2003 under Todd McLellan.
It’s not uncommon for a head coach to have at least one sidekick, for lack of a better term, as he moves from job to job. Examples include Peter Laviolette bringing assistant Kevin McCarthy with him to Philadelphia and Nashville, while McLellan is taking Jay Woodcroft to Edmonton after originally bringing him to San Jose from Detroit.
As far as other candidates, DeBoer could tab someone that is familiar with the ins and outs of the organization. When asked if one of DeBoer’s assistants could be a familiar face, Doug Wilson replied: “Quite possibly, yeah.”
Larry Robinson won’t be one of them, as he transitions to the front office full time as the director of player development. Still, Robinson will aid DeBoer’s transition into his new role, and could act as a consultant in the search to fill out the Sharks’ staff after Woodcroft and Jim Johnson were fired.
“I want him to have what he wants,” Wilson said on Thursday. “He has a great ally in Larry to help him in that process.”
“The other thing that is really positive for him is bringing the farm team out here. He knows a lot of the people: [Sharks scout] Bryan Marchment, [development coach] Mike Ricci. There’s going to be a lot of inclusion.”
Expect the decision to take some time, though. Appearing on the NHL Network on Thursday, DeBoer said he learned from Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello the importance of having a strong group of assistants in place.
“I’m going to put a lot of thought into that. It’s something I probably didn’t do enough of early in my career, but I learned from Lou the value in that,” DeBoer said. “We’re going to spend a lot of time putting the right people in place around us here.”
Still, the sooner the better.
“I'd like to get my staff together as quickly as possible and get some planning in place,” DeBoer said. “We'll get started on the process right away, but we have to make sure we get the right people."