Less than 24 hours after firing David Quinn as team head coach the San Jose Sharks have hired Dave Hakstol to be their new head coach.
A full morning and afternoon meeting with Hakstol has lead to this news. He signed a 3-year contract with the team with a team option for a 4th year. His salary will be $300,000 a season.
With that news out of the way let's take a look at the NEFHL CBA for some rules with coaches, shall we?
7.2.2 Firings and Retirements
(I) A team may fire their Coach at any time, but immediately upon firing a Coach, a new Coach must be hired;
(ii) Any Coach that has not coached in the NHL at some point during the past two (2) NHL seasons will be automatically retired during the following NEFHL Off-Season;
If this is the case and we follow the rules in this league to the letter of the law like we usually do then Darryl Sutter should not have been the head coach of the St.Louis Blues for the past couple of seasons (although he is re-eligible now) and Ken Hitchcock is out as the Florida Panthers head coach as well as Marc Crawford being out as the head coach of the Anaheim Ducks. If Mike Babcock does not return to the NHL as a coach this season he will be forced to be replaced in New Jersey next summer.
Rules are the rules. I don't make them, I just sometimes follow them.
Expect to see some news from the league regarding this situation over the next couple of days.
For the San Jose Tribune, I am Ken McBobzie