Joe Thornton, Bob Boughner react to Peter DeBoer joining Golden Knights

Jessica Kleinschmidt

The news that former San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer would be the Vegas Golden Knights' new successor left many scratching their heads.

The Knights dismissed coach Gerrard Gallant and assistant Mike Kelly on Wednesday. While a lot of us found out via social media -- some of the players didn't know quite off the bat.

Sharks alternate captain Joe Thornton was asked by teammate Evander Kane if he had heard the news about their former coach going to Vegas.

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Thornton hadn't heard anything, but told The Athletic's Kevin Kurz he knew the Knights were getting "a really good coach."

When DeBoer was relieved of his Sharks' duties back in December following a tough start to the season, Bob Boughner took over responsibilities as San Jose's interim head coach.

He also reacted to the news.

"Everybody's phones just started going off," Boughner told the San Jose Mercury's Curtis Pashelka. "Obviously happy for Pete. I think it's going to be a great spot for him. I knew it was just a matter of time.

"I didn't know if he was going to wait until the summer and take a few months, but when an opportunity like that comes up, him considering taking it is very understandable."

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It appears waiting wasn't DeBoer's strong suit.

The Knights fired Gallant on the heels of a four-game losing streak, and in a statement said the DeBoer hire was "in order for the team to reach its full potential."

Joe Thornton, Bob Boughner react to Peter DeBoer joining Golden Knights originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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