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Sharks hire former Boston University coach David Quinn as new head coach

David Quinn coached Team USA in the 2022 Olympics.Martin Meissner/Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have hired former New York Rangers coach David Quinn as their new head coach.

The Sharks announced Tuesday that Quinn would replace the fired Bob Boughner as the Sharks overhaul their management and coaching team.

“His previous NHL head coaching experience is valuable to us and he implements a system that will fit with our philosophy of being a hard team to play against,” general manager and Holliston native Mike Grier said in a statement. “We are extremely happy to have him a part of this organization.”

The 55-year-old Quinn coached the Rangers for three seasons from 2018-21, posting a 96-87-25 record. New York never made it as far as the conference quarterfinals in Quinn's three seasons, missing the playoffs in 2019 and '21 and losing in the qualifying round in the COVID bubble in 2020.

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Quinn had previously been head coach for five seasons at Boston University, leading the Terriers to the NCAA tournament in each of his final four seasons, including a trip to the championship game in 2015. He also coached the US Olympic team to a fifth-place finish in Beijing last February.

The Sharks announced Tuesday that David Quinn, seen here at a press conference, would replace the fired Bob Boughner.Aric Crabb/Associated Press

The Sharks have undergone an organizational overhaul after missing the playoffs for a third straight season for the first time in franchise history.

Long-time general manager Doug Wilson stepped down for medical reasons in April and Boughner was fired along with three assistants in late June after posting a 67-85-23 record in two-plus seasons at the helm.

San Jose hired Grier, who played at BU, as general manager earlier in July and Grier has already made significant changes in the front office and now has hired a new coach in hopes of turning the Sharks’ fortunes around.

The Sharks traded away star defenseman Brent Burns earlier this month and have added several veterans like forwards Oskar Lindblom, Luke Kunin, Nico Sturm and Steven Lorentz, and defensemen Markus Nutivaara and Matt Benning in hopes of adding more depth to the roster.

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Quinn takes over a roster that struggled to score last season but does have a few key pieces in place, including forwards Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture and Timo Meier, and defenseman Erik Karlsson.