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Gallant responds to ‘clown’ DeBoer for ‘chirping’ comment

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The war of words in the Vegas Golden Knights-San Jose Sharks series has now extended to the coaches, and friends, things are getting spicy.

On Monday Sharks coach Peter DeBoer was critical of his counterpart, Gerard Gallant, for “chirping” at Sharks players during the series, saying: “I don’t know if it works in our favor. I mean, there’s still chatter. Their coach is chattering. He’s probably doing the most chattering. He’s talking to our players constantly during the game, which I haven’t seen before.”

DeBoer went on to call the chatter, “ridiculous.”

On Tuesday, just hours before the decisive Game 7 (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN; Live Stream), Gallant was asked about DeBoer’s comments and responded not only in great detail about the incidents, but by also calling DeBoer a clown.

“I really don’t want to talk about that, but I think I’m going to have to a little bit,” said Gallant. “For that clown to say that in the paper yesterday, it’s not right.”

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From there, Gallant explained when and why he was chattering from the bench.

“There might have been two incidents that happened, and I’ll tell you both incidents,” Gallant began.

Logan Couture, I thought it was an embellishment, so I’m yelling at the referee. Not Logan Couture. The other one, in Game 2, Evander Kane, he is yelling at Ryan Reaves between the bench. Evander yells at me, he says, ‘hey coach, when are you going to send your big guy out on the ice and play him more than four minutes?’ I said, ‘he’s played 10 minutes every game and he’s going to play a lot more.’ Those are the two times. If I’m going to be a chirper and a loudmouth, I think people know me as a coach and respect me as a coach. If he’s going to yap about that, that’s a little unclassy for me.”

The trash talking in the series began with Reaves and Kane having a very public back-and-forth, complete with Kane referring to Reaves as “the muffin man” after their Game 3 fight and Reaves cracking jokes about Joe Thornton‘s age and vision.

This is only the Golden Knights’ second year in the NHL, but having already played the Sharks in the playoffs each year, and having some wild regular season matchups in between, it is very clear they have their first true rival.

The handshake line on Tuesday night, no matter who wins, should be an interesting one.

Related: Trash talk between Reaves, Kane almost as good as their fight

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

Reunited: Spott joins DeBoer’s staff in San Jose

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Seven years after they last coached together in the Ontario Hockey League, Steve Spott and Peter DeBoer will reunite behind the San Jose Sharks bench this season.

The Sharks announced on Monday that Spott will join DeBoer’s staff as an assistant coach.

“I’m excited to work with Steve again,” said DeBoer in a statement. “We have a great relationship and he has grown significantly as a coach in the seven years since we last worked together. We are very fortunate he was available.”

Spott spent last season as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs after guiding the AHL’s Toronto Marlies to the Western Conference final during the 2013-14 season.

Prior to joining the Leafs’ organization, Spott coached in the OHL with both the Kitchener Rangers and the Plymouth Whalers.

The 47-year-old joined Plymouth in 1997 and spent four seasons on DeBoer’s staff as an assistant coach, before they both moved to Kitchener in 2001. Spott spent his first seven seasons in Kitchener as an assistant coach under DeBoer, helping the Rangers win a Memorial Cup in 2003.

Related: Heading back to San Jose: Sharks sign McLaren

Report: DeBoer and Spott could reunite in San Jose

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The San Jose Sharks officially named Pete DeBoer the club’s head coach on Thursday and are now in the process of finding assistants for the 46-year-old.

According to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, the Sharks have been granted permission from the Toronto Maple to speak with former assistant coach Steve Spott.

Spott and DeBoer have a history together dating back to their Ontario Hockey League days with both the Plymouth Whalers and Kitchener Rangers. Spott served as an assistant to DeBoer in both organizations before taking over as head coach of the Rangers when DeBoer took his first NHL coaching job in Florida.

Spott joined the Leafs organization as the head coach of the Toronto Marlies in 2013 and coached the AHL club to a 45-25-6 record during his only season behind the bench.

The 47-year-old was promoted and joined Randy Carlyle’s staff as an assistant coach for the 2014-15 season.

Spott was fired as part of the Leafs’ house cleaning in April.

Report: Sharks want a second interview with DeBoer

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While the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings appear front-runners in the Mike Babcock sweepstakes, the San Jose Sharks are interested in Pete DeBoer.

According to hockey insider Darren Dreger, the Sharks are hoping to give DeBoer a second interview.

The 46-year-old is also believed to be on the Edmonton Oilers radar.

DeBoer coached the New Jersey Devils to a 12-17-7 record before being fired in December. He is currently an assistant on former Sharks’ coach Todd McLellan’s staff with Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship.

Dreger reports that Dan Bylsma, Randy Carlyle and Dave Lowry are also in the mix for the San Jose vacancy.

DeBoer on Bortuzzo hit ‘real liberty and totally unnecessary’

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The New Jersey Devils lost 1-0 Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, but the bigger loss could be to the team’s forward group.

Stephen Gionta, Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr all left the game before the end of the second period leaving the Devils with just nine forwards for the final 20 minutes.

Jagr’s situation is the one, which was most talked about post-game as he took what appeared to be a late hit from Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo in the second period.

Jagr was attended to on the ice and left the game immediately.

Devils coach Pete DeBoer said he was told by the referees that the hit was not seen.

“It was a headshot. It doesn’t matter whether it was a shoulder or elbow, it’s a shot to the head,” said DeBoer post-game. “Real liberty and totally unnecessary. If one of our guys did that to Crosby then it’s World War 4.”

Not exactly sure what happened to World War 3, but Jordin Tootoo challenged, Bortuzzo several times throughout the game.

“Jagr’s our best player and any time someone takes a run at you, my job is to make sure that it doesn’t happen again,” he said.

Tootoo added, “I’m not going to forget what number he is. It’s a long season.”

Tootoo was back checking at the time of Bortuzzo’s hit.

“I wish I would have been there at that moment because there would have been gloves flying,” he said.

For those wondering, the teams meet again Dec. 29 in New Jersey.

DeBoer had no updates on Elias or Gionta.

Gionta blocked a Paul Martin shot late in the first period. Elias left the game soon after.

Scott Gomez, who was playing in his first regular season game with the Devils since April 8, 2007, hinted Elias may have suffered an elbow injury. He left the game soon after Gionta in the first period.

Gomez finished the night with 22:10 in ice time.