MLive’s Ansar Khan spoke with Red Wings vice president Jimmy Devellano regarding the Stanley Cup Final, Vegas Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant’s playing and coaching career. Devellano tells Khan that Gallant’s persistence has paid off:
“In Columbus, he didn’t have a chance, the team was a real expansion team,” Devellano said. “In Florida, he got the team to perform above and beyond what anybody else had been able to do there. Then one bad start next season and they decide to push him out.
“A lot of young people in hockey will reach out to me and ask me questions when they’ve been fired, or something hasn’t worked out. This is what I tell them: Failure doesn’t have to be final. I’m living proof. I had bad times in my early years in Detroit. I got fired by the St. Louis Blues as a scout and here I am, 51 years later, 75 years old, and still in the game because I kept fighting. That’s Gerard Gallant. So it’s a nice story and we’re all happy for him.”