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Devils hire former Panthers coach DeBoer as coach

Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:53 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 4:52 pm

By Brian Stubits

The New Jersey Devils have hired Peter DeBoer to be their new head coach. The team made the annoucement at a news conference on Tuesday.

It's been a long time coming in Jersey for the announcement as their search for a new coach began 14 weeks ago after Jacques Lemaire retired. He was the interim coach after John MacLean was fired after less than a season on the bench. Now it has a resolution.

"I'm very excited about the job, the opportunity, a chance to work in an organization with a reputation of winning and winning Stanley Cups," DeBoer said.

In the end DeBoer is Lou Lamoriello's choice after a plethora of names ranging from Michael Therrien to two-time Devils coach Larry Robinson and former player Adam Oates were in the discussion.

"Technically he's as sound as anyone out there," Lamoriello said.

DeBoer was fired at the end of last season by Florida after three seasons in which he failed to do what no other coach could do in Florida over the past decade, reach the playoffs. He reportedly turned down assistant positions with the Flames and Red Wings since being let go by the Panthers, apparently keen on getting another head spot despite his dismissal.

"While I'm not proud of the actual record," DeBoer said, "I'm proud of the way we played. I can tell you I'm a much better coach having gone through the learning experience down there [Florida]."

Before being hired by the Panthers, DeBoer was a very successful coach in the Ontario Hockey League, leading the Kitchener Rangers to the Memorial Cup in 2003.

He takes over a team that was handicapped by cap contraints last year and sagged to the worst record in the NHL before eventually recovering some under interim coach Jacques Lemaire. But don't expect him to bring much in a new philosophy or anything to New Jersey than what they have become accustomed to in the Lamoriello era.

“I think we [DeBoer and Lamoriello] have the same philosophies, which is that teams play the right way," DeBoer said. "My plan here is I want to keep the defensive structure that has made this organization so successful and also create some more offense."

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Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:16 am

Devils hire former Panthers coach DeBoer as coach

DeBoer...just as boring as watching the she-devils all these years...yawn

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 10:46 pm

Devils hire former Panthers coach DeBoer as coach

they play in Newark.  Not many swamps in Newark...  But its actually an interesting comment is it harder to get Hockey fans to a swamp in east rutherford or to a new arena (and a great arena btw) in Newark...

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 5:37 pm

Devils hire former Panthers coach DeBoer as coach

NYCGatorchamp is right.  Trust in Lou.  BUT, that prediction is a bit much.  However, being that he is my brother, I can assure you that he was clean and sober when making that prediction.  So, please hang up the phone and do not dial the police or any rehab facilities.  He is devil-drunk.  Watch out when they sign a big free agent.  He will crown them a dynasty.  Go Devils!  Go NYCGatorChamp!  

p.s. NYCGatorChamp just got engaged, so let's all welcome him to the club.  By the way, NYCGatorChamp, the club meets weekly at Scores. It's fun, because as a married man, that is about all the action you will be seeing.   

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 5:35 pm
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Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 5:28 pm

Devils hire former Panthers coach DeBoer as coach

            This is a very good hire by the Devils because the Panthers never stopped trying in their games under this guy. The team played hard for all 60 minutes. DeBoer is a defensive minded coach and Lou needs to help him out by bringing in more offense for this team. The Devils played well on defense this past year but their offense was bad!! It is also time to replace Martin as the goalie because father time has caught up to him.

Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:09 pm

Devils hire former Panthers coach DeBoer as coach

They dont exactly play in the swamps anymore.... their stadium is about 15 minutes from MSG

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:04 pm

Devils hire former Panthers coach DeBoer as coach

Ken's very good.  But being in Detroit makes things alot easier.....more resources, easier sell, attractive spot for free agents, etc....

Lou has got to make the swamps of Jersey seem enticing.....not an easy task.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:52 pm

Devils hire former Panthers coach DeBoer as coach

Not to try to pick a fight but the name Ken Holland seems to pop into mind when discussing front office GM's

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:19 pm

Reports: Devils to name DeBoer coach today

I trust any decision by Lou.  He is unquestionably the best GM in professional sports over the last 2 decades, so if it's good w/ Lou, it's good w/ me.

GO DEVILS!  We will win our 4th CUP in the last 17 years this upcoming season.....that's my prediction.

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:09 pm

Reports: Devils to name DeBoer coach today

Seems like a good hire by Lou--a young coach who plays a pretty tight defensive system.  His florida teams--despite an obvious lack of talent on the roster--were always tough to play against--they never gave up and always played hard for 60 minutes.  Hopefully this will stop the coaching carousel here in NJ--next on the agenda--SIGN PARISE!!

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