Peter DeBoer to return to Devils as head coach next season
Devils head coach Peter DeBoer is going to stay Devils head coach Peter DeBoer. With his contract up, GM Lou Lamoriello announced Sunday he'll be back.
There had been some speculation growing fast that DeBoer, whose contract is up this offseason and has failed to reach the playoffs either of the last two seasons, could be ripe for a job with the Leafs should new boss Brendan Shanahan elect to replace Randy Carlyle. The obvious connection there is DeBoer's ties to David Clarkson, both from New Jersey and from the junior ranks. Plus, his team in New Jersey is the polar opposite of the Leafs in the puck possession game.
But his time in New Jersey isn't done.
Lamoriello: "Pete DeBoer is under contract for next year, has been under contract for next year, and will be coaching next year." #NJDevils— NHLDevilsPR (@NHLDevilsPR) April 13, 2014
Lamoriello didn't say anything more but it's expected it will be for a few more years beyond just next season.
As others have noted, I believe we can scratch Peter DeBoer's name off list of free agent coaches. Extension with NJD expected soon.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 13, 2014
With that, the chances of Jagr staying with the Devils just went up. He said last week that if he were to return to the Devils, he hoped that DeBoer would still be the coach, a pretty ringing endorsement of DeBoer.
DeBoer hasn't been able to get the Devils in the playoffs either of the past two seasons but three seasons ago he began his Devils tenure by leading them all the way to the Stanley Cup Final against LA.
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