Well after much discussion amongst fans and media folks alike, the Devils have finally hired a new coach. That man is… Peter DeBoer. DeBoer is the former coach of the Florida Panthers who was let go at the end of this past season. While his record may show why he was fired, that’s not the only reason. The Panthers are in the middle of a giant rebuilding process and that includes the coach. DeBoer took the Panthers to the brink of the playoffs since the 1999-2000 season with the 2nd highest point total in franchise history. The following years he did not make the playoffs and finished with worse and worse records. However, he did not have the players he had that first year and also, as mentioned before, was still coaching during a rebuilding time in Florida. That will obviously not be the case in his time in New Jersey.
I, for one, am excited on this hire. DeBoer had great success on the junior level winning a Memorial Cup and winning the OHL his last year coaching in juniors. He is also a disciple of former Devils coach Brent Sutter. Sutter hockey was some of the more aggressive and exciting the Devils had during his 2 year tenure. DeBoer has that same philosophy. He has experience coaching young kids, both in the junior level (obviously) and in Florida. With the new influx recently of the Baby Devs last year, this is a good man for the job. A new coach for the new NHL. Can’t wait to hear the opinions of the Devils Army on this move.