Devils give head coach Peter DeBoer a hell of a Christmas gift
So how do you repay a man who brought you to a Stanley Cup Final just over 2 seasons ago? Well, you fire him of course and you do it a day after Christmas.
Peter DeBoer was let go by the NJ Devils after a difficult start to the new season. The Devils are 12-17-7 and sit out of the playoff picture for the second consecutive season. However, DeBoer has faced nothing but challenges since losing to the Kings in the Final of 2011-12.
Ilya Kovalchuk retired to go to the KHL. Zach Parise left for greener pastures in Minnesota as did David Clarkson to Toronto. Martin Brodeur quietly walked away from the club, unwilling to take a backseat to Cory Schneider in goal.
So what did the Devils do to replace all these losses? Sign an ancient Jaromir Jagr, an injured Ryane Clowe and brought back Scott Gomez. Yes, you read that last part right. In essence, NJ downgraded DeBoer’s car from a Dodge Charger to a Dodge Dart and expected similar results.
Bottom line is this, Peter DeBoer may not be out of a job long. He is a talented hockey mind and has the proven chops to coach at the NHL level.
As for GM Lou Lamoriello, he will address the team on Saturday when they return from the holiday break. No replacement has yet to be announced.