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Dallas Stars hire Peter DeBoer to replace Rick Bowness as head coach


 

The Dallas Stars on Tuesday hired Peter DeBoer as their new coach, a month after he was fired by the Vegas Golden Knights.

 

DeBoer, who previously led New Jersey and San Jose to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season with both of those clubs, was fired by the Knights after they missed the playoffs for the first time in the franchise's five-season history.

 

He had been coach of the Golden Knights for 2½ seasons after replacing Gerard Gallant, who took Vegas to the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural 2017-18 season and back to the playoffs in 2019.

"Over the last few seasons, I have seen firsthand what the Stars are building with a mix of dynamic young players and established leaders," DeBoer said. "The chance to become this team's next head coach was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up."

 

A source on Monday confirmed to ESPN that DeBoer was closing in on a deal with the Stars.

 

Dallas was in the Stanley Cup Final two summers ago with Rick Bowness as their interim head coach before he got a two-year contract that went through this season. Bowness was 89-62-26 with two playoff appearances in his nearly three seasons.

 

"Pete brings a wealth of experience to our dressing room, and we're thrilled to name him our next head coach," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "Every team that he has taken over has not only shown immediate improvement but has been ultracompetitive in the Stanley Cup playoffs. ... His résumé displays the high standards he sets and his ability to get his team to play up to that level consistently."

 

This will be DeBoer's fifth head-coaching job, including stints over 14 seasons with Florida (2008-11), New Jersey (2011-15) and San Jose (2015-20) before going to Vegas.

 

He has a 513-379-123 record in 1,015 regular-season games. His 68-55 playoff record includes the Stanley Cup Final with the Devils in 2012, and three years later with the Sharks.

 

DeBoer will be the fifth coach for the Stars since Jim Nill became their general manager in April 2013. DeBoer follows Lindy Ruff, Ken Hitchcock, Jim Montgomery and Bowness.

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Probably the last kick of the can for Jim Nill, usually a GM gets two coaches tops, I am not a fan of bringing in tired blood or retread coaches but truth is he has a damn impressive resume. He did nothing in Florida, but took the Devils to the Stanley Cup finals, then the Sharks he did the same, had many other deep runs between the Sharks and Knights. 

 

 I guess they coulda done worse, his first year everywhere he has went has been his best and the veteran Stars are in transition from the Benn/Seguin team to a Robertson/Hintz/Oettinger club. He seems to squeeze the most out of fading vets, Benn and Seguin may have something left in the tank and if so combined with the talented kids they may have another run in them. Little Joe played very well for him in San Jose.

 

  so yeah, I guess my initial eyeroll was premature, it makes sense,  He is probably a good grab for the Stars.

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1 hour ago, yave1964 said:

Probably the last kick of the can for Jim Nill, usually a GM gets two coaches tops, I am not a fan of bringing in tired blood or retread coaches but truth is he has a damn impressive resume. He did nothing in Florida, but took the Devils to the Stanley Cup finals, then the Sharks he did the same, had many other deep runs between the Sharks and Knights. 

 

 I guess they coulda done worse, his first year everywhere he has went has been his best and the veteran Stars are in transition from the Benn/Seguin team to a Robertson/Hintz/Oettinger club. He seems to squeeze the most out of fading vets, Benn and Seguin may have something left in the tank and if so combined with the talented kids they may have another run in them. Little Joe played very well for him in San Jose.

 

  so yeah, I guess my initial eyeroll was premature, it makes sense,  He is probably a good grab for the Stars.

 

This summarizes perfectly how I feel. I was first reluctant too (still don't like the $$$) but It might be the one that can use Gurianov properly for his last chance, give more freedom to Heiskanen and get the maximum of Seguin (I'm about to throw the towel with Benn). And I guess Pavelski is not stranger to this hire.

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