Peter DeBoer went twice to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season with a new team. Now he’s the new head coach for the Dallas Stars, who was there two summers ago.
“Every team he took charge of has not only shown immediate improvement, but been highly competitive in the Stanley Cup playoffs,” said Stars General Manager Jim Neal. “His CV showcases the high standards he sets and his ability to consistently bring his team to this level.”
The stars announced DeBoer’s appointment on Tuesday, a month after he was fired by the Vegas Golden Knights. An introductory press conference was scheduled for Wednesday.
DeBoer, who previously led New Jersey and San Jose to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season with those clubs, was left behind by the Knights after they missed the playoffs for the first time in the franchise’s five-season history. He was their coach for two and a half seasons after replacing Gerard Gallant, who led Vegas to the final in their inaugural 2017-18 season and returned to the playoffs in 2019.
Dallas reached the 2020 Final with Rick Bowness as his interim head coach before taking a two-year contract that expired this season. Bowness was 89-62-26 with two playoff appearances in nearly three seasons.
This would be the fifth head coaching job for Debor, who has a 513-379-123 record in 1,015 regular season games over the past 14 seasons with Florida (2008-11), New Jersey (2011-15), San Jose (2015-20) And Vegas. His record in matches 68-55 includes these two final appearances, with the Devils in 2012 and four years later with the Sharks.
Joe Pavlesky was the Sharks captain for his Western Conference title, and for the three seasons that followed before going to Dallas on free agency in the summer of 2019. Pavlesky, who turns 38 next month, signed a one-year extension in March. He is with the stars next season after joining two young skiers on one of the highest-scoring streaks in the team’s history.
“Over the past few seasons, I’ve seen for myself what the stars are building with a mixture of dynamic young players and solid leaders,” Debore said. “The opportunity to become the next coach of this team was an opportunity that I could not pass up.”
DeBoer is the Stars’ fifth coach since Neal became GM’s manager in April 2013, and the tenth since moving from Minnesota a summer 29 ago. Neal initially went with veteran coaches Lindy Raff (2013-17) and Ken Hitchcock (2017-18) before hiring Jim Montgomery of the University of Denver to his first job as a head coach in the NHL.
Bowness, then an assistant, became interim head coach in December 2019 after Montgomery was sent off early in his second season due to off-ice issues. The Stars reached the Stanley Cup Final that season in Canada’s Pandemic Bubble and beat the DeBoer-trained DeBoer riders in the Western Conference Final by five games.
With his contract expiring, the 67-year-old said days after this season ended, he was leaving. 2,562 regular season games as a head coach or assistant coach over nearly four decades is an NHL record.
The Stars exit from a 98-point season that ended in Calgary losing overtime in Game 7 of the first round. But they were the only team out of 16 playoff teams this season to outscore during the regular season, even with the top scorers.
Pavelsky, Rob Hintz, and Jason Robertson combined for 232 points, the second-highest tally in franchise history for a triple. Robertson became the fourth top scorer with 40 goals in all-star history.
All-star captain Jimmy Benn scored just 18 goals (46 points), and his under-13 rating was the worst in his 13 seasons in the National Hockey League. Six-time All-Star striker Tyler Seguin, who missed all but three games in 2020-21 due to a ruptured hip and knee surgery, was minus 21 with 24 goals (49 points), but he played at the end of this season against Calgary with a fractured The bone of his left foot.
Jake Oettinger, the 23-year-old goalkeeper, made 64 saves in the final. He had 272 total saves in the seven games against Calgary before Johnny Goudreau’s goal at the end of the series in overtime.
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