Due to the New Jersey Devils’ recent struggles, many people are pulling for Pete DeBoer’s tenure to end with New Jersey and be fired. While he did lead the Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals in his first season with the team, he has struggled mightily ever since record-wise.
Not everyone is pulling for DeBoer to be fired. Many people think he shouldn’t have the blame placed on him. Part of that is true. Last night, the Devils clearly struggled on offense and is arguable the first time they have struggled on offense this season. For the rest of the games, the defense struggled greatly in 5 losses this year and also struggled last night and was saved by Cory Schneider’s goaltending.
Many people question why DeBoer should even be on the hot seat. Since you can’t fire the entire team, you fire the coach.
You see this time and again in all sports. When a team struggles, the coach is usually pushed out. Did Peter Laviolette deserve to be pushed out so early? It depends on how you look at it.
In one respect it was only through 3 games. In another respect, the Philadelphia Flyers have been struggling a lot in the past couple of seasons. I don’t see how the situation is any different in regards to Pete DeBoer.
The Devils have never lost the first 6 games of the season, not even during the brief tenure of John MacLean. Lou Lamoriello waited too long to fire him before the season spiraled out of control last time. He needs to realize he cannot make the same mistake twice.
Something needs to change. Marek Zidlicky isn’t getting sent down. Anton Volchenkov isn’t going anywhere. Apparently, Peter Harrold and Stephen Gionta are immune to sitting out.
If DeBoer had no talent to work with, that would be one thing. They may not be top NHL talent but Zidlicky and a few defensemen are not THAT bad. Zidlicky has been producing. He has not improved defensive play but he still has talent. Volchenkov hasn’t been atrocious this year.
Would I rather see Jon Merrill or Reid Boucher or Stefan Matteau in the NHL? Yes. I don’t see the lineup changing drastically under Peter DeBoer. I just don’t.
So why not get someone that will.