You probably figured that I wouldn’t forget Mr. DeBoer as I made my way through the Devils roster.
Pete DeBoer has basically seen every emotion from a New Jersey Devils fan since he started here. He took the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in his first year while completely losing the fans’ trust and faith this season with some very questionable decisions.
In his career with the Devils as the head coach, DeBoer is 91-69-29. If you combine regulation losses and overtime losses the record stands at 91-98. DeBoer also has only coached 43 wins since they fell in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings.
Don’t forget, the New Jersey Devils looked a lot different that year. They had Ilya Kovalchuk, David Clarkson, and Zach Parise as their marquee guys and they have since abandoned Newark. Martin Brodeur, who was lighting it up towards the end of the season into the playoffs, seems to be trying his hardest to hurdle some obstacles out of Newark.
Despite a lockout-shortened season where they only played 48 games, they were still 19-19-10 once the season was all said and done. The Devils have lost 64 games since the lockout ended.
That’s a big 43-64 record staring Pete DeBoer right in the face.
Pete DeBoer makes very questionable calls at times and even seems to be directly conflicting with players’ opinions and advice and just simply not caring. See: Everything involving Jaromir Jagr and Pete DeBoer.
Lou Lamoriello (usually) doesn’t tolerate missing the playoffs all too often and this season will likely be the last straw if they fail to make the postseason or are bounced quickly in the 1st round.
Obviously, my mind is made up. Let’s see what the poll results come out to be:
Sound off Devils fans! I have a feeling how this one will turn out but I am curious to see the results.
Should Pete DeBoer return next season?
Stats courtesy of ESPN.com.