New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said that coach Peter DeBoer will return next season according to a report from NHL.com.
Lamoriello spoke with reporters during the Devils’ regular sesason finale against the Boston Bruins on Sunday, in what seemed to be a pre-emptive strike against any rumors of the coach’s future. There have been whispers that the Devils were in contract negotiations for an extension for DeBoer.
From Lamoriello’s statement:
“There’s a lot of rumors going on, a lot of misinformation about our coach, so I thought I’d get really out of character a little and put this to rest. Pete DeBoer is under contract for next year, has been under contract for next year, and will be coaching next year. That’s all I have to say. I don’t want to get into any other discussions.”
So if you play the game “what he said – what he meant” that statement wasn’t exactly the biggest vote of confidence for DeBoer, and with good reason. The Devils finished the season at 25-39-18, giving them a point total of 88 – good for third worst in the Eastern Conference. This will be the second straight season the Devils will miss the postseason.
DeBoer has been New Jersey’s coach since 2011, and coached the Devils to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012.