NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Devils have named former Florida Panthers coach Peter DeBoer as their new head coach. The team called a press conference Tuesday at the Prudential Center in Newark to make the announcement.

DeBoer, 43, was fired as coach of the Panthers after the 2010-11 season. In 246 games with the Panthers, his record was 103-107-36. Florida did not make the playoffs in any of DeBoer’s three seasons.

DeBoer succeeds Jacques Lemaire, who came out of retirement in midseason after rookie coach John MacLean was fired in December. However, Lemaire’s return could not prevent the Devils from missing the playoffs for the first time since 1996.

The coaching change is the ninth for the Devils since the late Pat Burns stepped down after being diagnosed with cancer in 2005.

Before the announcement former Penguins coach Michel Therrien was widely considered to be a frontrunner for the position. Assistant coach Adam Oates was also mentioned as an internal option.

Is DeBoer the right choice? Let us know in the comments below…

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Comments (4)
  1. Larry H. says:

    I have seen Peter’s greeat work in the OHL. He was fantastic. He demands a lot from hjis players and will have their respect. The Panthers never had the budget nor talent for him to work with, Despite his lack of talent his team showed up every night and were always in the game. Just watch him!

  2. Steve K. says:

    I am a DIE HARD DEVILS FAN…not sure if I like this choice as our head coach.
    The guy never made the playoffs in Florida, and is under .500 lifetime in the NHL. Granted, he did not have the talent with the Panthers he has with the Devils.
    LOU, I hope you know what you are doing, I don’t want to see a repeat of Johnnie MAC..
    LETS GO DEVILS!!! Can’t wait for the start of the season

  3. corey says:

    Probably Adam Oates I think

  4. Ron Davis says:

    who cares? lol

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