A source told ESPN on Monday that the Dallas stars are closing in on a deal to make Peter Deborah their next coach, confirming several reports.
This news was first reported by TSN.
Deborah, 54, exited the Vegas Golden Knights at the end of the regular season, inheriting the young team that won the Western Conference Playoffs as the first wild-card entry before losing to the Calgary Flames in seven games. I had made progress.
The Stars will be the fifth NHL franchise to appoint DeBoer as coach, with two of them – the New Jersey Devils (2012) and the San Jose Sharks (2016) – reaching the Stanley Cup Final. He has 513 regular-season wins behind the NHL bench and has led the team seven times since the season.
But his tenure at Vegas has been tough, and despite hurting the Golden Knights this year, several high-priced forwards – including Buffalo Sabers star center-back Jack Eckel on the roster – have failed this season.
The Golden Knights, who have never failed to qualify for the playoffs in their five-year history, finished 43-31 on 94 points after West scored two wild-card berths in the final week of the regular season for the Stars and Nashville Predators. -8 p.m. ,,
In the final media availability of the team’s season on May 4, Deborah insisted on hoping to stay in Vegas, “I want to come back. I want to be the coach of this team.”
He was fired two weeks later and Vegas hired former Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy last week. It took a while, but Jim Neal, general manager of Dallas, finally swiped and signed Deborah.
After the Vegas season, Deborah said, “The reality of this season, and I look back 10 years from today, is that 500-man games will be lost, which is blood in everything we do.” “Other teams just finished last in their division.”
In Dallas, where Deborah will replace Rick Bones, she will have a high level of skills to work on again, as well as a promising target for 23-year-old Jake Ottinger, who defeated Flames in the first round. In Game 7, Ottinger saved 64 despite losing in overtime.
Jones Robertson, 22, and Rupee Hintz, 25, as well as a pair of valuable veterans from The Stars, led by Bones, reached the 2020 Stanley Cup Final in Edmonton, Alberta. Jamie Benn, 32, and Tyler Seguin, 30, are in 13 and Nine Season outfits, respectively.
Neil said at the end of the season, “I love this franchise. I love this city. I think we have something special here. “” I’m looking forward to the future. “
Bones, who led Dallas to the 2020 Cup final where the Stars lost to Tampa Bay Lightning, after releasing Game 7 in Calgary, said in a statement that “he wants to give the organization a chance to move in a different direction.”
Deborah’s first tenure as NHL coach was at the Florida Panthers, which she led from 2008-2011.
Greg Washinski of ESPN contributed to this report.