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Devils fire Peter DeBoer as head coach
Fri, 26 Dec 2014 19:36:52 +0000
Newark, NJ, United States (4E Sports) - The New Jersey Devils have fired Peter DeBoer as head coach general manager Lou Lamoriello announced Friday.
Lamoriello did not comment on the reasons behind the move or a possible replacement for DeBoer , who was in his fourth season with the Devils.
However, the move was spurred by the Devils' current slump where they have lost seven of their last eight games.
In a statement, the Devils said there would be no further comment until Lamoriello addresses the team Saturday.
The Devils (12-17-7) are seventh in the Metropolitan Division with 31 points. They will play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden Saturday.
In his fourth season as head coach, DeBoer took the Devils to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012, but they have not made the postseason since.
Last season, New Jersey was sixth in the division with 88 points, when they were 0-13 in the shootout. The Devils finished five points out of the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
New Jersey finished seven points out of a playoff berth in 2012-13.
DeBoer was hired by the Devils on July 19, 2011. New Jersey finished with 102 points in 2011-12. They lost in the Stanley Cup Final in six games to the Los Angeles Kings.
The Devils were 114-"-41 under DeBoer . They are 4-26 in the shootout since the start of the 2012-13 season.
DeBoer is the third NHL coach fired this season. Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators was fired Dec. 8, and Dallas Eakins of the Edmonton Oilers a week later.