Exactly one month into the Dallas Stars’ coaching search, the team appears to have found its man.
According to TSN’s Elliotte Freidman and several other hockey sources, the Stars are negotiating with Peter Deboer to be the franchise’s fifth head coach in six years.
Deboer, 54, is fresh off a firing after a two-year stint with the Vegas Golden Knights that ended with that team’s first playoff miss in franchise history. He also previously coached the Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils and San Jose Sharks- reaching at least the Conference Finals with his last three stops.
Deboer will replace Rick Bowness, who resigned May 20 after a two-year run with the Stars.
Deboer hasn’t found enough success to hoist the Stanley Cup- but his teams have been consistent winners. New Jersey, now a perennial cellar dweller, won the Eastern Conference in 2012. His 2016 Sharks came up just short against a juggernaut Pittsburgh team in the heart of the Penguin’s dynasty.
The Stars, who were the lone playoff team to finish with a negative goal differential, hope to spark the team’s fledgling offense. Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov all had disappointing offensive production this season, culminating with the team’s elimination in Game 7 of the first round against the Calgary Flames.
Deboer’s hire marks the first major checkbox in what should be a very interesting offseason for the Stars as we move closer to puck drop in October.
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