Devils will bring back head coach Pete DeBoer next season

Pete DeBoer
Head coach Pete DeBoer will be back in New Jersey next season.
Credit: Getty Images

Pete DeBoer will be the head coach of the Devils in 2014-15, according to general manager and president Lou Lamoriello.

Lamoriello met with reporters during the first intermission of Sunday’s regular season finale against the Bruins, and emphatically ended speculation about DeBoer’s future as coach.

DeBoer has been the coach of the Devils since the 2011-12 season.

“Rumors have gone [out], a lot of misinformation about our coach, so I thought I would get really out of character 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,” Lamoriello said. “That’s all I have to say. I won’t be getting into any other discussions. We usually wait to make any other announcements about anything when it’s not necessary, but wherever the information is coming from I can’t answer but I thought I’d put that to rest.”

DeBoer’s name has been linked to the Maple Leafs coaching job, which is believed to open this summer as part of new team president Brendan Shanahan’s reconstruction of a franchise that collapsed in the season’s second half and missed the playoffs. However, there was a report on Twitter Sunday morning from TSN reporter Darren Dreger that indicated DeBoer was close to signing an extension with the Devils.

When asked before the game if he expected to return, DeBoer essentially offered a no comment.

“When you’re a coach in this league, you come to work, you invest yourself fully in your job and your team, you do the absolute best job you can,” DeBoer said. “I’m comfortable that our staff did that, and other people make those decisions.”

Missing out on playoffs

Standing outside the Devils’ dressing room Sunday afternoon, DeBoer acknowledged missing the Stanley Cup playoffs is a disappointment for a franchise with multiple championships.

“Yeah, I really believe our team game is as good as anyone’s in the league,” DeBoer said before the season finale against the Bruins. “I believe that on a night-to-night basis. Obviously you have nights where you’re off a little bit here and there, [but] our commitment to our team game, our team game, is as good as anyone’s. There’s a few reasons we’re sitting here today and I said I’d rather wait until after the season to discuss, but I don’t think there’s any secrets. The shootout killed us, and when you look at the standings and stats, we’re only half a goal a night short of being a very good team in this league.”

The Devils entered the matinee having averaged 2.4 goals allowed per game, and 2.4 goals per game. Their lack of tangible offensive production was an oddity as the Devils are fifth in the league in five-on-five puck possession (53.7 percent) according to the analytical site, and defensively opponents were limited to 25.6 shots per game.

“That’s something we preached since day one when we got here,” DeBoer said. “For me, the game’s not complicated. If you have the puck, if you’re out-chancing your opponent, if you got it more than they have it, if you’re putting more shots on net than they are, we should have success. It didn’t translate enough this year. We led the league in shots against a night, our shots for wasn’t where it needed to be. But our possession time was good, our specialty teams were good. The whole package didn’t translate and we have to fix the pieces that kept it from translating.”

Resch retires

Sunday’s game was the last for TV color analyst Glenn “Chico” Resch, who announced he would be retiring during the first intermission of Friday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders Friday night.

“Great man,” DeBoer said of Resch, who has been the Devils’ color analyst since 1996. “I got to know him when I got here three years ago. The word class, class act, is probably the best way I can describe him and my relationship that I’ve had with him.”

Follow NHL writer Denis Gorman on Twitter @DenisGorman.


Rock legend Neil Young files for divorce after…

The legendary Canadian rocker Neil Young has filed for divorce from his wife of 36 years.


Cabbie tried to sexually assault passenger with kids…

NYPD is on the lookout for a taxi driver suspected of trying to sexually assault a female passenger while her three kids were in the car.


FDNY debuts new fire simulator for blazes at…

The New York City Fire Department christened its newest, state-of-the-art, custom-built simulator at its training academy on Randall's Island Tuesday.


Bronx cop saves baby who stopped breathing

A Bronx police officer is credited with saving the life of a 2-month-old baby who stopped breathing Tuesday morning. Police Officer Johnny Castillo, 38, was…


Ariana Grande addresses Big Sean dating rumors

Now that Ariana Grande and Big Sean were caught on camera holding hands, she has something to say.


QUIZ: How many English words do you actually…

Are you as smart as you say you are? Are you a word nerd? Take this quick vocabulary test to find out if you're a true wordsmith. Good luck.


'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 12,…

If you've wondered whether Ali and Bethany knew each other, you got an answer tonight: Yes, and in a very tangled way. But many lingering…


Cymbals Eat Guitars Have Everything to 'LOSE'

At its most basic level, a rock band can be thought of as a family, a group of people selflessly devoted to a cause. When…


When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.


Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.


Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.


MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at…

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at top, Nationals climb


Lure your baby to sleep with Maroon 5…

These new renditions of "Moves Like Jagger" and "Payphone" are Maroon 5 like you've never heard them before.


Who is having the most orgasms?

  Single lesbians report having orgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay and straight men still come out on top of the climax…


Jonathan Adler shares his tips for a great…

Jonathan Adler took a break from boogie boarding at his beach house to tell us how to keep that Labor Day party festive.


Most popular Labor Day weekend destinations released its Top 20 destinations for the end of summer, including Labor Day weekend. If you’re heading to any of these spots, expect a…