Just over a week has passed, and the dust has settled on the Dallas Stars hiring Pete DeBoer as their next head coach. Replacing Rick Bowness after the last three seasons (Bowness took over for Jim Montgomery in December, 2019). DeBoer will be the Stars’ third coach in the last five seasons, but is he a good fit and can he get the most out of the players?

Starting off with the positives, Pete DeBoer has taken two teams he has coached to the Stanley Cup Finals. In 2012 he took a sixth seeded New Jersey Devils to a finals appearance, and eventually lost to with seeded Los Angeles Kings four games to two. In 2016 he took a Joe Pavelski led San Jose Sharks team to the finals before bowing out in six games as well to the Pittsburgh Penguins. That Pittsburgh team repeated as cup champions with a six game series win over the Nashville Predators the following season.

Stars’ General Manager Jim Nill stands behind his hiring of Pete DeBoer as the new head coach in Dallas. Pointing out his winning history, and experience dealing with tough situations. In particular how he took the Devil’s, and Sharks to finals appearances. DeBoer too the Vegas Golden Knights to two straight western conference finals in 2020, and 2021.

“In the end, when you can add somebody with his experience and his success [you do],” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “I’m a big résumé guy, you need to have success. This is a tough league; this is a tough league to coach in. You have to be able to handle situations. I know Pete can do it.”

Media outlets are looking at how the Stars can benefit from the hire. As well as which players can play better under Pete DeBoer. As well as speculation of who is going to be at odds with their new head coach.

A sign that’s always a good sign: Pete DeBoer is hungry to win a Stanley Cup. He’s a veteran coach who has coached over a thousand games, and has yet to win the holy grail. He certainly doesn’t feel “old” either.

“It’s my fifth stop, but I don’t feel like an old coach,” DeBoer said. “I was the youngest coach in the league when I came in at 40 in Florida. Coached over 1,000 games, but I don’t feel like an old coach. I feel like I’m still learning every day. I got a ton of energy and my name on the Stanley Cup is what drives me.”

Photo credit: Schuyler Dixon/AP

However, there is doubt circulating around Pete DeBoer as the new head coach. If you do a search on Twitter for Pete DeBoer you will see alot of negative takes. Often times Twitter, like any other social site or comment section you will see alot of pessimism. If the Stars are winning, the Stars community on Twitter will dial it back. Ultimately all Stars fans really want to see are wins, and a certain silver trophy being brought to Texas in the summer.

Featured photo: Mike Piellucci

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