Report: Dallas Stars expected to hire Peter DeBoer

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Aug 13, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Vegas Golden Knights head coach Peter DeBoer on his bench during the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks in game two of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Stars coaching vacancy is about to be filled by recently fired Peter DeBoer. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman broke the news on Sunday.

DeBoer, 54, has an overall record of 513-379-123 in stops with the Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, San Jose Sharks and Golden Knights.

The veteran coach had reached the playoffs in each of his first two seasons behind the bench after replacing Gerard Gallant on January 15, 2020. Despite a season filled with injuries to key players, his failure to make the playoffs surely played a role in his dismissal.

“Since joining the organization, Pete and his staff have guided us through some of the most unique and challenging circumstances we’ve witnessed since our franchise entered the NHL,” GM Kelly McCrimmon said in a statement After lengthy discussions over the last two weeks, we believe that a new coach will put us in the best position to succeed next season.”

He had one year remaining on his contract.

Dallas Stars to hire Peter DeBoer

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Feb 25, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Vegas Golden Knights head coach Peter DeBoer (center) looks on against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

On May 20, Dallas Stars head coach Rick Bowness decided to step down.

“After careful consideration with my wife Judy, we feel it’s best to step away and allow the organization the opportunity to pursue a different direction at the head coaching position,” Bowness said in a statement. 

Bowness, 67, led the Stars to a wild-card on the strength of a 46-30-6 record for 98 points. They pushed the Calgary Flames to 7 games before falling in OT in the playoffs.

“The search for a new head coach will begin immediately,” said GM Jim Nill.

With the upcoming hiring of DeBoer, the Stars get a veteran coach with experience and a reputation for getting the most out of his players.

Once the official announcement comes, he will be the 11th head coach of the Dallas Stars.

“It’s likely headed that way but sources saying a contract still hasn’t been ironed out as of now,” TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported. “But both sides working on it.”