NHL: Oilers extend Jay Woodcroft, Stars introduce Peter DeBoer, and more

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May 26, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft on his bench during the third period against the Calgary Flames in game five of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The coaching carousel has been one exhausting ride in recent days. With today’s report that Paul Maurice will take over as the Florida Panthers new head coach, that now puts Andrew Brunette on the market.

As everyone tries to keep their scorecards in order, the Edmonton Oilers opted to keep their man behind the bench.

On Tuesday, they announced a three-year extension for head coach Jay Woodcroft.

 “It’s a great day for the Oilers. Jay did an incredible job once he took over, leading our team into the playoffs,” GM Ken Holland said. “We played at a high level the last half of the season and it obviously got us to the final four, so I’m thrilled we were able to find a solution to bring Jay back.”

Oilers extend Jay Woodcroft

Woodcroft, 45, was named interim coach on Feb. 10 and finished the season 26-9-3, guiding the Oilers to the Western Conference finals, where they lost to the Colorado Avalanche. Woodcroft succeeded Dave Tippett.

“For us, we’re driven to take the next step,” Woodcroft said. “That starts with discipline with our summer time, making sure we’re putting in the necessary work to feel good heading into training camp.”

Woodcroft was coaching Edmonton’s AHL affiliate at Bakersfield, Calif., before the promotion. He led the Condors to the AHL championship in 2020-21.

Woodcroft previously worked as an assistant with the Oilers under Todd McLellan. He was named the head coach of the Condors in 2018. The Toronto native also was a video coach with the Detroit Red Wings (2005-08) and an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks (2008-15).

Stars introduce Peter DeBoer

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Mar 24, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights head coach Pete DeBoer is pictured in a game against the Nashville Predators during the second period at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Peter DeBoer, 54, was introduced today as the Dallas Stars new head coach.

On Tuesday, the Stars finalized and made official a four-year contract worth $4.25M per season as reported by TSN’s Pierre LeBrun. DeBoer is replacing Rick Bowness, who stepped down at the conclusion of the season.

“I want to win a Stanley Cup,” DeBoer said Wednesday via NHL.com. ” I’ve been to two Finals and five Conference Finals in the last 10 years. When you get that close, that’s your only motivation. Dallas wasn’t the only team I interviewed with. I wanted to make sure that wherever I chose to go next, that the only criteria for me was: that I was working with good people, and that I had a chance to win a Stanley Cup.”

DeBoer reached the Western Conference finals in 2020 as coach of the Vegas Golden Knights. He was let go after this past season. DeBoer compiled a 98-50-12 record in three seasons with Vegas. He has an overall record of 513-379-123 as a coach with the Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, San Jose Sharks and Golden Knights.

“Pete brings a wealth of experience to our dressing room, and we’re thrilled to name him our next head coach,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a statement. “Every team that he has taken over has not only shown immediate improvement but has been ultra-competitive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.”

Wild sign Connor Dewar

The Minnesota Wild signed forward Connor Dewar to a two-year, $1.6 million contract.

The one-way NHL deal announced Wednesday will pay him $800,000 in both the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons.

Dewar, 23, had two goals and four assists in 35 games during his first season with the Wild in 2021-22.

The 2018 third-round pick added 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 19 games with the AHL’s Iowa Wild.

–Field Level Media contributed to this article.