Great job by the Devils. De Boer is one of the smartest coaches around. He doesn't deserve to be judged by his time with Florida. That was a horrible situation to work with, and he got little help either on the ice or behind the scenes.
Best to say that DeBoer has not proven himself as an NHL coach. He didn't have a whole hell of a lot to work with in Florida and he doesn't appear to have much more in New Jersey and it will only get worse if Parise doesn't come back.
This hiring seems almost typical of Lamoriello--easy to dump coming from outside the organization if things don't go right.
Questionable how reliable the Devils goaltending is.
Their defense is also questionable. Greene as their go to pwp qb--is no Niedermayer or Rafalski. White is old--has vision problems. Salvador is always hurt. Volchenkov also injury prone has little offense. Tallinder--a stay at home is a bit soft. How soon they can get Larsson, Merrill and Urbom up to speed is critical to them becoming a contender again.
Their offense is very questionable as well. Last place in goals scored last year. Almost 20 goals behind the second worst team. They put a good string together in the second half but they had the entire team trapping all the time. Personality wise their best forward Kovalchuk comes across as a selfish jerk. They really really need to get Parise signed to a multi year deal.
I really don't get people thinking last year was some kind of glitch. I really don't see this team going anywhere and I don't really see how Peter DeBoer--however good a coach he is--is really going to make that much difference. Lemaire could come in--and implement the old Devils style and get a respectable response but Lemaire is a really smart coach who has been around a long time but even he isn't capable of miracles. DeBoer is going to need more to work with.
put me in the group that lists deboers as an unknown and interested to see how he does. he might turn out to be a brilliant hire, but he has no nhl experience beyond a bad situation in florida. not enough evidence to declare him a great hire and not enough to knock the hiring either...its definitely an interesting choice.
of course being biased i hope lou is calling lemaire by thanksgiving lol