Pete DeBoer is a known commodity.
When the Stars introduced him as their next head coach on Wednesday morning, the franchise understood what it is getting from the 54-year-old bench boss.
It knew what kind of style he likes to play — a puck-possession game that emphasizes involvement from defensemen. It knew what kind of results he’s produced — two trips to the Final and five conference final berths. It knew what criticism he’s received — for his handling of goaltenders and his lack of a Stanley Cup.
The Stars found what they were looking for in DeBoer.
“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.”
DeBoer is one of eight current NHL coaches with at least 1,000 games as an NHL head coach. In his first seasons in New Jersey and San Jose, he advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. During his first full season in Vegas, he finished one point shy of the President’s Trophy. He first broke into the NHL in Florida in 2008.
“It’s my fifth stop, but I don’t feel like an old coach,” DeBoer said. “I was the youngest coach in the league…