Stars hire Peter DeBoer as head coach on reported 4-year deal
The Dallas Stars named Peter DeBoer the 25th head coach in franchise history Tuesday.
The agreement reportedly brings DeBoer to Dallas on a four-year deal worth $4.25 million per season, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.
DeBoer was fired by the Vegas Golden Knights at the end of the 2021-22 campaign after the team failed to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
"Over the last few seasons, I have seen firsthand what the Stars are building with a mix of dynamic young players and established leaders," DeBoer said. "The chance to become this team's next head coach was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up."
The 54-year-old DeBoer led Vegas to two consecutive third-round appearances in 2020 and 2021. He's also reached the Stanley Cup Final twice as a head coach - with the New Jersey Devils in 2012 and the San Jose Sharks in 2016.
DeBoer's Golden Knights were eliminated by Rick Bowness' Stars in the conference finals of the 2020 playoff bubble.
"Pete brings a wealth of experience to our dressing room, and we're thrilled to name him our next head coach," general manager Jim Nill said. "Every team that he has taken over has not only shown immediate improvement but has been ultra-competitive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. ... His resume displays the high standards he sets and his ability to get his team to play up to that level consistently."
DeBoer kicked off his head coaching career with the Florida Panthers in 2008-09. He owns a 513-379-123 record in 1,015 games coached over 14 NHL seasons and a 68-55 postseason mark.
DeBoer coached his 1,000th regular-season contest March 24.
DeBoer will replace Bowness, who stepped down as head coach shortly after the Calgary Flames eliminated the Stars from the first round of the playoffs in May.