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Team: New Jersey Devils
Age / DOB:  (46) / 6/13/1968
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 195

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Devils GM Lou Lamoriello confirmed that head coach Peter DeBoer has been fired.
Lamoriello declined to talk about the issue further at this time. That's unusual, but so is the timing of DeBoer's firing. The team is still subject to the holiday break until Saturday, so Lamoriello will wait until then to address the squad before talking further with the media. That also means we're unlikely to find out who DeBoer's successor will be until Saturday. Fri, Dec 26, 2014 01:35:00 PM

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The New Jersey Devils have reportedly fired head coach Peter DeBoer.

DeBoer led the Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final in his first season, but New Jersey hasn't made it to the playoffs since. That's not entirely his fault as GM Lou Lamoriello has struggled to build a competitive team since Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk left the club in back-to-back summers. That being said, this comes less than a week after DeBoer lamented after a loss to Washington that the Capitals "were fresher than us, bigger, stronger, faster, deeper and their best players were their best players." That doesn't sound like the words of a man that still had faith in his team's ability and perhaps that played a role in his departure. Not that it's shocking that the Devils would fire a coach when facing a third straight season of missing the playoffs even without that.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 12:39:00 PM

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello backed up Devils coach Peter DeBoer amid the team's struggles.

"The coach is coaching," Lamoriello said. "He's here because you believe in what he's doing. If you didn't do that, he wouldn't be here. So, I think that answers the question." DeBoer led the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season with the team, but they're on pace to miss the playoffs for a third straight campaign. This is DeBoer's seventh season as a head coach and he's only made the postseason once.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 09:53:00 AM

The New Jersey Devils have a 66.67% success rate when killing penalties.

That's about the last statistic the Devils want paying homage to their name. New Jersey is in last place when it comes to killing penalties after leading the league in that regard last season.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 08:46:00 AM

The New Jersey Devils are the oldest team in the league with an average age of 31.0.

No other team is even close, with the next highest being the Vancouver Canucks at 28.9 years old. The Devils number is mostly due to their group of forwards. In fact, New Jersey only has four forwards on its roster under the age of 31. When it comes to their goaltending, starter Cory Schneider is in his prime at 28 and the Devils defense is actually very young this season.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 08:35:00 AM

Peter DeBoer believes the mood in the Devils' camp will be different without veteran legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur, who has been with the team every year since he was drafted in 1990.

"It’s the first time in 20 years that you’re walking into a dressing room without Marty Brodeur in it. For everybody— trainers, players, coaches— that’s going to be different," said DeBoer. "But that’s the game, people move on... you’ve got to get past that and get ready for the next game." The Devils are not without a sturdy replacement, as Cory Schneider is set to take the full-time starting job from the onset.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 12:09:00 PM

Devils coach Peter DeBoer knows he's under pressure this season to lead the Devils back to the playoffs.

DeBoer guided New Jersey to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012, but the Devils haven't made the playoffs since. The Devils' roster has also gotten significantly worse since that run, but he's nevertheless in danger of getting fired if New Jersey doesn't turn things around soon. "In this business, you go in every year knowing that that's a fact," DeBoer said of his job being in jeopardy. "There’s no hiding from that. It doesn’t matter whether you have a 10-year contract or a one-year contract. I approach every year like we have to get this team to overachieve and play to its potential or there's consequences. That’s the reality of pro sports. That doesn't even factor into my mind. That's just, being a coach for 20 years, something you deal with yearly."
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 10:23:00 AM

Scott Stevens has decided not to return to his role as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils for the 2014-15 campaign.

Tommy Albelin will be promoted from his previous role as an assistant coach with the AHL Albany Devils. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is hopeful that Stevens, who had a 1,635-game NHL career and started coaching for New Jersey in 2009-10, would rejoin the organization as a coach at some point in the future.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 09:55:00 AM

The New Jersey Devils are starting an analytics department.

Sunny Mehta, who used to be a professional poker player, has been hired to head the department. He will report to Devils GM Lou Lamoriello. Mehta authored two books on the card game, but he's taken an interest in advanced statistics in recent years and has authored hockey blog posts on the subject.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 09:57:00 AM

New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer expects the team to bounce back after missing the playoffs in back-to-back campaigns.

"I'm real excited about the upcoming year," DeBoer said. "We've had a couple of transition years, transitioning through Zach Parise and (Ilya) Kovalchuk leaving and I like the mix of guys we have now and I feel real confident about our ability to be very competitive." The Devils certainly have a chance to make the playoffs next season, but they're not exactly a good team. They haven't lured or developed a player of Parise or Kovalchuk's caliber since losing them and their core of forwards looks lackluster as a result. If they make the playoffs, it will be thanks to goaltender Cory Schneider.
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 09:55:00 AM

New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello wants to add a forward from the unrestricted free agent market.

The Devils bought out defenseman Anton Volchenkov in order to free up some extra cap space to fulfill that goal. It's not clear who the Devils are pursuing, but it might be Paul Stastny or one of the other top UFAs after the Devils averaged just 2.40 goals per game in 2013-14.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 10:39:00 AM

The New Jersey Devils will be the final team to play their first game at home in the 2014-15 season.

The NHL released every team's home opener on Saturday and the rest of the schedule will be released today at 4 pm (ET). The Devils begin the season on the road at Philadelphia on October 9 and play at home on October 18 against the San Jose Sharks.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 07:10:00 AM

New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello hasn't decided whether to use a compliance buyout yet.

"You don't use something just for the sake of using it," he said. "If it is used it will be for the right reasons, but that's not saying it will be used. Right now we're still having our final meetings and no decisions have been made either way." There has been speculation that the Devils could buy out Anton Volchenkov or Bryce Salvador before the June 30 deadline.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 10:04:00 AM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman decided to give the Devils a 2014 first-round draft pick mostly because of new owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer.

"If it weren't for the fact that there were new owners, I wouldn't have done it," said Bettman, who emphasized that the draft selection was not brought up during the negotiations to buy the club. "The fact that there were changed circumstances and new owners made me comfortable doing it." The circumstances he was eluding to was the departure of Ilya Kovalchuk to play in the KHL after the Devils were punished for giving him a 17-year, $102 million deal in 2010. New Jersey has the 30th overall pick in this June's draft and they cannot trade it.
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 10:44:00 AM

Lewis Katz, the former owner of the New Jersey Devils, was killed in a plane crash Saturday night.

There were no survivors among the seven people on the private jet, which erupted in flames when it crashed at Hanscom Field. Katz also once owned the New Jersey, now Brooklyn, Nets. He was 72 years old.
Sun, Jun 1, 2014 11:05:00 AM

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