Hello. It's been a while. Things are much different than they were when I did this blog thing regularly, and that isn't exactly a good thing. Well anyway, that was then and this is now and right now, the New Jersey Devils are going through a coaching change...again. By the time I finish typing this, they may have already named the successor to Peter DeBoer, but if not, perhaps this will be worth a few moments of your time.
You're still here. The Devils haven't hired a new coach yet? Okay then.
So the DeBoer era is over, much to the delight of I would estimate a fairly significant majority of Devils fans, yet I cannot help but feeling that this is an unfair reflection of DeBoer's time in New Jersey. By Lou Lamoriello's standards, DeBoer stuck around for quite some time. It is hard to imagine any coach surviving as long as DeBoer did after missing the playoffs in back-to-back seasons and on their way to a third straight season of golfing in April, but he has and there is something to be said for that.