The Dallas Stars have appointed Peter Debor to replace Rick Bowness as head coach

The Dallas Stars on Tuesday named Peter Debor as their new coach, a month after he was sacked by the Vegas Golden Knights.

Debore, who previously led New Jersey and San Jose to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season with both clubs, was pushed out by the Knights after they missed the playoffs for the first time in the franchise’s five-season history.

He had coached the Golden Knights for two and a half seasons after replacing Gerard Gallant, who led Vegas to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural 2017-18 season and returned to the playoffs in 2019.

“Over the past few seasons, I’ve seen for myself what the superstars are building with a mixture of dynamic young players and solid leaders,” Debore said. “The opportunity to become the next coach of this team was an opportunity that I could not pass up.”

On Monday, a source confirmed to ESPN that DeBoer is close to a deal with the stars.

Dallas was in the Stanley Cup Final two years ago with Rick Bowness as his interim head coach before taking a two-year contract that lasted this season. Bowness was 89-62-26 with two playoff appearances in nearly three seasons.

“Pete brings a wealth of experience to our dressing room, and we are thrilled that we have chosen him as our next coach,” said Stars general manager Jim Neal. “Every team he has taken on has not only shown immediate improvement, but been highly competitive in the Stanley Cup playoffs… His resume shows the high standards he set and his ability to consistently get his team to play at this level.”

This will be DeBoer’s fifth major coaching job, including 14 seasons with Florida (2008-11), New Jersey (2011-15) and San Jose (2015-20) before going to Vegas. He has a 513-379-123 record in 1,015 regular season games. His record in the 68-55 game includes the Stanley Cup Final with the Devils in 2012, and four years later with the Sharks.

Joe Pavlesky was the Sharks’ captain for his Western Conference title, and for the three seasons that followed before going to Dallas on free agency in the summer of 2019. Pavlesky, who turns 38 next month, signed a one-year extension in March. He is with the stars next season after joining two young skiers on one of the highest-scoring streaks in the team’s history.

DeBoer said, “Over the past few seasons, I’ve seen for myself what superstars are building with a mixture of dynamic young players and solid leaders. The opportunity to become the next head coach for this team was an opportunity I couldn’t have taken advantage of.”

DeBoer is the Stars’ fifth coach since Neal became GM’s manager in April 2013, and the tenth since moving from Minnesota a summer 29 ago. Neal initially went with veteran coaches Lindy Raff (2013-17) and Ken Hitchcock (2017-18) before hiring Jim Montgomery of the University of Denver to his first job as a head coach in the NHL.

Bowness, then an assistant, became interim head coach in December 2019 after Montgomery was sent off early in his second season due to off-ice issues. The Stars reached the Stanley Cup Final that season in Canada’s Pandemic Bubble and beat the DeBoer-trained DeBoer riders in the Western Conference Final by five games.

With his contract expiring, the 67-year-old said days after this season ended, he was leaving. 2,562 regular season games as a head coach or assistant coach over nearly four decades is an NHL record.

The Stars exit from a 98-point season that ended in Calgary losing overtime in Game 7 of the first round. But they were the only team out of 16 playoff teams this season to outscore during the regular season, even with the top scorers.

Pavelsky, Rob Hintz, and Jason Robertson combined for 232 points, the second-highest tally in franchise history for a triple. Robertson became the fourth top scorer with 40 goals in all-star history.

All-star captain Jimmy Benn scored just 18 goals (46 points), and his under-13 rating was the worst in his 13 seasons in the National Hockey League. Six-time All-Star striker Tyler Seguin, who missed all but three games in 2020-21 due to a ruptured hip and knee surgery, was minus 21 with 24 goals (49 points), but he played at the end of this season against Calgary with a fractured The bone of his left foot.

Jake Oettinger, the 23-year-old goalkeeper, made 64 saves in the final. He had 272 saves overall in the seven games against Calgary before Johnny Goudreau’s goal at the end of the series in overtime.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.