Dallas Stars Hire Former VGK Head Coach Pete DeBoer

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Pete DeBoer, the second head coach in Vegas Golden Knights history, has been hired by the Dallas Stars as their next head coach. DeBoer was fired from his position with the Golden Knights on May 16 after the franchise missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in its five-year history.

Pete DeBoer may receive a four-year, $4 million+ contract with the Dallas Stars per TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, but the contract is not yet finalized as of Monday.

The Dallas Stars lost to the Calgary Flames in the first round of the playoffs in a Game 7 overtime. The irony of DeBoer joining the Stars is that the Golden Knights were chasing the Stars for much of the 2021-22 season in the Western Conference wild card race. After failing to catch Dallas, DeBoer finds himself replacing Rick Bowness, whose Stars outdueled DeBoer’s Golden Knights in the back half of the regular season.

The Stars’ top point-scorer in 2021-22 was Joe Pavelski, who has signed a contract extension to stay with the team through the 2022-23 season.

The Golden Knights have hired Bruce Cassidy to replace DeBoer, who spent the previous six seasons with the Boston Bruins. DeBoer’s return to Vegas with his Dallas Stars in 2022-23 will be one to watch.

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