Peter DeBoer hired
Following the retirement of legendary coach Jacques Lemaire after the 2010-11 season, GM Lou Lamoriello passed up opportunities to talk to established bench bosses such as Ken Hitchcock and Darryl Sutter and instead inked former Florida Panthers head coach Peter DeBoer on July 19. "I've known Pete and watched Pete coach for many years," Lamoriello said at DeBoer's introduction. "He's technically as sound as anyone." In his first season, the new coach led the Devils to a 48-28-6 record and 102 points, good for the fourth highest total in the Eastern Conference.