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Peter DeBoer looking forward to the 2008/09 season

From George Richards of the Miami Herald:

“Ask my wife. I’m so excited about this job, I’m writing down line combinations in the middle of the night.”

The excitement is understandable. DeBoer, 40, has spent a lifetime working toward a job in the NHL.

He has spent the past seven seasons coaching the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. He led the Rangers to the pinnacle of Canadian junior hockey — winning the Memorial Cup — in 2003. Reluctant to bounce his young family from team to team and city to city, he turned down offers to be an NHL assistant coach and waited for a head coaching opportunity.

Read the entire article by Richards here.

DeBoer looks like a good candidate to try and turnaround the young Panthers. However, expectations shouldn’t be high for this team, as they lack the necessary talent to make the playoffs this season.