whoa whoa.. careful now!!! We're not allowed to bring up his 3 years in Florida......... or last season either!! (after all, poor Pete had so much to deal with the Brodeur\Schneider drama) Can't bring up what's happened thus-far.. this season just started after all. Can't look @ 2013 either!!!! That was a half-a-season lockout year, and should absolutely be stricken from the record.
All we will focus on his 2012. The wonderful, lovely, magnificent SCF run in 2012. Everything else with DeBoer doesn't matter as a Head Coach.. just 2012. Doesn't matter that this is his 7th year of exp. on the job.. 2012 should be the only season that gets glorified!
Sure, go ahead, bring up his 3 years in Florida. You can bring them up all you like. The problem for you guys is that you can't just say 'He didn't make the playoffs in Florida, therefore he's no good' without sounding like an idiot. Here is the team that came within one point of making the playoffs in 2008-09:
Does this team look good to anyone? Doesn't look good to me outside of the net. In fact you have a ton of guys on this team who have looked worse elsewhere, although a lot of that's due to injury, but even the young players on this team have gone elsewhere and struggled. And the teams just got worse from there.
On the final day of Deboer's Florida tenure, here is the lineup he put out there:
Ti. Kennedy-Rissmiller-B. Thomas
C. Wilson-J. Callahan
This was in 2011. Of this team, Garrison, Kulikov, Weaver, and Santorelli are the only NHL regulars left. And that was 3 and a half years ago.