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Pete DeBoer: What, Me Worry?

Al When asked how he handles not knowing whether he'll return to the Panthers next season, Panthers coach Pete DeBoer joked “by drinking heavily.''

DeBoer, who has one year left on his contract, hasn't been told whether he'll be back although he says he wants to finish what's been started.

Panthers assistant general manager Mike Santos said DeBoer and his coaching staff will be evaluated after the season by GM Dale Tallon and himself and declared that no decision has been made on the coaching situation.

The topic was brought up as Ottawa coach Cory Clouston is also rumored to be out. DeBoer interviewed for the Senators job before being hired by the Panthers in 2008 and could be a candidate in Ottawa again.

“You don’t put it out of your mind. Anyone who tells you that is lying to you,'' DeBoer said. “But I have to do my job. You owe it to the guys in the room. .-.-. I would be cheating them if I took any other approach than to do what we’ve done here every day for the last three years. .-.-. I feel they have given us all that they have. They’ve tried to play the right way.''


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what's there to be evaluated?

he deserves to be here when we field (ice) a decent set of players.

Uh no. I think Debore is gone.

He failed at pushing Grabner in preseason, which ended in him being waived off to Islanders.

He plays favorites...Does everyone remember the Boynton saga of just a few years ago? Being replaced by Eminger?

PP coach Hulton gone if debore leaves, enough said...

Debore let his players do nothing after Booth got creamed by Richards....

Or all the nongoal calls by the refs, did Deboer do anything? Show any emotion this year when the panthers continually got played by the refs in Toronto and elsewhere...er... no....

Thus, too many question marks with this coach to trust him next season.

Lindy Ruff, Murphy and Skrudland would make a great coaching staff next year. Didnt Ruff declined an extension with Buffalo? Could be the coach the cats need to lure some talent in this ^&*^&^ of a team.


Tallon decided if Grabner stayed or not, not Deboer.

We were in the hunt and would have been closer without some of those ridiculous calls that did not even out by the end of the year. Once the team was decimated, we have fallen as planned by a GM looking for the first overall pick.

Under Deboer, as incredible as it may sound, this team has OVERachieved. On paper we were worse than our record indicates, and no one thought we would be in the playoff hunt midway the season as we were.

Pete is an excellent coach who pushed his players to get the most out of them, and he did get that result with most of them. He deserves the chance to work with a real team and see what he can do.

AC, I like how you glossed over the facts that I brought up.ohhh conveniently leave out the last in the league power play for two years in the row...

If Deboer was a good coach, he would know how to bring Grabner out of the funk in preseason, which is what happened with the Islanders.

Or allow some sort of fighting after Booth is knocked out for a whole year for a concussion...

P.S. Its not hard to manage .500 record with a world class world chamption goalie like Vokoun in the net.


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