The New Jersey Devils have been on a slip given going to a Stanley Cup Final in 2012, and manager Pete DeBoer paid a price.
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DeBoer, who took a Devils to a championship turn opposite a Kings in his initial season, was dismissed Friday, with his aging and short-handed group in risk of blank a playoffs for a third uninterrupted season.
Lou Lamoriello, a Devils’ boss and ubiquitous manager, won’t contend who will be a subsequent manager until he speaks Saturday with a players, who are on a three-day Christmas break.
There are a series of intensity candidates, including Adam Oates, a former Devils assistant; Dallas Eakins, who was dismissed progressing this month by Edmonton; and former Penguins manager Dan Bylsma.
Jack Eichel and Chase DeLeo scored in a shootout to assistance a United States kick fortifying champion Finland, 2-1, in a round-robin opener in hockey’s World Junior Championship during Montreal. Eichel is a beginner during Boston University, and DeLeo plays for Portland in a Western Hockey League.
In a other Group A diversion Friday night during Bell Centre, Canada played Slovakia. In Group B in Toronto, Russia rallied to kick Denmark, 3-2, in a shootout; and Sweden surfaced a Czech Republic, 5-2.
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