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Last summer, the New Jersey Devils and Peter DeBoer were something of kindred spirits. One was a successful franchise down on its luck after missing the playoffs for just the third time in 22 years. The other was an out-of-work head coach with a dreary outlook after being fired from his first NHL job. So it seemed befitting that the pair would find each other, and the relationship that was first fostered when Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello tabbed DeBoer as the unlikely choice to return New Jersey to glory has already proven rewarding -- and quicker, perhaps, than anyone could have imagined. In just one season, DeBoer has transformed the culture in the Devils' locker room and made winners out of the NHL's oldest team once again. DeBoer got New Jersey back to the playoffs, and now -- on the wings of tough defense, top-notch goaltending and timely goal scoring -- he's got them four wins from the franchise's fourth championship, with Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final set for We...
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