NEWARK, N.J. -- Peter DeBoer will return to coach the New Jersey Devils next season, general manager Lou Lamoriello said Sunday.
Lamoriello spoke with reporters after the first period of the team's season finale against the Boston Bruins, a 3-2 victory at Prudential Center. It was an attempt to put to rest any confusion about the immediate future of the coach following multiple reports that indicated the Devils were working on a contract extension with DeBoer.
"There's a lot of rumors going on, a lot of misinformation about our coach, so I thought I'd get really out of character a little and put this to rest," Lamoriello said. "Pete DeBoer is under contract for next year, has been under contract for next year, and will be coaching next year. That's all I have to say. I don't want to get into any other discussions."
Lamoriello would not comment about reports that the Devils and DeBoer are closing in on an extension. He typically does not divulge contract information, length or term. DeBoer also would not comment on the specifics of his contract situation.