GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Peter DeBoer of the New Jersey Devils watches from the bench during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on October 27, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Devils 5-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
"You've [now] got more freedom to do what you want on the ice. You feel if you make a mistake you can make up for it on the next shift. With Pete [DeBoer], it's one mistake and you're like shaking for the rest of the game."
This ringing endorsement of coach Kevin Dineen's early efforts comes to you courtesy of third-year defenseman Dmitry Kulikov via the Sun-Sentinel.
Forgetting his approach, strip away the tiebreaker playoff jones in '09, BoyntonGate, ownership issues, inept or financially handcuffed GMs, a badly-depleted prospect system and three years of generally AHL-caliber rosters and it's obvious DeBoer never stood a chance in Sunrise.
Currently tied for 8th in the East, Pete's Devils roll into South Florida Monday with a 10-7-1 record despite winger Ilya Kovalchuk having missed five games.