New Jersey Devils Head Coach: It’s Time for John MacLean

April 28th, 2010 by Carlos Figueiredo Leave a reply »
He played in 1,022 games for the Devils. He was an assistant coach for the Devils for six seasons. He coached the Lowell Devils, his first season as a head coach, to a 39-31-10 record.

Now, it's time to finally give John MacLean a shot at the Devils head coaching job.

The other names being floated around, just a few days after Jacques Lemaire retired from coaching, aren't exactly exciting.

Ken Hitchcock? While he would be a perfect coach for the Devils system, it's clear that this is not what this team needs. The former Blue Jackets coach, fired at the end of this season, would really only bring a change of name to the bench. The style would be nearly identical. 

Scott Stevens? Sure, that might be nice for nostalgic purposes, but he has no head coaching experience. A few more years behind the bench as an assistant would be best.. (and maybe a few extra lessons with the defensemen on toughness).

Robbie Ftorek / Larry Robinson? See Lemaire. The cycle of re-treads that has been going on with this team the last few years needs to end.

Mario Tremblay? He hasn't had a head coaching job in the NHL since '96-'97 w ...

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