New Jersey Devils To Name John MacLean Coach Today

June 17th, 2010 by levinakl Leave a reply »
The first big question for the New Jersey Devils off-season appears to have been answered, as John MacLean will be named head coach at a 2 pm press conference later today.

Personally, I find it to be a little bit surprising only in that if MacLean truly was the guy that the Devils wanted, what took so long for it to happen?  Sure, I would think that GM Lou Lamoriello would need to do his due diligence on other potential candidates, but what took so long?

MacLean certainly has the resume to be the Devils coach, having served seven years behind the Devils bench as the assistant coach and spending this past season gaining head coaching experience with the Devils AHL affiliate in Lowell.  He guided Lowell to a 39-31-4-6 record this past year, and by all accounts, a lot of the players loved playing for MacLean at Lowell.  He also brought the Devils AHL team back to the playoffs after a long absence.

However, that doesn't mean there aren't questions surrounding MacLean's appointment. 

First off—MacLean played alongside guys like Martin Brodeur, Patrik Elias, Jay Pandolfo, Brian Rolston and Jamie ...

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