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Scott Stevens is now an assistant coach in New Jersey

Jul 17, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils have replaced two Hall-of-Famers with another, naming Scott Stevens one of two new assistant coaches after Larry Robinson and Adam Oates left to take other jobs.

Matt Shaw is the other new man in New Jersey, coming over from San Jose where he assisted Sharks coach Todd McLellan the past three seasons.

“Both Peter (DeBoer) and I look forward to the additions of Scott Stevens and Matt Shaw as assistant coaches,” said GM Lou Lamoriello in a release. “They bring experience to our coaching staff with Scott’s 22 years as a Hall of Fame defenseman and five seasons as a special assignment coach; and Matt’s 19 seasons of coaching success at every level.”

From the release:

Stevens, 48, will enter his sixth season as a member of Devils’ coaching staff, having previously served as a special assignment coach. As a player, he spent 13 seasons with New Jersey and captained the team to three Stanley Cup Championships. Stevens was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 12, 2007, and on February 3, 2006, became the first player in franchise history to have his number (4) retired. His playing career spanned 22 seasons with Washington, St. Louis and New Jersey. Stevens’ 1,635 games played are second all-time among defensemen and seventh overall, while his 233 playoff appearances are sixth in NHL history. He ranks fourth on the Devils’ all-time games-played list (956), fourth in assists (337) and tied for seventh in points (430).

Lamoriello called Stevens a “student of the game, always has been” while discussing the hiring with The Record, “and I don’t think we have a question about his knowledge of defense. And he played for some great coaches throughout his career. He played in the Olympics, World Cups. What he brings, you can’t teach.”

Considering the Devils don’t have a particularly stacked defense, the addition of Stevens behind the bench can’t hurt. Never know, maybe he can turn Andy Greene into a hitting machine.

PS — This reminds of us The Simpsons episode when Moe gave Homer his old boxing gloves…

Moe: Homer, I want you to have my lucky mitts.

Homer: Gee, thanks, Moe. What’s this?

Moe: Ah, that’s the barbed wire. We, uh, we called that the stinger. They…they don’t let you use that no more.

  1. Eberwizzle - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Best open ice hitter of all time!!!

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jul 17, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      Yeah don’t have your head down at practice or he will forearm shiver your brain !

    • Eberwizzle - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      Yep……my favorite top three players to watch were Scott Stevens, Rick Tocchet, and Mark Messier. And I’m a Flyers fan!!!

    • michiganhockey11 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      Vlady would be in the top 5…

  2. cerealrapist - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    As far as playing defense goes, Scott Stevens is the greatest defenseman there ever was.
    If you want a goal scoring defenseman… yeah, you could argue dozens.
    But I say leave the scoring to the forwards – Scott Stevens is the best all time.

  3. icdogg - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Lindros is still feeling it

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Hey Scott remember : off the floor! On the board! Paul kariya!!!!

  5. eigglesnosuperbowls - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    You know what I remember about stevens ????? When Eric Lindros came into the league and stevens would go into the corner he would turtle up and low bridge #88 ! stevens punked out every time Lindros was about to make him look like a bug on a windshield ! Then after Lindro’s grape had been squashed numerous times,,, then and only then did stevens stand up to Lindros ! Most of the time the punk scott stevens would hit lindros with his forearm to the grape while lindros was being engaged by stevens defensive partner ! stevens was way overrated as a player and now one cared when he finally was concussed himself ! He will be a lousy coach ,he knows one thing and one thing only catching people with their heads down ! To go from Larry Robison to this bum ,,,,,,,,,,,,advantage rest of the league ! They really must be out of money and got him off the scrap heap real cheap !

    • oruacat2 - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      Interesting, because I remember Scott Stevens being the Captain and an integral part of a team that went to four Stanley Cup Finals and won three of them. I guess the perception from Lindros (how many titles?) fans must be different.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        Stevens was so afraid of #88 it wasn’t even funny, you could see the fear in his body and eyes when Lindros was bearing down on him ! I never seen another athlete show this amount of visual fear other than Spinks vs Tyson !

  6. dannythebisforbeast - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Yeah they won but that was some boring ass hockey. I’d like to have some cups but that sh!t was painful to watch at times.

    Stevens would have 50 game suspensions every night if he played today.

    • oruacat2 - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      As in all sports, offense may sell tickets, but defense wins championships, and sweeping the Detroit Redwings in 1995 was anything but boring.

      • michiganhockey11 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        Yeah, that left wing lock was a lot of fun to watch…but kudos for them sweeping the Wings in ’95.

  7. michiganhockey11 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Jason, that Simpsons references was brilliant.

  8. dannythebisforbeast - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    I would say kudos but I think I fell asleep for most of that series

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