New Jersey Devils assistant coach Scott Stevens resigned on Sept. 9. According to the team, it was a personal decision. Stevens will be replaced by Tommy Albelin.
New Jersey Devils assistant coach Scott Stevens resigned on Sept. 9.
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According to NJ.com's Rich Chere, the Devils say Stevens' resignation was "a deision he made." Stevens will be replaced by Tommy Albelin:
"Scott Stevens, who served as a Devils assistant coach under Pete DeBoer the past two seasons, will not be back for a third.
"General manager Lou Lamoriello said it was a personal decision made by Stevens and indicated Tommy Abelin will step in and replace the Hall of Famer.
"'Scotty Stevens will not be coming back this year. There is nothing to read into,' Lamoriello stressed. 'It's not the organization. It's just a decision he made.
"'I'm sure it's not something that will be long-term. I'm sure he will be back in coaching, hopefully here some day. It's just a personal thing. Personal or professional. Any way you want to look at it.'
"Stevens had been reluctant in past years to accept an assistant coaching position because he did not want to travel so often. He agreed to return to the road as a member of DeBoer's staff in 2012.
"Albelin has been an assistant coach with the Albany Devils (AHL). He is also a former NHL defenseman.
"'It's the perfect scenario without Scotty because of Tommy working with the young guys we've had in the minors,' Lamoriello said.
"Lamoriello said Stevens would not be returning to the Devils at any point this season.
"'No. I don't believe that will happen,' the GM said.
"Devils rookies report for physicals Monday. Veterans report Sept. 18.
"Stevens, 50, has been a member of the Devils' coaching staff for seven seasons but became a full-time assistant last season. Thirteen of his 22 NHL seasons as a player were with the Devils and he won three Stanley Cups.
"He became the first Devils player to have his number (4) retired.
"Albelin, 50, is in his eighth year as a coach with the organization. He's been in Albany, N.Y., since 2010."
In a separate NJ.com blog, Chere, citing team sources, says one of the reasons for Stevens leaving is he felt most of his ideas were not valued enough by Devils management:
"The decision by Scott Stevens to step down as Devils assistant coach did not come as a surprise to club insiders.
"Although Stevens' playing career was cut short by a concussion and subsequent related issues, that was apparently not behind his choice to leave the Devils' coaching staff for personal reasons.
"According to several current and former Devils players who did not want to speak on the record, it is believed Stevens did not feel enough of his ideas were being heard on a club that has missed the playoffs two straight seasons.
"The former defenseman does not like the grueling travel schedule and being away from his family, which was a major factor. While his relationship with coach Pete DeBoer seemed solid, Stevens is said to feel the travel isn't worth it unless he could institute more of his own strategical ideas.
"Stevens apparently told Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello some time ago that he did not want to return this season. Lamoriello said only that Stevens, not the team, made the decision to step down.
"Stevens could not be reached for comment."
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