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Devil’s Advocate: Why John MacLean May Not Coach the New Jersey Devils

Published by on June 10, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

Earlier, I discussed the Devils' new coaching vacancy, and put my money (albeit not overwhelmingly) on current assistant John MacLean to replace Brent Sutter. However, I'd like to play Devil's advocate (no pun intended, I promise, it's just a coincidence) and point out what could be working against Johnny Mac.

First of all, as mentioned in the previous post, Lou Lamoriello has had many opportunities to promote MacLean, but has not done so. The Devils have cycled through many coaches since MacLean joined the team as an assistant in 2002, but has never been given a shot to man the reigns.

In fact, Lamoriello has taken the job himself twice rather than give it to MacLean, even on an interim basis, something he was loath t...

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