Thursday, June 17, 2010

John MacLean Will Be Devils Next Head Coach

In my opinion, this is long over due. John MacLean has served his time as an assistant coach and I thought that he would've gotten the job in the past but he was looked over.

According to Fire & Ice:
The Devils’ all-time leader in goals will be named the new head coach of the team at a news conference today at 2 p.m. at Prudential Center.

MacLean, who scored the overtime goal at Chicago Stadium in 1988 to put the Devils in the playoffs for the first time in team history, succeeds Jacques Lemaire, who announced his retirement from coaching four days after the team was eliminated by the Flyers in the first round of the playoffs.

MacLean, 45, spent seven seasons as an assistant coach for the Devils before taking over as head coach of their AHL affiliate in Lowell, Mass. for the 2009-10 season. In his first year as a head coach at any level, MacLean guided the Lowell Devils to a 39-31-4-6 record for 88 points and the organization’s first AHL playoff berth since 2000.

There is no word yet on the remainder of the New Jersey Devils’ coaching staff or who will replace MacLean as the head coach of the AHL team, which will move back to Albany for the 2010-11 season.
I am by no means a Devils fan, but I always thought that Johnny Mac was a good guy and really got shafted by Glenn Sather. I can't really wish him any success because that would of course mean I was wishing well on the Devils, but if anyone deserved that job it was MacLean.

No comments: