Stevens interested in staying with Devils as an assistant coach

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Scott Stevens wasn’t able to earn the head coaching spot after spending about half of the 2014-15 campaign as the New Jersey Devils’ co-coach along with Adam Oates. That job instead went to former AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins bench boss John Hynes.

Stevens wants to stay in the game though and he’d like to be part of Hynes’ staff if there’s an opening for him.

“I haven’t looked elsewhere,” Stevens told The Record. “The Devils are my first choice, no question about that.”

He’s not sure what Hynes’ plans are as far as his staff goes, but Hynes has stated that “there’s no closed doors.”

Stevens is a Hall of Fame defenseman who won the Stanley Cup three times with New Jersey. He rejoined the Devils in 2012 as an assistant coach, but resigned in September 2014 before returning as a co-coach in December. His tenure as co-coach was perhaps most notable for the progress made by 22-year-old blueliner Adam Larsson. Back in January, Larsson suggested that having the trust of the new coaching staff was a big factor in his breakout.