Devils GM Lamoriello returns to bench with Oates, Stevens

Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – Devils president and general manager Lou
Lamoriello has come up with a “unique” solution to fix the team’s coaching
situation.

After firing head coach Peter DeBoer on Friday, Lamoriello announced on
Saturday that he will join Scott Stevens and Adam Oates behind the bench.

Oates will have full control of the forwards, while Stevens will have full
control over the defensemen. Neither Oates nor Stevens was given an official
title.

New Jersey plays the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Lamoriello said that it would be unfair to ask one person to come in and be
the head coach for the rest of the season.

Assistant coach Dave Barr was dismissed.

This marks the third time Lamoriello has been behind the bench for New Jersey,
all of them coming after he fired a coach in-season. He has posted an
impressive 34-14-5 regular season record in two brief stints dating back to
2005-2006 and 2006-2007.

DeBoer led the Devils to a 12-17-7 start. He was in his fourth season as New
Jersey’s coach.

The Devils were 114-93-41 under DeBoer. DeBoer’s best season in New Jersey was
his first as he guided the team to a 48-28-6 record in 2011-12. The Devils
represented the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals, but lost to the
Los Angeles Kings in six games.

Oates and Stevens are both in the Hockey Hall of Fame as players, with the
latter man known best for time spent as captain of the Devils from 1992 until
his retirement following the 2003-04 season. He helped lead New Jersey to
three Stanley Cup titles during that time.

Both Oates and Stevens previously served as assistant coaches for the Devils.
Oates was on DeBoer’s staff when the club reached the 2012 Cup Finals before
leaving to become the head coach of the Washington Capitals. He was fired by
the Capitals last spring after two seasons with the club.

Stevens served as an assistant under DeBoer in 2013-14 before stepping down
prior to this season.