The Devils completed their coaching staff fro the upcoming 2010-11 NHL season with the hiring of former all-star, Adam Oates. He will be joining the staff of fellow assistant Larry Robinson (who led the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2000) and goaltender coach Chris Terreri. These will be the men joining new coach John MacLean as he takes the reigns in his first season as an NHL coach.
Oates served as an assistant in Tampa Bay last season. He is 47 years old and retired from the sport in 2004. He currently has the most points of any Hall of Fame eligible player with 1,420 without being inducted–yet he never won the Stanley Cup in his 19 year career.
Nevertheless, I like the decision to go outside the box a little bit by Lou Lamoriello. When discussing reasoning of bringing Oates aboard Lamoriello had nothing but admiration towards what he was able to do as player.
“Throughout his career, Adam was without question one of the top playmaking centers, particularly on the power play, and was considered one of the top face-off players in the game,” said Lamoriello. “These attributes bring a different dimension to our coaching staff and both John and I are delighted that Adam is joining our organization.”
He normally likes to keep his staff in house, which makes this decision a bit of a head scratcher–but I like it, based on what Lou said because it is definitely an area that needed work. It’s clear Jersey needs some new faces and a new direction based on their recent playoff failures, so perhaps this particular coaching staff can bring those glory years back.