New Jersey Devils: 4 Coaching Situations Team Should Pay Attention To

Head coach of the New Jersey Devils Lindy Ruff (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Head coach of the New Jersey Devils Lindy Ruff (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
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Montreal Canadiens – Marty St. Louis

The Montreal Canadiens look like a completely different team since Marty St. Louis took over as the head coach. He’s getting the best out of their star players, and despite so many players still being out of the lineup including Carey Price, he’s getting them to win games. He’s never going to get that team to contention this season, but he got them to a place where they could be competitive on a nightly basis. They just weren’t there earlier in the season.

St. Louis has said he plans to be the Canadiens coach for a long time. It’s likely going to end with St. Louis signing to be the long-term head coach for one of the NHL’s proudest franchises. However, we’ve seen these things turn sour before, and the Devils would be happy to swoop in and take on an outside-the-box head coach.

The Devils would love to get the scoring output from some of their players that St. Louis is getting out of Cole Caufield. St. Louis clearly gets something different from his team. Maybe he won’t know the Xs and Os as much as veteran coaches, but he seems to be a master motivator and can help the forwards in tough spots.

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This seems like the most unlikely in a series of unlikely scenarios, but it’s still worth watching. It takes just one fight about money for the Devils to swoop in and take this opportunity to get the right guy in house. Just look at what happened with the Capitals and Trotz, and he won a Stanley Cup.