Yes, we’re going there again. The Devils should never give up on the idea that Scott Stevens will one day return to be one of their assistant coaches. He was the team’s assistant coach from 2012 to 2015 when he stepped down from the role. Then, he returned just a few months later when Lamoriello fired Peter DeBoer. He was considered a co-head coach with Adam Oates and Lou Lamoriello.
Stevens was not retained on the staff when the Devils hired John Hynes to be their head coach. Instead, Hynes went with his guy Alain Nasreddine. Nas was here for seven years with varied results before he was let go this past season. We won’t call this a total mistake after how Stevens’ situation worked out, but it seems Stevens was getting more out of his defenses.
Stevens eventually went to the Minnesota Wild as an assistant coach, and he was really good for that franchise. He was even getting some head coaching buzz, but then out of nowhere, he stepped down. He made the decision to spend more time with his family. Who knows if there is more to that story.
Either way, it seems like Stevens is content with his life. However, if he ever does want to return to the franchise that brought him his Stanley Cups and bring them to the next era, it would work out well.