- Last Updated: 8:14 AM, July 18, 2012
- Posted: 1:42 AM, July 18, 2012
The Devils found a way to replace one legend with another Tuesday.
A week after coaching great Larry Robinson decided to relocate his assistant job from New Jersey to San Jose in order to be closer to his family, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello tabbed all-time franchise great defenseman Scott Stevens as Robinson’s replacement.
Stevens will be in charge of teaching the team’s young defensive corps — just as Robinson was — on Peter DeBoer’s staff.
The Devils made a surprising run to the Stanley Cup Finals last season, only to lose to the Kings in six games.
“Larry did a great job,” said Stevens, who for the past five years has been a special assignment director for the team on a part-time basis. “I have a lot of respect for him, and I’m just going to try and fill his shoes.”
Stevens, 48, was the franchise’s defensive stalwart for 13 of his 22 NHL seasons, captaining the team to three Stanley Cups along with a Conn Smythe award in 2000. In 2006, two years after he retired, he had his red-and-black No. 4 retired and raised to the rafters, and a year later he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
“You always miss the action. Every player will miss playing the game,” Stevens said. “I put that all aside and I’m moving on to something else now, and I’m going to try and help them win in another way.”
Also joining the staff as an assistant is Matt Shaw, who spent the past three seasons in the same role with the Sharks, specializing in the power play. He fills the role left by Adam Oates, who left to become head coach with the Capitals.
“To have Lou Lamoriello as someone to work with is a great opportunity,” said Shaw, who was an assistant under former Devils coach Jacques Lemaire in Minnesota during the 2008-09 season and has spent a total of 19 years working his way up through numerous different minor leagues.
“For someone who has gotten to the NHL through the bowels of minor league hockey,” Shaw said, “it’s exciting.”
Retained on the staff are assistant Dave Barr and goaltending coach Chris Terreri. It is expected Barr and Stevens will join DeBoer on the bench during games, while Shaw and Terreri watch from the press box.Follow @NYPostsports