Just three weeks removed from losing to the LA Kings in the Stanley Cup finals, the New Jersey Devils have not only lost their captain Zach Parise to free Agency, but have also lost both of their assistant coaches. Back in June, one of the assistants, Adam Oates became the head coach of the Washington Capitals. It was just recently announced that, another assistant coach, Larry Robinson would be joining the San Jose Sharks as one of their assistant coach.
Devils General Manager, Lou Lamoriello, has maintained that if Robinson (age 61) wanted to retire or to take a coaching position to be closer to his grandchildren he (Lamoriello) would not be surprised.
So, not only are the Devils searching to find a forward that can score, they are also in the search for not one, but two assistant coaches to move into the forefront. Losing Oates will hurt the Devils big time. He was a huge part in coaching the Devils Power Play unit. This seems ludicrous to say, considering at the start of the season the Devils were on pace to give up a record number of short handed goals. As the season went on, the Devils balanced out their short handed giveaway goals by scoring on the short hand.