4/15/18 | Larry Brooks suggests that former Devils defenseman Scott Stevens would be a head coach that could teach the Rangers young players and also re-establish "a no-nonsense culture and hard-edged identity" for the team. (NY Post)
Brooks says that Stevens' history as captain of the Devils should not disqualify him as a candidate for the job and that this would be different than when the Rangers hired Bryan Trottier as head coach. (NY Post)
Stevens was a development coach with the Devils for three seasons before joining them as an assistant coach from 2012 to 2014.
He sat out the next two seasons before joining the Minnesota Wild for one-season in 2016-17.
Brooks says that Stevens would be the "ultimate teacher" for the Rangers young defense, is a "stickler for detail" and the "embodiment of winning hockey culture." (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: It's an interesting idea but I think, if Stevens wants to return to coaching, he would be better suited as an assistant coach. Stevens has some experience as a coach but only as an assistant and, by his choice, it's been sporadic over the past few years.
The fact that he is one of the greatest Devils of all time should be able to be overlooked after Michael Grabner was sent to the Devils this year and the 2002-03 coaching staff featured Bryan Trottier in the top spot and Terry O'Reilly as an assistant. The idea is sound as Stevens would bring the same kind of respect, leadership and experience that makes Mark Messier so appealing for so many, but I think that if the Rangers were to approach Stevens it would be for a different role and not head coach.