After the New Jersey Devils lost two top-notch assistant coaches in the weeks after reaching the Stanley Cup Final, adequate, lesser-known replacements would have been acceptable.
After all, it's not everyday that a team loses coaches like Adam Oates, who left for a heading coaching job with the Washington Capitals, and Larry Robinson, who left for a job with the San Jose Sharks so he could remain closer to his immediate family.
But, the Devils brought their coaching staff up a notch, this week.
The Devils announced Tuesday that they will be adding long-time New Jersey captain Scott Stevens, along with former Sharks assistant coach Matt Shaw to join head coach Peter DeBoer behind the bench.
Stevens, who did remain close with the organization after his retirement in 2004, has been long-known as the best Devils player ever, due in large part to the fact that he captained New Jersey to all three of their Stanley Cup wins.
He had his number-four jersey retired at Continental Airlines Arena in 2006, the first Devils player to have his number retired.
So yeah, people in New Jersey are excited about that.
"Well I think it's obvious what, first of all, Scotty Stevens brings," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said. "He brings playing experience, coaching experience -- he's been with us."
Stevens has been all around the Devils organization since his retirement. He's spent time with the NHL and AHL-affiliate, Albany Devils, and has attended every home game and is often around the team after games and practices, Lamoriello said.
Stevens may be best known for his hard-hitting style, but make no mistake, Stevens was one of the smartest defensemen of his era. His world-wide-known hit against Paul Kariya that left the Ducks forward motionless on the ice is just an example of the way he played the game.
He epitomized what a defensemen was supposed to be, and, was a mark of the Devils becoming one of the best defensive teams for an entire decade.
In the playoffs of 2003, Stevens took a puck to the head late in the game three against the Tampa Bay Lightning. After getting several stitches around his ear, the captain was back on the ice two nights later, and helped the Devils win, scoring a goal, and moving a game closer to eliminating Tampa Bay.
"I always saw myself as a teacher and at some point, an assistant coach, and I guess things just seem right now," Stevens said, according to the Bergen County Record.
New Jersey also added Matt Shaw, who last year coached in San Jose, leading the Sharks to the second-best power play in the NHL. He will coach the Devils special team this season, taking over for Oates.
The moves come a day after the Devils opened their developmental camp on Monday.