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Devils president to lead coaching trio

AFP, NEWARK, New Jersey

New Jersey Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello has added coach to his titles, announcing on Saturday he will supervise the club after firing coach Peter DeBoer on Friday.

Lamoriello said that he would oversee an NHL coaching trio that includes two Hall of Fame retired players that previously served as Devils assistant coaches, with Adam Oates taking charge of the Devils’ forwards and Scott Stevens assuming full control over defensemen.

After dumping DeBoer and assistant coach Dave Barr on Friday following only 12 wins and 31 points from 36 games, Lamoriello said it was unfair to ask one person to guide the Devils to the end of the season in mid-April.

“It has certainly been a very interesting last 48 hours,” Lamoriello said. “The decision was made to go forward. I tried to come up with, in my opinion, what was the best way to get our team to do certain things and get the most out of personnel we have.”

Lamoriello said he intends for the tri-coaching move to be a stop-gap measure and plans to have only one coach next season, which he added could be Oates, Stevens or an outside candidate.

“Everything is going to be kind of collective right now,” Oates said about the decisionmaking process.

This marks the third time Lamoriello has jumped behind the Devils’ bench, all coming after he fired a coach during the season. Lamoriello has a 34-14-5 mark as an NHL coach from brief stints in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 campaigns.

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