Originally written July 18, 2012 on Hockey Fan Land:
 Adding Scott Stevens as an assistant coach is a great move by the New Jersey Devils, but not for the reasons you might expect.  For those who think Stevens will now try to turn Adam Larsson, Mark Fayne, Andy Greene and other New Jersey defensemen into thundering open-ice hitter has completely missed the point of what Stevens was as a player and what he can bring as a coach.  True, Stevens was one of the greatest open-ice hitters in hockey history, but he was not inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007 on that element of his game alone. Stevens was one of the game's great complete packages, a player who had the skills to play any style you wanted and a player who changed his game over time to not only become a smart and mature player, but one who accented the skills needed to make his team better.  Remember, at times during his career, Stevens was a potent offensive player. remember, he scored 21 goals during his third NHL season and three times had 60 or more assists in a...
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