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It's hard to believe 22 years later, but it was an independent arbitrator that brought the Devils' most iconic player to New Jersey.
The circumstances may have been unusual, but Scott Stevens, the longtime New Jersey Devils captain who is now entering his first 82-game season as a full-time assistant coach with the team, can't imagine things having been any different.
The future Hall of Famer was awarded to the Devils in 1991 as compensation after the St. Louis Blues signed restricted free agent Brendan Shanahan. When Stevens arrived, the Devils were a franchise without a concrete identity. When he retired as a player in 2004, the team had won the Stanley Cup three times, a run built on an indelible reputation for toughness and defensive responsibility. No player embodied that style better than Stevens.