Scott Stevens has decided not to return as an assistant coach for a third straight season with the New Jersey Devils.
Stevens will be replaced by Tommy Albelin, according to multiple media reports. Albelin was an assistant coach with the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Albany Devils.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told local media outlets it was a personal decision by Stevens and there was nothing more to read into the situation. He said Stevens, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, would not be returning to the organization at any time in 2014-15.
"Scotty Stevens will not be coming back this year," Lamoriello said, according to NJ.com. "It's not the organization. It's just a decision he made. I'm sure it's not something that will be long-term. I'm sure he will be back in coaching, hopefully here someday. It's just a personal thing. Personal or professional. Any way you want to look at it."
Albelin spent 18 seasons as a defenseman in the NHL, including 12 with the Devils. He had 44 goals, 255 points and a plus-52 rating in 952 games.
"It's the perfect scenario without Scotty because of Tommy working with the young guys we've had in the minors," Lamoriello said.