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Ken Daneyko says John MacLean is an assistant coach in Carolina (and he is too)

John MacLean, Adam Oates, Brian Rolston, Travis Zajac

New Jersey Devils coach John MacLean, top center left, signals to his team as assistant Adam Oates, right rear, looks on and Brian Rolston (12) and Travis Zajac sit on the bench during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators, Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, in Newark, N.J. The Predators defeated the Devils 3-1. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


Twitter can be a fun medium for everyone to use and sometimes you get accidental news out of it.

MSG analyst and former Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko let the cat out of the bag this morning that his old teammate and former Devils head coach John MacLean would be heading to Carolina to become Kirk Muller’s assistant coach.

With that news out of the bag, the Hurricanes confirmed the hiring themselves shortly thereafter.

MacLean was booted as Devils coach last season just 33 games going 9-22-2 and getting the Devils into such a big hole that they couldn’t recover to make the playoffs after a furious rally in the second half of the season. While MacLean had a rough go as a head coach, his record as an assistant in New Jersey was a good one and giving Muller an experienced guy and old teammate in his own right will make life a bit easier for him.

The other side of this is seeing so many guys I grew up watching play becoming coaches is making me feel awfully old. Time to lay down or chase the neighbor kids off the lawn I guess.