Coyotes add MacLean, Allen to coaching staff

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:17 PM Rick Tocchet has plenty of respect for John MacLean after playing against him during their respective hockey careers.

On Wednesday, the Arizona Coyotes announced that the two will join forces as MacLean was hired as an assistant on Tocchet's staff. The Coyotes also signed former Florida Panthers assistant Scott Allen to the same position.

"I played against John MacLean my entire career and always felt that his hockey IQ was outstanding," Tocchet said. "We had numerous talks about systems and philosophy and John's passion to coach, and I was very impressed with him."

MacLean won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils as an assistant in 2003. The 52-year-old also coached the Devils for 33 games in 2010-11 and was an assistant with the Carolina Hurricanes from 2011-14.

A two-time All-Star, MacLean recorded 413 goals and 429 assists in 18 seasons with the Devils, San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers and Dallas Stars.

Allen, 51, spent the last three seasons with the Panthers and will enter his 22nd year in professional coaching in the fall.

"We are very pleased to have John and Scott join the Coyotes organization," general manager John Chayka said. "Both individuals bring a wealth of hockey knowledge and coaching experience to our team and we are confident that they will be great additions to head coach Rick Tocchet's staff."

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