Andrew Brunette, finalist for the Jack Adams Awards, joins the New Jersey Devils as an assistant, sources said.

Andrew Brunette, finalist for the Jack Adams Awards, joins the New Jersey Devils as an assistant, sources said.

Jack Adams Award finalist Andrew Brunett as NHL’s top coach last season agreed a three-year contract with the New Jersey Devils as an assistant coach on Wednesday, sources told ESPN’s Kevin Weeks.

The brunette made her debut in Florida last season as an assistant and was appointed interim head coach after the last fall of Joel Quinville. A total of 1 in the Stanley Cup playoffs before the Tampa Bay Lightning knocked out Florida in 2 rounds.

A month later, Florida hired Paul Morris to replace Brunet, and the experienced head coach said at his introductory press conference that Brunet wanted to appear as an assistant with the Panthers.

Instead, Shyam will join the staff of New Jersey coach Lindy Rough, a team that lost last season but is a young core group filled with several first-round draft picks, including Jack Hughes and Nico Hisier.

The Devils removed assistant coaches Alan Nasruddin and Mark Ritchie after the season, and general manager Tom Fitzgerald later reiterated that Ruff would remain head coach for next season.

The Brunet Panthers also had a regular season number in the league’s all-time offensive line. Florida easily won the Atlantic Division with 58 wins, 122 points and a plus-94 goal difference. The Panthers defeated the Washington Capitals in six games in Round 1 and their state rivals in Round 2.

The 48-year-old was selected in the seventh round of the Capitals in 1993 and played a good NHL career for six teams before retiring in 2012. He finished in 1,110 NHL games with 268 goals and 733 points.

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