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Arizona Coyotes and Tucson Roadrunners Announce New Staff

The verdict is in and now both teams have a full coaching staff

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The Coyotes and Roadrunners announced four new hirings in the means of coaching staff on Wednesday.

Arizona have added John MacLean and Scott Allen to Rick Tocchet’s staff.

John MacLean has most recently been a talking head over at the NHL Network, but also has past coaching experience. His last position was with the Carolina Hurricanes as an assistant coach. Craig Morgan pointed out that MacLean will be working with the forwards, power play, and systems. Scott Allen, previously with the Florida Panthers, will be working with the defense and the penalty kill.

In Roadrunners news, they have a brand new coaching staff in Tucson. Mike Van Ryn, who was part of player development for the club last season, is now the head coach. They also added John Slaney (who has been an assistant coach of the Coyotes for two seasons) and Steve Potvin (Skills coach for the Coyotes last season) as assistant coaches.

Van Ryn previously coached the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, where he also led Ryan MacInnis and the team to a second round exit in the Memorial Cup Playoffs that season. He was an associate coach with the organization for two seasons before that.

The advantage of Van Ryn coming in as coach is, he knows most of the players from being part of the development staff last year. Having a cohesive theme with both teams will help the success of both clubs in the long run.

What do you think of these hirings?