Earlier today it was announced that there will be some coaching changes next season with the Arizona Coyotes.
Per Craig Morgan, video coach Steve Peters and assistant coach John MacLean will not have their contracts renewed.
Surprised to hear that video coach Steve Peters, a Coyotes fixture for 23 years, won't have his contract renewed. The same is true for assistant John MacLean. Both moves have been confirmed by the Coyotes. Contracts expire next week. The other coaches are still under contract.— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) August 29, 2020
As Craig notes Peters has been with the team for 23 years and he is a big part of the team. Recently he was one of the heroes of the Coyotes series against the Nashville Predators when he correctly called for a video review of a Nashville goal which was waived off for a player being offsides.
Not renewing John MacLean’s contract is a less surprising move. MacLean was in charge of the forwards and in his time with the team he has run both the power play and penalty kill.
A team’s offense is a mixture of coaching and the players and it would be unfair to put all of the blame on MacLean for the Coyotes offensive woes. Under him, the Coyotes’ were 30th in goals for in 2017-18, 29th in 2018-19, and 23rd in 2019-20.
In his time the Coyotes’ power play was ranked 26th in the 2017-18 season and 26th in the 2018-19 season. The penalty kill under him this past season was ranked 5th, a small drop from being ranked 3rd the prior season.