Scott Stevens among former NHLers up for Player Safety gig

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)10 Jun 2000: Scott Stevens #4 of the New Jersey Devils hoists the Stanley Cup trophy after winning Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup finals over the Dallas Stars at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. The Devils won 2-1 in the second overtime period. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/ALLSPORT
)10 Jun 2000: Scott Stevens #4 of the New Jersey Devils hoists the Stanley Cup trophy after winning Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup finals over the Dallas Stars at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. The Devils won 2-1 in the second overtime period. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/ALLSPORT

According to Yahoo Sports’ Nick Cotsonika, former New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Stevens interviewed for a job with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

One assumes he would be hired under through the NHL’s “What Not To Do” program, which also resulted in the addition of Chris Pronger to the department …

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Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports that Owen Nolan and George Parros have also interviewed, the latter obviously to bring up the collective GPA of this group.

All of these players obviously share the same hockey DNA: Stevens as one of the league’s most ferocious hitters, most of which would today be illegal; Nolan as a bruising power forward; Parros as a career fighter.

If all of this feels a little redundant, that’s because it is.

One of the great things about the NHL’s competition committee, by comparison, is that it’s a cross-section of players. Seriously, look at this group. Scorers, defensemen. Guys who hit, guys who get hit. A goalie!

In many ways, one of the guys Stevens basically ended, Paul Kariya, would be a better voice in the player safety room. We have hitters represented; what about the hittees?

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