Former NHL head coaches serving as assistants

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              FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019, file photo, Arizona Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet shares a laugh with Jason Demers (55) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, in Glendale, Ariz. Of 31 teams, 20 have a former NHL head coach as an assistant and six have more than one. Concerns about having too many cooks in the kitchen are blown away by the benefits of experience for how to deal with players, handle game situations and scout opponents.“There's a lot of little fires that coaches have to go through _ head coaches _ and I think when you have a staff with experience, they can put those fires out before they get to you,” said Tocchet, who has Phil Housley and John MacLean on his staff.(AP Photo/Darryl Webb, File)
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Twenty of 31 teams have a former NHL head coach as an assistant, and six have more than one. Here’s a look at the 27 coaches filling those jobs:

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Darryl Sutter: Coaching adviser won Stanley Cup in fourth head NHL job with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014.

ARIZONA COYOTES

Phil Housley: Fresh off being fired by Sabres after two seasons in Buffalo.

John MacLean: In second assistant job since less than a half-season as Devils head coach.

BOSTON BRUINS

Joe Sacco: Spent four seasons as Colorado’s head coach from 2009-2013.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Marc Crawford: Has reinvented himself as assistant long after leading Colorado to Stanley Cup in 1996.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Brad Shaw: A career-long assistant who was midseason replacement for Islanders in 1995-96.

Paul MacLean: Recent addition to John Tortorella’s staff spent three-plus seasons as Ottawa’s coach.

DALLAS STARS

John Stevens: Played with head coach Jim Montgomery in minors, won Cup as assistant with Los Angeles and ran show with Flyers and Kings.

Rick Bowness: Has become ultimate veteran assistant in past 15 years after five different stints as head coach.

Todd Nelson: In second season back as NHL assistant since being a midyear head coaching replacement with Edmonton in 2014-15.

DETROIT RED WINGS

Dan Bylsma: Won Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009 and missed playoffs in two seasons as Sabres coach.

EDMONTON OILERS

Jim Playfair: One-season Calgary coach rejoined Dave Tippett after six years as his right-hand man with Coyotes.

Glen Gulutzan: Spent two seasons as Stars coach and two as Flames coach.

FLORIDA PANTHERS

Mike Kitchen: Career-long assistant and Joel Quenneville’s guy coached St. Louis for parts of three seasons in early 2000s.

LOS ANGELES KINGS

Trent Yawney: Was fired early in second season as Blackhawks coach in 2006-07 and now with fifth team as assistant.

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Kirk Muller: Back as an assistant after parts of three seasons as Carolina coach during Hurricanes playoff drought.

NEW YORK RANGERS

Lindy Ruff: Veteran of 15 seasons in charge with Buffalo and four with Dallas is now on second New York coach in David Quinn.

OTTAWA SENATORS

Jack Capuano: On second team as assistant after parts of seven seasons as Islanders coach.

Davis Payne: Broke into NHL as head coach with St. Louis in 2009 and has previously been assistant with Kings and Sabres.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Michel Therrien: In first assistant job since junior hockey in early 1990s all because of connection to head coach Alain Vigneault.

Mike Yeo: After first head job with Wild, was fired by Blues early last season and St. Louis went on to win Stanley Cup.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Jacques Martin: Has been Penguins assistant for five seasons since head jobs with Montreal, Florida, Ottawa and St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS BLUES

Larry Robinson: Part-time assistant picked up another Cup ring last season after leading Devils to title in 2000 as late-season replacement.

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Bob Boughner: Back with Sharks after two years out of playoffs as Panthers coach.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Todd Richards: Coached Minnesota for two years and Columbus for parts of five seasons.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Dave Hakstol: Now working under new coach Sheldon Keefe a year after being fired midway into fourth season with Flyers.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Scott Arniel: Spent a season-plus as Columbus coach and was Rangers assistant before joining Capitals in the summer of 2018.