Devils' GM supports John MacLean

Updated: October 25, 2010, 5:35 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello backed his head coach Monday in the wake of the team's dismal start to the season and controversial benching of Ilya Kovalchuk.

A 2-6-1 start has New Jersey last in the Eastern Conference and 29th overall in the NHL but head coach John MacLean is not on the firing line at this point, Lamoriello said.

"There's no thought whatsoever," Lamoriello told ESPN.com Monday. "John has done an exceptional job. I have no issue with him. Our ...

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