Jim Schoenfeld will return for a second season as the Pack's head coach
Former journeyman NHL defenseman J.J. Daigneault was hired to replace Ulf Samuelsson
"J.J. isn't a big guy and had to play with his smarts, skating ability and good body position defensively, which is the way the game is turning now," Schoenfeld said. "You can no longer hang on to guys, and it's tough boxing them out in front of the net, so you have to use your skating ability and moxie. That's how J.J. played his entire career, so I think it will be a real benefit for our defensemen."
Schoenfeld on the exodus of the veteran AHL players from Hartford
"We have a lot of young kids under contract, and you can't have everybody," Schoenfeld said. "It's tough to think you're old when you're 24 or 25, but because of all the draft picks and prospects the Rangers got when they moved all those bodies out of New York [in 2004], all of the kids are coming of age, have to be signed and we have to find a place for them to play."
"I had the privilege of coaching J.J. in Phoenix and know the caliber of his play and depth of his defensive knowledge," said Schoenfeld. "We have a group of strong, young defensemen who will greatly benefit from being coached by a former NHL blueliner"
“Today is certainly bittersweet,” said RoadRunners President Claude Lemieux. “J.J. played a tremendous role in helping make the RoadRunners return to downtown Phoenix a successful one, and on behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank him for all his efforts. At the same time, we are extremely excited to see J.J. move up the coaching ladder, and wish both him and his family nothing but the best.”