Former Devils captain Kirk Muller was back in New Jersey on Tuesday night for the first time as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. It was also Hurricanes assistant coach John MacLean’s first game at Prudential Center since he was replaced as Devils coach by Jacques Lemaire on Dec. 23, 2010.

In fact, Muller, MacLean and Hurricanes assistant coach Dave Lewis all played for the Devils. They were teammates in New Jersey from 1984-86.

"Johnny and I always talked about working together, so it was a great opportunity for me," Muller said. "I’m really a coach who delegates a lot. Being an assistant [with Montreal] and knowing what it’s like to be an assistant, I think a coaching staff has to be like a team, and I love my staff."

Muller was named coach of the Hurricanes on Nov. 28, 2011, replacing Paul Maurice. He brought in MacLean as an assistant the following week. Lewis was an assistant coach with the Hurricanes when Muller was hired.

"Johnny brings in all the stuff he’s learned in an organization like Jersey over the years," Muller said. "He’s played, and he really does a lot with the wingers with our team."

Still waiting

LW Mathieu Darche, who has been skating with the team without a contract since attending training camp as a tryout, went home to Montreal for a couple of days to visit his family, but is expected back today. Darche’s agent, Steve Freyer, said via email that "a couple of teams" have expressed interest, but he’s still hoping the Devils will sign him and is willing to wait a while longer.