University of Wisconsin men's hockey coach Mike Eaves dispelled two East Coast newspaper reports that he was being considered for the NHL opening at New Jersey.
Eaves said Monday he's had no contact with the Devils or any other NHL team about leaving his alma mater, where he's coached since 2002. New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello, known for his secrecy, is still looking for a replacement for Jacques Lemaire, who retired after the 2010-11 season.
New Jersey newspapers in Newark and Bergen had reports over the weekend that suggested Eaves had emerged as a top candidate along with Craig Ramsey.
Eaves attended the NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minn., Friday and Saturday and saw four UW players -- freshman center Joseph Labate (Vancouver), sophomore left winger Michael Mersch (Los Angeles), freshman defenseman Patrick Daly (New Jersey) and freshman center Brad Navin (Buffalo) -- get chosen.
But even with Lamoriello in the Xcel Energy Center, there was no contact, according to Eaves.
"If there was going to be a time (to talk) that would have been it,'' Eaves said.