Yes, but the team was playing very well going into that Final iirc. Could the Devils have won without Stevens? (I honestly don't know, I was fairly young in '03)
Stevens had paid his dues and was close to retirement anyway. Kovy was not and still in the prime of his career. Were both needed? Kovy was definitely needed, but I don't know if Stevens was.
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Stevens was the heart and soul of that team. He was a force. Hell, he practically killed Paul Kariya. Yes, he was definitely needed and, although they were the better team in the finals, I don't think they win in 2003 without him.