LEMAIRE RETURNS FOR SECOND STINT AS DEVILS HEAD COACH

TSN.ca reports that

Jacques Lemaire is returning for a second stint as coach of the New Jersey Devils.Lemaire led the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 1995. He was hired Monday to replace Brent Sutter, who resigned after two seasons with New Jersey.

Lemaire coached the Devils from 1993 to 1998. The Stanley Cup title in 1995 was the first of three for the Devils.

The 63-year-old Lemaire coached the Minnesota Wild from 2000 through the end of this past season, when he resigned.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=284629


4 Responses to LEMAIRE RETURNS FOR SECOND STINT AS DEVILS HEAD COACH

  1. Kramer says:

    Lemaire has that cool confident look you want in a coach.  If the players think the coach is smart, they're gonna play good.

  2. AHLoldie says:

    Just what the Devil fans want.  More boring hockey.  At least under Sutter, they played decent hockey.  Now it will be back to trap, trap, trap.  Just watch the attendance drop off again.

  3. bbruins37 says:

    lol yeah, did they really need to get more boring? just when parise was turning it around to make the devils more exciting, here comes the dreaded trap. parise's numbers should take a significant hit. hey, the trap is really effective but still, what a shame…

  4. AHLoldie says:

    The shame is really what it does to the fans.  The fans in Minnesota finally will get to watch exciting NHL hockey after watching boring, suffocating, putting the fans to sleep hockey, for years.  In Jersey, they built a new rink, and put a semi-exciting team on the ice and Brodeur gave up last minute goals twice in the playoffs, to the Hurricanes.  I guess this convinced Lou that the only way back was to go back to the old way.  I'll tell you this much.  I attended four games in New Jersey this past season, and in all of the games the arena was about half full.  This was for a first place team.  The only other rink where I saw about 3,000 empty seats was Detroit, and I would say New Jersey had twice that many.  I don't want to hear that these were seats that were already sold.  In Mellon Arena, and other rinks in the NHL, you can sell your season tickets for games that you can't attend, and they will buy them back and sell them to others online.  I do this all the time.  There are currently over 6,000 on the waiting list for season tickets here in Pittsburgh. 

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