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Devils Name Jacques Lemaire Head Coach

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but didn't cite a source.

one time, don't be lemaire. actually hopefully the major announcement is that they've signed olli malmivaara.

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hes edited, and added a bit now...

It is expected that they name a head coach at that time.

All signs point to Jacques Lemaire

This will be Lemaire's second stint as the team's head coach. He coached them from 1993-94 to 1997-98 and guided them to their first Stanley Cup in 1995.

(edit: took some out, i know there is that policy about not posting the whole article .. my bad)

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lol, don't post the whole thing.

i'm glad he changed it to 'all signs point to'.

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i'm glad he changed it to 'all signs point to'.

Sounds like he is using a magic 8 ball

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Sounds like he is using a magic 8 ball

Hopefully one that's wrong.

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IF it is Lemaire:

While I believe this potentially can be a step backwards,

I will give Jacques the benefit of the doubt and support him.

Over a decade ago he helped transform this franchise into a power for that I am proud.

The past few years the game has changed, it appears Jacque did not evolve with it, but I also think he didn't have the talent to do anything the past few years in Minny. He has a roster loaded with good young talent that I believe can go pretty deep with the right leadership. I support Jacques hope he can create magic again.

What do you do with Johnny-Mac?

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I do agree with this Manta, a little bit.

We'll see what happens. I just want to know why if it was Lemaire it took so friggin long to announce it.

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I do agree with this Manta, a little bit.

We'll see what happens. I just want to know why if it was Lemaire it took so friggin long to announce it.

lou was vetting other candidates and didn't like any of them

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Didn't see this coming at all.

...

Really, I'll try and look at the positives. At least maybe Jacques can impart some discipline on all the younger guys who will supposedly be playing this year.

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Didn't see this coming at all.

edit: oops... sarcasm..... DM, yeah, you gotta add in a tag for that some day ;)

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I like the potential of his ability to develop these young kids that we will be using this year.

I also give him him the benefit of the doubt that he knows that goals need to be scored. Not every game can be 1-0, 2-1 and so on.

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you mean the announcement or the hiring of lemaire (if true)? because rumors of lemaire becoming the next devs' head coach were all over the place for awhile now..

I Really need to add those sarcasm tags some day.

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you mean the announcement or the hiring of lemaire (if true)? because rumors of lemaire becoming the next devs' head coach were all over the place for awhile now..

I Really need to add those sarcasm tags some day.

yeah you do, heh. i can never tell. :P

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While I'd prefer someone with a similar approach to Sutter, let's not forget that Lemaire's Wild did win the Northwest Division not too long ago. They won games based on defense, goaltending, and timely goal-scoring... so it's not like it would be that big of a stretch in Jersey, as many have already pointed out.

At least it will give the writers something new to discuss about the Devils other than the cloak-and-dagger ways of Lou.

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Well he's old and frankly I'm not sure his heart is 100% into coaching right now...which means he'll be as rigid and boring as possible since he won't care who he alienates or whose career he sets back (ie Niedermayer)

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I've spoken to a lot of friends and Devils Fans in my area and all of them wanted Lemaire back. I have to tell you that with all the injuries in Minnesota this year, he did a great job as they contended for a playoff spot. Plus he will be an assistant with Team Canada, so thats always great. And Tremblay will definitely add experience. Parise will be fine, just like Gaborik was with Lemaire. So if it is Lemaire, then I will support him 100% just like I always support the Devils.

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This from the Newark Star Ledger:

New Jersey Devils set to name new head coach

http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2009/07...d_coach_la.html

Jacques Lemaire is still believed to be the leading candidate, but no formal indication has been made.

Right now, as the defensemen practice, Scott Stevens, Jacques Laperriere and Tommy Abelin are running the drills. General manager Lou Lamoriello peeked his head in about 10 minutes ago, but then disappeared once the announcement of the conference call was handed down.

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Hey its July 13th, the date we also hired Sutter, but thank god its not a Friday, so maybe good can come out of this.

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The fact that still no one knows for sure is pretty amazing... is there anyone better at the lockdown than Lou?

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as much as I respect Lemaire, I think the game has passed him by - he's not been as readily able to adjust since the rules change post-lockout. And he doesn't have Scott Stevens anymore.

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other things the major announcement could be:

jay pandolfo retiring

tapio levo's jersey to be hung from the rafters

panera bread sandwiches not as good as advertised

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