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MacLean has been fired. Confirmed on NJ.com

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.....okay, terrific.

I'd buy this if it were a quitting, but if this is a firing, this is either a bitchfest from the players or a bitchfest from the owner to make some kind of change. And since no one is taking our refuse on the waiver or trade block...Johnny Mac is the man to go.

I'm not so sure Lemaire's going to save this season either, this team is still last in the league in goals, atrociously irresponsible defensively, and not getting any healthier. If they make it back to respectability, I blame Crasher, since he's the fan of both teams who quit on their coaches to get them fired. :P

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That would probably be best for him anyways.

Disagree he has shown no signs to me that he cant play a full year in the NHL.

I would have said the same before the season started, but he has been fantastic. A small bright spot during this abortion of a season!

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35-10 doesnt sound so out of reach now.

The Devils were 30-8-2 under Lemaire before the Christmas meltdown.

Just sayin' ...

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I was on the fire Lemaire bandwagon last year too. I hated his complaicent attitude after losses, but at this point anything is better than Mac.

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What is most sad is, I suspect we will see this team win some games, and we will end the season left with the feeling of what could have been....

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completely absurd

i'll eat my words if i have to, but this might be the most ridiculous story i've heard all year

lol

haha lol is right. i don't know where i get off being incredulous with this team anymore but apparently this actually happened? It's like a soap opera. But I am glad to see a coaching change. om nom nom tasty words

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haha lol is right. i don't know where i get off being incredulous with this team anymore but apparently this actually happened? It's like a soap opera. But I am glad to see a coaching change. om nom nom tasty words

Well this is nothing official about Lemaire..........yet :doh1:

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lemaire's a fine hire. he should at the very least fix the defense, and he doesn't cost anything. he was only signed to a 2 year deal, so he goes away at the end of the year. langenbrunner and his cadre of fanatics are out this year anyway.

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I guess it can't get much worse. Unless we do well, but not good enough to make the playoffs and then miss out on a good pick next year and just stay mediocre.

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What is most sad is, I suspect we will see this team win some games, and we will end the season left with the feeling of what could have been....

and we will finish just high enough to get screwed on a draft pick.

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My only question is - why now? Why wasn't this done 10 games ago? Why did Lou wait until the season is all but lost to do something like this?

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I hope Lou's meeting with the players is going something like "the only reason I'm firing the coach is because I tried to get rid of you sacks of sh!t and nobody wanted you".

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What is most sad is, I suspect we will see this team win some games, and we will end the season left with the feeling of what could have been....

Yeah, a tenth-place finish and no top-5 pick.

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I know, I know, "but Adam Larsson is sooo awesome!!"... but if we find a way to turn this season around, win a bunch of games, start showing up to the rink with a "you can't beat us attitude", I'd be perfectly happy with a 9th place finish. I mean, yeah it would stink, but at least we showed enough fight to give us some legitimate hope for next season.

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I know, I know, "but Adam Larsson is sooo awesome!!"... but if we find a way to turn this season around, win a bunch of games, start showing up to the rink with a "you can't beat us attitude", I'd be perfectly happy with a 9th place finish. I mean, yeah it would stink, but at least we showed enough fight to give us some legitimate hope for next season.

quit talking sense.

in the devils' position, losing ALWAYS sucks.

sucks for maclean though, this is the 2nd time lemaire's beat him.

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My only question is - why now? Why wasn't this done 10 games ago? Why did Lou wait until the season is all but lost to do something like this?

I agree, we are in such a deep hole now that even if we do turn it around we are still not going to make the playoffs(unless a miracle run happens)

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This team has a lot of problems, one of which was the coach. Probably not the top of the reasons we suck this year but the easiest to deal with. Hopefully Lou doesn't stop here and either cleans house completely or deals with some of the other issues...

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I hope Lou's meeting with the players is going something like "the only reason I'm firing the coach is because I tried to get rid of you sacks of sh!t and nobody wanted you".

It goes back to my favorite Lou quote of the season from right after waiving Rolston:

Maybe my patience has been too patient

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I know, I know, "but Adam Larsson is sooo awesome!!"... but if we find a way to turn this season around, win a bunch of games, start showing up to the rink with a "you can't beat us attitude", I'd be perfectly happy with a 9th place finish. I mean, yeah it would stink, but at least we showed enough fight to give us some legitimate hope for next season.

Exactly. And it's not like there's a "can't miss" prospect in this year's draft, either...there are talented players, sure, but no Crosby, Ovechkin, Tavares, or Hall. I'd much rather see this team get some momentum rolling for next season than watch them tank the rest of the year and have the biggest positive about this team be an 18 year old kid.

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this helps, but this team is a hot mess beyond maclean. i don't think this does much to alter #operation1stoverall (which is more tongue in cheek) but perhaps the devils can move from worst to 5th worst. lemaire doesn't come with pixie dust to fix parise 6 weeks early and to even dream of a decent streak to mediocrity, he's necessary.

the one guy who might benefit the most is andy greene. i'd say that if his awful play continues with the guy that got the most out of him, then he is what most thought he was - sh!t.

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Exactly. And it's not like there's a "can't miss" prospect in this year's draft, either...there are talented players, sure, but no Crosby, Ovechkin, Tavares, or Hall. I'd much rather see this team get some momentum rolling for next season than watch them tank the rest of the year and have the biggest positive about this team be an 18 year old kid.

this, and it takes forever for a defenseman to develop. if we have to wait 6 years for the guy to become a 3 wins a year player, that's too long. the hole is so deep that we might end up with that player anyway, since it's not like a lot of our players won't be gone at the deadline.

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Does Lemaire know what he is getting into? LOL

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