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MacLean has been fired. Confirmed on NJ.com

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LOVE IT.

But Lou really needs to take a long, long look in the mirror for the remainded of this season.

Yeah, it's on him. Of course, he may want to move on.

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It's time. I think you have to ask yourself why Lou isn't behind the bench. He's done it a couple times before. Why not now? Because he's done here?

because lou was barely coaching those teams - it was maclean doing most of the work.

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Jacques was obviously the first and only person to fill out the online form to become a General in the Devils Army...

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Jacques was obviously the first and only person to fill out the online form to become a General in the Devils Army...

:rofl:

Lou:

"We teased with signs at different times," Lamoriello said. "It's my fault for waiting so long. Unfortunately, we just weren't getting it done. We finally got our penalty kill and power play going, but for whatever reason our five-on-five did not get going."

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because lou was barely coaching those teams - it was maclean doing most of the work.

Then why not coach and bring Lemaire back as an assistant who does most of the work?

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As terrible as this season has been I do feel bad for MacLean, can't be fun losing your first Head Coaching job in the NHL two days before Christmas.

+1

I don't feel bad for him. He did this to himself by donning a Rangers uniform the end of his career.

He's also the Devils' all-time leading goal scorer and the guy who put the Devils into the playoffs for the first time in history.

I can't help but feel for MacLean though. This guy has waited SO long for this, and not only did everything go wrong, but he will be remembered as the coach who ended a 14 year playoff run. And the saddest thing is that it will be remembered as solely his fault, where in reality he got very little support from the players, and some horrendous luck to boot.

Sadly, you might be right.

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Lou is playing Santa at the MacLean house Friday night,

i would guess johnny Mac will be playing santa at Lou's house. Still under contract I'm guessing.

Him and Rolston to Siberia in exchange for a bucket of snow.

:pray:

the bucket is optional

It's time. I think you have to ask yourself why Lou isn't behind the bench. He's done it a couple times before. Why not now? Because he's done here?

because Lou knows that lemaire is the better choice. And despite what many think here, he does things to make the team better, not his ego. JL knows the team, and is a proven coach. I'm sure JL didn't want to coach last year and lou talked him out of retirment becasue Lou thought it was the best fit for the team. up until xmas last year, looked like a good fit.

And for all the Lou bashing when it comes to the coaching merry go round. Burns and Sutter were brought in here long term and just didn't work out. sutter may have been foreseable with his close ties to Calgary( a stretch imo), but loosing burns came out of the blue and can't be blamed on Lout at all.

this was not the right team for a first year coahc. Then again, I didn't think Pit was either when they made the move a few years ag so what do I know.

I'll say it again, I would guess after 13 playoff years, Lou shouldn't be fired after 1 missed playoffs. Especially with all the long term moves made over the summer.

just me though

Joe

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Like it really matters at this point. You could put Scotty Bowman in his prime behind the bench, and it would be a lost cause.

You'd get the same results with this behind the bench.

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Remember when I posted this as a rumor a month or so again and you allllll said I was crazy.....well its true......I refuse to go in my car today bcause I don't want to hear EJ Rhadek and Don Legrecca making fun of us.

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Then why not coach and bring Lemaire back as an assistant who does most of the work?

why in the world would jacques come back for that? lemaire has been a head coach in the nhl for 15+ seasons.

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It's time. I think you have to ask yourself why Lou isn't behind the bench. He's done it a couple times before. Why not now? Because he's done here?

If you believe his promise to Brodeur, he has one more year to go as long as Brodeur is here (perhaps another reason to consider moving Brodeur). But I heard from somebody that there is some legitimate disconnect between Lou and ownership and that it wouldnt be surprising to see Lou leave. Ownership isn't happy with how Lou has exploded the team's payroll and limited it's flexibility, and this goes back the past few years, not just this year.

The person speculated the only reason Lou may be sticking is to try and ensure his son, Chris maintains a high-level position in some capacity in the front office. For the record, I do not want either Chris Lamoriello or Conte as GM when Lou leaves. Devils should go outside the organization for a new GM. I hate to use this analogy, but Lou reminds me of George Young with the Giants. Eventually George Young for all his greatness in the 80s got to a point in the early-mid 90s where he just got old as a GM and lost the touch that made him great. The game and the business changed and he couldnt adapt and it seemed moves that typically bore the hallmark of success floundered again and again.

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why in the world would jacques come back for that? lemaire has been a head coach in the nhl for 15+ seasons.

Why would he come back at all for half a season?

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+1

He's also the Devils' all-time leading goal scorer and the guy who put the Devils into the playoffs for the first time in history.

Sadly, you might be right.

I don't care. You wear a Rangers uniform and you are nothing to me, ever. I predicted MacLean would fail, and he did.

Why would he come back at all for half a season?

Lou probably told Jacques he was right about last season and that it wasnt his fault and then waxed poetic about the old Canadiens teams over some Canadian Club on the rocks with a promise to trade Langenbrunner and a few others as soon as possible.

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Why would he come back at all for half a season?

probably because lou asked him to.

this is going to be a big stretch for the team. the GM doesn't need to be distracted by also being a coach.

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If you believe his promise to Brodeur, he has one more year to go as long as Brodeur is here (perhaps another reason to consider moving Brodeur). But I heard from somebody that there is some legitimate disconnect between Lou and ownership and that it wouldnt be surprising to see Lou leave. Ownership isn't happy with how Lou has exploded the team's payroll and limited it's flexibility, and this goes back the past few years, not just this year.

The person speculated the only reason Lou may be sticking is to try and ensure his son, Chris maintains a high-level position in some capacity in the front office. For the record, I do not want either Chris Lamoriello or Conte as GM when Lou leaves. Devils should go outside the organization for a new GM. I hate to use this analogy, but Lou reminds me of George Young with the Giants. Eventually George Young for all his greatness in the 80s got to a point in the early-mid 90s where he just got old as a GM and lost the touch that made him great. The game and the business changed and he couldnt adapt and it seemed moves that typically bore the hallmark of success floundered again and again.

Interesting. Good post.

Even though he may have "lost the touch" as a GM, I wonder if he'll want to continue being a GM. He doesn't seem like the retiring type.

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probably because lou asked him to.

this is going to be a big stretch for the team. the GM doesn't need to be distracted by also being a coach.

+1.

There's a lot of off-ice analysis and evaluation that needs to be done and some work in making moves and reloading towards next year.

I'd really really love to be inside Jamie Langenbrunner's brain when he heard this news.

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This is going to be a big stretch for the team. the GM doesn't need to be distracted by also being a coach.

Good point on the task that lies ahead (unloading assets).

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Interesting. Good post.

Even though he may have "lost the touch" as a GM, I wonder if he'll want to continue being a GM. He doesn't seem like the retiring type.

I wouldn't mind having Lou stay on as president and/or CEO, but it's time to let someone else handle the player decisions.

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I wouldn't mind having Lou stay on as president and/or CEO, but it's time to let someone else handle the player decisions.

I'm wondering if he would like to be a GM somewhere else.

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