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MacLean has been fired. Confirmed on NJ.com

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

I hate the Rangers as much as the next guy, but I dunno, it wasn't like he went directly from NJ to NY. Plus he was only there for two seasons. He's spent approximately 22 years with the Devils as either a player or coach.

I do like your Lou-George Young comparison however.

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Jacques? I was hoping the next great marketing plan was going to be to randomly select fans during warmups to coach the team.

Give us a reason to show up early. Or at all for that matter.

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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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That would be awesome.

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Devils Head Coach = More turnover than the Defense Against the Dark Arts post.

Thank you, I was looking for a new sig line.

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So, let's start a betting line on when Langenbrunner gets traded. I say no later than mid-January, if not by Jan. 6th.

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So, let's start a betting line on when Langenbrunner gets traded. I say no later than mid-January, if not by Jan. 6th.

Thats the first thing that came to my mind. Langs will be gone in the next 2 weeks.

Whatever. Mac is gone and Jacques is in. Hopefully he can turn this train wreck all around in time.

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MacLean just wasnt a good coach. Not sure why some people can't wrap their heads around it.

No, he wasn't. But when do we start firing the players?!?! If even just Langenbrunner had been traded a week ago I would have been perfectly fine with ****canning Mac, but my god, how many coaches does this rotten core get to go through?! And if you were gonna fire Mac before half a season then he should have been fired after the Long Island debacle last month. Now it isn't going to do anything other than maybe start a futile run in the second half.

And bringing back Lemaire is laughable, typical Lou. So the same guy that the entire team tuned out the last couple months last year is gonna coach this same group now? Maybe it's a perverse way to punish the players but I don't see what Lemaire has to gain out of this. He won a division title in his last year, what does he need with coaching more than half a season in a hopeless cause?

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Is it sad that now I'm actually looking forward to seeing them play tonight?

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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".

I wouldn't be surprised if he actually did say something along those lines.

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Just a random thought... I'm not the best when it comes to stats -- and someone/anyone please correct me if I'm wrong -- but I think the last time the Devils hit last overall in the NHL standings was in the shortened 1995 season. We all know how that one turned around. Not saying to expect it again but it's worth a little hope.

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No, he wasn't. But when do we start firing the players?!?! If even just Langenbrunner had been traded a week ago I would have been perfectly fine with ****canning Mac, but my god, how many coaches does this rotten core get to go through?! And if you were gonna fire Mac before half a season then he should have been fired after the Long Island debacle last month. Now it isn't going to do anything other than maybe start a futile run in the second half.

And bringing back Lemaire is laughable, typical Lou. So the same guy that the entire team tuned out the last couple months last year is gonna coach this same group now? Maybe it's a perverse way to punish the players but I don't see what Lemaire has to gain out of this. He won a division title in his last year, what does he need with coaching more than half a season in a hopeless cause?

there's no market for any of these guys. try looking on capgeek sometime.

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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.

I've been saying the same thing for the past two years. The comparison to George Young is spot on. During his time as Giants GM, from about 1992-1996, the game had clearly passed Young by but he was as stubborn as a mule and wouldn't conform to the "new" NFL. Similar trait with Lou.

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I dont think any trades will be happening for a few weeks. Jacques will try to turn this all around with what he has and then if that doesnt work hell start making some of his own personal changes.

Do work James Lemaire! !!!!

Itll be interesting how the fans react when they announce Jacques name tonight.

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TG reporting that Lou says JMac will remain within the organisation. Probably to replace either Lamaier or the next head coach!

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No, he wasn't. But when do we start firing the players?!?! If even just Langenbrunner had been traded a week ago I would have been perfectly fine with ****canning Mac, but my god, how many coaches does this rotten core get to go through?! And if you were gonna fire Mac before half a season then he should have been fired after the Long Island debacle last month. Now it isn't going to do anything other than maybe start a futile run in the second half.

And bringing back Lemaire is laughable, typical Lou. So the same guy that the entire team tuned out the last couple months last year is gonna coach this same group now? Maybe it's a perverse way to punish the players but I don't see what Lemaire has to gain out of this. He won a division title in his last year, what does he need with coaching more than half a season in a hopeless cause?

Lou's pulling a Peter Gibbons. Tomorrow he goes fishing and guts a trout on Vanderbeek's desk.

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TG reporting that Lou says JMac will remain within the organisation. Probably to replace either Lamaier or the next head coach!

Put him down on assistant. It was what he was good at.

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there's no market for any of these guys. try looking on capgeek sometime.

No, there is a market, it just is not a very good one. The only market there is some draft picks and middling prospects for guys like Arnott and Langenbrunner who will hold more value closer to the deadline perhaps as teams have to pay less of the salary. Devils arent getting anything of consequential value in return to help this season or even perhaps next season. It's just the way the tea leaves are right now. I'll gladly take a couple of 2nd rounders for the ole vets and if we can dump a Clarkson along the way, that would be ideal as well.

Devils don't have anything of significant value at an area of depth to trade off. Only guys who could probably get a reasonable return are Parise who is injured and not getting traded and Tedenby who is cheap and right now one of the few forwards who has the speed and skill to threaten the opposition's defense. You don't want to move Zajac because doing so leaves you depleted at center and leaves Parise without his centerman when he returns.

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Jacques will try to turn this all around with what he has and then if that doesnt work hell start making some of his own personal changes.

I think you're crazy! :P

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I dont think any trades will be happening for a few weeks. Jacques will try to turn this all around with what he has and then if that doesnt work hell start making some of his own personal changes.

Do work James Lemaire! !!!!

Itll be interesting how the fans react when they announce Jacques name tonight.

He will get a standing ovation and Langs will pout.

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Wow, it goes from bad to worse. I see a lot of players waiving their NTC/NMC clauses now.

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Wow, it goes from bad to worse. I see a lot of players waiving their NTC/NMC clauses now.

I think that could be a motivating factor for this move. I can't see guys like Langenbrunner, White, Elias being too happy with Lemaire being back. Neither of those three got along at all the end of last year with Lemaire.

Although I think Lou was told by Vanderbeek he wasnt going to pay a new coach. Any replacement had to come from the current payroll.

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The best thing about Jacques is that hes an excellent defensive teacher. Can you imagine the idea of all our young defensemen being taught by Lemaire and Larry Robinson. Sounds promising to me.

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I can't wait for their Miller Lite commercial.

Lemaire: Tastes great!

Lou: Status quo.

Director: Cut! You're supposed to say "Less filling!" Let's try it again. Action!

Lemaire: Tastes great!

Lou: Status quo.

Lemaire: Tastes great!

Lou: Status quo.

Lemaire: Tastes great!

Lou: Status quo.

Director: Cut! Dammit! That's the 78th take you've ruined! For the last time, your line is "Less filling!"

Lou: Don't worry about my lines.

very clever. at least for older people like me

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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.

You think Lou's control freak nature would ALLOW that??

Any GM with him hovering over him would be a glorified puppet

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