He's obviously not coming back, and this isn't a fire DeBoer thread, but I was wondering if anyone thinks there's something to how younger players have faired while Lemaire was the coach. In his latest stints, he seemed to get the most out of Tedenby and Josefson, and even had scrubs like Bergfors and Palmieri playing pretty well, to the point that Bergfors was good enough to be the centerpiece of the Kovalchuk trade.
Of course, Josefson and Tedenby were playing at a time when the team didn't have that much to lose, and, if I recall, got ice time with Kovalchuk, which will help anyone's performance. But Tedenby, at least, got so bad all of the sudden once Lemaire left that I think there has to be more to it than that.
You could also argue that a guy like Fayne more or less came out of nowhere to be an effective NHL defenseman when Lemaire was the coach, although that might have just as much to do with Larry Robinson, who, in retrospect appears to have been great for Larsson as well.
Also, FWIW, as some of you know, I'm related to another poster here, who's friends with one of the current members of the team. He's played for a lot of different coaches, and said Lemaire was the best coach he's ever played for.