I dont get why someone would be upset over a, now ex-devil's career. Not to mention Langs is bigger in Dallas (pun not intended) then he was up here in NJ. He is a skilled player but he just didnt offer what was needed in the last year or two here. Thats fine and he should be able to go else where and prosper with his career. You guys shouldnt be sour about him at all. You shouldnt be sour about any other player that was once a Devil. Moving to a different team is part of the business. You cant judge someone just because they left NJ. He apparently has chemistry forming down there with his line mates which is great to see. Its nice to see someone jump ship intime.
Do the right thing here and be happy for the guy. Its the least you can do as a Devils fan for everything he gave us in the past.
I am sorry but I am not a hockey fan that is all about "feel-good"
I bleed Devils' red and when a player dogs-it or has a bad attitude and he is the captain no less...well good riddance... I don't hope he does well on any other team not named the Devils...fvck all other teams not named NJD....fvck all other players not in NJD uniforms.
....There is much more going on here than meets the eye. The picking of Lemaire shows that Devilsí GM/President/CEO, Lou Lamoriello has finally seen what I have been saying for years now. The Devils, since the winning the Stanley Cup in 2003, have been constructed in a flawed manner. Sort of a sum of the pieces is less than the value of the pieces individually. Surely there are top level NHL players on the roster right now, such as Zach Parise, Patrick Elias, Travis Zajac, Jamie Langebrunner, and of course Martin Brodeur. But somehow this team just canít seen to get over the hump and win in the playoffs. And the Devils have won their 3 Stanley Cups on the team concept. This past yearís team wasnít going to win a coffee cup let a lone a Stanley Cup. The fact that Lamoriello allowed former stars John Madden (Chicago) and Brian Gionta (to Montreal for an ridiculous sum of money), and role players Mike Rupp (Pittsburgh), and Scott Clemenson (Florida) all to sign with other teams, tells me Lou is interested in remaking the Devils. And he is interested in remaking the Devils in sensible fashion. Not by making news and signing salary cap busting and fan-popular free agents. But rather by using existing young talent from the Devilsí farm team, the Lowell Devils, and having them play within their level of skill. And playing within its capabilities relative to the competition is what is really going on with the hire of Lemaire as the new head coach.
While Zach Parise maybe a perennial 40 goal scorer, he is not a dominating player in the mold of an Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby or an Evgeni Malkin. Zach Parise is one of the hardest working skilled players in the NHL who can beat any defenseman who is not playing at his best. Malkin, Crosby and Ovechkin can beat any defender, at any time whether or not the defender is playing their best. Similar things could be said about the Devilsí current defensive corps, which are very good but not great.
With that being said, Jacques Lemaire is there to make the Devils play in a way that they can compete with the highly skilled offensive teams in the Devilsí own Eastern Conference such as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington. And that way is through controlled, sound and smart defensive play. And there is not better coach at doing that than Jacques Lemaire.
Please read what I am writing: You will see little or no neutral zone trap from the Devils this coming year. What you will see is smart, defensive based, well-positioned hockey, which controls the tempo of games.....