Second Guesssing This New Jersey Devils Coaching Hire

April 21st, 2010 by Leslie Monteiro Leave a reply »
The Flames fired Mike Keenan last year after his team's terrible first-round playoff performance against the Blackhawks.

Then-Devils coach Brent Sutter noticed a job opening in Calgary. He wanted to be close to home, and he wanted to work for his brother, Darryl Sutter, who is the general manager of the Flames.

Sutter decided to quit his job as the Devils head coach. He insulted everyone's intelligence by saying he needed to take care of his farm in Alberta. No one bought that hogwash.

Lou Lamoriello moved quickly in replacing Sutter. He hired a blast from the past in Jacques Lemaire.

For Lamoriello, it made sense. Lemaire knew how to win not to mention getting the most out of his players.

Lemaire was coming off several rough seasons in Minnesota, but Lamoriello felt Lemaire could win with better talent in New Jersey.

Lemaire wanted to get one more chance of the Cup before he retires for good. He took advantage of the opport ...

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