Devils Fire MacLean; Lemaire To Return Behind The Bench
Apparently Lou Lamoriello and the New Jersey Devils want to forget that the first 35-or-so games of the 2010-11 season even happened.
In a move that stacks up well amongst all the other hilarious Devils moments of the last six months, John MacLean received his Christmas present early this year, as Lou handed him his pink slip today and a ticket out of New Jersey. This move shouldn't surprise anyone.
The surprising part? The guy who'll be returning to coach the Devils tonight will be last year's coach and well-known old timer Jacques Lemaire, who wasn't even on a plane to New Jersey as of 10:20AM eastern time.
Because, you know, the only thing that changed since the Devils lost in the first round of the playoffs last year was Lemaire leaving. And that's the only thing to blame here. Not the tremendously ridiculous Kovalchuk contract and the havoc it's caused on the Devils and their cap situation this year.
The new (old) coach and the players will have a chance to respond tonight, as Lemaire will be behind the bench for the Devils game against the New York Islanders. The Devils currently sit in last place in the NHL with a 9-22-2 record and only 20 points, but the Isles aren't far behind (ahead) at 7-18-6 for 20 points as well with two games in hand, so we're surely in for a good one tonight. Both teams are 18 points out of the playoffs.
Yippee-ki-yay and Merry f'n Christmas, John MacLean.