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More Of The Same From Lemaire

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

It would certainly be a whole lot easier to rip the Devils for this one if not for one thing – Lemaire just happens to be an outstanding coach, arguably the best coach in the NHL, in fact. Ask any player for whom Lemaire has played and he will almost certainly tell you that Lemaire has made him a much better, much more complete player. Scott Niedermayer was all offense when he came to the NHL and bucked against Lemaire’s methods as a young player, but finally learned how to play in his own end and is regarded as one of the best defensemen of his generation.

Will the Devils present a boring, plodding product that will be the scourge of the game? You bet they will. But Lemaire has the pedigree, tenure and record of success that suggests he won’t care about that one bit. You see, coaches are judged on wins and losses and how much their teams improve. Almost every coach that has been fired in the history of the game has been because of his team’s record. Not a single one comes to mind who was fired solely for the style of game his team played.

If boring wins, boring generally stays.

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