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Who Better To Ask About The Trap Game Than Jacques Lemaire

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes at the St. Petersburg Times,

Here is what former Devils and Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said about the criticism of Lightning coach Guy Boucher from Versus commentators Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Pierre McGuire Wednesday night about the team’s 1-3-1 trapping system, which they said makes for such boring hockey the Lightning and Boucher should be embarrassed and even “punished.”

“Myself, I laugh at this,” Lemaire told the St. Petersburg Times in a phone interview. “I laugh at it this because are we supposed to coach as we please the people who are announcing the games or make comments on the games? Is that a new style or what? Do we have to please Milbury when we coach? It’s the first time I hear of this.”

If anyone knows about criticism, it is Lemaire.

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One More Time Jacques?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It is about conforming to the philosophy, conforming to the system, and it is about one last ride for this club, one last try for a Fourth Amendment with the Great Martin Brodeur in the final year of his contract and perhaps his career at age 39, with it appearing more likely by the day Zach Parise is bound to test free agency next summer.

If this is the last ride, if this is about the Devils’ system and the Devils’ way of life, then there is only one man to take the reins, and it’s Lemaire. There is an emerging theory that the reason it’s taking so long to announce the winning contestant in the annual summer hunt for a coach is Lamoriello is waiting for Lemaire to recognize this and come out of retirement (again).

Actually, there are two emerging theories here. One is that Lemaire is proving intractable (Jacques? Never.) in his decision to step off. The other is that general manager and president Lamoriello is having difficulty convincing CEO Jeff Vanderbeek to pony up the considerable amount of cash it will take for Lemaire to mount the Devils bench for the fourth time.

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Lemaire Done In New Jersey

via Tom Gulitti tweets,

Lemaire on why he won’t return: “It demands a lot. I want to enjoy life. I want to enjoy the family. I thought that I did make the…

“..right decision last year. I’m happy I took the job the rest of the season. I had fun. It was a huge challenge for me….

 

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Félicitations Sur 600 Victoires Jacques Lemaire

via Tom Gulitti tweet,

Lemaire on 600th: “A coach is always as good as the players are and I’ve been fortunate to work with good people around me all through my career and I thank them because they were a part of it, all the players that played hard.”

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Could Jacques Lemaire Become Involved With The Lightning?

from Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times,

This year, Lemaire had an average offense, a mediocre defense and an aging-by-the-minute goalie in Martin Brodeur and still guided the Devils to a No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Devils’ flaws were then exposed in the first round of the playoffs, where they were upset by the Flyers in a mere five games. Still, Lemaire will go down as one of the best coaches ever and, perhaps, its greatest teacher.

Anyway, relax Lemaire-haters, Lemaire will not be the Lightning’s next coach. But it’s not a stretch to see him as a consultant for the Lightning, especially if Risebrough is the general manager. And anytime you can add to your organization a man who has his name on the Stanley Cup 11 times, it’s a very good thing.

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Afternoon Line

“The year went really well. It’s not the problems that you have with the players. It’s nothing. It’s part of the game. It’s not the team. It’s not the lack of result that we had in the playoffs. It’s not that at all. I just find that it’s the end of the line. I’ll be 65. It’s just time.”

-Jacques Lemaire on why he announced his retirement.  Much more from Phil Coffey of NHL.com.

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Lemaire Retires

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils coach Jacques Lemaire announced his retirement this morning.

added 12:31pm, This was added to the same blog post from Tom,

Lemaire tried to tell the team during a meeting this morning at Prudential Cennter, but was too emotional to get the words out, so team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello did it for him..

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Lemaire Returns To Minnesota

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

First things first, Lemaire held Devils practice in Mendota Heights this afternoon, and afterward came back to the X with the Devils to change back into his street clothes. Lemaire got misty-eyed a bit about his return, and when I pointed that out to him, he actually had to walk off with his eyes clearly welled. Lemaire’s always a class act, and it was a pleasure covering him.

I’ve covered a ton of coaches in this league (I covered Florida), and no offense to the others, but I learned the most about the sport from Lemaire. Our working relationship took awhile to develop as he clearly tried to feel me out at the start and didn’t always appreciate my interrogations and second-guessing, but there was a lot of mutual respect by the end. Lemaire’s got all the time in the world for people who 1) know the game; and 2) have a passion for the game.

And as a quote, nobody was better. Just a funny, funny quote.

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Lemaire Having Fun

from Tom Gulitti of the Record,

Despite a slew of injuries, Lemaire is off to as good a start in his second stint with the Devils as he had the first time around.

The Devils head into tonight’s game against Washington at Prudential Center in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 13-4 record. That’s the same record they had in their first 17 games under Lemaire in 1993-94.

“It’s been fun,” Lemaire said Friday. “Coaching is fun for me. Maybe after the first couple of games, I thought it would be a little different. But as soon as we started to win a few games, you’re back in the pack and now the team is going well. You know it’s always winning that takes care of the good part.”

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Lemaire Now A Part Of Team Canada

from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

...partly of his own choosing, the proud Lemaire became the ultimate Hockey Canada outsider. He wasn’t deliberately excluded necessarily, but he was never included.

“If you’re not invited, you’re an outsider,” he said. “You have to be invited to feel you’re in. But I guess you’re not good enough.”

Now, at 63, apparently Lemaire is finally good enough. It was Steve Yzerman who first thought of Lemaire as a possible assistant coach on Mike Babcock’s 2010 Team Canada staff, a concept Babcock quickly endorsed.

“I was surprised,” said Lemaire, who will work alongside Ken Hitchcock and Lindy Ruff. “Mike is probably the only guy who would call me for the job. He said he watched a lot of our tapes, checking our penalty killing because of the success we had, looking at our 1-2-2 and how we play it.

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All Jacques Lemaire

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Q: It’s been 16 years since you began your first tenure with the Devils in 1993. Are things a lot different now?

Lemaire: “When I went there (the first time), it was a place that we had good times, we had great success, we had a lot of fun, and a team that was growing and doing well. It will be fun to go back.”

Q: The Devils lost in the first round of the playoffs the last two seasons despite having regular season success. In watching film of the team, can you tell if there was something missing?

Lemaire: “It’s hard from the outside. When I looked at the tapes, I felt that the guys really played hard. They were unlucky on certain things. In the playoffs, teams are pretty much equal. It doesn’t take much for a team to go ahead of the other one. A little more confidence, a little more this, a little more that can make it. You look at Detroit and Pittsburgh. I feel that Detroit had a better team than Pittsburgh on paper, but the way Pittsburgh played as a team and the confidence they had, that’s what made them win….

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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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Devils Will Have A Coach Today

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils have scheduled a 1:30 p.m. conference all today to make “a major announcement.”

It is expected that they name a head coach at that time.

All signs point to Jacques Lemaire

added 1:34pm,

The Devils have filled their head coaching vacancy by naming Jacques Lemaire as their new bench boss. Lemaire, who guided the club to its first Stanley Cup title in 1995, returns for his second stint with New Jersey.

John MacLean named head coach in Lowell too.

added 1:38pm, Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice has all the details…

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Devils May Have Their Coach

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

With the NHL Entry Draft in Montreal completed, Lamoriello said hiring a head coach was the next thing on his agenda. When I asked him today (Saturday) if he will hire a coach before July 1, he cryptically replied, “We’ll see.”

Most of the signs still point toward Jacques Lemaire returning for a second stint with the team. Lemaire coached the Devils from 1993-94 to 1997-98 and guided them to their first Stanley Cup in 1995.

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Evening Line

“If the right job with the right organization is as a consultant, I’ll take it. If it’s as a coach, I might take it. I need to see what will suit me the most, and that’s easier when everything is all on the table. To find that out, you have to talk to people — so no wonder you talk!”

-Jacques Lemaire & more on Lemaire from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press.

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Lemaire Says No To Bolts

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The Lightning’s flirtation with Jacques Lemaire has come to an end, and apparently on good terms. Tampa Bay wanted to hire the former Wild coach as a senior consultant. But Lemaire said on Monday he has told Lightning GM Brian Lawton he has another offer that has gained his interest and which he is pursuing.

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Lemaire Looking For Work In The East

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes at the St. Petersburg Times,

The Lightning has spoken to former Wild coach Jacques Lemaire about perhaps coming on board as a consultant.

“Anything can happen,” Lemaire said Wednesday from his Palmetto home. “It could be Tampa it could be Florida. I’d like to work with an eastern team.”

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Lemaire A Perfect Fit For Calgary

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Expected to address the media sometime Monday, Sutter wouldn’t surprise anyone if he cut Keenan loose.

The question is who comes in if Iron Mike isn’t back as he said he believed he’d be for the final season on a three-year contract?

While many would jump at the chance to coach a team with as much talent as the Flames—on paper if not in practise over the past few post-seasons—few would keep their hands in the air if told it would be a one-year deal.

He’d have to be a little crazy.

Jacques Lemaire would be perfect.

Formerly of the Flames’ Northwest Division foe Minnesota Wild, Lemaire has often been accused of having a couple of screws loose.

He’s also a great coach.

And just what this team needs after struggling to return to the defensive roots that in 2004 got it past the first round in its first playoff appearance in eight years.

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Wild Players Had Issues With Lemaire

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

In recent days, players stood up to Lemaire in the locker room. At one point during a practice huddle Thursday, one veteran actually cursed at him in front of his teammates.

Players were disenchanted he didn’t use Marian Gaborik on a 4-on-3 overtime power play in a must-win vs. Vancouver on March 31. In Dallas in March, players were furious the coaching staff took the bus back to the hotel while a dozen of them were left at the arena.

He has been in a rift with 20-year-old James Sheppard, one that came to a head in February when Sheppard asked Lemaire to loosen his grip.

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Jacques Lemaire Done As Wild Coach

via Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Jacques Lemaire, the only coach the Wild’s ever known, has coached his final game with the Wild.

With clear signs before the game that Lemaire was indeed done, Lemaire finally confirmed it after the Wild’s 6-3 win.

“I think it’s time for the players to get a new coach and myself look at other stuff.”

With you coach elsewhere? “I’ll see. It’s exciting. It’s an exciting job. I was behind the bench there just before the game there, and I felt I was getting really tight because it’s something I’ve done for 15 years and I like it and I have to go.”

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Lemaire May Be Done In Minnesota

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Coach Jacques Lemaire’s eyes sparkled after this one. He was so proud of the Wild’s effort. He was so proud he finally got the team to play like he’s wanted them to all year. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late.

Lemaire might have coached his final home game. He said afterward that his mind’s made up on whether he plans to step down or not. My gut says he will coach his final game tomorrow in Columbus.

This is a man who needed two weeks away last year to determine if he wanted to coach again. He had to be convinced to come back by Doug Risebrough persuading him that he didn’t lose the team and that he can still reach today’s players.

Judging by his rants lately, I think Lemaire’s questioning that again and has decided he’s had enough.

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Lemaire Points Out Mistakes After Loss To Wings

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

“You make three mistakes on one shift at a very late moment in a game,” said Lemaire, bristling. “I just can’t understand it. It’s like we turn the lights off on three guys.

“You’ve got to think all the time, especially against a team like this. We didn’t touch the puck in the first period. So what does it tell you? You better be sharp, especially when you’ve got a chance to be [in OT]. Wake up, you know?”

Indeed, there were three mistakes, but it was Zidlicky who caused the 2-on-1. This is a mistake Zidlicky has made over and over again this season. He routinely gets enticed into stepping up in the neutral zone, and it almost always results in an odd-man rush.

“The only thing I can say is this is how you play in this situation,” an angry Lemaire said. “After that, you’ve got it in your hands. And then you don’t do it, I’m going to say it again. OK? That’s all I can do.”

more on the Wild loss to Detroit today.  I thought I would point this out to Detroit fans too, which is included in the game wrap-

“Too bad we didn’t finish,” Gaborik said. “[Chris] Osgood was shaky out there. We could have scored a couple more goals on him.”

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Jacques Lemaire Back To Montreal?

from Bill Clement of NBC Sports,

The Wild missing out on the postseason would likely lead Lemaire to strongly consider moving on. He’s the only coach in Minnesota franchise history, but it may be time for a change.

If he does leave the Wild, what’s next for him? Well, it may be a return to Montreal, where he starred as a player, and also coached the Canadiens for two seasons in the mid 1980s. He followed that by moving to the Montreal front office for seven seasons, during which the Canadiens won two Stanley Cups (1986 and 1993).

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The Important Piece Of The Minnesota Wild

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Don’t view any investment as a safe investment. Don’t draw an inside straight. Don’t argue politics with someone who didn’t want change. And don’t ever, ever discount the Minnesota Wild’s chances of making the playoffs as long as Jacques Lemaire is coach.

I’m not even waiting for New Year’s Day to make my resolution. That’s now my philosophy after watching November unfold.

In October, my prediction was that the Minnesota Wild wouldn’t make the playoffs. Today, they have the third-best winning percentage in the Western Conference and they are leading the NHL in goals-against average.

Looking at Minnesota’s roster and reviewing how the Wild have performed this season, my conclusion is that as respected as Lemaire is around the NHL, we might still be underestimating his importance.

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Lemaire vs. Turco

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,

“Turco pushed the net,” Lemaire said. “It’s the third time that Turco does that, just against us. He goes like he’s going to stumble, and he just lays on the post, that’s what he does. It’s a trick, but now they’ll know. Next time, they’ll watch.”...

When told that Lemaire said that historically speaking, Turco had a history of doing that, Turco replied:

“When he played, they had steel pegs in there, and the net wasn’t coming off, And I don’t know how many times he was in front of the net, anyway…historically speaking.”

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And You Call Us A Trapping Team

from Russo’s Rants,

Lemaire thinks of the Vancouver media with about as high a regard as Alex Burrows thinks of Bouchard (if it makes you feel better, I like you fellas).

“You notice there in the third, they’ve got five guys at their blue line and [their media’s] talking about our trap?” Lemaire said. “That’s a new trap.”

The Canucks media often interrogate Lemaire on the Wild’s style, which Lemaire abhors.

more on the Canucks/Wild game and Luongo’s 3rd consecutive shutout (he hasn’t been scored upon since Brodeur went down, coincidence?)...

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Lemaire Sends A Verbal Message

fromMichael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

After the Wild’s 1-0 shootout victory Saturday night at Tampa Bay—a game in which the Wild was outplayed by the Lightning—coach Jacques Lemaire lit into Benoit Pouliot, 22, James Sheppard, 20, and Colton Gillies, 19, for not stepping up…

“They’ve got to do better!” snapped Lemaire, his voice rising, his face reddening. “Come on. We’ve got to see them. I’ve got nobody! I’ve got nobody to play, and I’ve got to sit them? They have to wake up. Come on!

“I don’t want to get on them, but you know, this is the NHL. I’ve said that. But we demand a lot. The kids, they’ve got to play.”

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Lemaire Returning

from Kent Youngblood at Russo’s Rants,

When contacted Friday afternoon, Jacques Lemaire sounded like a happy man. Now we know why: After three days of meetings in Florida between Minnesota Wild coaches and front-office staff, Lemaire decided that he would return for an eighth season, remaining the only coach in franchise history. The decision was announced this morning.

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All Risebrough & Lemaire

Russo’s Rants has a Q & A with Doug Risebrough and Jacques Lemaire…

Rolston irreplaceable?

(DR) “I don’t want to comment on Rolston and Demitra. But I will say this about Roli. I remember when we were trying to get legitimacy here. We were just an expansion team that was working hard and we were getting the same types of players. Then Rolston wanted to come here. That seemed to change a lot of people’s opinion of Minnesota. For a general manager that likes to remember a lot of things, that plays into it. I remember when players play hurt. I remember when players play hard. This has a bearing on how I’ll deal with Roli.”

Do you want to comment on Demitra? “No.”

Does it bother you that you haven’t been given more at the last two trade deadlines?

(JL) “I’m coaching the guys given me. We talk about different stuff, but I know how tough a job GM is. It’s hard to get players with the cap and everything that surrounds it. a GM job is not like the past. It’s a tough job now. I’m telling you. It’s hard, it’s unreal, unbelievable how hard that job is.

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Conference Call Transcript: Jacques Lemaire

Today, the Minnesota Wild’s head coach Jacques Lemaire was made available by way of a NHL teleconference. With 95 points the Wild sit in first place in the Northwest Division, two points ahead of Colorado and three ahead of the Calgary Flames, who they host tomorrow night.  A victory would guarantee a division championship and home ice in at least in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.


Here’s the transcript of Lemaire’s Q&A session.



Q. Jacques, one of the things I noticed about your team is how good your record is in special teams play and how important that’s been during the regular season. I’d like you to comment on the power play. You’re eighth best in the league, penalty killing second best in the league. How much has that influenced your success this season and how important will it be in the playoffs versus the regular season?

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High Praise For Brodeur

from Kent Youngblood at Russo’s Rants,

Lemaire was asked Wednesday where Brodeur ranked among goaltenders he had seen in his time in the league as a player and coach.

No. 1, Lemaire said.

‘’I’m thinking, you know,’’ Lemaire said. ‘’(Ken) Dryden, he was really good for a short time. And I know, at a time, he couldn’t get ready to play and that’s why he stopped. This guy (Brodeur), he’s been doing it for a long time, and he’ll do it ‘till he’s 40. So he’s got to be the one.’’

Better, even, than Patrick Roy? ‘’Patrick was good at a time,’’ Lemaire said. “You’re talking about (Wayne) Gretzky, (Mario) Lemieux, Bobby Orr. Who is the best player? Every opinion is good.’’

read on and Wild talk too…

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Jacques Lemaire’s Legacy

From Kent Youngblood at the Star-Tribune,

So when the NHL returned, so did Lemaire—for the long term. And tonight he’ll become the 14th man to coach 1,000 games.

And that begs the question: Has Lemaire had more impact as a player or as a coach? Lemaire played 12 seasons with Montreal. Including playoffs, he played in 998 games, totaling 974 points.

“I’m probably the wrong guy to ask, because I can see it in both cases,” said Wild GM Doug Risebrough, who was Lemaire’s teammate in Montreal for five seasons. “I guess it depends on your time frame. Your younger players probably don’t realize how good a player he was. ... He was the best two-way player I’ve ever seen play. Not of my time, but ever. He was the centerman who could pass, he had a great shot, he was smart. He played with two good players [Steve Shutt and Guy Lafleur] because he was so good defensively.”

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Yoda Would Like to Order a Crosby

From Jim Souhan at the Star-Tribune,

With a French-Canadian lilt that transforms Marian Gaborik into “Mary-Ann,” and the ability to invert sentences like Yoda, Lemaire offers insights and hockey philosophy in a soft-spoken tone that makes listeners lean forward in anticipation.

Tuesday morning, Lemaire raved about Penguins phenom and Shattuck-St. Mary’s product Sidney Crosby. Tuesday night, Lemaire watched Crosby become the third opponent ever to score four points at Xcel Energy Center, in Pittsburgh’s 4-2 victory.

Lemaire praised Wes Walz’s checking line for its defense on Crosby—even though Crosby’s line produced nine points.

The performance left Lemaire feeling covetous. “I’d love to have one on our club,” he said of Crosby, “if they make any more.”

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