With Lemaire heading out of the Shark Tank that is the Devils coaching situation, what will Lou do now? First off I guess it is time to hit the Hockey Database. Oh lord help us on this one. First things first....here is that list.
|1997-98||NJ Devils||82||48||23||11||0||0||107||0.652||Jacques Lemaire||Lost in rd 1|
|1998-99||NJ Devils||82||47||24||11||0||0||105||0.640||Robbie Ftorek||Lost in rd 1|
|1999-00||NJ Devils||82||45||24||8||5||0||103||0.628||Multiple coaches||Won Cup|
|2000-01||NJ Devils||82||48||19||12||3||0||111||0.677||Larry Robinson||Lost in Finals|
|2001-02||NJ Devils||82||41||28||9||4||0||95||0.579||Multiple coaches||Lost in rd 1|
|2002-03||NJ Devils||82||46||20||10||6||0||108||0.659||Pat Burns||Won Cup|
|2003-04||NJ Devils||82||43||25||12||2||0||100||0.610||Pat Burns||Lost in rd 1|
|2005-06||NJ Devils||82||46||27||0||5||4||101||0.616||Multiple coaches||Lost in rd 2|
|2006-07||NJ Devils||82||49||24||0||1||8||107||0.652||Claude Julien||Lost in rd 2|
|2007-08||NJ Devils||82||46||29||0||3||4||99||0.604||Brent Sutter||Lost in rd 1|
|2008-09||NJ Devils||82||51||27||0||2||2||106||0.646||Brent Sutter||Lost in rd 1|
|2009-10||NJ Devils||82||48||27||0||2||5||103||0.628||Jacques Lemaire||Lost in rd 1|
Just for the record, there were a few games coached by John Maclean and Lou Lamoriello thrown in for good measure. Lamoriello coached most of the 05-06 season. There was a brief reign of terror known as Kevin Constantine as well. It seems hard to get a coach to stay more than 2 years in New Jersey of late. Aside from the early playoff exits since the 2003 Stanley Cup, New Jersey has a great regular season record. Hell they have ten 100 point seasons since the 97-98 season.
For whatever reason though, playoff success has always been a little distant. John MacLean seems to be the next logical guy to take the reins in the sense that he has paid his dues and hey he did guide the Lowell Devils to a playoff berth before being ousted in you guessed it, the first round (in 5 games). Now to have a little fun with this, I wanted to thank Julie Marie Halady for coming up with the idea for the Days Of Our Lives video....as seen here. Just insert Devils coaches in and it works well.
Days of our Devils Coaches sounds real catchy. This has real potential. So who could be next? I thought it might be time to have a little fun with this. Here is a list of candidates that we came up with. Some are not meant to be taken seriously and I think that most will be able to spot those in very short order.
- John MacLean (Current coach of the Lowell Devils)
- Brent Sutter (Coach of the Calgary Flames)
- The Pope (Savior of Catholics)
- Pat Burns (sentimental choice but impossible)
- Scott Stevens (in the Devils organization)
- Bobby Carpenter (Scout in Toronto organization)
- John Tortorella (Current NY Rangers coach)
- Insert Candidate Here
My question to every reader is can the Devils find that guy or the better question is this. Is that guy right under the Devils' noses literally? Something to ponder on this cold and rainy afternoon. I have my ideal choice and it is not the top guy on the list. I still maintain that somehow Michelle Kenneth and Kevin Weekes know the next coach of New Jersey but I cannot be sure on this. Stay tuned. The search will continue for the next New Jersey Devils coach.