Well, it’s official. Christmas is just a lousy time of year for guys named John MacLean -- no matter the spelling. After terminating the die-hard head coach, he of the 9-22-2 debut, GM Lou Lamoriello said the rookie bench boss did not deserve all the blame.
That didn’t stop him from dropping the axe two days before Christmas. On a game day.
The change has helped little thus far, but after falling -- hard -- to the New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs, the Devils and new head coach Jacques Lemaire now have a little bit more time to get their legs underneath them before taking on the New York Rangers Wednesday. And it looks like the Devs' New Year's resolution will be to drop a few pounds.
Here’s a look around the snow-covered media world of the Devils.
Ticket holders who couldn’t attend Sunday’s game due to snow can redeem their tickets for one of a handful of January games.
Inside ESPN’s Rumor Central, the idea of buying out Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract is floated by one Boston Globe writer.
According to the words of Tom Gulitti, Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac ended up stuck on Rte. 280 following Sunday’s game against the Leafs and spent the night in Elias’ car, finally woken up by a policeman at 7 a.m. the next morning.
The reason for the hard skate? Lemaire thinks the Devs are out of shape, writes Rich Chere.