After a 9-22-2 start, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello did the only thing that he could. He pulled the plug on John MacLean. It had to be tough. Lou had worked hard to to get MacLean this chance, but it clearly failed.
The Devils might be the worst team in the league. They are tied with the Islanders for the worst in the league with 20 points. N.J. is last in goals scored with 59 and have a minus-44 goal differential.
You can't just sit and watch, what is perhaps, the worst year in Devils history without saying goodbye to the coach. Even if it's just 33 games into his first season.
Jacques Lemaire will likely take over for the rest of the season. This is the cheaper move. Lemaire is still being paid so it is unlikely chairman/managing partner Jeff Vanderbeek is going to pay for three coaches.
Lemaire will get this team playing better and with more purpose. This season is over, but they should at least play more like a team that belongs in this league and not what Devils fans have been forced to watch all year long.
This summer will be huge for N.J.
Will Lamoriello stay as the GM? There are rumblings that he may call it quits.
Adam Oates came to the Devs for a reason, will he be the next coach?
Do they go after Michel Therrien, Ken Hitchcock or Guy Carbonneau? All would be great choices.
I for one would love to see Hitchcock. He has won a cup and he coaches the defensive style that the Devils love to run. He has also handled stars in his career like, Rick Nash, Mike Modano and Jeremy Roenick. He has just the resume to handle the underachieving Ilya Kovalchuk.
The Devils are moving on. It's all about next season now.