Former Devils coach Jacques Lemaire, who coached the Devils to the Stanley Cup championship in 1995 is back as bench boss in Newark. Lemaire has spent the last nine seasons coaching the Minnesota Wild and never achieved the same level of success in Minnesota he enjoyed in New Jersey. Lemaire tends to employ a form of a neutral zone trap which many define as boring hockey but that gives less talented teams a shot at winning as the style lies in wait to capitalize on opponents turnovers and breakdowns while not necessarily pushing the offense. It makes your eyes bleed is what it does.
Lemaire's record with New Jersey from 1993-1998 was 199-122-57.
Lemaire inherits a Devils team without a lot of defense first forwards which may make his style somewhat of a difficult one to operate early on until the Devils players buy into it. Interesting season ahead at the Prudential Center to be certain.