New Jersey Devils Coach Jacques Lemaire Retires

In a bit of a surprise, New Jersey Devils head coach, Jacques Lemaire retires from coaching. Lemaire will stay with the club in a yet to be determined role.

The news comes 4 days after the Devils were eliminated by the Flyers, and a couple days after GM Lou Lamoriello said he still wanted Lemaire behind the bench for next season.

Lemaire said he just doesn’t have the energy to coach anymore.

Maybe this is a good time to bring in a more offensive minded coach.  An offensive coach could also help entice Ilya Kovalchuk to re-sign. I’m sure they’ll want to get someone in as fast as possible as the NHL Draft and free agency are about a month away.