Ladies and Gentlemen, let the trapping begin.
Just two weeks ago, Lou Lamoriello announced that Jacques Lemaire would be stepping behind the bench to take over the vacant coaching position for the New Jersey Devils.
This is going to be Jacques' second go-around with the New jersey Devils, as he coached the Devils from 1993-1998, included a Stanley Cup victory in 1995—the first one in team history. He had a record of 199-122-57 with the Devils, and he even won Coach of the Year in the 1993-1994 season.
Jacques Lemaire was head coach of the Minnesota Wild until he stepped down at the end of last season. Lemaire was named head coach on the Minnesota Wild in 2000, and he was the first head coach in franchise history. In nine seasons, he was, for the most part, successful in Minnesota. His record was 293-255-108 with the Wild.
What Lemaire brings to the table is a very defensive style of hockey called the trap. The trap mainly focuses on defense and trying to force the other team to make a mistake. However, the trap hasn't had much success in the new NHL, and it can make the game very boring.
Does this mean the Devils won't be successful? Not necessarily.
This time around, Lemaire said that he wants to be good both offensively and defensively. With players like Zach Parise, Jamie Langenbrunner, Patrik Elias, and Travis Zajac, you can see how maybe, just maybe, this team can excel offensively, even though they will be playing the trap.
The trap can also help out Martin Brodeur, who appears to be in the decline of his career. Facing less shots can only help him out because lately when the team depends on Martin Brodeur he doesn't step up (see game 7 of this year).
Additionally, Lemaire is the winningest coach in Devils history, and has won the Jack Adams Trophy on two occasions—one of which was with the New Jersey Devils.
So what does the Lemaire move mean for the Devils? I believe it means that the Devils have started the process of setting up John MacLean to be the head coach in the future.
Lemaire is 63 years old, and probably won't be coaching here for many years. John MacLean was given the head coaching job of the Albany River Rats, so Lou can see how he does as a head coach.
As of right now, the picture is very blurry, and you can't tell if they are going to be successful or if they are going to fail, and not live up to the winning standards that have been expected here for the past 15 years.