Was he asked to leave or did he truly retire on his own? Well, at this point, it doesn't really matter. The biggest question is whom will GM Lou Lamoriello hire to be the next Devils coach?
In addition, what kind of tenure can we expect from the next coach? After all, if you look at the history of the Devils, you will see a long list of head coaches. Since his first coaching change on January 26, 1988, Lamoriello has seen the likes of Jim Schoenfeld (124 regular season games), John Cunniff (133), Tom McVie (93), Herb Brooks (84), Jacques Lemaire (378 - stint 1, including Stanley Cup #1), Robbie Ftorek (156), Larry Robinson (141 - stint 1, including Stanley Cup #2), Kevin Constantine (31), Pat Burns (164 - including Stanley Cup #3), Larry Robinson (32 - stint 2), Lou Lamoriello (50 - stint 1), Claude Julien (79), Lou Lamoriello (3 - stint 2), Brent Sutter (164) and Jacques Lemaire (82 - stint 2) all come and go.
For the second straight offseason, and third time in four years, Lamoriello finds himself having to do the coaching search thing again. Let's take a look at some possible candidates, and set some early odds, recognizing the fact that Lou will probably do something off the radar again, like he did with Lemaire last year, and Sutter three years ago.
In fact, let's hope this doesn't become an annual tradition, here's the link to my piece during the last off-season: