New Jersey Devils: Ken Hitchcock and 5 Candidates to Coach the Team in 2011-12

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New Jersey Devils: Ken Hitchcock and 5 Candidates to Coach the Team in 2011-12
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We are now about a month away from the 2011 NHL draft, and the Devils and their fans have a lot to get excited about in terms of adding a top prospect to the fold come June 24th.  Until then, despite a little bit of Internet chatter about the topic, the question remains of who will be behind the bench running things for the New Jersey Devils.  

Whoever it is, they face the daunting task of replacing the legendary Jacques Lemaire, who only added to his legendary resume by having the Devils come back from the dead to nearly get in the playoff mix.  Lemaire led the team to a 29-17-3 record in their 49 games, quite the change from the 9-22-2 record they put up in their first 33 games. 

So, any dark-horse candidates out there?  I went into some detail about potential candidates, but I will now look at who I think are the serious candidates for the job, trying to eliminate some of the guys who I think are no longer a realistic candidate.  Then again, without access to GM Lou Lamoriello or having the knowledge of who they might be talking to, I guess only Lou (and owner Jeff Vanderbeek) has a real idea of who the next coach is or isn't going to be.  That being said, let's take a look...

 

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