The past few weeks have made it blindingly clear that Devils head coach Pete DeBoer is stuck with a group of players who collectively have the skill, but not the talent required to reach the playoffs.
The 2012 Stanley Cup Finals might be the final hurrah in Martin Brodeur’s glorious career.
Patrik Elias, whose number 26 will one day be raised to the rafters, reached another milestone Saturday; becoming New Jersey’s all-time leading goal-scorer.
This was a weird season for the Devils — and it could be just as awkward in free agency. They don’t have a lot room in payroll, but there’s certainly enough to grab two players: Vinny Prospal and Anton Babchuk.
Missing the playoffs for the first time in 14 seasons — or 15 years — did have one positive for the Devils. With the help of the lottery, the Devils will have the No. 4 pick in the NHL draft Friday night.
The Devils found themselves in an eerily dark Prudential Center Monday morning, clearing out their lockers and heading home, a situation that the franchise had not experienced since 1996.
“I’m going back where I was before,” Lemaire said after going out a winner following a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. “It demands a lot and I want to enjoy life. I want to enjoy the family.”
The franchise that came into the season looking for its 14th straight playoff berth is looking like a Stanley Cup contender again. The question is do the Devils have enough time to overcame a deficit that saw them 27 points out of a playoff berth as recently as Jan. 9?
The Devils return from the break having played 16 games under Jacques Lemaire, who replaced John MacLean 33 games into the season. Here is a comparative look at some of the statistics under each of the two New Jersey coaches so far.
The Devils will finish off the calendar year with the man who began 2010 behind their bench, Jacques Lemaire, who then took over for John MacLean on an interim basis last week.
Josh Bailey had two goals and an assist and the New York Islanders spoiled the return of Jacques Lemaire behind New Jersey’s bench with a 5-1 victory over the Devils on Thursday night.
There are those of us – myself included – who will tell you that coaching has not been the issue with this team. But 9 wins in 33 games demands that somebody be held accountable.
The league’s two worst teams take the ice at the Prudential Center, where the hapless Devils try to avoid their ninth loss in 10 games.
John MacLean’s short run as Devils head coach has come to an end. Jacques Lemaire will take over head coaching duties for New Jersey.
Since we have already established that hopes of making the playoffs this year are all but extinguished, the Devils have some soul searching to do here.
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