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New Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis wasting no time in cleaning house for a “fresh start”

Ron Francis (2006 photo by akulawolf via wikipedia commons)

Ron Francis was one of the NHL’s best centers during his career which lasted form 1981-2004. He was used to winning and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007 after playing for the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Toronto.

It has come to no one’s surprise to Carolina Hurricanes fans and media in North Carolina that he has started cleaning house after taking over as the general manager last week from Jim Rutherford who resigned after two decades.

The Hurricanes former captain and assistant coach fired head coach Kirk Muller and most of his staff. Muller was 80-80-27 with the Hurricanes. Also shown the door were assistant coaches Dave Lewis and John MacLean. Goaltending coach Greg Stefan has been reassigned to the team’s pro scouting department.

Francis, who was an imposing center during his playing days at 6’3, 200 pounds, said that no one’s job is safe on the team not even the most-popular stars. He also stated that a fresh start is needed for a franchise who has made the Stanley Cup playoffs only once in the past eight years.

The Hurricanes have won a Stanley Cup, in 2005-2006. They’ve won two Eastern Conference championships in 2001-02 and 2005-06.

Lemaire retires again after Devils win over Boston


Jacques Lemaire (file photo)

Jacques Lemaire won his final game as a head coach on Sunday. He said in his post-game press briefing that he was retiring once again for the third time. New Jersey beat Boston 3-2.

Lemaire came out of his second retirement in December to replace the unpopular and unsuccessful John MacLean, when the Devils were one of the worst teams in the league and Eastern Conference.

Lemaire took over the reins and taught the Devils that they could win and at one point they went on a 23-3-2 run to get back into the playoff chase until the last two weeks of the season.


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Recently un-retired Lemaire wins 600th game

Jacques Lemaire (file photo)

The New Jersey Devils won in overtime at Toronto this past week, 2-1 in overtime.

That win gave Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire his 600th win, becoming the eighth NHL coach to reach the plateau.

Lemaire joins an impressive group that includes Scotty Bowman (1,244), Al Arbour (782), Dick Irvin Sr. (692), Pat Quinn (684), Mike Keenan (672), Bryan Murray (620) and Ron Wilson (605).

Lemaire had retired after last season, but agreed to return when the Devils got off to a horrible start under his replacement John MacLean.

compiled from staff, NHL & New Jersey Devils news

MacLean out, Lemaire back as Devils coach; team loses to Islanders

Jacques Lemaire (file photo)

The New Jersey Devils have fired head coach John MacLean and replaced him with the man he replaced, Jacques Lemaire.

The 65-year-old Lemaire was given the Devils’ head coaching position for the third time in his career.

The Devils fired MacLean because the team tied for the fewest points in the NHL and the fact they’re looking at missing the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

The New York Islanders were the opposition in Lemaire’s first game back. The Isles, who were tied for the worst record with New Jersey, scored three times in the opening 11 minutes, with Josh Bailey netting the first two.

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New Jersey Devils select John MacLean as their new head coach

compiled from staff, wire and NHL reports

After four tries, John MacLean is the new head coach of the New Jersey Devils.

A perennial candidate to lead the team he played for and coached as an assistant, MacLean was named the head coach of the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, replacing Jacques Lemaire, who retired.

John MacLean New Jersey Devils (nhl)

MacLean was considered for the top job with the devils on three other occasions, but lost out to Claude Julien (2006), Brent Sutter (2007) and Lemaire (2009).

MacLean spent last season coaching the Devils’ American Hockey League affiliate in Lowell, Massachusetts and led the team to its only playoff appearance in four years. That had followed seven years as a Devils assistant.

One of the items on MacLean’s immediate to-do list, is to reverse the Devils’ most recent postseason history.  Since winning their third Stanley Cup in a nine-year span in 2003, the Devils have not made it past the second round in the playoffs. Last season, they lost to Philadelphia in five games in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

New Jersey had won its second straight Atlantic Division title with its 12th 100-point season in 15 years, but scored just nine goals in the five postseason games and allowed the flyers to convert 8 of 29 power-play chances.

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