Jacques Lemaire steps down as Wild coach Updated: 7 mins ago
The only head coach the Minnesota Wild has ever known is calling it quits.
Following the Wild's final game of the season Saturday, Jacques Lemaire confirmed he's stepping down. The 62-year-old plans to hold a news conference Monday in St. Paul and then head to his home in Florida.
Lemaire has been the head coach since the Wild franchise formed back in 2000.
Whether or not he'll resurface somewhere else remains to be seen.
Lemaire has also served as head coach with Montreal and New Jersey where he won a Stanley Cup.
He's brought his teams to the playoffs 8 of the 14 years he's coached.
Despite Saturday's win, the Wild weren't able to secure a spot in the postseason.
Now I have to admit I don't pay a lot of attention, but I can't be the only one who did not see this coming? I liked ol' Jacques and his great accent, but even this move is one he thinks will help the team...he thinks this is the kinda shakeup that the Wild need. I am more pessimistic and worry that the wheels will totally fall off next year, although that's more due to potentially losing Gaborik than losing Jacques. Eh, what do I know. I only start watching hockey sometime after tomorrow. ;-)
I'd say their best chance to re-sign Gaborik was when Jacques left. However, every third sentence out of Gaborik's mouth since the end of the season is how excited he is to be an unrestricted free agent. He couldn't have picked a worse time to be a UFA, but good luck to him.
Originally posted by odessastepsMontreal has gone on record saying they will have a Francophone coach, so he is a likely candidate to end up behind the Habs bench.
Lemaire has actually been the Habs coach once already, back in the early 1980's. Not sure what the story was about with his firing, since the team made it to the conference finals and the second round in his two years behind the bench.
The fact that the Canadiens have gone out of their way to specify that their next coach will be French, rather than just being the best coach available, is a sign of what's wrong with this franchise.
Kirk, crackers are a family food. Happy families. Maybe single people eat crackers, we don't know. Frankly, we don't want to know. It's a market we can do without.
I really hope so too ... but I fear reality has other plans. *dreams of the glory days of Nieuwendyk, Loob, Mullen, Roberts, MacInnis, Suter, Gilmour, Otto, Vernon, Patterson ... and wakes up wondering how they managed to win only one lousy Cup.