New Jersey Devils Should Consider a Coach Tasting

New Jersey Devils head coach Lou Lamoriello leans in as New Jersey Devils Colin White and Tommy Albelin get into it with Ottawa Senators Zdeno Chara and Patrick Eaves in the third period, , Ottawa Senators at New Jersey Devils, February 1, 2006 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J.

Jacques Lemaire, the Devils most recent coach, insists he is going to stay retired.

This time.

You might recall Lemaire came out of retirement to coach the Devils after John MacLean’s disastrous tenure as a rookie NHL head coach.

There has been rumbling about Lemaire possibly coming back because of the tremendous job he did stepping in for MacLean.

But also, Devils’ GM Lou Lamoriello is very much a creature of habit, and loves returning to former coaches.

Lamoriello is also a big fan of the coaching switch as a means to motivate his team.

Which is why I’m kind of hoping for next year, Lamoriello will go with a Greatest Hits coaching rotation.

Why pick one coach? Why not pick a few and just have them work different parts of the season.

Larry Robinson has coached the Devils twice and is currently as assistant. Bring him back for 20-30 games.

Lemaire coached the Devils twice. He wants to retire. But maybe he’d be open to returning for a 20-30 game coaching stint. A sort of semi-retirement, as opposed to a full one.

And Lamoriello himself stepped in to coach 32 games into the 2005-06 season, after Robinson was let go. Why not come back for another coaching stint? Every Devils’ coach works with the thought that they could be replaced by anyone, including their GM, so it might be kind of nice for Lamoriello to make that fear a reality during the Devils’ Greatest Coaching Hits.

Anyone can pick a coach. That’s not hard. But creating a coaching progression? That’s something impressive. It’s like the difference between drinking a bottle of wine and organizing a wine tasting.

Instead of picking one coach, the Devils should consider a coach tasting.

I’d watch that.