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"I know that if you’re close to making it [the playoffs], you think about that. It’s something that ...

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"I know that if you’re close to making it [the playoffs], you think about that. It’s something that is going to push you, maybe. But I thought that the job was to be at your best, to play at your best. I don’t think it says to be at your best only when there’s something on the line. I don’t know. An athlete plays a sports and he’s got to play his best every time he plays."

Jacques Lemaire tells Tom Gulitti why he doesn't think the Devils need any extra motivation. Interesting quote, to say the least. Thoughts?

"I think it will be shortly," the coach said about Martin. "Now we have to determine what shortly...

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"I think it will be shortly," the coach said about Martin. "Now we have to determine what shortly means in my vocabulary. It could be a month."

Jacques Lemaire via official Devils site

"Oduya has been better," Lemaire said on Monday. "But he can do more as far as his skating with the...

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"Oduya has been better," Lemaire said on Monday. "But he can do more as far as his skating with the puck and breakout passing." Lemaire did not blame rust for hampering Oduya’s play. He has had time to re-acclimate himself. "It’s got to be him pushing a little harder," the coach said.

Jacques Lemaire talks up Johnny Oduya, as reported by Andy McCullough for the Star Ledger. Given some of the comments here, I figured with the return of Oduya and this story, it was time for a new featured poll. Does Oduya improve his play by the end of next month? Vote on the right side bar (on the main page), or leave a comment here about it.

"Much better. Everyone worked hard. Everyone played disciplined. We were good with the puck. We had...

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"Much better. Everyone worked hard. Everyone played disciplined. We were good with the puck. We had good scoring chances. I can't find a player that didn't do his job."

Rich Chere gets the definitive quote from Jacques Lemaire about how much better the Devils played tonight. Well said, Lemaire. Read on down for my recap, incidentally.

"When we sat down at the start of the season, I told him him that I'm going to give him the chance...

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"When we sat down at the start of the season, I told him him that I'm going to give him the chance to play, to prove himself and I'd like him to be in the top three lines. It's not that he doesn't do the job. It's not that he cannot play. You know he's getting in better and better shape. His last game was the best game he played. You could see that there was an improvement. The problem is the kids. At the start of the season, these kids, I didn't know them myself. Maybe Lou thought that they had a long chance to make the team. But these kids they've shown that they're ready to play."

This quote from Jacques Lemaire provides insight as to why the move was made (source: Gulitti) I referenced this in the comments to Lepore's post, but I feel it deserves to be highlighted further. If you read Gulitti's post further at Fire & Ice, you'll learn that it definitely was not an easy decision for Lou, Lemaire, and Shanahan to make. Gulitti has a roundup of all the pertinent information surrounding this announcement to leave the team. Shanahan hasn't left yet, but a move should be made tomorrow.

"I think I'll need another game because these two games were back to back and you could tell that...

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"I think I'll need another game because these two games were back to back and you could tell that some of the guys had heavy legs."

Jacques Lemaire reveals when he'll make his next set of cuts, as reported by Gulitti. Lemaire made 10 cuts earlier today, and the next preseason game is a week from the season opener. Saturday's game against Philadelphia just got more interesting.

"When it bothers me [is] when a person from the outside come to me and talks about something that...

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"When it bothers me [is] when a person from the outside come to me and talks about something that he just doesn't know. That bothers me. He'll say, as an example, 'Do you think this guy or that guy would be better in an offensive system?' Then, I look at him. Poor guy. Go back to school."

New Jersey Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire responded to the media about his reputation as an ultra-defensive, trapping coach. Source: Gulitti. Fantastic last line, very Holik-esque.

"It's over. That was the time of the good defensive teams and that is gone. Not that the teams are...

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"It's over. That was the time of the good defensive teams and that is gone. Not that the teams are not good defensively. It's the offense in the league and the parity. You'll see teams dominate for a period and then it switches to the other team. As soon as there is a little drop in the intensity, the other team takes over. Every team does that. It's to do it the least possible. You know it's going to happen."

Jacques Lemaire explains why teams cannot afford to sit on a lead in the third period anymore. Source: Rich Chere. Too true, Lemaire and we saw it last night. Now, what Lemaire will do to prevent the team from sitting back will certainly something to look for. By the way, tomorrow is a big day. Per Gulitti, Lemaire will make his first cuts tomorrow.

"They have to understand they don't have one month to make the team and show what they can do. They...

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"They have to understand they don't have one month to make the team and show what they can do. They might have two days. If they get two days."

Jacques Lemaire issued a stern warning to the rookies via the media earlier today (reported here by Chere.) Lemaire's not kidding. As Gulitti reported last week, the Lowell Devils will host two (free) afternoon preseason games at the Devils' practice rink against the on Wednesday and Saturday. No one's playing 2 games in one day, so whoever is on that roster may be on the outside looking in for the NHL roster.

I talked a little bit to (general manager Lou Lamoriello) about it and Jamie [Langenbrunner] will...

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I talked a little bit to (general manager Lou Lamoriello) about it and Jamie [Langenbrunner] will stay as the captain. I've heard a lot of great things about him, the great leadership that he has, the work ethic that he has. I think he has all the tools to be a captain. On the other hand, when the team has success and is stable and they have their own captain, I don't see it proper to change the way they're doing things.

Tom Gulitti learns from Lemaire that Jamie Langenbrunner will remain as captain of the Devils. This comes from an interview Gulitti recently did with Lemaire, and the rest of it will appear in the Record/northjersey.com tomorrow. It's already looking like a must-read, so check that out. P.S. Lemaire thinks Rolston will be a winger. Even a right winger.
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