Jacques Lemaire appears to waiting for the Devils to make a move with their head coaching position before deciding on his future.
Lemaire, who coached the Devils to their first Stanley Cup in 1995 and worked for the Minnesota Wild for the last nine years, said today that he doesn't expect anything to happen, however, before the NHL Entry Draft on Friday and Saturday in Montreal, "for sure."
""Nothing is moving, so I'm going to wait," Lemaire told me today.
Lemaire, who will turn 64 in September, said previously he had an opportunity to be a consultant with a team -- believed to be the Montreal Canadiens -- but said today that it's not the consulting position that is delaying his decision right now.
"It's the coaching situation that's not moving, yet," Lemaire said.
He said he is unsure how long it will take for the "coaching situation" to begin moving.
"I don't know," he said."It depends on a lot of things there."
Lemaire still would not comment when asked if he had had any discussions with the Devils or whether he plans to meet with general manager Lou Lamoriello while Lamoriello in Montreal for the draft.
"I can't talk about that," he said.
The Devils are the only NHL team currently without a head coach, though.
Lemaire is also in Montreal right now and reportedly will be introduced as an assistant coach on the 2010 Canadian Olympic team (along with Lindy Ruff and Ken Hitchcock) Thursday morning (Mike Babcock will be the head coach) on Thursday morning. To clarify, Lemaire told me on June 12 that he would only coach in the NHL next season as a head coach, so this spot as an assistant coach with Team Canada appears to be unrelated to the "coaching situation" he is talking about.
Lemaire is unsure at this point whether he will attend the draft because, though he is still under contract with Minnesota until July 1, he doesn't have any working purpose to be at the draft.
Lemaire said he is willing to patient.
"If I don't coach, I'll do something else," he said.
Another candidate for the Devils' job, Portland Pirates coach Kevin Dineen, told the Portland Press Herald Tuesday that he has been approached this off-season by some NHL teams, but would not say which ones and what they discussed. Dineen was also rumored to be a candidate for the jobs in Edmonton, Colorado and Calgary before they were filled.
"You get excited and flattered when your name is brought up," Dineen told the Press Herald. "(But) right now I'm coach of the Portland Pirates. That's my focus. That's what my plans are now."
Dineen just completed the first-year of a two-year contract with Buffalo to coach the Pirates, the Sabres' AHL affliliate, and sounds comfortable with the idea of staying in Portland -- if that's what happens.
"We're extremely happy and entrenched in Portland," Dineen said Tuesday. "In saying that, you're always evaluating to see what's a good fit for you, what kind of people you might be working with."
Sabres general manager Darcy Regier told the Press Herald that the team would not hold Dineen back from talking to NHL teams that are interested in him. In fact, Dineen has a clause in his contract that allows him to listen to NHL teams.
"Right now, obviously, we'd love to have him back in Portland," Regier told the Press Herald. "At this point, that's the direction we're going in. That is the plan. If someone comes forward and asks permission to speak to him about a head coach job, we'd certainly allow him to talk to them."
Dineen will be in Montreal for the draft, so it is possible he will bump into Lamoriello while there.
Next month, he scheduled to work at the Sabres' prospects conditioning camp at Niagara University.
Here's a link to the full article in today's Press Herald.