The Devils are hoping to recapture their Stanley Cup glory by bringing back the head coach that guided them to their first championship.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello finally ended the suspense this afternoon when he announced during a conference call that he has hired Jacques Lemaire to succeed Brent Sutter as the team's head coach.
""This is something that came about over a period of time and came to a conclusion over the weekend," Lamoriello said. "I couldn't be more excited that Jacques will be taking over the reins of our team."
This will be Lemaire's second stint as the Devils head coach. He coached them from 1993-94 to 1997-98 and guided them to their first Stanley Cup in 1995. Lemaire, who will turn 64 on Sept. 7, compiled a record of 199-122-57 in 378 regular season games with the Devils over five seasons. He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year in 1994.
Lemaire coached the Wild for the last nine years before stepping down following the 2008-09 season.
Mario Tremblay will also be joining the Devils' staff as an assistant coach. Tremblay served in the same role under Lemaire in Minnesota. Tommy Albelin and Jacques Caron will also stay on as assistant coaches.
Former Devils assistant John MacLean will take over as the head coach in Lowell and be assisted there by Chris Terreri and Kevin Dean. Lamoriello said Scott Stevens will also be taking a more active role in assisting the coaches in New Jersey and Lowell.
Lamoriello said that Caron and Terreri will be switching back and forth between New Jersey and Lowell.
Sutter resigned as head coach of the Devils on June 9 and was hired two weeks later to be the head coach of the Calgary Flames.