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Lemaire joins trap debate, zings Milbury

Posted on: November 10, 2011 6:05 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 6:13 pm
 


By: Adam Gretz


You might know Jacques Lemaire as a Hall of Fame player with the Montreal Canadiens throughout the 1970s and a Stanley Cup winning coach in the 1990s. He's also the man that coaches the New Jersey Devils on a seemingly revolving door basis, or whenever general manager Lou Lamoriello wants somebody to rattle a few cages and shake things up.

He's also one of the masters of the neutral zone trap, and he is perhaps synonymous with the defensive system that he implemented during his various head coaching stops with the Devils, as well as his tenure with the Minnesota Wild.

The Trap Debate
With the NHL world taking sides and dishing out criticism for what transpired on the ice in Tampa Bay on Wednesday night, Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times decided to have a chat with Lemaire on Thursday to get his opinion on the criticism the Lightning have faced, as well as the Flyers' decision to counter the system by doing nothing (a point I can't make enough). And he even managed to work in a playful jab at analyst Mike Milbury, perhaps one of Tampa Bay's most vocal critics on Wednesday night.

Said Lemaire, via Lightning Strikes, "Myself, I laugh at this. I laugh at it this because are we supposed to coach as we please the people who are announcing the games or make comments on the games? Is that a new style or what? Do we have to please Milbury when we coach? It's the first time I hear of this."

Milbury was livid between periods on Wednesday night, as you can see in the video posted above.

Lemaire also appeared on XM Home ice and added a few more thoughts.

"As a coach I wouldn't have done that," said Lemaire of the Flyers strategy. "I think you're showing your players that we don't have a way of beating the team. I think every team has their own way of playing and you have to find a way to win, that's the bottom line."

It's a strong point. And I'll once again point out that Philadelphia entered Wednesday's game as the highest scoring team in the NHL, and it refused to go after a team that has allowed more 5-on-5 goals than all but three teams in the NHL this season.

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Comments

Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Lemaire joins trap debate, zings Milbury

Have to agree with you there....one loud mouth snook replacing another!



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Lemaire joins trap debate, zings Milbury

Hey Milbury, is there a reason why you don't have a job with an NHL team?  Maybe because you and your "Euro Trash" crap can't cut it anymore.  You think that using controversy to get yourself attention is the answer.   I guess it beats trading away Zdano Chara, or Todd Bertuzzi.  Or maybe it beats trading for Alexei Yashin...I used to like you as a player but now you are just a trash talking wanna be.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Lemaire joins trap debate, zings Milbury

msb67: They should hire The Milbury to take Cherry's place when he's gone (soon I hope). He'll fit right in.



Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:41 am
 

Lemaire joins trap debate, zings Milbury

Hockey is far from dead my friend. This was just a coach admitting he couldn't figure it out. The Lightening haven't won a cup with this system, nor are they a defensive powerhouse so obviously other teams can beat. Temas with far less talent than the Flyers!
 As far as Milbury.....why does anyone hire this clown? He ruined the Islanders with his idiotic moves and Versus, CBC and TSN all hire this guy to talk hockey. What Krusty the Clown is already booked? Please.



Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 7:27 am
 

Lemaire joins trap debate, zings Milbury

The Bruins were able to beat that 1-3-1 in the playoffs last year and I'm sure Philly, like many other teams are capable as well.. To do nothing as they say is pretty stupid obviously..




Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Lemaire joins trap debate, zings Milbury

That's cause the devils swept the wings in 95. Lemaire is a hockey genius. How can u say that hockey almost died? Your wings were on the top of NHL for so many years.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:06 pm
 

Lemaire joins trap debate, zings Milbury

Yep, and he's got one of those boring Stanley Cup rings he got coaching. Philly should have gone after them, given their scoring ability and Tampon Bay's high 5-on-5 GA. They might have made their point if they'd won the game, but losing just made them look foolish.


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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 7:57 pm
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Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Lemaire joins trap debate, zings Milbury

lemaire and his devils re he main reason hocky almost died in th 90's and has yet to make a comeback


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