Jacques Lemaire returns to Devils


It's long been rumored but was made official today: Jacques Lemaire, former head coach of the Wild, is returning to the New Jersey Devils, whom he coached to a Stanley Cup championship in 1995.

The Wild will play against their former coach at least once, but it is not yet publicly known whether the game will be home or away--the NHL is expected to announce the 2009-2010 schedule on Wednesday.

"Every team plays every other team--whether it will be here or not, I don't know," said Ryan Stanzel, spokesman for the Wild.

A potential homecoming reception for Lemaire at the Xcel would be a sight to behold, but Stanzel said that talks have not yet begun on how Lemaire would be honored.

"Way too early," Stanzel said. "A lot of people would be involved in the decision."

Although Lemaire will likely only see the Wild once next season, he will play six games against former Wild Winger Marion Gaborik, who signed with the New York Rangers earlier this month.