Since Lemaire's first tour of duty in New Jersey, which ended in 1998, the Devils have been as much known for their coaching upheaval as anything they've done on the ice.
Considering how competitive they've been over the years, this is quite the statement.
After Lemaire's first departure from the Devils, general manager Lou Lamoriello hired Robbie Ftorek as the head coach.
That didn't last very long. With eight games left in Ftorek's second season, and New Jersey leading their division, Lamoriello fired the horribly unpopular -- in the locker room, that is -- Ftorek and hired Larry Robinson. The results couldn't have been any better, as New Jersey rebounded from a first-round upset loss in 1999 and won the Stanley Cup on Jason Arnott's overtime winner at Dallas.
Robinson coached the entire 2000-2001 season, as New Jersey fell short in a repeat bid. They lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals to Colorado. In January of 2002, 51 games into the 2001-2002 season, Robinson was set free in favor of Kevin Constantine. He led the Devils to the playoffs, won 20 of the 31 games he coached, but lost in the first round and didn't return.
Next up was Pat Burns. With the veteran coach at the helm, New Jersey outlasted Anaheim to win the Stanley Cup in 2003, then lost in five games in the first round the next year. Burns was gone after two years, stepping down while announcing that he had cancer, a struggle he continues to fight today.
Robinson returned to the bench, but only lasted 32 games as the Devils floundered around .500. He was gone (migraines and exhaustion were cited as reasons for this move), and Lamoriello took over as the head coach. He won 68 percent of his games in 2005-2006, but never intended to coach full-time.
After a second-round exit that year, in came Claude Julien. He lasted almost the full 2006-2007 season. So close! With three games left in the season, Julien was out. Perception was that he didn't have the respect of the locker room because he was too soft. Lamoriello was back running the show. After another second-round exit, it was again time for a permanent coach in New Jersey.
The cycle then completed when Lamoriello brought Lemaire back.
The next head coach is yet to be determined. Whoever it is, it will mark -- counting multiple tours of duty by Robinson and Lamoriello -- the 11th head coach the Devils have had since the end of the 1997-1998 season.
Keep in mind that the league took a year off in that stretch, and it's not likely there is a more volatile coaching job in pro sports than this one.
Whoever takes over for Lemaire would be smart to rent for a year or two, just to be safe.