Lemaire done as Wild head coach
Wild head coach Jacque Lemaire will no longer coach the Wild after this year, WCCO-TV has reported.
"There comes a time when you know it's the right time to go. And I know this," Lemaire said.
Lemaire has a career record of 538-415-176 after coaching stops in Montreal, New Jersey and Minnesota. He led the New Jersey Devils to the 1995 Stanley Cup title.
Lemaire became the coach of the Wild during their inaugural season of 2000-2001. Lemaire had a record of 291-256-107 with the Wild, including a winning record in his last six seasons.
Despite being plagued with injuries, the Wild came close to making the playoffs with a 40-33-9 record for 89 points.
"We tried a lot of players through the season. Some of them had great years, others not so good. In general, I think it was good for the whole team. The guys will learn from this," Lemaire said.
"I had eight great years," he said.