COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Jacques Lemaire says he won't return to the Minnesota Wild for a ninth season behind the bench.
The 63-year-old coach, speaking after the Wild's season-ending 6-3 victory over Columbus on Saturday night, said there comes a time when everyone knows that it's the right time to go. "And I know this," he said.
Lemaire took over the expansion Wild when they joined the NHL in 2000-01. He has a career record of 538-415-176 in 14 seasons with Montreal, New Jersey and Minnesota, leading the Devils to the 1995 Stanley Cup title.
Lemaire was 291-256-107 with the Wild, including winning records in his last six seasons. The Wild barely missed the playoffs this year for Lemaire, who played in 145 Stanley Cup playoff games - winning eight titles with Montreal - and coached in 112.