Just how many years does Jacques Lemaire have left behind the Wild bench? That's the question DR must ask himself every spring after the Wild get eliminated from the playoffs. Some would argue that the NHL has passed Lemaire by; they'd say that his defense-first style of play has no place in the league anymore.
I wouldn't argue that, but one has to wonder how many more years Jacques would like to coach. My gut tells me that he's got 1 or 2 years and then he'll retire again. Assuming he leaves, who is his most likely successor?
Mario Tremblay? Nope, I think the Wild would want to go a bit younger.
Coach Ramsey? Perhaps, but I'm guessing DR would want a fresh voice behind the bench.
How about Houston Aeros new coach Kevin Constantine? The guy's got NHL head coaching experience and by the time Jacques retired, and Constantine would have 1-2 years coaching the Wild's top prospects in Houston. Constantine would be the logical choice.
In fact, I don't think it's too outrageous to speculate that Lemaire went to DR during this offseason and told him he's got 2 years left. DR then went out and hired Lemaire's successor for the Aeros club. Makes perfect sense to me.