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Carpenter had 11 years of junior and AHL coaching experience when he took over the Devils at what
would be the lowest point in the team's existence. I will say this about his tenure as the Devils coach:
every year, they were slowly getting better.
The common theme for his teams ended up being getting off to a good start in the season, only to get into
a lull during the winter months, and end up finishing out of the playoffs.
That trend was repeated in the 87-88 season, as they were off to the best start in team history, even being
right on the Islanders' heels for a short time. They would then start to fall as the snow did. This time,
though, Lou Lamoriello, in his first year as GM of the team, would end up establishing a reputation of
making a coaching move if the right fit wasn't there at the bench and fire Carpenter.
Carpenter returned to the AHL the following season, taking over the job for the Halifax Citadels. He
would also be the bench boss for the Toronto Maple Leafs a couple years later. He last coached in 1993,
a second stint with the Citadels.
Meanwhile, the Devils got that kick in the ass from Jim Schoenfeld for the rest of that year.
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