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from Tom Gulitti of The Record,
Martin Brodeur might still return to the Devils some day to work in their front office, but he does not anticipate that happening anytime soon with Lou Lamoriello no longer their general manager.
Although Lamoriello remains as team president in charge of hockey operations, Brodeur sees the Devils going in a bit of a different direction after hiring Ray Shero as GM last week and was already talking with St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong about remaining as part of that team’s front office. In fact, that will likely become official by the end of next week, after Armstrong returns from the world championships in the Czech Republic.
"Especially with the change they made, I think it’s a great opportunity for me to take a step back and go somewhere – or stay somewhere – that I’ll be able to learn and do things I want to do and try to learn as much as possible and who knows what the future [holds?]," Brodeur told The Record on Monday. "But, it’s less and less likely it’s going to happen in New Jersey for a few years, that’s for sure."
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
What are your thoughts initially on the kind of head coach you want to hire?
“That's a good question. Again, that's one of things that I really want to ask a few questions here before I get started. With anything, when you're looking for a coach, whether it's internally or you're talking to people outside, there's some different criteria in terms of coaches that can discipline, coaches that can motivate, coaches that can teach. There's a lot of good coaches that are available and there's two people in Jersey right now in Scott Stevens and Adam Oates. Adam's been a head coach before and Scott I've heard real good things about him. So, in terms of the proper fit or the right guy for the New Jersey Devils, time will tell on that from asking some of the questions and seeing things.
“I certainly have some ideas in terms of coaching styles, philosophies, but I need to find out more about the New Jersey Devils because it's an important decision not only just for next year, but moving forward and buying into that. There's some good coaches available and I look forward to talking to the coaches that are there (in New Jersey) and getting their feedback and their philosophy. I hope to do that a little bit maybe before I leave (for the world championships) and certainly when I get back and then go from there.”
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
"I think we'll be the beneficiary of [this hire] as an organization," Lamoriello said. "The one thing that has been consistent in this organization and with every conversation I've had with Ray was the ability he has. He has no ego and knows the logo is the most important thing and when you get that that's a good feeling; a very positive thing happened today."
Lamoriello completed his 28th season as Devils' president/GM in 2014-15. During his time, the Devils won three Stanley Cup championships, five Eastern Conference titles and nine division titles in 21 Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances.
"I've known [Lou Lamoriello] since playing against him in college when I was at St. Lawrence and he was coaching Providence," Shero said. "Before Lou was GM, my father [Hockey Hall of Fame coach Fred Shero] was a color analyst when the team started and Max McNab was GM and I hung around there quite a bit when I was in college. So the opportunity for me to work with a Lou Lamoriello, who is a Hockey Hall of Fame member and one of the most respected GMs in the history of the game, certainly was a great opportunity I was not going to turn down and I'm looking forward to working with the team. It's a great opportunity for me and my family."
Shero has most recently been actively involved with USA Hockey and is a member of its National Team Advisory Board. He has enjoyed having an opportunity to spend more time with his family; one of his sons will be a freshman at Boston College and he has another attending Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire.
Shero was fired as GM of the Penguins on May 16, 2014, finishing with a 373-193-56 in his eight seasons with the organization.
added 4:13pm, New Jersey release is below.
Rich Chere of NJ.com answered some New Jersey Devils related tweets,
(Regarding is this Lou Lamoriello's most important summer): Has ownership weighed in on this, or is it more of a "should" than an "is"?
Devils owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer have not yet been made available after the season. Indications are that Lamoriello will get an opportunity to rebuild the team this summer, but the delay in the co-owners' state-of-the-team address makes you wonder if they are now pondering a GM change.
more Q & A...
from Neil Best of Newsday,
It has been a long time since the New York area had a hockey regular season such as this one - not only on the ice but also as reflected by television ratings.
Take the Islanders: Their games on MSG Networks have averaged 0.60 percent of homes, which might not sound like much but is 76 percent better than at this point last season.
The Rangers were up 26 percent to 1.63 percent of area homes entering Monday night's game and easily will surpass the Knicks for the first time since 2007-08.
Watch the elbow below....
from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
Michael Ryder and Martin Havlat have both been healthy scratches while defenseman Peter Harrold plays right wing. While general manager Lou Lamoriello claims Ryder and Havlat know why they are not playing, the two players feel differently.
Asked if he has talked to both players about why neither has played since the Mar. 2 NHL trade deadline, Lamoriello said: "Let me put it this way: They know and I know. I think that's all I have to tell you. There is no gray area."
That surprised Havlat.
"Really?" he asked with a look of surprise on his face. "That's all I can say."
Has he talked to Lamoriello?
"Nope," Havlat said.
When Ryder was asked why he isn't playing, he said: "I don't know. I don't have any answer for you."
from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
There will be changes among the Devils' forwards next season as general manager Lou Lamoriello looks to bring in some scoring, but one player who has earned a chance to come back is right winger Jordin Tootoo.
A castoff when he signed a training camp tryout agreement with the Devils, Tootoo has made an impact with his speed and grit to the point where his teammates feel he deserves to be signed for another season.
"Absolutely. I think so," Adam Henrique said. "He's a hard-working guy and everybody feeds off his energy. He's been a leader in the room since he's been here. He's a leader on the ice.
"He goes out there and does the hard job. When things aren't going well he gets a fight going and gets the boys going. I think he's been huge for us all year. We'll wait and see what happens going forward, but the guys love him in the room."
via the NHL YouTube channel,
The New Jersey Devils honor the 1995 Stanley Cup Champion team for the 20-year anniversary at the Prudential Center by raising a banner.
It is 22 minutes long, so watch it below...
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