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What Will Lou Do

Coach Lamoriello faced with a tough decision tomorrow- Play Brodeur or not?
If the Islanders beat the Devils, they are in the playoffs and the Toronto Maple Leafs join the Canadiens on the golf course.
I am with Don Cherry, Lou has to play his best lineup, it is the right thing to do.

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Brodeur Breaks Parent’s Record

from the NY Post,

Parent was on hand when Brodeur broke the 33-year-old single-season record of 47 victories with last night’s 3-2 triumph over the Flyers here. The victory, the Devils’ fourth straight and fifth of six, clinched their seventh Atlantic Division title, second in a row.
The difference is Brodeur’s 48-23-7 record is fattened by 10 shootout victories that arguably would have been ties in Parent’s era. Parent went 47-13-12 for the Flyers in that 1973-74 season when he shared the Vezina Trophy as top goalie with Chicago’s Tony Esposito, and won the first of two straight Conn Smythe trophies as playoff MVP. Parent may have had at least six more victories, if there’d been shootouts then.
“You can’t argue with the fact that it’s easier,” Brodeur said.
“Everybody has a right to see a record in a certain way. But it’s tough enough.
“It doesn’t take anything away from what I did. Maybe in five years they’ll decide the game is boring again and put something else in.”

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Hoping For The Best

from Stan Fischler at his blog, The Maven,

I’m driving down to Philadelphia tonight (Wednesday) in the hopes of seeing Martin Brodeur break Bernie Parent’s record for wins in a season.
More important - to me and Marty - is the fact that I’m looking forward to a Devils’ victory. That would put them over the top in terms of clinching first place and the home ice advantage that goes with it.
Even more important than that, I’m hoping that the news on Brian Gionta is more encouraging than it appeared on Tuesday night when he was spirited away from Continental Airlines Arena in an ambulance.
The Patrik Elias shot which Gionta took on the foot could devastate the Devils’ postseason, assuming the wound is as serious as it first appeared.

continued,,,and a bit about the NYI…

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It’s Not Exactly The Kiss Army…

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

“As far as (Julien’s) on-ice approach, it’s not much different than what we’ve been doing. I never talked to (Lamoriello) about (Julien) at all,” said Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, the longest-serving veteran in Lamoriello’s Army.
“I had lots of different conversations with (Julien) about coaching or whatever. You always turn around to look at yourself when these things happen.“That’s tough to do here because we gave him 102 points. It’s hard for us to feel bad. When coaches are fired, it’s because the players aren’t responding. Well, we’ve done our share, I think.”

The players aren’t just players here. They’re disciples of the system. They live by Lamoriello’s strict rules of no facial hair and mandatory shirt and tie on the road — and the players seem to enjoy it.

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One Reason Why Julien Was Fired

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Don’t bother looking for the smoking gun. It doesn’t exist.
Lou Lamoriello fired Claude Julien as head coach of the New Jersey Devils with 102 points already achieved and just three games remaining on the schedule for one reason.
To win.

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Lou’s Hunch

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

There are many things that can be said about New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello — not all of them complimentary.
But this much you have to concede: He’s decisive.
Sensing now, as he did in 2000, that his team was doomed to playoff failure despite a modicum of regular-season success, he fired his coach….
To say that the hockey world was shocked would be something of an understatement. Usually in situations of this nature, the whispers have been going around and a few insiders have been confiding to their friends that the coach in question is on a slippery slope.
But in the New Jersey gulag, where loose talkers get deported to other franchises, where media relations personnel eavesdrop on conversations, where a hidden camera spies on players who might talk to the media in the hallway, where player attendance at off-day meals is mandatory and mature adults are not allowed a glass of wine with dinner, the free flow of information is not a high priority.

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Devils Fire Claude Julien

Breaking news via the AP,

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—The New Jersey Devils have fired coach Claude Julien.

more soon…

Update 1:00 pm EDT:
Again, from AP via ESPN,

Claude Julien was fired as New Jersey Devils coach Monday and replaced by general manager Lou Lamoriello with a week to go in the regular season.
The firing comes after the Devils won four of their last five games. The team is in first place in the Atlantic Division with three games to go.
Julien guided the Devils to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, posting a 47-24-8 mark in his only season as coach.

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added 2:10pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The suspicion was that the majority of players believed Lamoriello was the controlling, behind-the-scenes influence anyway; that Julien had little actual input into the overall scheme of things; and this move was mostly about Lamoriello stepping out from behind the curtains and putting himself squarely on the firing line, as he is wont to do.

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Devils May Have A Long Road Home

from the Newark Star-Ledger:

Devils chairman Jeff Vanderbeek remains optimistic that construction on the new arena in Newark will be completed in time for the early October start of the 2007-08 season and he said yesterday if there is a delay in the opening of the Prudential Center, the team will not play any games at Continental Airlines Arena despite the fact that New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority officials have dates available.
Vanderbeek suggested Meadowlands officials are holding out hope of scheduling Devils home games early next season to discredit the club’s move to Newark.
“It’s an effort to try to put holes in the credibility of the timetable for Newark,” Vanderbeek said. “We have no agreement whatsoever with the Meadowlands to play there (next season). It’s an absolute lie.”


Although NHL officials have indicated it would not be surprising to see the Devils play games in Continental Airlines Arena early next season, Vanderbeek said the team would look elsewhere. The most likely scenario would be opening on the road for a prolonged period.

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Brodeur- The Normal Goalie

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The effervescent Brodeur not only exists on the side of light, but will also at some point become the greatest of all time while defying the age-old belief that a goaltender has to be partway crazy.
As longtime teammate Ken Daneyko put it, “He’s one of the normal goalies. He is what you see.”
High praise for a netminder.
“All of his motivations seem to be streaming from a positive pool of consciousness,” added longtime NHL netminder Glenn “Chico” Resch. “The guy’s life is almost too balanced. He doesn’t have anything where you think, ‘Oh, crazy goalie.’”

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Matvichuk Close To Return

from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,

Matvichuk has been able to practice with the team since November, but he has not been cleared to play. Although he is able to do everything that his teammates do in practice, his recovery has been slow. He said that full recovery from back surgery is difficult to predict.
“We’ll get him in before the end of the year, and he’ll play in a couple of games,” Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello said Tuesday.
Matvichuk remains on the long-term-injury list. Lamoriello said the Devils wanted to make sure he was strong enough to play before he actually returned to the lineup. They fear that if he is reinjured, he could miss the playoffs.

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