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from The Maven,
This is the time of year when Lou Lamoriello completes his head-coach search. With the Entry Draft coming up, it would not surprise if Double L announces his new bench leader any day now….
I’m guessing it’ll be Brian Sutter, who has experience, savvy and toughness. I was tempted to call this coaching scenario “The Meadowlands Melodrama” until I realized that Lou just moved his offices from East Rutherford to Newark.
more hockey talk, including the Bruins, the Senators and the Predators situation…
From the CP via TSN,
The New Jersey Devils signed defenceman Andy Greene, prospect Matthew Corrente and European veteran Jari Viuhkola on Wednesday.
Greene recently completed his first professional season. The 24-year-old split his time between AHL Lowell and New Jersey, making his NHL debut on Jan. 12. He had one goal and five assists for six points in 23 games for the Devils.
from Tom Gulitti of the Record,
Lamoriello has said several times over the last two years that MacLean, 42, will make an excellent head coach “someday”. If that day is not now, then when?
What else does MacLean have to prove? Is there an NHL assistant coach or a minor league head coach more qualified to do the job?
The only other understandable choice would be rehiring Pat Burns. It is unknown, however, whether Burns, after two battles with cancer, is healthy enough to handle the demanding grind of coaching again.
After hiring MacLean, there’s one other important move Lamoriello must make: Get out of the way. It must be clear that he won’t be pulling the strings from behind the scenes—something he didn’t do with Julien.
via the NY Post,
Lou Lamoriello yesterday told The Post the Devils will pick up the option on Sergei Brylin’s contract, preventing their ace utilityman from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
In addition, Lamoriello said he will tender qualifying offers to all of his big club restricted free agents, all but ensuring Cam Janssen and Johnny Oduya will remain with New Jersey. That announcement also will cover Zach Parise and Paul Martin.
from KK member SteveNJ...
As a kool-aid drinking New Jersey Devils fan, you take a great deal of pride in a lot of things. Three Stanley Cup Championships, four Finals appearances, a youthful offense that should come of age in the next couple of years, and oh yeah, that Brodeur fella. He’s pretty good.
One thing that we are not proud of is the situation in our arena. The Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey is insufficient. There is construction all around (The budding “Xanadu” project which is supposed to bring malls, a ballpark, and an indoor snowboarding complex) that makes it near impossible to park. Add that to the third highest ticket prices in the NHL, and it’s been tough going for us the past few years. Don’t say it’s lack of fan support, or fan apathy, because not a decade ago, this team drew 17,000 fans a game. We simply need a new, more convenient home.
Fortunately, owner (as Doc Emrick once said “He was a season ticket holder for a long time, and he liked the team so much, he decided to buy it”) Jeff Vanderbeek has given us one. Please, enjoy this video of the soon-to-come Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey:
via Bob McKenzie of TSN,
New Jersey Devil forward Patrik Elias has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit in New Jersey Federal Court against his former agents, Mark Gandler and Todd Diamond, sources tell TSN.
The court documents were reportedly filed yesterday in New Jersey.
In the suit, Elias alleges fraud, embezzlement, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of US Federal Securities Laws.
thanks to a KK member for the heads-up
from The Maven,
Lamoriello’s current assistant coach John MacLean has just thrown his hat into the ring.
Matter of fact, Johnny Mac – one of the all-time New Jersey hockey heroes – just told me so.
My question was simple: “John, how interested are you in the head coaching job?”
To which Mac shot back: “I’m definitely interested.”...
Pat Burns would love to return behind the bench now that he’s feeling healthy again. Other possibilities include Scott Stevens, Mike Sullivan and – if he’s released by San Jose – Ron Wilson.
from the AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,
“We have gone this far, it would be foolish not to see what’s out there,” Gomez said. “That doesn’t man anything. It doesn’t mean I am leaning one way or I don’t want to be here. I have talked to all the guys that have played here and gone through this. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Gomez went to arbitration last summer and was awarded a one-year, $5 million deal.
After collecting 13 goals and 47 assists in the regular season, and four goals and 10 assists in the postseason, Gomez can expect even more next year.
from The Maven,
No question, Lou & Co. wanted very much to reach The Finals this Spring. And why not?
But reality tells us that only two get that far. Finishing in the Final Eight out of 30 ain’t bad.
Consider this: the 82-game schedule is a marathon out of which emerge 16 playoff teams.
Over the past decade, Lamoriello’s clubs have survived that marathon and gained a playoff berth every year.
Can the free-spending Flyers make that statement? No. The Islanders? Heck no. Rangers? Nix.
In a span of a dozen years, Lou’s sextet has won three Stanley Cups. Flyers - none. Isles - none. Rangers - none.
from The Maven,
There’s no point in beating around the bush; New Jersey lost primarily because Martin Brodeur failed to play goal up to his previous standard.
The cheapies he allowed simply cannot be rationalized because there were too many at critical junctures in decisive games….
Lou Lamoriello needs a new coach. The best bet would be Ron Wilson, should he become available. I’d also support Pat Quinn.
Talking to Scott Gomez, I get the feeling that he’s gone, barring some miraculous sales job. Scotty wants to play a more wide open game and in the unlikely event that he gets some assurance of that, I’m convinced he’ll want to play elsewhere.
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