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by Paul on 05/02/12 at 11:44 AM ET
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
He has been in the same job, same team, caring about the same three things—winning, family and the Devils, and not necessarily in that order. Maybe Glen Sather has been around the NHL longer, just not in the same place, and nowhere near as consistent.
Lamoriello is in Year 25 on the job: No one else in the game has been a GM longer than 14 years.
And few have experienced anything close to his success.
The Devils are in the playoffs, again, which is where they have been for 21 of his 24 seasons (the lockout stole one year) running the club. He’s missed the playoffs three times, once fewer than his one-time protege has missed in almost four seasons in Toronto.
“The first time was in our second season,” said Lamoriello, who turns 70 in October. “The second time came after we won our first Stanley Cup, and we learned something from that. The third time was last year and that was all my doing. I put a coach (John MacLean) in a position that was unfair. That one was all on me.”
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