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Lou Lamoriello Not A Fan Of The UFA Open-Talk Period

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

"It was a distraction, to be perfectly honest," Lamoriello said Saturday. "It distracted everything you had to do."

Lamoriello said he wasn't surprised that there were fewer trades than expected.

"If there was anything that was going to happen, it was going to happen right away," he said. "This has been a very peculiar week, as far as free agency, the draft and then the signings of your own players. You're divided in so many different directions. I think everybody said, 'Let's focus on the draft.' "

The GM said the discussion period, which ends Monday, will inflate free agent prices.

Asked if the Devils will be active in signing free agents beginning noon on Tuesday, Lamoriello said: "We'll talk. As far as what the results will bring, I couldn't tell you."

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awould's avatar

I can’t remember the last time Lamoriello was a fan of anything new.

Posted by awould on 06/28/14 at 02:00 PM ET

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Is it different from last year?  Last year, didn’t the ‘wine and dine’ period start on July 1st and the signing period start on the 5th?

I can definitely understand why someone would not want distractions during the draft period.

Posted by Garth on 06/28/14 at 07:52 PM ET

awould's avatar

I don’t think there was an official wine and dine time…. Just Free Agency opens and a feeding frenzy. This gives them time to talk and theoretically takes the pressure off a little. Lou doesn’t need to use it or he could delegate and prioritize. I don’t see how this can be worse than the old way.

Posted by awould on 06/28/14 at 08:11 PM ET

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