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from Damien Cox of The Spin,

That an NHL team in front of its home audience would dress less than the maximum number of skaters seems hard to believe.

I mean, can you imagine the fallout in Montreal or Toronto if such nonsense occurred?

Yes, Calgary did it two seasons ago. GM Darryl Sutter misplayed the salary cap game, but at least it was late in the season when injuries and callups can make the already tricky game of maneuvering the salary cap nearly impossible.

But this year’s New Jersey Devils, down to 15 skaters just three games into the season? That’s just blatant mismanagement. The fact it is Lou Lamoriello behind it all, a member of the Hall of Fame and one of the best managers of the past quarter-century, has even his admirers - and there are legions of them - scratching their heads.

Good thing it’s not the early 1980s again. Someone might suggest this is a Mickey Mouse way to operate.

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I think Kovalchuk is a Jonah. They should get rid of him as soon as possible.  LOL

Posted by 13 user names on 10/11/10 at 11:11 PM ET


Unfortunately, the author is correct. Lots can happen in the months ahead, but all the problems that one stupid contract has already caused defies logic. Hubris.

Posted by Carthage on 10/11/10 at 11:12 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

Lamirello’s chickens…...have come home to roost!

Posted by TheFreak on 10/11/10 at 11:29 PM ET

Primis's avatar

As I said before, that they’re doing this so early in the season doesn’t make them a Mickey Mouse organization… it makes them an ECHL one.

Posted by Primis on 10/11/10 at 11:41 PM ET

madhatter's avatar

I think the Devils are in cahoots with the other owners to break the union when the next contract comes up. I’d think the owners intentions are eventually a salary cap which also includes a time cap (number of years for a contract) and a total dollar value cap. There’s not enough room in New Jersey for this volume of stupidity, so it must be intentional for other reasons.

Posted by madhatter on 10/11/10 at 11:54 PM ET

Primis's avatar

There’s not enough room in New Jersey for this volume of stupidity, so it must be intentional for other reasons.

Posted by madhatter on 10/11/10 at 09:54 PM ET

Have you seen their defensive corps the past couple of seasons?  There certainly *is* room for that much stupidity.

It’s simple:  Lou is highly, HIGHLY overrated as a GM.  Everyone overrates him and has for years now.

Posted by Primis on 10/12/10 at 12:08 AM ET


Primis—Just like so many dictators, power goes to the head and irrational decisions follow.

Lou grew to believe that he’s the greatest and infallible, so he lost all sense of discretion when it came to the Kovy contract.  Now his kingdom is crumbling.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 10/12/10 at 12:52 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

I’ve been caught in ebay sniping wars, bidding way too much for shit I don’t need. Lou just plays on a larger scale. Enjoy Kovy. He costs as much as four players, and now takes their spot on the bench as well.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/12/10 at 01:27 AM ET


Typical Cox. Calgary already did it but that’s okay they play in Canada. The world really centers around the Leafs.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 10/12/10 at 06:07 PM ET

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