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by Paul on 10/11/10 at 11:00 PM ET
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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