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Questioning Lou Lamoriello

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

“Do I personally feel it? Whatever pressure I have is what I put on myself,” Lamoriello told NJ Advance Media. “I have to make whatever decision is right, in my opinion, for the best of the team. I can’t allow anything to affect that whatsoever or I’m not doing my job.”

Three Stanley Cups buys a GM a lot of leeway, but has Lamoriello missed the mark on his free agent signings, non-signings and trades over the past decade since the club last won it all in 2003?

Could he have signed Zach Parise long before the winger reached free agency and decided to go home to Minnesota? Or did former owner Jeff Vanderbeek’s financial problems make that impossible?

Should he have let Paul Martin, David Clarkson and/or Brian Gionta walk?

Was there a way to keep Ilya Kovalchuk in the NHL? And did Lamoriello and the Devils have the power, persuasion and the finances to keep Scott Niedermayer and Brian Rafalski from leaving after the third Cup?

All valid questions.

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