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Lou’s Hunch

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

There are many things that can be said about New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello — not all of them complimentary.
But this much you have to concede: He’s decisive.
Sensing now, as he did in 2000, that his team was doomed to playoff failure despite a modicum of regular-season success, he fired his coach….
To say that the hockey world was shocked would be something of an understatement. Usually in situations of this nature, the whispers have been going around and a few insiders have been confiding to their friends that the coach in question is on a slippery slope.
But in the New Jersey gulag, where loose talkers get deported to other franchises, where media relations personnel eavesdrop on conversations, where a hidden camera spies on players who might talk to the media in the hallway, where player attendance at off-day meals is mandatory and mature adults are not allowed a glass of wine with dinner, the free flow of information is not a high priority.

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Devils Fire Claude Julien

Breaking news via the AP,

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—The New Jersey Devils have fired coach Claude Julien.

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Update 1:00 pm EDT:
Again, from AP via ESPN,

Claude Julien was fired as New Jersey Devils coach Monday and replaced by general manager Lou Lamoriello with a week to go in the regular season.
The firing comes after the Devils won four of their last five games. The team is in first place in the Atlantic Division with three games to go.
Julien guided the Devils to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, posting a 47-24-8 mark in his only season as coach.

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added 2:10pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The suspicion was that the majority of players believed Lamoriello was the controlling, behind-the-scenes influence anyway; that Julien had little actual input into the overall scheme of things; and this move was mostly about Lamoriello stepping out from behind the curtains and putting himself squarely on the firing line, as he is wont to do.

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Devils May Have A Long Road Home

from the Newark Star-Ledger:

Devils chairman Jeff Vanderbeek remains optimistic that construction on the new arena in Newark will be completed in time for the early October start of the 2007-08 season and he said yesterday if there is a delay in the opening of the Prudential Center, the team will not play any games at Continental Airlines Arena despite the fact that New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority officials have dates available.
Vanderbeek suggested Meadowlands officials are holding out hope of scheduling Devils home games early next season to discredit the club’s move to Newark.
“It’s an effort to try to put holes in the credibility of the timetable for Newark,” Vanderbeek said. “We have no agreement whatsoever with the Meadowlands to play there (next season). It’s an absolute lie.”


Although NHL officials have indicated it would not be surprising to see the Devils play games in Continental Airlines Arena early next season, Vanderbeek said the team would look elsewhere. The most likely scenario would be opening on the road for a prolonged period.

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Brodeur- The Normal Goalie

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The effervescent Brodeur not only exists on the side of light, but will also at some point become the greatest of all time while defying the age-old belief that a goaltender has to be partway crazy.
As longtime teammate Ken Daneyko put it, “He’s one of the normal goalies. He is what you see.”
High praise for a netminder.
“All of his motivations seem to be streaming from a positive pool of consciousness,” added longtime NHL netminder Glenn “Chico” Resch. “The guy’s life is almost too balanced. He doesn’t have anything where you think, ‘Oh, crazy goalie.’”

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Matvichuk Close To Return

from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,

Matvichuk has been able to practice with the team since November, but he has not been cleared to play. Although he is able to do everything that his teammates do in practice, his recovery has been slow. He said that full recovery from back surgery is difficult to predict.
“We’ll get him in before the end of the year, and he’ll play in a couple of games,” Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello said Tuesday.
Matvichuk remains on the long-term-injury list. Lamoriello said the Devils wanted to make sure he was strong enough to play before he actually returned to the lineup. They fear that if he is reinjured, he could miss the playoffs.

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All Brodeur

Martin Brodeur took part in an NHL tele-conference today…

Q. Out here in Vancouver, we wonder how Luongo can play every night. You’ve done it many times virtually playing every night. Do you get into a zone that you just want to be in there every single game?
MARTIN BRODEUR: Well, yeah, I think so. I think when you start playing a lot of games, I think you’re overcoming a lot of the ups and downs of the hockey season. Sometimes when you do take breaks, everything you do is a little magnified.
When you go in, bad game, good game, lucky game, it doesn’t matter. You have that confidence that you’re going to go out there the next time and do it again. I think it makes your season go through a lot easier as far as winning and stuff like that.
That’s what I found. For me playing lots of games, you don’t feel when you lose a couple games that you sit back for a week and wait for your next start; you just go right at it and get it over with and feel good about it.
I think if your body and your mental game is good enough to do it, I think it’s great.

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Redneck Heaven

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Janssen knew the drill, so he dropped his gloves and turned to face Belak. He was about to pay the price for knocking Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle out of the lineup on March 2 with a late, blindside hit that left Kaberle with a concussion and the Leafs without their best defenceman.
The 19,518 fans at the Air Canada Centre rose as one to revel in the show. This was the moment the mouth breathers were waiting for. It was redneck heaven, as good as macaroni and cheese and a cold Lakeport with the rasslers on the tube. It’s a wonder even the sushi eaters in the platinum seats did not break into a chant of “Git ‘er done.”

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Janssen Will Play His Game

from NorthJersey.com,

Although he regrets injuring Kaberle and says he’s learned his lesson from the late hit, which earned a three-game suspension, Janssen has no intention of taking it easy on the Maple Leafs’ defenseman if their paths cross.
“If he’s got the puck and I need to make the hit on him to get the puck, well, yeah, I’m going to do it,” he said Monday. “I’m not looking to go head-hunting or anything like that. I just want to go out and play my game. I’m sure if I’m skating down the wing with the puck, he’s going to come hit me, too.”

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He’s Gone Mad

from the Maven at The Maven,

Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Newman had the priceless line, “What, me worry?”
I still love it.
Devils and Islanders fans might want to paraphrase Alfred E.
Come to think of it, with Pittsburgh in Manhattan tonight, Rangers rooters might want to steal Newman’s deathless phrase.
Worry? There’s much to share among the three locals.
For the Blueshirts, whose demolition of the Bruins has thrust them headfirst into the homestretch run, the worry is Sid Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the under-the-radar phenom, Jordan Staal.

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Gionta Goes On LTIR

from NorthJersey.com,

With his team hit hard by the injury bug and no salary cap room to call up anyone from the minors, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello decided Thursday to place right wing Brian Gionta on long-term injured reserve retroactive to the last game he played on March 6 in Philadelphia….
“We just looked at the calendar and where Brian is at, we’re certainly not going to rush him,” Lamoriello said. “Brian and I had a conversation [Wednesday]. We’ll put Brian on injured reserve, which will allow us to put pressure on some of the young players. It also will give Brian time, so he doesn’t have to put pressure on himself.”

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