Posted 10 July 2013 - 02:15 PM
I doubt it. Lou's reasoning seems to be based of off respect for accomplished players.. whom have a reasonable trajectory of being HOF material. Both Almo & Killer were accomplished players before coming to NJ. Likewise, few people realize\remember the impact of signing Stephane Richer for that matter.. thus; LL allowed him to keep his #44 aswell. His career tailored off when he came to Jersey (because players bought into playing the neutral-zone-trap) however, prior to that he was one of the best LWer's in the entire league! When the Devils got him, he was a already a 2x 50 goal scorer, a 3x NHL All-Star, and a Stanley Cup Champion.. and he was still only 25 years old!! I was estatic when we got him! --and he remains one of my all-time favorite players.
His career did not tail off when he came to NJ Beez.
Six seasons with Montreal: .888 points per game
First four seasons with NJ: .895 points per game (he was more consistent in those first four seasons as well)
He suffered a major dropoff in production in his fifth season as a Devil, which most attribute to severe depression...Richer has since admitted that he has suffered from it throughout his life.
He didn't crack 50 goals (or even 40) with NJ, for whatever the reason. I think part of it was that goaltending and defense were improving as a whole in the NHL, and the Live Puck Era was coming to an end...the days of the .870-.880 save% #1 goalies were starting to disappear when he came to NJ. His SOG did fluctuate from season to season for both Montreal and NJ. He has said part of the problem with Montreal was, once he scored 50 in 1987-88, he was expected to do it all of the time...he said teammates were constantly feeding him the puck when he wasn't in a position to do anything with it. He also said the Montreal pressure was very difficult to deal with...he was very happy to come to NJ.
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Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
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