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Brodeur Interview with Gulitti

Yesterday, 07:32 PM

Brodeur answers a lot of questions that Devils fans have been speculating on for a long time.



You mentioned in your news conference that Lou Lamoriello couldn't offer you this kind of job right now. Was it this specific kind of position or the situation with the Devils?

“It had nothing to do with the position. It's just what he could do right now was more of not being around the team. We had a lot of good conversations and he agreed when I told him what I wanted and he goes, 'Right now, it's not the time for you to do that in New Jersey.' And I got it. There's not one way or the other. I'm not mad at anybody.

“I'm retiring as a New Jersey Devil as a player in my mind. I'll never be recognized as being with the St. Louis Blues. With the fans and the way I got treated by the fans in my record-setting seasons that I had and the last game against Boston that I played, nobody will ever replace that. So, right now, it's kind of a different chapter and, again, I'm not closing any doors in New Jersey whatsoever by doing what I did. If anything, it's going to be good for me and my future as far as knowing what I want to do. Because I don't know.

“Maybe I'm not going to like this part of the game. I might, but maybe I'm going to say, 'This is not good for me.' But, at least I'm going to be touching a lot of different areas that I think I'd like to do and that's why I did it.”


Because you mentioned it, what are your feelings about the the Devils? Are you upset about the way things ended in New Jersey? Some people look at this decision by you and interpret it as you not being happy with the organization.

“No, not at all. If I would be mad, I wouldn't even think twice about taking this. I took two weeks and I talked to Lou for three weeks. For the last three weeks, I've been in constant contact with Lou and debating what my future would be. We had good conversations. He was getting back to me. I know he's real busy with coaching and doing everything right now. It was one more thing on his plate and I said, 'I'm sorry, but we've got to talk about this.' And he was great. I went through every step of the way with him like everybody should expect. The relationship I have with him is unbelievable. And, at this moment, for what I want, it's something I couldn't get in New Jersey.

“If I was not (playing) in St. Louis, I probably never would be able to get that position. I was fortunate. It came out of left field. I was just going to say, 'I'm going to retire.' They said, 'We want you around.'  (Armstrong) goes, 'I talked to the owners and this is what we're going to do for you. If you want to stay, we want you to stay.' That's how the whole thing started. I was going to retire one way or the other, job or no job.”


At the end of last season with the situation with Cory Schneider waiting in the wings to be the No. 1 and the Devils needing to sign him to a contract extension, it seemed from what you said at the time that you just stepped aside for the good of the organization. Is that accurate?

“It is accurate. I had the opportunity of coming back (to play). Lou wanted me back to a certain extent, but for me it didn't make sense. For the future of the organization, they needed to lock up Cory. If my being there could have impaired that decision, I didn't want that.  I think they're lucky they made the trade and they got a good deal on the trade to be able to get a goalie the quality of Cory and you can't let that go. So, it worked out well.

“It's his team now and I have no problem. I had my team for a long time. I can't complain there.”




Breaking: Pete Deboer Fired

26 December 2014 - 12:40 PM

Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie 2m2 minutes ago

Head coach Pete DeBoer has been fired by the New Jersey Devils.

Waiting for the interim head coach announcement.

Pat Burns Hall of Fame Induction Thread

15 November 2014 - 02:43 AM

Monday is going to be such a special night as an incredible class will be inducted into the HHOF. What will really make it special is that it includes Pat Burns. A lot of anger and disappointment has taken place because of the committee not voting him in before he passed. It's unfortunate and done with, so lets not make this thread about that.


Instead, lets keep it positive. There has been an abundance of amazing articles with stories about Pat. I'll share a whole bunch here, and I expect more to come in the next few days (betting there will be one or two with a Devils angle). 4 NHL coaching stops. 3 Jack Adams Trophy's in his first year with the Canadiens, Leafs, and Bruins. A Stanley Cup with the Devils in his first year in NJ. Pat Burns was one of the greatest ever.


Pierre Lebrun:


A cop before a coach

Burns was a police officer and spent 16 years on the force in Gatineau, Quebec, taking part in dangerous undercover operations in the biker and drug world.

"When he was an undercover cop, they locked him up in Kingston (Ontario) penitentiary to try and bust the drug rings," longtime general manager Cliff Fletcher, who hired Burns to coach the Maple Leafs, told ESPN.com. "He told me he was so scared, the only person that knew he was in there was the warden. If anyone had ever found out about it, he would have ended up dead. But he helped uncover a huge drug ring in prison.''

Those years as a cop would forge Burns' no-nonsense demeanor as a coach.

"He was stern but fair," said Chris Chelios, who played for Burns in Montreal. "He was a great judge of character. You weren't going to fool him or get anything by him. His cop instincts, here's a guy that went undercover in a biker gang and put his life on the line for that; some of those instincts carried over into hockey.''


"Off the ice, he was a great guy," Gilmour said of Burns. "He liked his beers, he hung with us at times. He loved his Harleys. He loved playing guitar. Just a terrific guy.''

Gilmour laughs at one funny memory.

"We always played jokes in the dressing room," Gilmour said. "We were in Minnesota one day, and we had cups on the top of the door, leaning, so that whoever comes in gets drenched. Well, who walks through but Pat. His hair was always combed neatly, perfectly. His hair was down to his nose after getting drenched. We were shocked, almost. But then we all started howling. He said, 'I'll get you back, whoever did this, I'll get you back.'

"Nobody ever said who did it.''

Fletcher remembers a coach who was tight with his core players, an important factor for those Leafs teams that played with such emotion.

"Pat gravitated towards top players. He was smart," Fletcher said. "Wendel, Dave Ellett, Gilmour, Felix Potvin, they'd go biking with him and everything. They were his boys. But the poor guys at the bottom end of it, they were whipping boys; he squeezed every ounce out of them. But it was good; he had success.''


Like he did in previous stops, Burns got close to his top players in New Jersey. This time, it started with the superstar goalie.

"We used to ride motorcycles together," Brodeur said. "He was there the time I bought my first bike. He said, 'Marty, I'm going to follow you home in my car to make sure you get home safely.'''

Like other players before him, Brodeur also got to experience his sense of humor and his temper flare-ups.

"One day we're in Anaheim for a regular-season game," Brodeur said. "We were sitting in the stands together and talking about everything. The night before we got killed, I think in San Jose or L.A. He was in a great mood as we're talking about different things. But then he says, 'Can you go sit in the room?'

"He gets in the room, and I've never seen a coach break so many things. Throwing sticks, you name it. He was so mad. I was just talking to him two seconds before, and he was fine," Brodeur says, chuckling. "He was in a great mood. But for him, the point of snapping in front of everybody was important. I still laugh at that story.''




Doug Gilmour:


I guess a lot of people thought I was a Pat favourite. I hope I was. But if he was unhappy with my play he let me know. There were a few nights when he nailed me to the bench, too. Like, some guys are always going to be a little more creative than others. Pat was fine with that. But he had a rule: In the first two or the last two minutes of a period, never lose the puck at the blue line. I remember this one time I lost the puck at the blue line early in the game, they came down and scored. And I didn’t see the ice again until the next period. He brought me in and said: “How am I going to tell my second- and third- and fourth-line guys that they have to pay the price for stupid mistakes if I treat you differently? You’re the guy they follow.” I understood.


Pat had his own way of doing things. Like at the morning skate on game day, if we weren’t quite going the way he wanted us to, he’d say, “Okay, you guys know what you’re doing, right? You’ve got everybody fooled. You guys think you’re ready, eh? We’ll just see how it goes tonight.” Then of course we’d put pressure on ourselves, go out there and stink out the place in the first period. So he’d come into the dressing room: “I told you so. Now are you going to listen to me?” He was very aware of how he felt we were going to play before the puck even dropped.


Pat did enjoy pulling pranks on players. There was one time in Montreal when he got some fingerprint dust and smeared it all over the headband inside Patrick Roy’s mask at practice. When Roy started sweating, his whole face went blue and stayed that way for three or four days. We were always pulling tricks on each other. I never got tired of putting pin-prick holes in his paper coffee cup. I usually tried to do that before games, when he had his suit on. You know how much care Pat took with the way he looked.




Dan Cagen:


“He had a three-game rule,” Sweeney said. “Veterans got three games where he’ll leave you alone. He won’t berate you and point the finger at you after one, but after two you might hear something. After three, you got the full treatment.

“Then if it was a fourth, you were in the stands.”

Burns could be patient, too. Sweeney missed the end of the 1997-98 season with a shoulder injury that required surgery. He was back on the ice when training camp began in September, but he wasn't fully recovered yet.

“I was thinking about this with [Dennis] Seidenberg,” Sweeney said of the current defenseman who's back from ACL surgery. “I was participating in training camp coming off shoulder surgery. I was there, but I wasn't where I wanted to be. He came up to me, he said, 'We know you're not going to be 100 percent right away. It might take you 10 games. That's a lot of games, but you think you're ready and you're just not.'

“To me, that spoke volumes of a coach, and maybe the outside perception of Pat was that he wouldn't do that. But he had the certain ability to connect and make me feel better.”

Not that the players didn’t benefit from Burns’ bluntness at times.

“Pat’s personality I think was at times overpowering, but I think that took a lot of pressure off his teams,” said Donato, now the coach at Harvard. “In some ways, and I mean this in the most positive way, he handled some situations like Bill Parcells did. He handled a lot of the pressure in the media, and behind closed doors, even though he was very tough, his players appreciated that.”





Paul Hunter


Both Ellett and Gill recall that one of the most important aspects of Burns’ coaching was that no matter how badly a player messed up, he was always afforded another opportunity.

“He treated us as professionals,” said Ellett. “He always gave you a chance to redeem yourself. You might be benched for the last half of the game or the third period, but the next game he’d give you a chance right away.”

Burns not only drove his players hard, he encouraged them to do things off the ice together as a team, to care for one another and for the tradition of the Leafs. Gill said you’d leave a one-on-one session with Burns understanding that you didn’t want to do anything to let your teammates down.

Captain Wendel Clark, more than once the target of Burns’ haranguing, said if a player got lambasted, it brought the team together.

“Pat knew whose buttons to push to get the guys to rally,” he recalled. “If someone was getting crapped on, the other guys didn’t have to say anything but they were all going, ‘He doesn’t deserve that, let’s just pull together and win it for him.’ ”




An article from 2004:


Going through some old Pat Burns threads here, I found this Post article after a bad loss and wanted to share it:


This loss was so galling, the coach questioned the very hearts of his Stanley Cup champs.

"I'm going to have to check their hearts, check their heads, see where they're going," Pat Burns said. "Definitely, it's gut-check time."

The Devils coach teed off on his team after they lost their third in five, this time 4-2 to Pitiful Pitt, among the worst teams in the NHL.

"Unmotivated, undisciplined, uninspired," Burns charged. "Was it preparation? I'll take responsiblity. Was it motivation? I'll take responsibility. What goes on on the ice is not my responsibility. I can't play the game for them. They just weren't ready.

"It's not just tonight."

After questioning the fiber of his champions, Burns went back into the locker room to order all of his players to their stalls to face the press. It was an act that displayed his utter disgust, throwing to the scribes the players this organization goes to such lengths to insulate from the media. He asked the press to question the players pointedly, to discover the ailment so he could prescribe the solution. There were no clear insights forthcoming.


http://www.njdevs.co...&hl=+pat +burns