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Lou 20 Minute Q&A

14 April 2014 - 04:35 PM

Classic Lou Speak:


Lamoriello: “I think whatever changes you make have to be for the better. So whenever you can get better, you make changes. If we can make the right changes to get better, we certainly will. As far as have to … You’d like to do a lot of things, but you might not be able to. So we’ll do the best we can to make us better.”



Q: Who’s going to win the Cup?

Lamoriello: “Oh, God. I don’t know what I’m going to eat tomorrow morning. There’s going to be some good teams out in the first round, for sure, with the matchups.”


Q: What kind of job do you think DeBoer do this season?

Lamoriello: “None of us did a good job. We’re not in the playoffs. But is it Pete’s fault? No. But we’re not in the playoffs. So we all have to take responsibility.”

Q: Why was it the right decision to bring DeBoer back?

Lamoriello: “First of all, he’s under contract. Secondly, I didn’t think there was a reason to make a change. So for me to get into my reasons, why and why not, I think it’s very unfair. There are certain things you keep between your own ears.”

Q: Do decisions need to be made on the assistant coaches, or are all of them returning, as well?

Lamoriello: “I have every intention of having the staff be intact.”



Lou on trying to sign free agents before July 1st

11 April 2014 - 04:09 PM

“We have done that before,” Lamoriello said. “We just don’t publicize it. We’ve done it with other people that you don’t even know about. We just don’t talk about it, but we have done it.”


Most recently, after Parise’s departure in the summer of 2012, he negotiated an extension with center Travis Zajac that was nearly completed before the lockout began on Sept. 15 of that season. The deal was announced shortly after the lockout ended.


Goaltender Martin Brodeur was critical of the Devils a few weeks ago for waiting too long to try to re-sign Parise. Lamoriello did try to sign Parise to a long-term extension the summer of 2011 when he was a restricted free agent, but Parise has said multiple times that the Devils made no attempt to open contract negotiations the previous summer – the year he before his contract expired and the summer in which they eventually re-signed Ilya Kovalchuk to a 15-year, $100 million contract.


“We did it for two years,” Lamoriello said of trying to re-sign Parise before adding, “There were extenuating circumstances involved with ownership.”

Regardless, it sounds clear Lamoriello will attempt this summer to get Schneider (and possibly Greene) locked up this summer.


“It’s sometimes confidential,” Lamoriello said of such contract discussions. “We did it with Scott Stevens. We did it with Marty Brodeur. It’s just that we don’t put everything in the papers because there are certain people that you don’t do it with. So, if you talk about it and you don’t do it with some and you do it with them, you’re not being respectful to those players. And it’s as simple as that. I don’t care what people think, but that’s my thought process.”


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Rupp Hit on Oshie

11 April 2014 - 11:09 AM

He is going to get a big suspension



Devils @ Sens 7PM Play'n out the String

10 April 2014 - 05:13 PM

DEVILS (34-29-16) at SENATORS (34-31-14)

Radio: WCBS 880 AM

Last 10: New Jersey 5-2-3; Ottawa 6-3-1

Season series: This is the third and final game between the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils. Each team has won on home ice; the Devils 5-2 on Dec. 18 and the Senators 5-2 on Oct. 17.

Big story: The Devils were eliminated from qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night as the the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Detroit Red Wings locked up the final two spots in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey will miss the playoffs for a second straight season.

There was some good news for the Devils on Wednesday during practice when forward Patrik Elias skated for the first time since sustaining a head injury in the first period of a victory against the Washington Capitals on Friday. Elias, who was on a line with Damien Brunner and Mike Sislo, was the only injured Devil to return to practice; forwards Adam Henrique (groin), Ryane Clowe (head) and Jacob Josefson (left ankle/foot) and defenseman Bryce Salvador (groin) were absent.




LGD!... need a loss to move up in the draft....



oh wait....

Jaromir Jagr MVP, Ryan Carter Player's Player, Andy Greene Unsung

08 April 2014 - 03:44 PM

NEWARK— The Devils held their annual team awards fan event Tuesday and Jaromir Jagr was voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates.

The Players' Player Award went to Ryan Carter while defenseman Andy Greene was voted Unsung Hero.

Assistant coach Mike Foligno presented Greene his award; assistant coach Scott Stevens gave Carter his award and assistant coach Dave Barr presented Jagr with the MVP award.



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