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I don't really agree with the idea of banning people for having stupid opinions. If he was abusive towards people and didn't follow the rules, then by all means, go ahead.

Granted, I don't pay attention to trolls like WDA so I may not be aware of the full scope of his activities.

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highly recommended

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Can we ban Chere from, this site.  He is such a troll now.  'Meadowlands Coliseum'?

 

 

Shero is kinda funny. ' I was thinking, “What the hell did I do wrong? I’m not even in the league!

 

 

Not mentioned in his piece,  who was the player (Billington maybe?) who brought is fiance to meet Lou before they got married.  Not sure if was for his blessing, or to discuss it, or just respect, (like meeting his parents)y.  Anyway, Lou kicked the player out of the room for a few minutes to talk to the woman and she refused to tell the player what Lou said till this day (or at least when I read the story which I think was out when Lou was going into the HoF.

 

 

kinda tough for younger fans to understand him because the 'Lou rules' are established, and when you are younger you tend to be anti establishment.  Some of the rational for the rules have been explained int he past.   We have always tended to be in the bottom for penalties taken, and to be disciplined on the ice, you have to be disciplined off the ice.  

 

Devils org does a lot for communities without always publicizing it.  (My mom works for the town and they always give stuff for charities and events).  Like players visiting hospitals.  Do it for the kids / patients,  don't do it for the PR of helping the kids.

 

I freely admit I drink the kool-aid but it is because of the respect I have for him.  That takes years of observation.  Someone shouldn't just earn your respect overnight, so I do understand some of the anti Lou stuff if you just got into the team recently.  I will just say i think your are wrong and if you read some of the quotes by former players(not all, casue I'm sure a few that were sent packing were not happy,  who got shipped to Manitoba?  one of the brotens maybe?) they would run thru walls for him.  It may look different from the outside, but once you play for the organization, you appreciate it.(all opinion, but think I Gilmour mentioned it, I don't think Kovy signs with us if he wasn't part of the team for that half season(not sure if Lou signs him without seeing how he fit, although he may have been overruled by jvb ayway) so it's an educated opinion)

 

I keep this up I may break my 30 some odd posts a year in this thread.  I just think this is such a huge change,  I just don't know what direction this franchise is going to go.  

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http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/articles/2009/11/10/a_special_breed/?page

 

Mentor and friend
Former Bruins goalie Craig Billington, drafted by the Devils in 1984, considers Lamoriello among his mentors. Now in Colorado’s front office as the assistant GM, he knows that most people don’t get to know Lamoriello beyond what Billington refers to as his friend’s “facade,’’ one of the stern negotiator and someone known for his uncompromising, meticulous attention to detail.

 

“Could I tell you more? Sure,’’ said Billington, breaking into laughter. “But there’s too much fear for me to tell you any more than that.’’ Some of which probably explains why Billington, when he finally decided to settle down at age 40, felt compelled to fly to New Jersey with his fiancee so Jocelyn could meet Lamoriello.

“I figured Lou’s one of a few people, along with Pierre Lacroix [his boss in Colorado] and Tom McVie [once his coach in New Jersey] who she’ll hear me talk about almost every day,’’ Billington said. “She’d met Pierre. Well, I had to have her meet Lou.’’

When Lamoriello met the future Mrs. Billington, he invited her into his office and told the groom to wait outside. The GM/friend preferred a private consultation.

“You know, she’s never told me what he said,’’ Billington said. “Shows you the power he has - she wouldn’t tell me if I asked.’’

To this day, said Billington, if he is going to meet Lamoriello on business he won’t show up unless he is clean shaven and wearing a white shirt and tie.

 

 

Story I mentioned in other post.   From a article with some other interesting stories from when he was inducted into the HoF

 

joe

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http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=775488&navid=nhl:topheads
More quotes from nhl.com from Lou.  It's really crazy but everyone is treating this like a retirement.  

 

 

"That was the toughest thing at the end. I used the expression to myself, 'taking the jersey off,'" Lamoriello said. "What my relationship is with the Devils … c'mon now, I've been there for so long, had so many great experiences, worked with so many great people.

"No question (I feel) melancholy and trying not to think about it right now."

Much of Shanahan's philosophy on team-building comes from what he learned from and observed with Lamoriello.

"It's trying to create where the players are willing to give up their own identity for that logo in front and never mixing what's on back of the jersey and what's in front of the jersey," said Lamoriello. "That has something that has to be transmitted to each and every player no matter what their abilities are.

"I've always made a team like an orchestra. It's all about music. If the music isn't good, no matter how good each and every one instrument is, everybody leaves. Success doesn't come unless each and every one of these individuals are committed to each other, but more important, will do what's necessary to have success and that's give up their own identity."

The Devils had those type of players much of Lamoriello's tenure.

 

"I can't remember who were the leading scorers when we won," Lamoriello said. "But I do remember the names of the people who are on the (Stanley) Cup."

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Why "good riddance?" It would be a completely fair POV on Elias's part. He's spent his entire career on the Devils under one GM. At the end of his career, with a rebuilding team, he already serves to be a trade asset and to benefit from a trade. Now one of the only people still tying him to the team is gone and it only makes more sense for him to want to move on. I am not saying that's how he feels, but for you to say "good riddance" well...that's just dumb.

One of the only people still tying him to the team? What exactly does that mean? First of all, he's played with some of these guys for a long time. Greene, Zajac, Zubrus. Secondly, this seems like the elementary perspective of since he isn't a piece of the core going forward, he somehow has lost all connection to this team, which is kind of silly. Maybe he does want to go play for a cup somewhere, and maybe he does want to go, but Lou wasn't his last connection here. His teammates of 2, 5, 10 years, his home of 20 years are probably pretty strong connections for him. Thanks largely to himself, the only thing Lou was the last connection to was sustained mediocrity.

I'll always appreciate what Lou did here, and one day we'll celebrate him with a major ceremony and banner raising, and maybe we'll see that statue in Newark commissioned the day he dies, but until then he's a rival GM in the Eastern conference for a team I not only don't much care for, but a team I find particular joy in watching implode every year. Quite frankly, fvck him. I'm honestly surprised he didn't go the Joe Paterno route and drop dead the day Shero took over.

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He said he was going to be a Leafs fan and wished us 'good luck in Hartford'. He's a fvcking douchebag.

 

WDA got banned then? He reached out to me on twitter few days ago

 

William D'Aquilla

@SterioDesign It is Beetle, I need your assistance.

 

@SterioDesign Thinking about doing a kickstarter for a Lou where the fans take out an ad in the Toronto Sun.

 

@SterioDesign Would you want to do to the illustration?

 

 

i simply ignored him of course lol screw that guy lol

 

also not sure if he ever officially admitted he was Beetle... if not well we got it there.

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One of the only people still tying him to the team? What exactly does that mean? First of all, he's played with some of these guys for a long time. Greene, Zajac, Zubrus. Secondly, this seems like the elementary perspective of since he isn't a piece of the core going forward, he somehow has lost all connection to this team, which is kind of silly. Maybe he does want to go play for a cup somewhere, and maybe he does want to go, but Lou wasn't his last connection here. His teammates of 2, 5, 10 years, his home of 20 years are probably pretty strong connections for him. Thanks largely to himself, the only thing Lou was the last connection to was sustained mediocrity.

I'll always appreciate what Lou did here, and one day we'll celebrate him with a major ceremony and banner raising, and maybe we'll see that statue in Newark commissioned the day he dies, but until then he's a rival GM in the Eastern conference for a team I not only don't much care for, but a team I find particular joy in watching implode every year. Quite frankly, fvck him. I'm honestly surprised he didn't go the Joe Paterno route and drop dead the day Shero took over.

Crazy Penn State fan here.  We always said he would drop dead on the field so I completely get that analogy.  

Agreed.  I will have continued joy to watch the team implode this year, but a tinge of sadness with the thought that Lou is at the helm.  

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Crazy Penn State fan here.  We always said he would drop dead on the field so I completely get that analogy.  

Agreed.  I will have continued joy to watch the team implode this year, but a tinge of sadness with the thought that Lou is at the helm.  

 

Not at all a PSU fan, I just thought of the guy that allowed pedophilia run rampant and claim ignorance when it was caught.  So I didn't like the analogy at all.  Lou is 1000000x the guy Paterno is.  I know some are PSU guys and they think of Paterno endearingly, but it's not everyone.

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Not at all a PSU fan, I just thought of the guy that allowed pedophilia run rampant and claim ignorance when it was caught.  So I didn't like the analogy at all.  Lou is 1000000x the guy Paterno is.  I know some are PSU guys and they think of Paterno endearingly, but it's not everyone.

Legal issues aside.  You cannot argue that Paterno didn't build that organzation from the ground up.  You have no idea what skeletons (if any) are in Lou's closet, so I don't buy the "Lou is a better person argument".

That being said, NCAA sports are kind of a joke with how much the coaches get paid, who then argue that "student" athletes don't need medical protection in case of injury, don't deserve reinbursement for the services/income they provide.  

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Lou was a great GM who made NJ a viable NHL franchise. I am indebted to Lou for this. Good luck Louuuuu

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I have to say i am a big fan of the Players Tribune. You definitely get to see a side of things you rarely get to see. 

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I have to say i am a big fan of the Players Tribune. You definitely get to see a side of things you rarely get to see. 

Agreed, my only gripe is some of the stuff I've read on it was pretty obviously not written by the player themselves. Which is fine- if you have a legit writer using the players' words or cleaning it up just note it. Otherwise there's some really good stuff IMO.

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Agreed, my only gripe is some of the stuff I've read on it was pretty obviously not written by the player themselves. Which is fine- if you have a legit writer using the players' words or cleaning it up just note it. Otherwise there's some really good stuff IMO.

 

Almost none of the athletes on there are writing any part of those articles. They tell a ghost writer their thoughts or what they want to say and the writer makes it into an article. 

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Has anyone seen the thank you Lou digital billboard sign .. Saw it along 80 near Hackensack

No, I haven't been down that far on 80 recently. Any pics?

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Almost none of the athletes on there are writing any part of those articles. They tell a ghost writer their thoughts or what they want to say and the writer makes it into an article.

That piece from Sheldon Souray sure didn't feel like it was from a professional ghost writer

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That piece from Sheldon Souray sure didn't feel like it was from a professional ghost writer

Was about to say the same thing.

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Almost none of the athletes on there are writing any part of those articles. They tell a ghost writer their thoughts or what they want to say and the writer makes it into an article.

that's exactly what I'm saying- I think TPT does itself a disservice by not holding up to journalistic standards but I guess they're entire angle is that they want the reader to feel like it's coming from the players themselves with no "middle man."

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Touching article.  I don't give a sh!t who wrote it, it's definietly Dano's thoughts

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Just read Souray's article.   Love that web page. Never knew it existed.  Cool stuff.

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