Tag:Lou Lamoriello
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:11 am
Edited on: January 31, 2012 10:21 am
 

Report: Devils not trading Parise at deadline

Parise becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

What was looking like one of the better trade deadlines in years in the NHL is shaping up to be a lot less exciting.

According to Mark Everson the New York Post, the Devils are not going to trade their star forward Zach Parise this season. Instead, if they can't sign him before next season they will trade his rights before free agency begins.

He joins Ryan Suter and Tim Gleason as names that seemingly have come off the market in the last couple of days. Suter let it be known at the All-Star Game that he wasn't going to sign an extension in Nashville before the trade deadline.

The Devils didn't actually have anybody at the All-Star Game but they still had some news coming out. Essentially confirming reports of the team's financial troubles, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league has been helping the Devils financially but is not propping the franchise up or running it the way it has been the Coyotes.

Naturally the two seem connected, Parise and the financial outlook that is. Parise is still a young star who is going to command a large salary over many years. The timing just isn't good for the Devils as you have to wonder if they could even afford right now to re-sign Parise as much as they'd like to. And you know they'd like to.

But like the Predators and Suter, if they are going to have a good chance to re-sign their star, they need to win this season. Granted for Parise money might play a little bigger factor -- specifically, do they have it? -- but the Devils are in the thick of things for a playoff berth in the East this season. One thing Parise would like to see before re-signing is that he can win in New Jersey.

It's a risk for GM Lou Lamoriello no doubt. But it isn't an incredibly big risk. If the Devils aren't able to find the finances to keep Parise (or he just doesn't want to stay in New Jersey) then there will be a lot of teams trying to get those exclusive negotiating rights. Typically, those kind of deals don't net big returns and I'm not saying Parise would either, but if push comes to shove, the bounty for those rights should be decent to good based on how desirable Parise would be.

His numbers are down a little bit this season with 15 goals and 25 assists, but it was only two years ago that Parise was coming off a 38-goal season, his fourth straight season with more than 30 goals.

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Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:58 pm
 

Henrik Tallinder to miss 6-8 weeks

By: Adam Gretz

The New Jersey Devils are going to be without one of their top defenseman, Henrik Tallinder, for the next 6-8 weeks as announced by general manager Lou Lamoriello on Thursday night.

Lamoriello said that the veteran was diagnosed with acute thrombophlebitis (a blood clot) in his leg, which is obviously not a good thing.

In 39 games this season he's recorded six assists and has played an average of just over 21 minutes per game, second most on the team, trailing only rookie Adam Larsson.

The Devils lost to the Bruins, 4-1, on Thursday night, and currently sit in the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference with 54 points.

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Posted on: October 5, 2011 2:19 pm
 

Devils name young star Parise new captain

By Brian Stubits

The Devils took their time, but they finally named their captains for this season. Getting the big C on the sweater is young star Zach Parise with the alternate designations going to Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias.

Parise was the odds-on favorite to wear the C despite both Kovalchuk and Elias having prior experience as captains at the NHL level, Elias with the Devils from in 2006-07.. For Parise, an assisant the past couple seasos, it has been a long time since he was captain. A really long time.

"The last time I was captain was in Squirts when I was eight," Parise said on Wednesday. "I think I was in high school, too. A little bit of experience in high school but I guess this is a little different than that."

One of the intriguing parts of this selection is the fact that Parise is set to become a free agent next summer unless things change. The Devils deny his contract status had any effect at all in the decision -- which isn't something I doubt, Parise has plenty of merit for the job -- but it could be a nice side effect. The pressure to stay as well as the franchise's commitment to him is a nice little safety blanket of the situation.

"He's got to stay here. That's the bottom line," Martin Brodeur said of Parise. "That's how we'll know how good he is as a captain."

Parise just signed a one-year contract with the Devils this summer worth $6 million, a strong commitment to a player coming off a meniscus tear that limited him to just 13 games last season. But remember that was the first time since his rookie campaign he didn't score at least 30. Not too much of a risk.

It was one of the first big decisions Peter DeBoer has made since taking over as Devils coach. Although he did have a little help.

"It wasn't a solo decision. This was something as a group we talked about from Lou [Lamoriello] to the coaching staff," DeBoer said. "I got an opportunity to spend the last 2-3 weeks around the group and we had the luxury here of a lot of leadership candidates. The group is much bigger than just the guys who are going to be wearing letters, starting with our goaltenders. There were a lot of good options."

Parise steps into the skates held by Jamie Langenbrunner, now a member of the St. Louis Blues. He becomes just tne ninth captain in Devils franchise history.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:01 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Devils also support Islanders arena vote

By: Adam Gretz

On Thursday the New York Rangers organization urged their fans to support the New York Islanders and vote yes to the Nassau County referendum on Monday that would help finance a new arena for their long-time rivals.

The third team that occupies the New York/New Jersey market -- the Devils -- released a similar statement on Friday and urged Nassau County residents to approve the referendum.

The statement, which is posted below, was made by general manager Lou Lamoriello and also appeared on the Devils website:
"The New York Islanders are a proud organization with a championship history. Monday’s referendum vote on a new Nassau Coliseum is vital to ensuring that tradition lives on.

Since opening Prudential Center in 2007, we have seen first-hand the tremendous impact that a new facility can have for our fans and the surrounding community. A world-class facility is fundamental to success in the modern sports landscape, and a necessity for both the fans and the players.

Owner Charles Wang and General Manager Garth Snow have assembled a core of talented young players whose future depends on a new home on Long Island. We look forward to continuing our Atlantic Division rivalry for years to come.

The Devils support the Islanders in their quest for a new arena, and urge Nassau County residents to vote yes this Monday."
Along with what I can only imagine is a large portion of their own fan base the Islanders have the support of their two closest NHL neighbors, which is certainly good news. The isssue remains whether or not they have the support of the Nassau County voters that aren't hockey fans ... or at least the support of enough to approve the referendum.

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Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:53 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Devils hire former Panthers coach DeBoer as coach

By Brian Stubits

The New Jersey Devils have hired Peter DeBoer to be their new head coach. The team made the annoucement at a news conference on Tuesday.

It's been a long time coming in Jersey for the announcement as their search for a new coach began 14 weeks ago after Jacques Lemaire retired. He was the interim coach after John MacLean was fired after less than a season on the bench. Now it has a resolution.

"I'm very excited about the job, the opportunity, a chance to work in an organization with a reputation of winning and winning Stanley Cups," DeBoer said.

In the end DeBoer is Lou Lamoriello's choice after a plethora of names ranging from Michael Therrien to two-time Devils coach Larry Robinson and former player Adam Oates were in the discussion.

"Technically he's as sound as anyone out there," Lamoriello said.

DeBoer was fired at the end of last season by Florida after three seasons in which he failed to do what no other coach could do in Florida over the past decade, reach the playoffs. He reportedly turned down assistant positions with the Flames and Red Wings since being let go by the Panthers, apparently keen on getting another head spot despite his dismissal.

"While I'm not proud of the actual record," DeBoer said, "I'm proud of the way we played. I can tell you I'm a much better coach having gone through the learning experience down there [Florida]."

Before being hired by the Panthers, DeBoer was a very successful coach in the Ontario Hockey League, leading the Kitchener Rangers to the Memorial Cup in 2003.

He takes over a team that was handicapped by cap contraints last year and sagged to the worst record in the NHL before eventually recovering some under interim coach Jacques Lemaire. But don't expect him to bring much in a new philosophy or anything to New Jersey than what they have become accustomed to in the Lamoriello era.

“I think we [DeBoer and Lamoriello] have the same philosophies, which is that teams play the right way," DeBoer said. "My plan here is I want to keep the defensive structure that has made this organization so successful and also create some more offense."

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Devils still without a coach: what's the holdup?

By Brian Stubits

What the devil is going on in New Jersey?

Here we are, more than three months after their season finished and the New Jersey Devils still haven't named a coach? General Manager Lou Lamoriello says a decision is coming. Some time soon, even.

"We will have a coach in the very near future, but not this week," Lamoriello said earlier this week.

Feels like that has been the standard response for a few weeks now. He is starting to sound like Chicago Cubs fans: Wait till next year.

The more time that passes, the more questions that are raised: Why is nobody taking what was not long ago a very good job? Why are the Devils going through coaches like kids through Halloween candy? Is Lamoriello tough to work under? Is there a dearth of desirable candidates? Is Lamoriello just being lazy? How many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop? (That's the only one I really know the answer to -- three.)

The list of names that have popped into the search at one point or another seems to be longer than Martin Brodeur's career. There have been retreads (two-time Devils coach Larry Robinson), coaching vets (Craig MacTavish, Ken Hitchcock), college coaches (Wisconsin's Mike Eaves) and everybody in between (hello, Guy Carbonneau and Michael Therrien). But naturally these names are just on a speculative list.

"I'm not going to get into discussions with reference to the coaching staff or anything of that nature," Lamoriello said. "There's [no coach] that has been named, so you can interpret it any way you want."

Then there's the ultimate retread: Jacques Lemaire. He has had three stints coaching the Devils, including the Stanley Cup champions in 1994-95 and last year's underachieving team that he made very competitive in his interim stretch.

Apparently his is one name you can safely cross off the list.

“I’m waiting for Lou to make his decision,” Lemaire told Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record. “I’m excited like the fans, I guess, to find out who it’s going to be. It’s not going to be me."

That has to be a bummer for Devils fans. Lemaire seems like he'd be a good stopgap for another season as he brought out the best in what was an awful Devils team. But it is probably for the good to move on to a new era. Preferably a long-term stay in Jersey, considering the Devils have had 12 coaches since Lemaire first left after the 1997-98 season (counting each visit for Robinson, Lemaire and Lamoriello's own stints separately).

So maybe it's worth it to take your sweet time to hire the right coach. It's just hard for me to imagine it takes this long to find said coach. All the other vacancies in the NHL have been filled and it's been that way for a while.

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