Devils’ Lamoriello Steps Down, Hires Ray Shero: Initial Thoughts and Questions

May 6th, 2015 by Adam Braun Leave a reply »

When it became known that New Jersey Devils boss Lou Lamoriello was holding a press conference on Monday, speculation abounded as to what the topic of the meeting could be. But seemingly no one predicted what the Devils boss of over 20 years was about to do.

After 27 years as president and general manager of the New Jersey Devils, Lamoriello hired Ray Shero to take over the position of general manager. Lamoriello will stay with the team as president.

Though the out-of-the blue nature of the announcement made it a definite shock (one of Lamoriello's specialties has always been keeping news from the media, after all), in a way, the writing was on the wall for Lamoriello.

The team missed the postseason for the third consecutive season this year, the worst stretch of Lamoriello's tenure in charge. The team's forward corps is embarrassingly thin, both at the NHL and AHL levels. The Devils were one of the oldest teams in the NHL last season, another sign that the roster is in need of some overhaul. Of course, it is Lamoriello who put together that roster.

In short, the question of whether or not Lam ...

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