Lou Lamoriello Plays Grinch: 7 More Cruelties To Stop The NJ Devils’ Freefall

December 23rd, 2010 by Michael Balton Leave a reply »
It’s not unusual for a team to fire its coach when things are going bad. It’s also not odd when the person who created the mess is the one who does the firing. But dismissing the coach two days before Christmas makes the Grinch look like Santa Claus.

This past summer, Devils’ President/CEO/GM Lou Lamoriello gambled away the team’s future by signing Russian sniper Ilya Kovalchuk to $100 million, 15-year contract. The forward has since managed only eight goals in his first 19 games, while managing to totally destroy chemistry of the team with a -22 +/- performance.

Lamoriello’s solution was the fire coach John MacLean and bring back the team’s former coach, Jacques Lemaire. 

Problem solved? Not so fast. Lamoriello’s role as Grinch has only just begun. There are seven other heartless moves he needs to make if the Devils are going to get back on track as Stanley Cup contenders. The question is, is there enough time left to get the job done this season? The cruel countdown begins:

1. Trade Martin Brodeur.  

The Devils’ Hall Of Fame goaltender is beginning to show his age ...

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