NHL: Why Fellow GMs Owe New Jersey Devils’ Lou Lamoriello One Big “Thank You”

November 2nd, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Perhaps, this was his plan all along.

Perhaps the decision, so foolish and damaging on the face of it, is part of a larger, more altruistic purpose.

Perhaps Lou Lamoriello, the subject of much ridicule so far this season, is, in fact, a messiah.

And really, who better to know just how to save his fellow GMs and team owners from themselves than Lou Lamoriello?

He is the longest-tenured GM in the business, has been an intimate, inner-circle member of the NHL executive elite for over a decade and has three Stanley Cup rings on his hand.

If someone has the ability to pay for the future sins of his NHL GM brethren, it's Lou.

Honestly, a Christ-like self-sacrifice is the only rationale I can come up with after several months of head-scratching over Lou Lamoriello's uncharacteristically and appallingly foolish signing of Ilya Kovalchuk.

Lamoriello has long been considered one of the very best GMs in the NHL.

It was not only his championship team-building abilities that earned him this status but his shrewd negotiating skills, his ability to attract and retain not just good players, but the righ ...

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