Devils’ GM Lou Lamoriello is crazy…like a fox

Has New Jersey Devils’ GM Lou Lamoriello lost his ever-lovin’ mind, firing John MacLean just two days before Christmas and only 189 days after he hired him?

John MacLean

Former Devils' head coach John MacLean only got 33 games behind the New Jersey bench

Nope, not even a little bit. Lou is a very rare breed among professional sports GMs. He doesn’t give a lick what anyone thinks of him, except the people he cares about – the New Jersey Devils. His timing on MacLean’s dismissal is horrific. He never even gave the guy a chance to get the job done. But Lou always does one thing – what he thinks is best for the Devils – and that’s why Jacques Lemaire is back behind the bench. (more…)

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So, after just ten games with the New Jersey Devils, the media vultures have begun circling head coach John MacLean.

John MacLean

Just ten games into his first NHL head coaching job, John MacLean is being set up to fail by his players

The practice of speculating which coach will be the first fired in any given NHL, NFL or NBA season turns my stomach. For some reason, some feel it’s productive to skewer some poor guy on a spit and turn him until he’s done. The 45-year old MacLean has waited his whole life for an NHL coaching job and, after ten games, some already are calling for his ouster. It’s ridiculous. (more…)

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Ilya Kovalchuk

Today's NHL is littered with players just like Ilya Kovalchuk - they take the money and deliver only points on a scoresheet in return (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

As an NHL general manager, if you are dipping into the unrestricted free-agent market of forwards, you basically have just one question to ask yourself: “Do I want a superstar…or do I want a player with character?” The New Jersey Devils just inked Ilya Kovalchuk for US$102M over seventeen years. Devils’ GM Lou Lamoriello had to ask himself this question before he signed Kovalchuk. Obviously, Lou decided he wanted a superstar. Because, when you’re scooping into the character bucket of centres, right wingers and left wingers, you are not going to come up with a Kovalchuk. Sadly, in today’s NHL, the terms ‘superstar’ and ‘character’ have become mutually exclusive. And that sucks. (more…)

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