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Lamoriello happy to have “sideshow” series with Rangers over

May 26, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

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The Rangers-Devils Eastern Conference finals didn’t have a lack of drama nor silliness, that’s for sure. From seeing Peter DeBoer and John Tortorella sniping back and forth to Mike Rupp smacking Martin Brodeur and Steve Bernier there was enough action not having to do with pucks to keep everyone fired up.

One guy who’s happy the series is over is Devils GM Lou Lamoriello. Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger catches up with Lamoriello after the Devils eliminated the Rangers in Game 6 last night to see he’s happy the histrionics with the Rangers are at an end for the rest of the season.

“The series had an added sort of a—I don’t want to say sideshow— a side attraction because of the rivalry,” Lamoriello told The Star-Ledger today. “It was because of the close proximity. History kept being brought up that many of the players had never been involved with and yet it became a topic to which they had to respond.

“To have the end result we did, I have a tremendous amount a respect for our players and our coaching staff the way they handled it.”

The only guy who really had a handle on the history was Brodeur who actually played in the 1994 Eastern finals. Aside from him, most guys weren’t even a part of all that. Now with the Rangers off to the golf course for the summer, the Devils will hope to keep the nonsense to a minimum against Los Angeles. With former Flyers Mike Richards and Jeff Carter as well as Dustin Brown being a lightning rod for controversy, the Rangers may have been just a warm up act for the big show.

  1. quonce - May 26, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Favorite part of this article (other than the fact Joe Yerdon loves writing Devils articles)-

    “Now that the Rangers are off to the golf course for the summer…”

    Just literary excellence at its best!

    Everyone, say it outloud to yourself and tell me it doesn’t have a Shakespearian flow to it!

  2. dumptrucked - May 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Oh please Devils just win the cup, the only slim chance the Wild have of getting Parise is if he achieves the Zenith of hockey…then he may be willing to come home, play for fun, and lead a promising rebuilding effort.

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Does this guy ever get tired of smelling himself ?

  4. knowsfirsthand - May 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    The Kings in 5. Devils haven’t a hope in hell.

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