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Lamoriello has faith in new Devils owners

Aug 15, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

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As expected, the New Jersey Devils, in addition to the rights to operate the Prudential Center arena where they play, have been sold to a group headed by billionaire Josh Harris, who’s also the principal owner of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.

“It is with great pride that I stand here today …and share with you the sense of excitement we have as the new owners of the New Jersey Devils,” Harris said Thursday at a press conference in Newark, per NHL.com. “I can assure everyone here that David [Blitzer, co-owner] and I take the responsibility for being stewards of this great franchise seriously and we look forward to building excitement on and off the ice.”

Also present today was Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello, who said he’s been impressed by the new owners and feels they’re committed to winning.

“Everyone wants to win but not everyone knows how,” he said. “They’re creative, they’re intuitive and they want to get an edge in every way they can. I’m comfortable with that and I’m honored to be here and stay here in New Jersey with the New Jersey Devils.”

Former owner Jeff Vanderbeek will remain with the Devils as a senior adviser and will reportedly retain a partial ownership share in the team.

Scott O’Neil, the former president of Madison Square Garden Sports, has been tapped to run business operations.

All in all, the change in ownership has to be seen as good news for Devils fans who’ve had to hear about the club’s financial struggles for some time now.

  1. 950003cups - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Time to drop the puck!

  2. spochiefsfan - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Agreed!!!

  3. chill1184 - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    If Lou believes in these guys than so do I

    • 950003cups - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Lou only believes in their check book. But, that’s really the only thing we need now, so its perfect. Well, that, plus our 1st pick, and/or Kovy back.

  4. jimw81 - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    i think the sixers are under the NBA’s league salary requirements.

    • biasedhomer - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      They are about 10 Million below the salary floor

  5. summitgingo - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    O’Neil is the best CEO in sports..Dev’s getting some quality leadership

  6. 950003cups - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Scott O’Neil is the Dennis Gomes of the entertainment industry!

  7. mattyo99 - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Have fun being owned by these guys, the 76ers suck, they just my flyers a favor

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