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Devils GM: ‘I believe in these players and this coaching staff’

Oct 14, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils haven’t won a single game in six tries (0-3-3), but GM Lou Lamoriello told the Newark Star-Ledger that he hasn’t lost faith.

“Right now we have to be very careful. There is such a fine line. I believe in these players and I believe in this coaching staff,” Lamoriello said Monday. “Right now we just have to concentrate a little more. Our best players have to be our best players at the right time.”

With a team full of veterans such as Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias, critics might point to a lack of speed as one of the squad’s biggest issues. Lamoriello doesn’t think it’s that big of a problem, though.

“When you see an (Evander) Kane skate the way he did and (Michael) Grabner, they’re exceptional skaters and they can’t be allowed to use their assets,” Lamoriello said. “Overall, our people who can skate have to skate. It’s as simple as that. I do not feel we’re a slow team. We’re certainly not an overly fast team.”

Depending upon which numbers you consult, the Devils could be a mediocre team with bad luck or a bad team with mediocre luck.

Either way, they need to fire more shots on goal (they’re losing that battle by about four per game), get more of them to connect and stop a greater number of them from hitting the net.

Lamoriello seems to believe that his team will find the answers to what’s riddling them so far.

  1. 950003cups - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    LOL!! That’s funny.

    Hey Lou, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale. Believe me, its a great deal.


    What part of “0 WINS” does he not understand? These guys can score, sure. But teams seem to all prepare the same way. Wait till they fall asleep in the 3rd and watch their stupid coach play the old “experienced” players when they’re gassed, and then we’ll pepper their goalie.

  2. vindicatus - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    This is the same recycled crap they sold us last year after every “good effort” loss. New faces, same “good things” refrain.
    Something’s not working, Lou!

  3. bcsteele - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    …kiss of death.

    • storminator16 - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      Pete Deboer is done, son. Peter Laviolette, come on down. Come on down.

  4. 950003cups - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Fire DeBoer by tomorow morning, and get whomever has a “Lemaire” type of coaching style. ALL THESE PLAYERS ON OUR TEAM ARE OUT OF SHAPE.

    Lou failed at getting the defense up to par. DeBoer is failing to bench the older players for blowing coverage after coverage.

    • 950003cups - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      Replying my own comment? lol

      Lou couldn’t focus on defense, since he lost 3 top scorers on offense within a year (2 within a week) he was busy on offense. It worked, but this defense has failed miserably! Too old and slow, or young and not developed at all. With Larsson, you don’t develop a player by benching him at the first sneeze. Larsson may have hit Kane with a hip check, but if he missed, he is benched. So he took the “safe” route instead of the gamble that would have been ok if he had a decent defense to back him up. Instead Greene knocked in the goal himself..

  5. esracerx46 - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    All they have to do is score more goals than the other team 60 percent of the time.

  6. nj666 - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    spoken like a man who pissed a 1st round draft pick away…

    • 950003cups - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      I never drill Lou on that pick for one reason. At the time of the draft, he had been negotiating with positive results with Parise, had Kovalchuk signed up for 13 more years, Henrique looked like he next big thing, Zajac looked like he was about to arrive, and defense looked solid. So he took a large body who plays with a chip on his shoulder.

      Fast Forward to today: Parise misled him and the rest of the media, Kovalchuk retired, Henrique has regressed, Zajac cant score or make any plays, and the defense fell to complete garbage. I blame it on a coach who just laid back and ignored the problems.

      • 950003cups - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        I forgot to add: I blame the coach for the DEFENSE laps. Not Parise and Kovalchuk leaving.

        Lou was feeling that the team was gonna keep rolling with low draft picks. So why give up the pick when you expect the team to stay in that contention for a couple years? Had he known he wold be needing it now, I’m sure he would have surrendered the pick.

      • esracerx46 - Oct 14, 2013 at 8:50 PM

        Because he had the 29th overall pick 1 year removed from having the 3rd overall pick. Its the 29th pick…their is 30 teams!! In a weak draft none the less. And then to lose a year of eligibilty because the kid played what 10 games too much in a shortened season. FAIL. In every sense.

  7. earpaniac - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    I understand all your arguments, but it was still stupid to keep that pick. 29th in a week draft? Unless he thought that next year they were going to get the 30th pick, (completely unrealistic) giving it up is the smart thing to do. He had to know most likely the next year they’d slightly regress( at the least), so even if they had the 25th pick next year, 25 is always better than 29. It was stupid and short-sighted.

  8. saintsredwings - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    Parise and Kovalchuck set the Devils franchise back a few years. As will the loss of this year’s first round pick.

  9. kingsfan93 - Oct 15, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    Devils GM is a great with what he does an all. But his way of putting a team together for him is the old fashion way with big, slow, and old veteran players. They need to rebuild. Trade some of these players for what they are worth. Start out fresh with new management and coaching staff an all, since there is now new ownership.

  10. bluzyhound - Oct 15, 2013 at 5:07 AM

    What everyone seems to forget is Scotty Stevens is on the bench and he will help the “D” get squared away.
    We lost Adam Oates the year before as PP coach.
    Losing four liars (Kovalchuk, Parise, Clarkson, Ponikarofsky) on offense that they built the team around didn’t help either. It’s not Lou or Deboers fault they all bailed. With a previously shaky ownership it’s no wonder things fell apart.
    Don’t give up yet we have 76 games to go.
    Lets go Boys!

    • storminator16 - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      I love it when folks begin their comments with “what everyone seems to forget” or “what everyone is forgetting”. This is the Interwebs, son. We calls it how we see it.

    • storminator16 - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      Four “liars”? ROFL

      • mpg44 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        Poni wanted to resign. He was not offered a contract an was not going to wait … Again. Don’t blame him. The others are a bunch of home sick mommas boys!

  11. mpg44 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    J Mac 2.0

  12. amadeushack - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Is it me or does Lou always look like he just got done smoking a nice fat blunt??

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