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‘Not even a question’ that Devils are deadline buyers, says Lamoriello

Feb 27, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

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While it’s never easy to predict what New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello is going to do, he did give a glimpse into his plans for next Wednesday’s trade deadline.

From NorthJersey.com:

As it stands right now, Lamoriello says, “It’s not even a question” that he views himself as a buyer looking to supplement a roster he still believes is good enough to qualify for the playoffs.

“If we can get better, that’s absolutely what we’ll do,” he said. “I’m really happy with this team. You’re not going to do anything for the sake of doing it, but this team has overcome a lot through a difficult period of time right now and we have some things going in our favor.

“We have a favorable schedule, we have a sort of healthy team and the new players who we brought in are really comfortable within the system. They’re comfortable in their own skin. They’re comfortable with the coaches.”

This news will likely come as a relief to Jaromir Jagr, a pending UFA that would make for a great rental. He leads the Devils in points and did well as a sort-term addition last year for Boston, but has repeatedly stated he doesn’t want to leave New Jersey.

Historically, Lamoriello has been a buyer at the deadline. He added Steve Sullivan and Matt D’Agostini last year and Marek Zidlicky the year before (that said, he did essentially sell Jason Arnott to the Caps at the ’11 deadline). In light of what’s been said above, it’ll be curious to see how Lamoriello addresses his other pending UFAs — specifically, Martin Brodeur.

  1. jpelle82 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    last thing they need as an organization is a rental. they need to win at least 16-17 games to qualify this season…with only 23 games left. their schedule isnt that scary as they’ve basically played all of their west coast games but they have a lot of games against teams that are competing for the same spot (jackets, wings 2x, canes, flyers, rangers) plus games against boston, san jose, and phoenix which will be tough wins to get…they lose a couple of those and they can kiss their chances of a wild card slot goodbye.

  2. hockey412 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Sounds like Lou wants to take one more crack at it and then leave the mess for someone else….

    The remaining core is really aged. The younger stars left. There isn’t a whole lot to fall back on in the pipeline, and you have no first round pick this year. Sell, dammit. Sell.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      as penguins fans one would think we would want to see him buy like crazy, miss the playoffs, and lose a bunch of free agents in the offseason…especially since the devils seem to have our number lately (glad we dont play them again). that said i find myself hoping they dont for some reason though…i like the competition there and hope they dont become bad for years to come because of these last ditch deadline moves.

  3. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    This team should be selling for draft picks and not buying.

    If they don’t cash in on the trade value of one of Jagr’s best seasons in the past few years and they still wind up missing the playoffs, the owners should clean house starting with Lou.

  4. tdrusher225 - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    That’s a bummer, I really wanted to see my team take a run at Andy Greene. Very unlikely he’ll be going anywhere now.

    • nj666 - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      even as sellers the devils wouldn’t let him go

  5. lateralous - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Hopefully the Devils are a “buyer” for a new GM. Lou has been average at best since the ’05 lockout and the draft pick fiasco is beyond defensible.

  6. valoisvipers - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    He is saying this to try to convince the other 29 GMs that he is not in a weak position.Good luck with that Lou. They will smell the blood in the water.

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