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Devils GM shakes off 0-13 shootout record, pumps up free agent moves

Jul 31, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

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Just about any team that comes reasonably close to a playoff spot probably ponders a few “What if?” questions, but one could understand how the New Jersey Devils feel about their 0-13 shootout record from last season.

If you believe that the “skills competition” is a lot like a coin toss, the Devils probably wonder how different things might have been had they merely won six or seven extra points. After all, no 2013-14 playoff team won fewer than three shootouts and none lost more than nine.

(In fact, Puck Daddy points out that the Devils became the first team to lay a goose egg in the shootout over a full season.)

For some, that would be a matter of concern, but Devils GM Lou Lamoriello told the Bergen Record that he’s more concerned about what happens before a shootout takes place.

“I look at how we play during the 60 minutes because that’s what you have control of,” Lamoriello said. “The shootout is an individual thing and if you look at the history of the players who were on our roster last year and the sort of history of their success you would say, ‘How did this come about?’ But in saying that, it’s not a focus.”

Instead, the long-standing executive emphasized adding offense during the summer; he seems excited about acquiring Mike Cammalleri and intrigued about what Martin Havlat might accomplish if he’s healthy. Lamoriello also seems to think that the team can benefit from better luck with players who were already on the roster, whether it be improving young players or healthier campaigns for the likes of Ryane Clowe.

Then again, shootout time might present Cory Schneider with added opportunities to prove that he’s worth that big contract extension, though.

  1. cambannedloinstache - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    I mean obviously it’s all superficial wordplay to promote “the process” but how do you keep a straight face saying “losing 13 points isn’t really something we care to plan for.”

    We get it, you don’t care for the shootout. Ignoring or pretending to ignore its significance, after its effects last year… well let’s hope for Devils fan’s sake Luo is playing coy and trying to save face.

    • shaundre93 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      Well, it shouldn’t be a focus. If you go into a season thinking, “How do we change our roster to improve our chances in the shootout?” you’re more than likely going to hurt the team elsewhere, potentially causing regulation loses which is not good. I’d say Cammaleri + More Schneider = at least a couple more so wins. Not to mention potentially more playing time for Reid Boucher and Tedenby or maybe another youngster ( I know nothing about NJs top FWD prospects lol). Problem adequately addressed without any drastic changes imo.

      • withseidelinn - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        It’s a part of the game – how can it not be a focus? Every team will have to participate in the shootout during the season. New Jersey failed to make the playoffs because they couldn’t execute. How is that not a problem?

  2. 34defense2014 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    The shoot out is a disgrace to our great sport!! When I’m watching a game and it gets to a shoot out! I shut off! It’s a gimmick and that’s one of many reasons why our sport is always last in ratings!

  3. tross16 - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Tedenboy signed is Sweden he’s not with the devils anymore

    • shaundre93 - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      Ah, I just new he was a highly skilled fringe player. I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays well over there and gets another crack at the NHL in a few years.

  4. blomfeld - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Person A: who are the Devils man ?

    Person B: oh, they’re nothing much … just a bunch of losers who we ‘wasted’ two years ago …

    • hennnrikkk - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      LA has a team?

  5. rssaspe26 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Shootouts are essentially coin flips, so this is the right way to look at it. I’d be more worried if Lou said he was making roster decisions based on improving in the shootout.

    • justinhbhb - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      I hope you dont watch penalty kicks in soccer

  6. patthehockeyfan - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    “Lamoriello also seems to think that the team can benefit from better luck with players who were already on the roster, … ”

    I don’t believe in luck, and was surprised to read that a GM would be hoping for it for a better season. I read the linked article (Bergen Record), and couldn’t find the word ‘luck’ mentioned anywhere (though, it’s possible I missed it).

    I hate to pick on PHT writers; but, the sentence sounds as if the word ‘luck’ is being attributed to Lamoriello.

  7. phtjoey - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    there is no doubt that luck is part of the equation that can help lead a team to success. players and teams make their own luck with talent and work ethics. we’ve all seen how bad bounces or deflections can lead to goals. puck luck, as it has been coined recently, does exist. like I said you can’t teach luck but you can make you own luck by executing tactics and strategies to near perfection.

    • phtjoey - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      BTW, talent, work ethics, and puck luck are only a few attributes that lead teams to winning. There are so many more variables needed to lead a team to the SC Championship.

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