July 27, 2015 |
When it came time to clean out his office at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Lou Lamoriello probably didn't have much work ahead of him. He decorated the place sparsely on purpose - no photos of his family or friends or former coaches and players, not a touchstone from his personal past to be found, nothing to obscure his single-minded focus. One day in February 2011, as Lamoriello sat behind his desk for an interview, the only accoutrements in the room were seven replica trophies atop a shelf: four of the Prince of Wales Trophy, awarded to the winner of the NHL's Eastern Conference, and three of the Stanley Cup. He added one more to that collection the following year, when the New Jersey Devils reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the last time during Lamoriello's tenure, and by now he's likely boxed up those trophies and shipped them to Ontario.
June 3, 2014 |
Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, and Lewis Katz used to attend NHL meetings when the latter owned the New Jersey Devils. But Katz, 72, was more than a fellow owner to Snider. He was a confidant and best friend. Katz served as Snider's best man when he was married last year. "He was like my brother. I'm devastated and still in shock," Snider said in a statement after learning that Katz, the co-owner of The Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, was among seven people aboard a private jet who died in a crash Saturday night in suburban Boston.
July 25, 2013
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette will serve as an assistant coach for the 2014 U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team, USA Hockey announced Tuesday. Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards and Pittsburgh Penguins assistant Tony Granato were also named to assist head coach Dan Bylsma of the Penguins. Laviolette served as the head coach of the 2006 U.S. team. Jagr to N.J. official The New Jersey Devils replaced their best player, with one of the NHL's greatest of all time.
July 13, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Superstar forward Ilya Kovalchuk stunned the New Jersey Devils and the sports world Thursday, retiring from the NHL to return to his native Russia. In leaving, the 30-year-old Kovalchuk walked from $77 million left on the 15-year contract that he signed with New Jersey in 2010, including guaranteed annual salaries of at least $11 million over the next four seasons. The Devils announced the stunning news Thursday afternoon, saying that the 30-year-old Kovalchuk had alerted general manager and president Lou Lamoriello earlier this year that he wanted to return home with his family after 11 seasons in the NHL. "Gentlemen, this wasn't a decision made by the New Jersey Devils," a testy Lamoriello said at the end of a conference call held less than an hour after the retirement was announced.
July 12, 2013 |
NEW JERSEY Devils superstar forward Ilya Kovalchuk is retiring from the NHL and returning to Russia. The Devils announced the stunning news yesterday in a statement, saying the 30-year-old Kovalchuk had alerted general manager and president Lou Lamoriello earlier this year that he wanted to return home with his family after 11 seasons in the NHL. "This decision was something I have thought about for a long time," said Kovalchuk, the...
January 17, 2013 |
THE NEW JERSEY Devils signed center Travis Zajac to a long-term contract. Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello announced the deal on Wednesday, shortly after Zajac scored a goal in a scrimmage against Albany of the AHL. The deal will run 8 years, and pay Zajac, who should be the No. 1 center this season, $46 million. Lamoriello said the two sides had started to work on the new contract before the NHL lockout began in September. They finished it after the league and its players finalized a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement.
May 27, 2012
With Martin Brodeur nearing his 40th birthday and entering the final year of his contract, this season at first had the look of a last hurrah for the New Jersey Devils' goalie great. Well, the hurrah part was right. It's been one hurrah after another, reaching a high point Friday night. Brodeur made 33 saves to help the Devils defeat the rival New York Rangers, 3-2, in overtime in Game 6 to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings. Game 1 will be Wednesday in New Jersey.
January 22, 2011 |
NEWARK, N.J. - A little more than a year after he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the "builder" category, Lou Lamoriello's team is falling apart. Lamoriello is the highly successful, always optimistic president and general manager of the New Jersey Devils - who could be headed toward the biggest one-season drop-off in NHL history. In the process, the Devils, who visit the Wells Fargo Center to play the Flyers on Saturday, have become a part of the fodder that the Garden State - fair or not - seems to provide for late-night comedians.
January 7, 2011 |
NEWARK, N.J. - There was a lot of action between the Flyers and Devils last night at the Prudential Center. And it wasn't limited to the ice. A source close to the situation told the Daily News that the Flyers are interested in acquiring Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner, who, coincidentally, agreed to waive his no-trade clause yesterday and sat out last night's game as a healthy scratch. Langenbrunner was not even in the building for the game. The source said the Flyers were first contacted on Tuesday by the last-place Devils, who are aggressively shopping Langenbrunner, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. But, at presstime, it was rumored that Langenbrunner's destination appears to be Dallas.