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07:33 AM ET 10.15 | In Lou, the Devils must trust. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said he isn't pushing the panic button just because the team hasn't won in it's first six games (0-3-3) for the first time in club history. He isn't tearing the team apart and he isn't firing coach Pete DeBoer. "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 told me today. "Right now we just have to concentrate a little more. Our best players have to be our best players at the right time." So what's wrong? "First of all, we've played six games and we've gone into every third period with a chance to win the game," Lamoriello noted. "We haven't done the things that are necessary at that given time to turn it the other way."

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October 15, 2013  08:20 AM ET

"He isn't tearing the team apart..."

Is that because of "no panic" or "no buyers"?

You would only "tear the team apart" if (a) you have assets of value to trade away, or (b) you have a bunch of kids deserving of a chance to step up

Not sure either applies to NJD

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October 15, 2013  09:18 AM ET

He believes in these players, and he believes in this coaching staff and apparently he believes in magic. Lou's done a great job for many, many years............but things look dim to say the least.

October 15, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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For all the good Lou has done in the past 20 years, he should probably be fired for not giving up the Devils' first rounder in 2012. They're going to be bad, very bad, this year and should've had a shot at Sam Reinhart. Pitiful foresight by a guy who usually has all the answers.

Cant recall, besides Brodeur who else have the Devils grabbed as a first rounder?

October 15, 2013  09:54 AM ET



:-)

October 15, 2013  09:56 AM ET

Now watch Booby throw Hamhuis under the bus....

October 15, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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Now watch Booby throw Hamhuis under the bus....

LOL. I think I'd have driven the bus over him!

October 15, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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"He isn't tearing the team apart..."Is that because of "no panic" or "no buyers"?You would only "tear the team apart" if (a) you have assets of value to trade away, or (b) you have a bunch of kids deserving of a chance to step upNot sure either applies to NJD

have we really reached a point as a society where "tearing apart" the team is a viable conversation 6 games in?

October 15, 2013  10:12 AM ET
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Cant recall, besides Brodeur who else have the Devils grabbed as a first rounder?

Parise?

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October 15, 2013  10:31 AM ET
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Scott Gomez (he was a star for Jersey before everything went to hell)Petr SykoraZach PariseTravis ZajacBrian RolstonScott NiedermeierShannyBilly GuerinJason SmithHe built an amazing defence with his other acquisitions, and

ah...
Shanny--thought he was Hartfords draft
thought Gomez and Zajac were 2nd rounders....

well, thanks for the clarification Danny L.

October 15, 2013  11:14 AM ET
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have we really reached a point as a society where "tearing apart" the team is a viable conversation 6 games in?

Last year perhaps , this year i should hope not

October 15, 2013  11:16 AM ET
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"He isn't tearing the team apart..."Is that because of "no panic" or "no buyers"?You would only "tear the team apart" if (a) you have assets of value to trade away, or (b) you have a bunch of kids deserving of a chance to step up. Not sure either applies to NJD

Yeah but, they have Jaromir Jagr!

October 15, 2013  11:20 AM ET
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Last year perhaps , this year i should hope not

I agree. It's a looooong season. A lot can happen (and usually does) between Game 5 and Game 82.

October 15, 2013  11:26 AM ET
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I agree. It's a looooong season. A lot can happen (and usually does) between Game 5 and Game 82.

If i pro rated my Mighty Flames record so far , the scent of Stanley Cup would be in the air ;-)

October 15, 2013  11:26 AM ET
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I agree. It's a looooong season. A lot can happen (and usually does) between Game 5 and Game 82.

exactly. i realise the "writers" need to make some waves but c'mon

October 15, 2013  11:37 AM ET
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If i pro rated my Mighty Flames record so far , the scent of Stanley Cup would be in the air ;-)

And of course depending whose baby had been sitting in said Cup.....

October 15, 2013  12:16 PM ET

They're in the middle of an awful road trip. They play the most back-to-back games than anyone else this season. I don't know what the hell happened in that game against the Oilers. They will get better but there are a lot of new pieces that need to learn how to work together. That and Lou hasn't been very good since the salary cap era started.

 
October 15, 2013  03:15 PM ET
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If i pro rated my Mighty Flames record so far , the scent of Stanley Cup would be in the air ;-)

That scent is coming from Hogtown, errrr, Toronto

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