From 1987 to 2015 Lou Lamoriello was the face of the New Jersey Devils, more to the point he was the New Jersey Devils.
He was the identity of the Devils, he set the tone for the entire franchise. It wasn’t always easy but he won 3 Stanley Cups in his time as General manager (1995, 2000 and 2003) He managed to work in the shadows of his more famous rivals across the water the New York Rangers and more importantly at least to me , he worked in the glare of the New York Media which he managed to stay out of the spotlight for the most part. 28 years wow …he outlasted every single New York Franchise who had a General manager when he first was hired by the Devils. Think about it the Yankees, the Giants, the Islanders, The Mets, the Knicks, the Rangers the Jets all have changed General Managers since 1987 with frequency. Some were good some were bad, but one things was always constant…Lou Lamoirello and the New Jersey Devils.
He suddenly quit as team president and took the General Manager’s post in Toronto and while the Maple Leafs think they have a coup in Lamoriello , the Devils for the first time in 28 years will have a different man running the show and a different identity, a different voice and direction. It’s been said Lamoriello wasn’t happy when Shero took over as General manager of the Devils, because it meant his time of being hands on was over. You wonder how he will fare in Toronto where the team president there like run by committee… Two franchise will change quickly …one’s whose identity was link to Lou Lamoriello will now forge it’s own identity apart from him and yet another franchise will try to gleen as much as it can from the legendary executive who has only been hands on from the beginning. It will be interesting for sure to see how these two franchise move forward from here .