Â• Two separate stories today tell both sides of Lou Lamoriello's NHL career. The first, from the always-great David Shoalts of the Globe And Mail, outlines the near-universal respect for the New Jersey GM's on-ice successes. The second, in the New York Times, details the annually-embarrassing lack of sold seats for Devils games.
And no, New Jerseyites, I don't care if there's a new building next year. The Devils may get a momentary bump in attendance from the newness factor that comes with a new building, but after that it'll be back to the same old non-sellouts year after year until Lamoriello begins treating marketing and the media like something more than a lingering crotch rash.
Â• The Sabres and Ducks both looked as many (myself included) expected they would against the Rangers and Canucks Wednesday night Â– totally dominant and a level above their opponents. I hedged my second-round picks by picking Buffalo and Anaheim to each win in six games, but if Game 1 is any indication, they could move on to their respective conference finals quicker than that. Much quicker.
Â• So unrestricted free agent Ladislav Nagy is Â“openÂ” to returning to the Dallas Stars next season.
I'm sure GM Doug Armstrong is backing up the Brinks trucks as I write this. I'm also sure the Stars would be open to Nagy backchecking, but we all have our disappointments.