The Devils’ new regime is smart enough to know a good hockey man when it sees one. (Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
There really was only the one pressing question today as financial wizards Josh Harris and David Blitzer (next to Gary Bettman in the photo above) officially took control of their latest distressed asset project: the New Jersey Devils:
Who would they trust to call the shots?
Harris and Blitzer have a history of coming in to troubled situations and restructuring the management, but they knew right away that they wanted Lou Lamoriello, the team’s current president/GM, to remain at the helm.
“This team has stood for excellence and we don’t want to fiddle with excellence,” Blitzer said. “I would like to think that Lou would stay with this team for as long as he would like.
“I was joking with Lou the other day, he’s got some special sauce.”
Hmmm…that must be one of those insider terms you pick up while attending the Wharton School of Business.
Whatever you want to call it, Lou’s seen plenty of success in New Jersey. The Devils have been his baby since 1987. He’s built teams that have won three Stanley Cups and two others that lost in the final, and he’s ushered more than a few players on the path to the Hall of Fame. He’s one of the most respected men in the league.