For the second season in a row, Lou Lamoriello found himself behind the bench for the playoffs. For the second season in a row, Devils lost in the second round in five games. For the second season in a row, a weak defense plagued the Devils and lack of scoring hurt them.
Taking a step back, look at the Devils and what is wrong? They are successful, they are competitive, but they aren’t getting past teams they should be able to in the playoffs. They are the square peg trying to fit in the round hole known as the new NHL.
As much as it pains me, it is time to change. Sure they have a new home for next season, but venue is not going to change the mentality of the franchise.
The Devils defense is too young and can’t compete like this. Martin Brodeur has played very well, albeit giving up a few goals he should have had. But when you look at the grand scheme of things, some of his best season occurred with guys like Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer in front of him.
Without a veteran defense, the Devils defensive style falls flat in times of pressure.
Lou mentioned that he does not regret any decision he made, especially regarding his coaching decision. I agree, in that I don’t believe the Devils would have performed any better under the direction of former coach Claude Julien.
“At a time like this, there are a lot of disappointments, and there is a lot of feelings that are going through everybody’s mind, and it’s not a time to look at anything negative. It’s a time to dwell on the positive things that transpired and reflect on that, and only that. But never accept defeat. Never learn how to lose.” These words, spoken by Lou Lamoriello, were said at his post-game press conference.