The New Jersey Devils and defenseman Adam Larsson are progressing on a long-term deal (Gold-Smith, July 24).
J.P. Barry, Larsson’s agent, said discussions had briefly stopped due to the news of Lou Amoriello’s departure. He expects to reengage in contract talks this weekend with Devils GM Ray Shero.
“Ray and I have been talking throughout,” Barry said. “We’re going to talk Friday, Saturday and we’ve been trying to work on something longer-term here. Because we know the (arbitration) cases and we know the (salary) ranges. So, if can’t do the long-term deal, we’ll flip over to trying to settle the (arbitration) and I think we’ll be able to do that.”
Larsson, 22, scored three goals and recorded 21 assists in 64 games played with the Devils last season.
Former Devils President Lou Lamoriello, who resigned to become Toronto Maple Leafs GM (July 23), thanked Devils fans for their loyalty and support with a full-page ad in the “Bergen Record” (July 24).
“Since I first joined the New Jersey Devils in 1987 your dedication to the organization motivated me to work my hardest – every day, every week, every year,” Lamoriello wrote. “The nearly three decades I’ve been with the Devils are times I will cherish and never forget.”
Lamoriello’s team won the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003, which he highlighted in his farewell letter. He wrote:
Through all the years, you the fans are an unforgettable part of my New Jersey Devils experience and I am grateful for your passion and unwavering support.
I will miss you and New Jersey. Though now a rival, the New Jersey Devils have a bright future. Of that you can be assured. I thank you again for your commitment to what we worked to achieve every year for the last 28 seasons.
Pat Leonard from the Daily News discusses Lou Lamoriello’s departure from New Jersey to Toronto to become general manager of the Maple Leafs.
The Devils will receive a third-round compensation pick from the Maple Leafs in exchange for Toronto hiring Lou Lamoriello as the team’s GM, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports (July 23).
Lamoriello, who stepped down as Devils GM in May, resigned from his position as president of the Devils on Thursday to become the 16th GM in the history of the Maple Leafs.
The Devils regain a 2016 third-round selection, which they had previously lost when they hired John Hynes as head coach, compensating the Penguins with that pick.
President Lou Lamoriello has resigned from his position with the Devils and has become the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the teams announced Thursday morning (July 23).
The deal Lamoriello signed with Toronto will be for three years (July 23).
While being introduced in Toronto, Lamoriello said that recent changes and things he wasn’t allowed to do financially with the Devils made him think about making a transition (July 23).
Lamoriello had spent the past 28 years with the Devils, which included three Stanley Cup titles and five Eastern Conference championships. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009 for his efforts in the front office.
This past season, he served as an interim co-coach along with Adam Oates and Scott Stevens.
Earlier in May, Lamoriello stepped down from his GM position, and Ray Shero was hired as his replacement.
“Lou Lamoriello created and defined what it meant to be a New Jersey Devil,” Devils owner Josh Harris said in a statement. “His brilliance in shaping this franchise into one of the most storied and celebrated organizations in sport will make him a New Jersey Devil for life.”
“I have been fortunate to have worked for Josh Harris and David Blitzer for the past two years,” Lamoriello said. “In addition, the organization afforded me the opportunity to work for two other individuals that greatly impacted my life, Dr. John J. McMullen and George Steinbrenner. I have worked with Hall-of-Fame coaches, and players and a great staff, all of whom contributed to our success. In the end, it’s about the people which makes this decision so difficult.”
The agent for Pavel Zacha remains confident he’ll reach a deal with the Devils before the August 15 deadline, Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice reports (July 22).
The Devils drafted Zacha, a center, with the No. 6 pick in this year’s NHL Draft.
“We’ve been involved in negotiations since the draft and trying to get a deal done,” Zacha’s agent, Patrik Stefan, said. “There is optimism right now and, hopefully, we can get something done and Pavel can be at (training) camp and, hopefully, have chance to play for the New Jersey Devils next year.”
If Zacha does not agree to a deal with the Devils before the deadline, he will not be eligible to play in the NHL until the 2015-16 season.
Zacha, 18, had 16 goals and 18 assists in 37 games this season for the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia.
The Devils have re-signed forward Stefan Matteau to a two-year contract. The deal is worth a $612,500 annual salary (Devils, July 17).
Matteau, 21, appeared in seven games last season with the Devils and scored one goal.
In 61 games played with the Devils AHL affiliate in Albany, Matteau scored 12 goals and recorded 15 assists.