Reality is sinking in finally….
Last week, as I was perusing social media, I slipped on the ice. Lou was leaving New Jersey! It felt as if my godfather had abandoned his family. Lou was the soul of the New Jersey Devils. He was the only reason I wanted to work for the team. Figurehead, businessman, general manager, coach, the whirlwind of men. I was impressed with his ability to do it all. He did everything except keep Zach Parise.
Now Jersey has a tough trek. Ray Shero said he was shocked to hear the news. Lou ghosted Ray. That gave me little confidence in the coach search. My Devils hockey writer pal,Dan Rice, will have to assure me along the way. The Devils need more than a charismatic coach, like say a reason for fans to flood the arena.The Swamp is not swamped. I’m not certian if the fans just don’t want to see the team lose, or if fans just arent’ that into the Devils. What is the answer Devil’s fans?
But it was Lou’s time to venture out and finish it all. What New Jersey lost, Toronto gained.
But,there is hope in Adam Larsson signing a new deal for six years. Fans will wait out the summer for new deals and surprises. The biggest question, of course, is leadership on the ice and behind the bench.
Which coaching candidate will fill the bill: San Jose’s Todd McLellan, Boston’s Claude Julien, Arizona’s Dave Tippett, or will Torts make an appearance? Make a wish Jerseyans!