Lou Lamoriello Step’s Down as GM, Ray Shero Takes Over
(Picture from Penguins.nhl.com)
Lou Lamoriello shocked the hockey world the other day as he stepped down as general manager of the New Jersey Devils and appointed former Pittsburgh Penguin general manager Ray Shero. Lamoriello will stay on as President of the team but this will be the first time in 27 years that he is not the general manager of the team.
This is such a shock to me as I am a fan of Lou because of all the success that the franchise has had over the years but it was time for him to go. I can not remember who tweeted this saying when they found out Lou was stepping down but it described the moment perfectly for all Devils fans, “This is like when Mom and Dad tell you that Grandpa has to go live in the nursing home.”
The past few seasons for the Devils have been rough with missing the playoffs for the 3rd straight year, not to mention the questionable free agent signings (i.e. Ryane Clowe).
But now Ray Shero is at the helm and I can not wait to see what he is going to do. He has a boatload of cap space, a head coach vacancy that has to be filled, an aging forward corp that desperately needs a makeover, and the 6th overall pick in this years NHL entry draft. Talk about a bunch of tools at your disposal to really put your stamp on this team only a year into the job.
The hire is exciting and while it is only May and the playoffs are in full force, I can’t help but wonder what this new GM’s first move is going to be. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it is a big splash!