Stanley Cup Preview: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello Praises the ‘Team’ Effort of his Club, Wasn’t Surprised by the L.A. Kings Playoff RunMay 30, 2012 – 6:00 am by Steven Cuce
The New Jersey Devils will meet the Los Angeles Kings this week in the Stanley Cup Finals. Game 1 is Wednesday night in New Jersey. The Devils are gunning for the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup championship in five appearances. This is the Devils first Stanley Cup appearance since 2003, where New Jersey defeated Anaheim in seven games to earn the franchise’s third Cup.
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello deserves a ton of credit as his organization continues to succeed in an area where they are constantly overlooked by teams such as the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. This comes from a Rangers fan who must tip his cap to the opposition. The Devils 4th line has a been huge difference maker this postseason as Martin Brodeur continues to play at a high level. Will it be enough to take down Jonathan Quick and the Kings? Lamoriello knows it won’t be easy.
Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello joined WFAN in New York with Mike Francesa to discuss the New Jersey Devils returning to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2003, the Devils 4th line being a difference maker in the postseason, the Devils coming together as a ‘team’ in the postseason, Martin Brodeur having a sensational effort against the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings being the hottest team in hockey.
Does it feel different this time to make it back to the Stanley Cup? Are they all the same?
“Well it’s never just another trip. It’s great and to see the players have the experience of this, certainly the players who have, it’s just a great feeling and there’s no denying it.”
Your 4th line was such a big factor. Is that by design? Is that by surprise? Did you expect that kind of impact?
“Well we certainly didn’t have any kind of idea that the 4th line would have the effect that it did have. We knew the type of players that were on the line and the 4th line I really put in parenthesis and quotation marks right now because they played as well during these playoffs as any first, second or third line did with the big goals that they scored and the amount of energy they gave us at different times. It’s a unique story in each one of the players. I think that is what makes it so special in how they came to our team and also how they came together and the job that they have done. It’s just something special and there all quality in character and to see them have the success they are having right now you feel very good about it.”
Was Zach Parise your best player in the Eastern Conference Finals?
“Yeah Zach was great and a week ago you could make a list and there were a lot of different people and you could put them in a lot of different orders and it would have been great starting from our goaltender throughout our defense and right through all of our forwards and vice versa. You could reserve and starts with the forwards and then go with the defenseman and our goalie. This has been a team effort and that’s what has been so great about this run.”
Martin Brodeur made some sensational saves in Game 6 against the Rangers?
“No question. He had an outstanding night and he’s capable of that as he’s shown in the past and now we just have one more round and certainly just pointing towards one game and that’s the way you look at it because nothing you have done in the past in any playoffs or any World Series or any Super Bowl run, it means nothing in that next game.”
Are you surprised that you are playing the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup?
“I’m not surprised. In fact I am surprised they ended up as 8 [seed]. I had in the beginning of the year put them as one of the top teams out west with the ability and potential to come out. They struggled a little for different reasons. They made a coaching change and they’ve just gone from there and were one of the top teams certainly without question in the latter part of the season.”