Longtime General Manager of the New Jersey Devils Lou Lamoriello stepped down from his role Monday. The Devils rather suddenly announced a conference call was to happen Tuesday and there was much speculation over what the call would be about, but no one was even close to seeing this coming. Lamoriello and the Devils announced that Lamoriello would be giving up his position as GM, one that he has held since 1987, and that he would be passing it off to former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero effective immediately.
Lamoriello will stay on as team president and will work with Shero, but it was made clear Shero would have the final say on players and who the next Devils head coach will be. It’s been three years since New Jersey has made the playoffs, but Lamoriello asserted that this decision was “100 percent” his and that he wasn’t being pushed out. He discussed his age (72) as a factor in his decision and he stressed that some fresh leadership would be good for the franchise.
Shero was quick to say he wants to bolster the Devils offense. He also said that having Lamoriello still around was a major factor in his deciding to take the job.
“It was a big attraction for me to have Lou stay on,” said Shero, who was fired by the Penguins last summer. “It’s a great situation for me. I’m really looking forward to it.”