Reaction to Lou Lamoriello’s departure from the Devils, Coyotes arena dispute resolved and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tara Sullivan reports the departure of now-former Devils GM and president Lou Lamoriello marks the end of New Jersey’s golden age of hockey, and opens what could be a fresh, invigorated future for the franchise.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere lists several ways by which Lou Lamoriello paved his way out of New Jersey, such as stonewalling upper management’s marketing attempts, stumbling as a general manager in recent years and mishandling Martin Brodeur’s departure.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes a change of scenery by becoming GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs will be good for Lamoriello. Brooks blames the scouting staff for the Devils recent demise, believing Lamoriello’s loyalty to them prevented making the decisions to revamp the organization.
NBC SPORTS: The Devils will receive a third-round pick as compensation from the Maple Leafs for hiring Lamoriello. No word on which draft that pick will come from.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can read my take on Lamoriello joining the Leafs here. I’ll also have reaction from Toronto to the Lamoriello hiring in “Canadian Corner.”
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Arizona Coyotes and the city of Glendale have resolved their arena dispute by agreeing to amendments to the current lease agreement. “Glendale would pay the Coyotes $6.5 million to manage the arena in each of the next two years. The city has been paying the Coyotes $15 million annually. In exchange, the Coyotes would keep roughly $6 million in formerly shared ticket, parking and naming-rights revenue.” However, the agreement will terminate in 2017, which could pave the way for the club’s departure.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: What this does is buy time for both sides while avoiding a messy, distracting lawsuit had the dispute gone unresolved by the start of next season. The Coyotes’ future in Arizona remains uncertain, with Seattle, Las Vegas or Quebec City looming as relocation sites if there’s no agreement on a new lease agreement by 2017.
NHL.COM: San Jose Sharks new starting goalie Martin Jones is looking forward to the challenge of his new role.
MLIVE.COM: Tomas Jurco told a website in Slovakia he’s closing in on a two-year contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings, but a source claims the two sides aren’t close to a deal.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz hopes to construct a new practice facility for his team close to the United Center.