Devils general manager Lou Lamoreillo is remaining tight-lipped about his search for a successor to Brent Sutter as the team's head coach. Lamoriello said today that there is "no news" to report on the coaching search.and that he doesnt know if he will hire someone before the NHL Entry Draft, which begins a week from Friday in Montreal.
"That shouldn't be interpreted either way," he said. "The draft does not have any significance to have somebody."
The draft is on June 26 and 27 and free agency begins on July 1, so if the Devils don't have a coach before the draft, does that mean they won't have one before free agency begins as well?
"I couldn't answer that," Lamoriello said.
Former Devils Jacques Lemaire said last week that he would likely make up his mind about whether he wants to coach or accept a position as a consultant (likely with Montreal) next week before the draft. That might be a factor in Lamoriello's timetable, but we'll have to wait and see.
I asked Lamoriello if he anticipated making any moves with players during the buyout period, which began on Monday and ends at 5 p.m. on June 30 and he said, "I would not anticipate that."
More will be known about the salary cap number for 2009-100 after the NHLPA completes its meetings in Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday, but Lamoriello said knowing the exact cap number is not holding up his decisions as far re-signing free agents.
"Right now, we don't look at what the cap is," Lamoriello said. "We look at what we're capable of affording, staying in the realm of our organization."
Just a reminder that Thursday is "Martin Brodeur Day" in New Jersey and I will be taking the train with some of you from Newark to Trenton for the festivities at the State House. I hope to report something from there, but I don't know at this point if I will have time or somewhere to work. If I don't, I'll write something when I get back.
Also, the NHL Awards Show is Thursday night in Las Vegas. Devils left wing Zach Parise is a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly play. Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk, who has won the Lady Byng the last three years, and Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis are the other two finalists for the Lady Byng.
Former Devils coach Pat Burns, who is battling lung cancer, is schediuled to be one of the award presenters.