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Lamoriello: Team must work its way out

Wednesday, 12.8.2010 / 12:54 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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The Devils have struggled this season, but no one has felt the early disappointment more than President/CEO/GM Lou Lamoriello.

“Certainly, there’s no one pleased with where we’re at, whether it be players, whether it be coaching staff, whether it be management, so I don’t think anyone feels good about where we stand,” Lamoriello told reporters on Wednesday. “Right now, it’s not something that anyone is going to panic about. We, very simplistically, have to just work our way out of it. We can’t just do it by hard work. We just have to not worry about anything other than what our roles are and do it together.”

Lamoriello didn't single out any one reason for his team’s 8-17-2 record, but said it’s his responsibility to “find a way to get us out of it.”

He reiterated one of the key tenets of his Hall of Fame tenure in New Jersey: Team success requires players and coaching staff to embrace their role and thrive within it.

If there’s a way out of this rough patch, it starts there.

“Everybody has a role and that’s the most important thing, is everyone accepting their role and doing their role, collectively, because that’s what a team is all about,” Lamoriello said. “And then the end result takes care of itself. We’re not at a point where anybody can worry about any goals that they set or anything whatsoever other than what they have to do at this point.”

The Devils had an active offseason, signing free agents Ilya Kovalchuk, Johan Hedberg, Henrik Tallinder and Anton Volchenkov, trading for Jason Arnott and bringing in John MacLean as head coach.

“I never look back on anything that’s done, because what you do at that given time, you do with all the research and homework you have, and you do it,” said Lamoriello. “There’s a lot of variables that enter in to why something happens and why it doesn’t, so you never look back. If you look back, then you’re a really insecure person. You try and look at what your thought process was, how you did it, but you always make decisions never without the right reasons.”

The Devils are back in action Friday in Ottawa.

“We’re here today, every one of us,” Lamoriello  said. “This is our team. Right now, what we have to do is look at today, look at what we can do today to get better and get prepared to play against Ottawa. As far as anything else, to me it’s all speculation.”

DEVILS NOTES

Lamoriello updated the status of the injured Devils.

Rookie Matt Taormina (ankle) has not played since Nov. 12, but skated on his own on Wednesday.

"He skated for a while, he felt OK," Lamoriello said. "But ankles I worry about because they’re not like breaks when they’re sprains."

Jacob Josefson (hand, Oct. 27): “He’s out of the cast and out of the pins and now working out off the ice, but does not have the green light."

Mark Fraser (hand) has been out of action since Oct. 13 and has resumed skating.

Anssi Salmela (knee): "We’re going to make a decision whether we’ll get him to play some games. He’s been battling quite a bit, he’s been getting the contact. Doctors said he’s probably ready to be put in a game. A game is different than practice."

No change in the status of Bryce Salvador (concussion).

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59