Author Archives: Mike Luci

Devils 2015-2016 Coaching Staff: Wiping the Slate Clean

Follow me on Twitter @MiikeLuci It started with the hiring of 40-year old John Hynes, who became the youngest head coach in the NHL upon joining the New Jersey Devils on June 2. It was perceived as an uncharacteristic move to the Devils faithful, who are more accustomed to seeing the same coaches- or at

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DAB Q&A With Mike Straw

You can follow me on Twitter @MiikeLuci With the Stanley Cup Finals well underway and the offseason right around the corner, we’re in the midst of one of hockey’s busiest times of year. I was fortunate to touch base with Mike Straw, one of my oldest friends and managing editor who writes for the Hockey

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Paul Martin: Back in Red and Black?

Follow me on Twitter @MiikeLuci Just because Lou Lamoriello relinquished his duties as general manager, doesn’t mean all his old habits and transaction-related tendencies will go with him. One such trend that perpetually echoed through Lamoriello’s extensive player acquisition history has been bringing back players that formerly played for the organization. This tactic hasn’t necessarily worked

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DAB Stanley Cup Finals Picks

After three gruelingly entertaining rounds, the Stanley Cup Finals are set to begin this coming Wednesday. Starting with sixteen teams, it’s come down to the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning to see which team will get to hoist hockey’s greatest prize, the Stanley Cup. It’s been fun for the staff here at Devils Army Blog

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Patrik Elias: Trade Chip or Career Devil?

Follow me on Twitter @MiikeLuci Much like Martin Brodeur in the latter years of his career, there isn’t much that left wing Patrik Elias hasn’t done over the years he’s played in the NHL. His milestone achievement of reaching 1000 points this season was the latest of countless accomplishments he’s made throughout his professional career. He’s had multiple

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DAB Q&A With Michael Stuart

Follow me on Twitter: @MiikeLuci I’ve written for a few different hockey websites over the years and made some amazing friends and contacts during that time. While we’ve all gone in different directions over the years, it hasn’t stopped us from keeping in touch and finding reasons to collaboratively work together. I was fortunate to

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Ray Shero: Winds of Change

Follow me on Twitter @MiikeLuci Coming seemingly out of left field, Ray Shero’s succeeding of Lou Lamoriello as general manager marked the conclusion of one of the most illustrious eras in hockey history. It doesn’t make sense not to start a piece like this without paying tribute to the 28 years Lou Lamoriello spent as

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Lou Lamoriello: Where Does He Stand?

Twitter: @MiikeLuci For a general manager in the latter stages of his career, Lou Lamoriello has recently experienced a lot of first time instances. The most noteworthy, New Jersey missing the playoffs for three consecutive seasons under his watch. Management and coaching, over this stretch, committed to the same general core group of players (particularly from the

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DAB Q&A With Mike

You can follow me on Twitter @MiikeLuci One of the newer admins on Devils Army Blog, Mike Michalski, was kind enough to take some time to answer a few questions I had for my third Q&A installment. We talked about some of the Devils’ upcoming unrestricted free agents we could see back next year, where key roster

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