The Devils have a hot line again — Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta, and Patrik Elias are scoring like crazy for New Jersey. It’s the first time the Devils have had a genuine, pure scoring line since the A-Line was broken up two seasons ago.
That’s a good thing, right?
Wrong. The Devils just don’t do scoring lines anymore. Organizationally, it’s seen as a weakness:
The Devils won three Stanley Cups in the past nine years by putting tough, fast players on the ice against other team’s superstars. Scoring became a lot less important to the Devils because by eliminating opposing scorers the Devils just needed one goal to win.
For the many who believe that NHL attendance and viewership is predicated on scoring, it’s a nightmare. But for Devils fans who only care about about winning, the system has worked pretty well.
In fact, the concept has worked so well for the Devils that Lou Lamoriello, their GM, has taken the idea to heart, and worked very, very hard to make sure the team never has any offensive player that can classified as a star. Marquee players like Alexander Mogilny, Jason Arnott and Petr Sykora have all left the Swamp rather unceremoniously.