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New York Islanders Lou Lamoriello Recent Free Agent History

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 26: Lou Lamoriello of the New Jersey Devils photographed during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 26: Lou Lamoriello of the New Jersey Devils photographed during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEWARK, NJ – JANUARY 09: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the New York Islanders at the Prudential Center on January 9, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. The Islanders defeated the Devils 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ – JANUARY 09: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the New York Islanders at the Prudential Center on January 9, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. The Islanders defeated the Devils 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

New Jersey Devils (2013)

After going all the way to the Stanley Cup finals the previous season, it was a surprise to see the Devils miss the playoffs.

But when you score 112 goals, tied for the worst in the East that season it makes sense. Then again the Devils were never a “scoring” team. Sure they had a good offense, but the Devils were known for stingy defensive play and limiting opportunities.

So in the 2012 free agency window, Lou brought in a few players to bring in-depth scoring to his team.

Who Lou brought in: Jaromir Jagr, Michael Ryder, Ryan Clowe

The start of the Jagr era in New Jersey began. With a single year $4 million deal the then 41-year-old was going to help the Devils generate some offense. Again, he was 41. Jagr put up an incredible 24 goals and 67 points. He was worth every dime.

Lou brought in another NHL vet in Michael Ryder. The former 30 goal scorer was going to give the Devils some much-needed scoring depth. And he did just that. With 18 goals on the season, Ryder was a great option for the Devils

Lou gave Ryan Clowe a lot of money. Clowe received a five year $24.25 million deal. That’s a $4.85 million AAV. Lou was obviously thinking he was getting a 40-50 player.

Even thought Clowe had only played in 40 games the previous season he was still on pace for 39 points. With a healthy year, it wasn’t hard to imagine Clowe got get back on track. He didn’t. Clowe played two seasons with the Devils, scoring 30 points in 56 games.

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No GM is perfect when it comes to free agency, and Lou is no exception. But when Lou has a plan he sticks to it. Hopefully, he stays away from aging veterans with the New York Islanders. With Johnny Boychuk and Andrew Ladd over 30 and on inflated deals, the Isles don’t have room for another.

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