If it were any other team, the sharks might start circling. The New Jersey Devils lost again Wednesday night, their second in three games with the new coaching trio, and find themselves nearly equidistant between the final wild-card spot and the Eastern Conference basement. Right now, it can go either way -- and the good money isn’t on the playoff spot.
The Devils have just one more point than the Arizona Coyotes, a team that trade speculators have already picked apart trying to find destinations for the two most attractive pieces, Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle.
The speculation hasn’t been nearly as aggressive with the Devils, in part because of the man in charge. Devils president, GM and temporary coach Lou Lamoriello won't bail on this season just yet, even if it might be in the best long-term interests of this team.
If there was any doubt, he was posed the question on Wednesday as to whether there’s a timeline when he’ll shift his focus as a general manager to the long term this season rather than the day-to-day goal of trying to win now.