When will the Devils retire Martin Brodeur's No. 30?

July 28, 2015 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

GM Ray Shero says Lou Lamoriello also should be honored

NEWARK -- A plan to retire Martin Brodeur's No. 30 and raising a banner with that number to the rafters in Prudential Center was already in the works when Ray Shero was named Devils' general manager back in May.

Now, it is possible that Brodeur and Lou Lamoriello could both be honored by the Devils at some point this season.

"It's a matter of when the player feels comfortable. And Lou," Shero told NJ Advance Media. "Obviously they are two of the most important members of this franchise ever. We want to do it the right way at the right time.

"That will happen. When, I don't know. It will be when they are comfortable with it and ready for it, because they've got to be active participants. It's about the franchise, the fans and what they accomplished here. I look forward to that myself."

It is possible, but according to one person in the Devils' front office, not likely that Brodeur will be honored on Nov. 10 when the St. Louis Blues are in Newark. Brodeur is assistant GM of the Blues.

"He's been gone a year. That was already in discussion, I believe, before I got here," Shero said of retiring No. 30.

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Lamoriello might be hesitant to be in the spotlight with a ceremony at Prudential Center so soon after leaving the Devils to become GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs. And the Leafs visit Newark only once, on the final day of this season April 9.

"The Lou thing just happened. That would be a conversation with Lou for his consent and what he is comfortable with. Let him digest things in Toronto. Obviously he's got lots on his plate there, I'm sure," Shero noted.

"That's something for conversation in a little while. It's not like there should be a waiting period for (either of) them to be honored here. That's for sure. As soon as possible when it's most comfortable for them. That's what the fans want and what makes sense."

Rich Chere may be reached at rchere@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @Ledger_NJDevils. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


Juice List 2015: The most influential person in Rutgers sports might surprise you -- Nos. 2-5

July 28, 2015 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

Governor Christie is back on the list, as are three other men who have been No. 1 in past years.

Juice is power. Juice is influence. Juice is also subjective. Each summer, sports columnist Steve Politi ranks the most influential people in New Jersey sports — a list that includes team owners, coaches, politicians and athletes from all levels of competition. No. 1 on the Juice List will be revealed July 29. Today: Nos. 2-5.

The Most Influential People in New Jersey Sports: Nos. 2-5
Last year's ranking in parentheses
5. Chris Christie (3):Okay, you can insert a wisecrack here about the governor being more in-tune with New Hampshire sports right now. But he's still a prominent voice on everything, and his endorsement of investing in Rutgers athletics was critical. Even his awkward hugs with Jerry Jones get national attention.
4. Jeff Towers (NR): He is a "mystery donor" no more, and while he prefers to stay in the background, people around Rutgers understand just how important the deep-pocketed booster is to the latest push for new facilities. Will he give the kind of game-changing gift that makes this a reality? Somebody has to.
3. John Mara (2): The Giants co-owner continues to be one of the most influential voices in the NFL (just ask the Patriots after Deflategate). His team, on the other hand, hasn't been a factor since that unlikely Super Bowl run after the 2011 season, and you wonder if his patience will finally run out this year if that doesn't change.
2. Josh Harris/David Blitzer (1):The Devils co-owners topped this list a year ago, and while the team continues to struggle, it became clear that they won't standby idly when longtime executive Lou Lamoriello was nudged aside as general manager. Oh, and here's a question from South Jersey: Will their 76ers finally stop tanking?

The comparison to last year
5. Lou Lamoriello
4. Greg Brown
3. Chris Christie
2. John Mara

The schedule
Tuesday: Nos. 21-25
Wednesday: Nos. 16-20
Thursday: Nos. 11-15
Friday: Nos. 6-10
Saturday: Nos. 2-5
Sunday: No. 1

The past lists

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

The conversation
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Steve Politi may be reached at spoliti@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @StevePoliti. Find Steve on Facebook.