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Proteau's Blog: No love for Lou

• Looks like the Devils' man-of-many titles Lou Lamoriello won't be invited to those legendary parties thrown by the NHL coaching fraternity (don't get me started about how funny John Tortorella can be when he's armed with a lampshade for a hat and 12 Coronas).

One Eastern Conference coach told the Ottawa Sun Tuesday that Lamoriello's firing of Claude Julien with three games left in the regular season has left a lot of people cheering for the Senators.

“I just don't know of any coach in the NHL who wants (Lamoriello) to win,” the coach said. “What he did makes it look like anybody can step behind the bench and try to do the job. It just doesn't make any sense.”

• The Devils wasted a banner performance from Martin Brodeur Monday, falling 2-0 to the Senators, who took a 2-1 series lead.

Though he hasn't been above allowing a softie in these playoffs, Ottawa's Ray Emery should be as big a story as Brodeur. But until he gets them to the Stanley Cup Final or farther, Emery will be doubted every minute he's on the ice.

• Interesting little stat from the Elias Sports Bureau: Brodeur is 17-7-2 in 26 career regular-season games in Ottawa, but after Monday, he's just 2-6 in eight career playoff games when the Devils visit the Sens.

• Hearts are all aflutter in Toronto Tuesday morning after a report Leafs captain Mats Sundin will require hip surgery that may shorten or end his career.

Though Sundin's agent and Toronto GM John Ferguson were quick to deny the story, a follow-up report by TSN suggests Sundin may have consulted doctors outside of the organization without the club's knowledge.

And if that's true, can you blame Sundin? I mean, with the Leafs', um, questionable history of treating their players (i.e. Owen Nolan, Eric Lindros), would team doctors be the first ones you'd turn to? Me neither.



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