As the Queen song goes, "...another one bites the dust, and another one gone and another one gone, another one bites the dust." For the New Jersey Devils, this song is the perfect metaphor. After an offseason in which they lost key players in John Madden, Brian Gionta, Mike Rupp, and Scott Clemmensen to free agency—along with the retirement of Bobby Holik and Brendan Shanahant—he Devils were considered to be an afterthought in the Eastern Conference. Not only did the Devils lose key players, but their coach robbed them blind. Brent Sutter resigned as head coach after last season's nightmare Game Seven playoff loss to Carolina, citing "family reasons." Sure enough, he turned up in Calgary as the coach two weeks later. Replacing Sutter was the man who brought ...
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