Larry Robinson thought he would be with the Montreal Canadiens for the rest of his life, until he went to play for the Los Angeles Kings in 1989. Scott Niedermayer never envisioned leaving the New Jersey Devils, until he signed with the Anaheim Ducks in 2005.
Robinson and Niedermayer each thought of the shock to the system he experienced when changing teams upon hearing the news that friend and former boss Lou Lamoriello left the Devils after 28 years on Thursday to become the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"It just goes to show you that nothing is forever, especially in the business that we're in," Robinson told NHL.com in a phone interview. "Who would have ever thought that I would have ended up in L.A.? I thought I would have been a Canadien all my life. Next thing you know, you go somewhere else and you realize there is something somewhere else. Actually, it turned out great for me, and I hope it turns out great for Lou as well."