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Cammalleri sees Devils' changes as refreshing: report

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New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri said the atmosphere may change this season without former general manager Lou Lamoriello in charge, according to NJ.com.

Ray Shero replaced Lamoriello as GM in May and John Hynes was introduced as coach in June. Lamoriello, who signed Cammalleri to a five-year contract reportedly worth $25 million on July 1, 2014, is GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs after 28 seasons in New Jersey.

"Lou had a unique way of doing things and he did them for so long one way," Cammalleri told the website. "The organization was so used to things being done one way and now there is a different take on things. So there will be a different feel for sure."

Cammalleri led the Devils with 27 goals and finished second with 42 points in 68 regular-season games last season. He wore No. 23 in his first season with the Devils but has switched to No. 13, which Lamoriello and the Devils had never issued.

Cammalleri said the acquisition of right wing Kyle Palmieri in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks in June was a positive one.

"I'm excited to have him," Cammalleri said. "I think he's a quality player. It's not easy to get guys like that in trades. To me that was a pretty good splash [by Shero]."

Cammalleri said the changes might help instill a new identity.

"I don't know. You know me, I have a lot of respect for Lou and a lot of the things he does," Cammalleri said. "I really believe in the philosophy, but the change might just be refreshing. If we win and end up where we want to be, I guess you'd call it good. I wouldn't call it good or bad.

"I think we're all excited about what Ray is doing. I'm definitely excited for this season."

The Devils haven't made the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past three seasons.

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