NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Although he traded his captain, Jamie Langenbrunner, to the Dallas Stars for a conditional second-round draft pick on Friday, New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello dismissed talk that the last-place team is in a rebuilding phase.
"I despise the word 'rebuilding,"' Lamoriello said in a conference call. "We have to look at the reasons why we're in this position. Maybe it's talent. Maybe it's chemistry. We have to be very careful and look at the big picture."
Lamoriello did not rule out future deals, but did emphatically deny any thoughts of trading All-Star goaltender Martin Brodeur.