from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star, It’s difficult to really ascertain who begat who.
Did Lou Lamoriello make Martin Brodeur, or did Brodeur make Lamoriello? Did Brodeur become the game’s greatest goalie because he became part of Lamoriello’s New Jersey Devils, or has Lamoriello already taken up residency in the Hockey Hall of Fame because he had the best between the pipes for so many years?
This much is certain. Both men, together through years of glory, and then through the last nine years of trying to figure out why they couldn’t win again before arriving, surprisingly, in this Stanley Cup final against the similarly surprising Los Angeles Kings, remain as firmly connected as ever.
Their careers and hockey destinies haven’t just intersected or become intertwined; they have been nearly fused for 20 years. Players and coaches have come and gone, and then come back again (the Devil you know ...) in some cases.
The goalie and the GM, however, have remained like stone pillars.