NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 27, 2012.

The latest on the Stanley Cup finalist Kings and Devils, updates on the Rangers, and finding out what happened to the 2002 Carolina Hurricanes.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Mike Lupica praises New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello, comparing the Devils to the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. Funny, I always considered the Spurs basketball’s equivalent of the Devils.

NJ.COM: In Pete DeBoer, the Devils have the right coach at the right time. Just as they did with Jacques Lemaire, Larry Robinson and Pat Burns, who coached the Devils to their previous Stanley Cup Final appearances. What’ll be more interesting is seeing how long he’ll remain coach of the Devils, as Lamoriello is notorious for making frequent coaching changes.

Brian Gionta (right) is following little brother Stephen's Cup run.

BUFFALO NEWS: Montreal Canadiens forward Brian Gionta is enjoying little brother Stephen’s run to the Cup Final with the Devils. Brian played most of his NHL career thus far with the Devils, winning a Stanley Cup in 2003.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: John Horn and Hans Tesselaar on the excitement among long-suffering Kings fans over their club’s run to the Stanley Cup Final.

PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi tries to put a positive spin on the fact former Flyers Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are now playing for the Stanley Cup with the LA Kings, claiming the return the Flyers got for those players last summer will work in their favor over the long run. Maybe, but only if those players help the Flyers win a Stanley Cup. Otherwise, if Richards and Carter help the Kings win the Cup this spring, the verdict of history won’t be favorable for the Flyers.

NEW YORK POST: Mike Vaccaro makes the case the Rangers, despite falling in the Eastern Conference Final, have a bright future.

ESPN.COM: Katie Strang reports news of Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello bolting for the KHL may be premature.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: In honor of the tenth anniversary of the Carolina Hurricanes march to the 2002 Stanley Cup Final, a look at where the players from that roster are today.

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  1. There is one concept that the Devils have always had,since Lou Lamoriello took over as GM.The team concept.That does not just apply to the players,it applies to the coaching staff also.Deboer is well surrounded,with Larry Robinson and Adam Oates, that know about the team concept and it’s importance at this time of the year, and know how to sell it to the players.

    Deboer can also count on one the best hockey minds in the NHL,Jacques Lemaire.His name is not mentionned often and we don’t see him around much, but his influence is there, and Deboer is picking his brain when ever needed.

    It was Lemaire that gave Martin Brodeur his chance to become the number one goalie in New Jersey.Brodeur has repaid that trust mainy times over.

    Brodeur’s teammates, are going to make this his year.Like the Avalanche made the 2001 playoffs,about Raymond Bourque.

    The Devils in six games.