Morning Hits: GMs, Backes Talk, Vellucci and Waivers

  • Tom Gulitti: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is the longest running GM. Jim Rutherford was second (June 28, 1994) and George McPhee was third (June 9, 1997).
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “I’m sorry, but Backes is not a #1 on a Cup contending team. He’s a perfect #2.” Doug MacLean: “there are too few #1 C in the league to say Backes isn’t. Put Backes with Kessel and is he?” Nick Kypreos: “I don’t care how many there are or aren’t and Backes isn’t one. He can’t score or create”
  • Bob McKenzie: As Friedman reported on the weekend, Plymouth (OHL) GM-Coach Mike Vellucci will be taking a management role with the Hurricanes.
  • Darren Dreger: The Stars put Dustin Jeffrey and Chris Mueller on waivers.