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Burns a no-nonsense hit in New Jersey

Updated: June 10, 2003, 4:30 AM ET
By Sherry Skalko | ESPN.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Lou Lamoriello needed a coach. He needed someone with discipline. He needed someone who believed in what he himself believed in: team first, defense second (or is it vice versa?). He needed someone to lead his team back to the Stanley Cup.

So last May, the New Jersey Devils general manager boarded a plane and flew to a town in the remote woods of New Hampshire. There, he talked for an hour with a guy who hadn't been behind a bench in two seasons and had never won ...

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