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Lou Lamoriello Takes A Back Seat to No One

The blogosphere is tearing this list ranking every major sports' GMs already, but allow me to focus on the most egregious error.

The second-best GM in sports, according to those athletic wizards at Forbes, is the Tampa Bay Lightning's Jay Feaster. #5? The Devils' Lou Lamoriello. I just don't get it.

I suppose fifth isn't really a spot to complain about, but Lamoriello turned about a "Mickey Mouse franchise" to become one of the most consistent, winningest teams in sports. Only the Red Wings have matched the Devils' three championships in 12 years. Forbes notes that Lamoriello has the second-highest win percentage in the league over the last 18 years, and has done it with 75% the payroll of your average NHL team.

The list was calculated mathematically integrating, partially, winning improvement and years on the job. The fact that Feaster won a Cup with the team in his first three years probably tipped the scales in his favor, but that doesn't mean the ranking is right. As a matter of fact, it's very, very, very wrong.