- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey Devils’ overall goal is the same as it ever was.

“We ultimately deliver a Stanley Cup or a number of Stanley Cups,” Devils co-owner Josh Harris said during a wide-ranging press conference Saturday at the Prudential Center.

Scott O’Neill, the chief executive officer of the Prudential Center and the Devils, team president Lou Lamoriello, and Hugh Weber, the president of business operations joined Harris.

The majority of the time was devoted to the organization’s future following the hiring of Ray Shero as general manager on May 4. Shero replaced Lamoriello, who had served in the position since April 1987. Lamoriello will remain president.

“Last week was a critical time in franchise history with the hiring of Ray Shero,” Harris said. “With Lou staying on we set the organization up to be really successful. I think we have two of the most experienced, top people on the hockey side in sync.

“Our goals really haven’t changed. We bought the team to win. There are no shortcuts. It starts with putting the right leadership in place. We’ve done that. We’ve set the organization up now for the future. I think the most important job as an owner is putting in place the GM, so I feel really good about where we are with that score.”

While satisfied about the franchise’s organizational blueprint, Harris expressed displeasure with the on-ice product. New Jersey has not qualified for the playoffs since the 2011-12 season. That year, the Devils reached the Stanley Cup final but lost to the Los Angeles Kings in six games.

Adamant that the Devils do not need the kind of organizational rebuilding that his other professional sports franchise, the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, is in the midst of, Harris stressed an area of improvement was goal-scoring. The Devils finished the season with a 32-36-14 record. New Jersey had 181 goals, the third-fewest in the NHL.

“We lack scoring,” Harris said. “We need to improve our offensive game. I don’t think any of that is very mysterious. How you do that and how long it takes is unclear. There’s the draft, there’s free agents, there’s trades. We’re going to put all that on the table and try to make intelligent decisions.”

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