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With Ryan Carter returning to the lineup against the Blackhawks following a knee injury, winger Mattias Tedenby was put on non-roster waivers by the team. The move allows for another team to claim him, but if he is not claimed, he can be sent down to Albany.

This move isn't very surprising, in fact it was a move that seemed like it was bound to happen. With Tedenby being put on non-roster waivers, it not only immediately cleared the roster space for Carter, but it does allow the Devils to stick him in Albany. At this point, it's just a matter of if he gets claimed by any team. If he is not claimed by noon on Saturday, he will be sent to the A-Devils.

At this juncture, it would be a better move for both parties if Tedenby is claimed by another team. The speedy, former first-round draft pick has shown some flashes of strong play, but has been plagued by inconsistency in his career. He never really seemed to fit into the Devils system, which requires both strong forechecking and backchecking.?

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Even thought the Devils are off today, the team decided to return Tim Sestito to AHL Albany, which clears up a roster spot. With Ilya Kovalchuk not ready to return, this raises the question of what the Devils plan to do with the free space. Could Dainius Zubrus be ready to return?

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As Gulitti points out, it would be out of character for Zubrus to return to the lineup without getting so much as one full practice with the team. As we saw with Alexei Ponikarovsky, Martin Brodeur and Henrik Tallinder, the Devils prefer an injured player get at least one full, non-morning-skate practice in and sometimes more than that. However, there was no one placed on waivers Sunday and there's no reason for the Devils to clear a spot so far in advance of any possible trade. It could be that the Devils wanted Sestito to do play, something he wasn't going to do in New Jersey. Maybe Zubrus will take part in tomorrow's morning skate, practice with the team Wednesday and return to the lineup Thursday. We'll just have to wait and see what happens at tomorrow's morning skate.

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This on the heels of Jon Merrill's ATO becoming official earlier Friday, meaning the Devils' farm system will have a pair of top prospects on their roster for the rest of the season. It should be a good test of what both can do against professional competition, although I wouldn't expect what happens over the final month to be anything other than a brief glimpse into the two players' talent. Boucher, in particular, will likely need some time to adjust from the pro game after spending his career in junior. While Merrill's college experience should help him transition better, Boucher could struggle at first when faced with a bigger, faster game. It'll be fascinating to see how his high-scoring potential translates to the AHL, though

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While the New Jersey Devils goaltending has been a source of recent stress, the Albany Devils have not struggled with such problems.

The three-headed monster of Keith Kinkaid, Jeff Frazee and Scott Wedgewood have combined for an .899 save percentage and 2.65 goals-against average in 59 games.

Toss out Wedgewood's so-so three games, and Frazee and Kinkaid have combined for a 2.62 goals-against and .912 save percentage.

Tags: Albany Devils, Alex Ponikarovsky, Jeff Frazee, Keith Kinkaid, Editorial Aside, Prospect Buzz, Rick Kowalsky, Scott Wedgewood, Stefan Matteau, Tim Sestito
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No Albany Devil has recorded more points in two years than Joe Whitney.

The 5-6, 170-pound winger's game is tenacious and feisty. Playing such a game has enabled him to record 85 points in 122 AHL games in Albany.

"He's playing with intensity, he's competing," Albany coach Rick Kowalsky said Sunday after Albany's 2-0 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. "He's not a big guy, but he's strong on the puck. He's been doing it all for us.

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The Albany Devils' power play ranks 28th out of 30 American Hockey League teams-- firing at just 11.4 percent. Albany entered Sunday's game in Bridgeport having scored just 1-of-its-last-20 man advantages.

Yet, somehow Albany's power play found a way to be worse.

Albany was 0-for-3, failing to score on a 5-minute first-period major. Plus, when given a third-period man advantage, the Devils surrendered a shorthanded goal-- the game-winner in the Bridgeport Sound Tigers' 2-0 win.

Tags: Albany Devils, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Brock Nelson, CAM JANSSEN, Chad Wiseman, Eric Gelinas, Feature, Joe Whitney, Keith Kinkaid, Matt Anderson, Nino Niederreiter, Phil DeSimone, Prospect Buzz, Raman Hrabarenka, Rick DiPietro, Steve Zalewski
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Stefan Matteau played just 5:11 of ice time in Saturday night's 2-1 loss to Montreal.

Less than 24 hours later, according to Mikael Lalancette of Quebec's TVA Sports, Matteau was shipped back to juniors on Sunday.

Matteau netted just one goal and had two assists in 17 games with New Jersey. The 19-year old was a healthy scratch for three straight games before Saturday and had not recorded a point since New Jersey's loss in Buffalo on March 2.

Tags: Albany Devils, Breaking News, Buffalo Sabres, JACOB JOSEFSON, New Jersey Devils, QMJHL, Rick Kowalsky, Stefan Matteau
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College hockey tournaments?are in full swing, which means there are prospects to keep our eyes on.

  • Devils' prospect Derek Rodwell scored a goal and was a plus-1 in the Fighting Sioux's 5-3, best-of-three contest against Michigan Tech.
  • Blake Pietila, a forward for Tech, was a minus-3 in that same contest.
  • Blake Coleman, for Miami University, had a tough night, finishing minus-1 in the Redhawks' 3-0 loss to Michigan State in the CCHA quarterfinals.
  • Michigan defender Jon Merrill was a plus-1 in Michigan's 4-3 win over Western Michigan Friday night in the CCHA Quarters.
Last week, we talked about Scott Wedgewood's future prospects.

Tags: Albany Devils, Blake Coleman, Blake Pietila, Connecticut Whale, Derek Rodwell, Joe Whitney, Jon Merrill, Keith Kinkaid, Prospect Buzz, Scott Wedgewood
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  • Check out the Albany Devils' highlights from a 2-1 weekend (AlbanyDevils.com)
  • The Flyers are calling their home-and-home series with New Jersey this week "the biggest games" of their season to date (NJ.com).
  • The Eastern Conference had just one ?game on the docket last night-- Boston's 3-2 shootout win in Ottawa. (NHL.com)
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You may have noticed that a certain 6-foot right wing was almost nowhere to be found after the second period Thursday night. Bobby Butler, who had spent parts of the past three games skating with Ilya Kovalchuk on the Devils' top line, was eventually glued to the bench last night.

He played roughly six minutes in total and took just one shift in the third period. But why the benching? Pete DeBoer wasn't talking.

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The Devils could use a goal scorer like Reid Boucher, especially the way he's playing right now.

The Sarnia Sting forward -- and Devils draft prospect -- scored six goals last week, four of which came in Sarnia's 13-3 victory over the Erie Otters last Thursday.

Boucher is up to 57 goals -- 15 better than Plymouth's Vincent Trocheck. The 19-year old's 85 points is good for fifth in the OHL. He's 13 points behind Nick Cousins.

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Tedenby, who spent about two weeks with the Devils to start this season, suffered the injury Friday during an Albany Devils game. For more on his recovery, check out Fire & Ice's post on it here.

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The Devils needed to clear a roster space to accommodate Alexei Ponikarovsky, which they did this morning.

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I'm not gonna go too deep into this, but I will say I'm a little surprised. It makes sense in the fact that he was the last one in, so he stands to be the first one out, but how much of a look did you get at him during one optional skate Wednesday? Obviously the Devils didn't know they'd be trading for Poni when Lou said they wanted to take a couple days to evaluate him. I wonder how much Loktionov's reluctance to play anywhere other than center affected this decision. After all, Pete DeBoer did say yesterday that players need to make themselves flexible if they want to stick on the roster. We can also take this to mean the Devils are happy (for now) with what they're getting out of Jacob Josefson and Stefan Matteau. Loktionov's only way into the lineup was to either usurp Josefson or force the Devils to move him to the wing. As for Matteau, his time on the first line may have finally run out, but it seems he lives to play another day -- although he and Bobby Butler remain the players most likely to be sent down once the Devils need to create another roster spot, be it for Zubrus' return or another reason.

Tags: AHL, Albany Devils, Andrei Loktionov, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, News

Ever since Stefan Matteau played in his fifth NHL game, he's been a healthy scratch. That made sense, considering that the first year of his entry-level contract would be enacted as soon as he played his sixth game. Matteau hadn't really shown enough to deserve burning a year of his deal, I thought. Yet after that game, he hung around ... and hung around and hung around. For four games he was a healthy scratch and most of us presumed he was simply biding his time until he returned to junior with his ELC untouched.

Then came this morning's skate, when Dainius Zubrus was ruled out of Thursday's game against the Lightning and Matteau was inserted into his spot as left wing on the Devils' first line. Once Matteau is declared active for tonight's game, that precious first season of the entry-level contract becomes live and suddenly Matteau is one year closer to restricted free agency and eventually one year closer to unrestricted free agency.

One would assume that means Matteau will spend the season with the NHL club, learning on the job as one of the team's bottom-six forwards, scratched for the occasional game and shifted up in the lineup for the occasional shift. Not so fast, says Pete DeBoer.

Tags: AHL, Albany Devils, Analysis, Devils, Devs, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Stefan Matteau
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UPDATE: Once Janssen cleared waivers, Adam Henrique was officially activated.

Tags: AHL, Albany, Albany Devils, CAM JANSSEN, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, News, waivers
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