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?


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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The Devils have made a few roster moves in the past two days, so I thought I would use this post to round them all up into one place.

  1. Ryan Carter will travel with the team to Winnipeg, but no decision has been made as to whether he'll be activated off injured reserve in time to play Thursday.
  2. The Devils sent Jacob Josefson back down to AHL Albany on Monday, although Lou Lamoriello said Tuesday the Devils will recall a center from their AHL affiliate in time for Thursday's game in Winnipeg. He wouldn't specify whether it would be Josefson.
  3. Goalie Keith Kinkaid was called up from Albany as a practice goalie but will be added to the active roster with Martin Brodeur being place on IR. He will serve as Johan Hedberg's backup on Thursday in Winnipeg.
Kinkaid will remain as long as Brodeur is sidelined, which still doesn't sound like it will be a long time. Meanwhile, Josefson looks to be the odd man out here. If Carter can't go Thursday, the Devils will need an additional center and Josefson makes the most sense. However, as soon as Carter is back, that center is likely Albany-bound once again. Josefson has no one to blame but himself for this situation. While he's been solid defensively and has made some plays on the penalty kill, he's been far too ineffective offensively give the ice time he was getting before shuffling between Albany and New Jersey. Unfortunately for Josefson, the Devils have three two-way centers better than him in Zajac, Henrique and Gionta/Carter and Andrei Loktionov has looked much better than Josefson in his brief time thus far. Wherever Josefson lands, he'll have to start scoring goals or else it's unlikely he'll find any sort of significant role with the Devils this season.
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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.

Tags: AHL, Albany Devils, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils, Notes

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


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.

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UPDATE: Once Janssen cleared waivers, Adam Henrique was officially activated.

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The Giants appear set return to the University of Albany for training camp this summer.

The team had trained there for 15 summers until last year, when the NFL Lockout forced them to hold camp at their year-round facility in the Meadowlands.

From the Albany Times-Union:

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With the Albany conundrum put to rest, the whole Giants organization can take a deep breath. The move just wasn't doable this year.

Logistically, it made no sense. There is too much housekeeping to do down here. Uprooting an entire organization 150 miles north at the drop of a hat was just too tall a task. Especially if your organization is, well, disorganized.

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For the first time since 1995, the University of Albany will not be home to Giants training camp. ?According to Mike Garafolo of NJ.com, the Giants will move training camp from Albany to East Rutherford.

Camp will be held in the Timex Performance Center and fans will be able to attend practices.

A team spokesman said practices will be open to fans, though the plan for those logistics has not yet been finalized. The team has three grass fields, a partial turf field and an indoor facility to hold practices.
The Giants intend to return to Albany in 2012.

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Welcome to Day 118 of the NFL Lockout. ?The word is the two sides are inching closer to a settlement, but there's really nothing substantial to report.

As you all probably know by now, former Giant QB Kerry Collins announced his retirement from the NFL yesterday after 16 seasons. From our colleague over at Ultimate NYG, Andy Furman:

"What would you say if we told you that Kerry Collins threw for more yards than all but 10 QBs in NFL History? Yes, Kerry Collins is #11 All Time in yards passing. Under the radar? Kerry Collins wet the bed enough times that we won't ever call him "great." But he was more than good enough at more than a few times in his career to go all the way. History may not want to remember him fondly, but Collins fought valiantly for his teams and has over 40,000 reasons why he gets our respect for a terrific career..."

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This week, there were encouraging signs that the NFL lockout could end soon enough for teams. players and fans to resume their normal football lives. ?But as the week progressed, not much was accomplished and those plans may now have to be altered.

The first - and biggest - casualties of the lockout could be the training camp towns and the residual businesses that rely on the throngs who come each summer to get a first glimpse of their teams.

For the Giants, that town is Albany. With July descending upon us, and a deal is still three weeks away at the minimum, it appears less likely that the Giants will be making their annual trip up the Thruway for training camp.

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Mark Viera of the NY Times explores the teams' future summer plans and options.
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Everyone took the conditioning test this morning here and passed.

Keith Bulluck was not out on the field for the test. He will practice this afternoon...

Ahmad Bradshaw was also not on the field this morning...no word on whether he will go later, or just watch...again...

....did not see new millionaire JPP, either....

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The Giants open their training camp in just 12 days.

If you are planning on attending any of the sessions, you can find the complete schedule on the left sidebar of this website.

The protocol, parking information and directions to the complex are below.

From the U of Albany website......

The Giants have trained on the UAlbany campus, just 2 1/2 hours north of the New Meadowlands Stadium, since 1996. In the 14 years that the Giants have trained at UAlbany, the preseason camp has averaged more than 33,000 fans per summer. The camp attendance mark of 46,960 was established last year, the fourth time figures have surpassed 40,000-plus. One of the fields used is now known as Mara-Tisch Field, and was dedicated on Aug. 16, 2007 in honor of the team's former owners Wellington Mara and Robert Tisch.

In 2010, the Giants begin workouts on Sunday, August 1 with a single afternoon practice at 3:15 p.m. The three-week camp concludes on August 20. Giants training camp will feature five evening practices. The first night practice is slated for Thursday, Aug. 5, at 6:05 p.m. All five sessions are preceded by a morning workout at 8:35 a.m. The other day-night workouts are scheduled for August 7, 9, 11 and 13. The entire training camp schedule can be accessed through www.giants.com or www.ualbanysports.com.

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First Practice is August 1st

The suspense is over.? The Giants and the University of Albany officially announced the team's plans to resume their summer training camp in the state capital.

The first workout is scheduled for Sunday, August 1st and the Giants will practice sixteen days at the University of Albany campus before breaking camp on Friday, August 20th.

The agreement between the Giants and the university is for this year with two option years, which will leave the door open for the Giants to find an alternative should they wish to do so.

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We know the Giants will be in Albany come late July, but for how many weeks?

CEO John Mara is still hedging making the announcement.? Apparently there are some "minor details" that need to be worked out.?

It's still only May, but upstate NY gets crowded during that time of year, with Saratoga being open and all.? People want to get their reservations in order for the summer.

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