Fitzgerald, 46, played hockey professionally for 17 years between the NHL and AHL before retiring in 2006. Shortly after his playing career ended he made the shift into the front office?joining the?Pittsburgh Penguins staff, working under current Devils GM Ray Shero. He also served as a Penguins assistant coach and most recently as their Assistant General Manager before joining the Devils.
Kujawinski, 20, played last season with North Bay (OHL). In 34 games he scored?21 goals and recorded 15 assists for 36 points. He was New Jersey?s second choice (third round), and 73rd overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Pietila, 22, played four years of college for Michigan Tech (WCHA). Over the course of his college career he?scored 46 goals and had 60 assists for 106 points to go along with 230 penalty minutes in 153 games. He was New Jersey?s fourth choice (fifth round), and 129th overall selection in the 2011 draft.
DeBoer served as the Devils head coach from 2011-2014, leading them to a Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2012. He was fired just 36 games into this season after a?12?17?7 start. Adam Oates and Scott Stevens replaced him on the bench for the remainder of the season in a duel-coaching set up.
Prior to coming to?the Devils, DeBoer coached the Florida Panthers from 2008-2011. He has a 205-183-70 lifetime record as a head coach.
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[UPDATE 12:25] Because Urbom cleared waivers, he can go back down to Albany and apparently, that's where he will start, as per TG via Lou Lamoriello.
Devils were only team to put in claim for Urbom, so they can send him directly to Albany, which they will, Lamoriello said.
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Clowe said he's been cleared for full practice and contact. He's not going to Columbus, but will skate in NJ Tuesday.— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) December 9, 2013
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Reid Boucher by the number: Albany 2013
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Adam Henrique left Monday's contest in Montreal with an upper body injury and did not return. ?The injury happened when he got tangled with Alexei Emelin at the end of the first period. ?Henrique tried to play through it in the second but couldn't go.
His status is unknown for Wednesday's game at Prudential Center against Montreal.
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With his third period goal off of his own rebound, Jaromir Jagr has moved into a tie for the eighth most goals in NHL history. The 41-year-old Czech native ties former Red Wing Steve Yzerman at 692 career goals.
Jagr needs just two more goals to move into seventh place, alongside Mark Messier.?
Helgeson gives the Devils a bit more flexibility on defense, should they need to sit someone tonight or Friday against the Hurricanes.
With Adam Larsson out due to a lower body injury, that left the Devils with only six defensemen after Jon Merrill was called up from Albany as well. Larsson's ailment is on top of injuries to Bryce Salvador and more recently, Anton Volchenkov.
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Update - 1:42 p.m.: Olesz has been assigned to Albany (Gulitti).The former seventh-overall pick in the 2004 draft has just two assists for the Devils in 10 games this season.
To fill his spot, Jon Merrill has been called up from Albany.
As per Tom Gulliti, Merrill will wear no. 34.
As it was widely expected, Cory Schneider has been activated off the injured list and will start against the Minnesota Wild.
Schneider has played well against the Wild in his career and with Brodeur starting the last three games, it'll be no. 35 who gets the call.
A surprise change to the lineup tonight, as Patrik Elias has been scratched.
Taking his place in the lineup will be Mattias Tedenby.
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Devils Defenseman Alexander Urbom has been picked up by the Washington Capitals after the Devils placed the young defenseman on waivers yesterday.
This is a puzzling move for New Jersey, as there were certainly a few other options to be sent down with a far lesser risk of being picked up. Not to diminish the play of Stephen Gionta, but sending him down, even if it was just for a few games, might have been a smarter move than to expose Urbom to waivers.
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The terms of the deal were not announced, in accordance with club policy.
The Devils brought in Brunner on a professional tryout contract last week, looking to add forward depth to their lineup. The 27-year-old Swiss native had 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) for the Detroit Red Wings last year.
In a move that was long rumored over the summer, Damien Brunner will be attending training camp, looking to make the club.
This is a no-brainer if you ask me. Give him a tryout, see how he does, and if it doesn't pan out, there's no harm done.
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The suspension means Volchenkov will half of the Devils' remaining eight regular-season games.
It's one game more than I thought he could get, but I'm not surprised the NHL went up to four after watching the video. Shanhan harped on a few things. One, Volchenkov extended his elbow to the point where it became "reckless elbow contact to the head" of Marchand. Two, Marchand tried to avoid the hit and turned his head, but it doesn't change the fact that Volchenkov didn't pursue the puck and turned what could've been a legal body check into an illegal elbow. Three, Volchenkov was in control of the play and in control of his body and clearly pursued the elbow to the head instead of playing the body. Shanahan also referenced Volchenkov's prior suspension and Marchand's injury (likely concussion) as factors, so at least the NHL admits a player's injury status affects how they rule. When you watch the video, it's hard to disagree with the four-game ban, which is often the case with Shanny's home movies.
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The Devils dressed seven defensemen tonight so they'll be OK if Salvador can't return.
UPDATE: According to Tom Gulitti, Salvador just returned to the bench.
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As of the 12:25 mark of the third, Kovalchuk had yet to return from the locker room. Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice tweeted out a worrisome memory for Devils fans:
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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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We kind of thought New Jersey would be without Loktionov tonight-- less than 24 hours from leaving the game in Philadelphia. Harri Pesonen will make his NHL debut and play on a line with Patrik Elias and David Clarkson.
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You must crawl before you can walk, right? The Devils have been coy on Brodeur's status he was scratched before his Feb. 24 start against Winnipeg. But Brodeur can't play unless he can skate and getting him on the ice is of paramount importance.
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Butler, who registered only two points in 16 games, was placed on waivers Sunday.
Butler had seen his ice time cut drastically the last two games. The forward, who signed with New Jersey last offseason after a three-year stint in Ottawa, was a minus-1 in only 5:19 of the Devils' 4-3 loss Saturday in Buffalo.
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But it looks as if Carter's on his way back.
This means Brodeur will miss at least two games (Thursday and Saturday), three if you include Sunday's late scratch. Should we worry that all the miles have finally caught up to Marty or are the Devils just being cautious with their 40-year-old netminder? Maybe a little of both. Outside of Ilya Kovalchuk, Brodeur is the most indispensable player on the roster and you could argue he's more important than Kovy. Expect Johan Hedberg to start one if not both of the games Brodeur has missed with Keith
Kincaid Kinkaid being added to the active roster as a backup. We'll have more on this later, but I wanted to get the news up for now.
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Instead, the 40-year old netminder left the ice early during warmups and was scratched from his scheduled start against the Jets.
Johan Hedberg will start for the second straight day. Brodeur is sitting on the bench as the backup.
Devils announce Travis Zajac has been re-signed to a long term contract. #njdevils
? NHLDevilsPR (@NHLDevilsPR) January 16, 2013More as we know it...
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- 1/19 - Devils @ Islanders
- 1/22 - Flyers @ Devils
- 1/25 - Capitals @ Devils
- 1/27 - Devils @ Canadiens
- 1/29 - Devils @ Bruins
- 1/31 - Islanders @ Devils
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The memorandum of understanding has been signed. The NHL lockout is officially over after 119 days. #dropthepuck
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NHLPA announces the players voted to ratify the CBA. However, says MOU must be completed and signed still.— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) January 12, 2013
Gulitti also mentions the Devils' home opener is expected to be Tuesday, Jan. 22, against an as-yet-unnamed opponent. The schedule will be officially announced Saturday after the players vote to ratify the new CBA, which will happen by 8 a.m. Saturday morning.
What do you think? Yay or Nay on opening on the road against the Isles? Sound off in the comments!
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NHL governor inside the room via text: ``It's been ratified.''LeBrun also notes that the players will electronically vote on the new CBA on Friday and Saturday, but that won't affect the timing of training camps opening Sunday.
? Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 9, 2013
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Ilya Kovalchuk will be out of game 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers. He has be listed as day to day. Yesterday he was not with the team due to going to therapy for an injury that was sustained in the first round against Florida. They are calling it a lower body injury. Tim Sestito is in Philadelphia with the team but DeBoer is unsure if he will take Kovalchuk's spot in the lineup.
It was obvious in recent games that Kovy has not been 100%. This certainly will make things harder for Coach Pete DeBoer when it comes to line?combinations. Hopefully this is not a serious matter for Kovalchuk. The Devils need him to be 100% if they want to beat a very tough Philadelphia Flyers team.
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The New York Knickerbockers announced today that Glen Grunwald has been named executive vice president and general manager. Grunwald had been serving in this role on an interim basis since July.
I think this would be great for Zidlicky and the Devils. He will provide great depth for the Devils as they hope to move up in the standings. If the Devils don't have to give up too much for him it'll be a great deal for the Devils.
Now it is already suspect that Parise may not be back with the team next season but it seems like the Devils may not be able to afford him for the rest of the season. So it may seem that the Devils might have to trade Parise for draft picks to ease up on some one the payroll.
This is troubling news for the Devils because there is no doubt that Zach Parise will bring in revenue next season should he resign but could really hurt the team off the ice should he depart. Definitely give this a read.
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The Devils acquired Alexi Ponikarosky for prospect Joe Sova and a 4th round pick in this year's draft. He will be in the lineup this afternoon when the Devils play the Philadelphia Flyers. Alexi will play on the 3rd line with Jacob Josefson and David Clarkson. To make room for him on the roster the Devils have sent Mattias Tedenby down to Albany.
I think this is a great trade for the Devils and hopefully will give the Devils 3 solid lines that can score on a consistent basis. Ponikarovsky is a great depth player whose contract expires at the end of this season. If things workout for him in New Jersey hopefully he'll resign again.
Both Henrique and Larsson will be going to Ottawa to represent the Devils in the All Star Skills competitions during the All Star break. This is a tremendous honor for these rookies with bright futures in the NHL. Congrats to them. However no Devils will be represented in the actual All Star game.
The Devils have sent Rod Pelley, Mark Fraser and a 7th Round Pick to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Kurtis Foster and goaltender Timo Pielmeier.
This is an upgrade for the Devils on defense and gives them a right handed shot from the point on the power play thanks to Foster. So far this season Foster has 1 goal and 1 assist in 9 games this season with the Ducks. Hopefully he can contribute more with the Devils. He is expected to join the team in Florida tomorrow.
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As per Bob McKenzie, The New Jersey Devils claim center Ryan Carter. Carter was placed on waivers earlier this week by the Florida Panthers. This move was definitely made to fill the spot left vacant due Jacob Josefson's injury. He will join the team in Phoenix and may play Thursday against the Coyotes.
Some stats on Carter: