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Although the Raiders are considered the favorites to land Jim Harbaugh should he leave San Francisco this off season, the Jets are monitoring his situation as well (Schefter, Nov. 30).

Reports of monitoring?Harbaugh are the first acknowledgement that the Jets are willing to part ways with head coach?Rex Ryan?(Cimini, Nov. 30).

Like Rex Ryan Jim Harbaugh is a polarizing figure, but maybe for extremely different reasons. ?Harbaugh has proven to be a successful coach?and has proven that he is something of a quarterback whisperer. ?Harbuagh?groomed Andrew Luck at Stanford, then took?Alex Smith off the garbage heap before?having?some read-option success with Colin Kaepernick before Kaep has?plummeted from the skies as he's shown an inability to mature as a passer,?seeing ghosts and not understanding how to read his routes or anticipate where the route concept will put a man open.

Tags: adam schefter, brianbassett, Buzz, Jets Beat Writers, jim harbaugh, News, Rex Ryan, rich cimini, treilly8, Tim Reilly
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2:06PM: The Wild have traded for Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers, effectively killed any Brodeur-to-Wild rumors.

https://twitter.com/mnwild/status/440924918273032193

11:43PM: "Just told by informed source that Wild has targeted Halak and are expected to get him from Buffalo...so that would be a NO re Brodeur...." (Larry Brooks)

Tags: Buzz, Andrew Vazzano
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Leading up to Sunday's win over the Browns, Fox's Jay Glazer reported that the team's head coach told his players Saturday night that the ?word on the street? is he was going to be fired.

After speaking with a number of players after the game, Metro New York's Kristian Dyer couldn't find a player to confirm Glazer's report.

It wasn?t about their head coach, say the players in the locker room who heard ? and felt ? their head coach?s words Saturday night.

Tags: Buzz, Brian Bassett
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Eric Gelinas was recalled by the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday due to Bryce Salvador returning home because of a death in the family. It?s a great opportunity for Gelinas, who had a great camp, but don?t expect him to stick with the big club.

Gelinas had a great preseason, showing all the necessary tools to be a reliable NHL defenseman. Poise, physicality, speed, long reach and awareness. He looked like a 10-year NHL veteran when he was on the ice. Everything he did looked smooth. That?s a great sign. He has a shot to be the best all-around defenseman the Devils have had in years because of his raw talent. I?m not saying he?ll be exactly like him, but his stature, build and traits appear to be in the mold of a Zdeno Chara. Devils fans can only hope he?ll be close to his caliber.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Analysis, BRYCE SALVADOR, Eric Gelinas, Feature, New Jersey Devils, Peter Harrold, Prospect Buzz
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Yesterday the Jets announced Antwan Barnes had torn his ACL against the Atlanta Falcons and would be placed on the injured reserve ending his season.?As a result, the Jets re-signed the linebacker they cut last Friday, Ricky Sapp, to the team but also worked out four linebackers (though none were signed) according to Aaron Wilson of National Football Post.

According to Wilson, the team worked out former Vandy LB Tim Fugger, UNC's Quan Sturdivant (6th rounder by Arizona in 2011) and Caleb McSurdy (Montana) and former Cowboy Deon Lacey.

The Jets are doing their homework for a player they might sign down the road, but now in their second day of practice for the given week, we don't expect them to make any more moves at the linebacker spot between now and next week.

Tags: Buzz, Brian Bassett
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The Jets cut Ryan Spadola to set up the roster the way they wanted it for the Monday night game, but it looks like the Jets might have played with fire if they really wanted Spadola to stay with the team.

According to Kim Martin in Newsday, the Jets were serious about bringing Spadola back, but maybe to Spadola not serious enough.

Tags: Buzz, News, Brian Bassett
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Could Welker 2.0 miss the game this Thursday? It is possible, according to Ian Rapoport, who tweeted today that Patriots WR Danny Amendola might not be healthy enough to play.

https://twitter.com/RapSheet/statuses/377452996944068608

The Patriots keep a very level-headed "next man up" motto, but not having Vereen, Gronk and Amendola certainly makes a big difference in whatever sort of passing game the Patriots might be able to put forth against the Jets.

Tags: Buzz, Brian Bassett
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Could Leon Washington be returning to the Jets? According to sources close to the team, Leon Washington and the Jets might be in discussions about a return to play for New York. Per Jake Steinberg on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/steiny31/status/375320590371926016

It is an interesting development and could indicate that Alex Green's time with the team might not last long, but more likely that the team thinks they need to upgrade their kick return and third down capabilities. While Leon is more a Tannenbaum/Mangini holdover, Idzik knows Washington from their mutual time in Seattle.

Tags: Buzz, Brian Bassett

While most of the predictions making their way around this week have been of the Patriots over the Seahawks! variety, some?credit to Andy Benoit of SI who actually is predicting interesting and useful information, like this blurb on the pistol offense:

Even if the read-option abates, pistol sets should surge. Offenses are realizing that pistol is essentially a quicker version of the shotgun, only with more play-action capabilities. It doesn?t always require the quarterback to run. Heck, even Peyton Manning?s Broncos experimented with the new set in August.
Jets QB coach David Lee has admitted that the Jets have been and will continue to practice the pistol, and they have used it at times already during the preseason. Geno fared well in his use of the play-action this summer, and has some familiarity with short shotgun snaps playing in the "Air Raid" offensive tree at WVU.

If the Jets are going to roll the dice with Geno this weekend, the run game -- and the threat of the run game -- is going to be important to Geno's success. ?Adding in a wrinkle like the pistol would be a help for a Jets offense unlikely to open up their full playbook for their supposed rookie starter.

Tags: Buzz, Brian Bassett

An interesting bit of "take it with a grain of salt" news tonight from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network:

https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/373582685370716160

Are the Sanchez injury story, and then the Marty-Geno story, floated within hours of each other by the same reporter ringing anyone else's bells? ?Practically speaking it might be that the Jets really have no choice when it comes to Sanchez or Geno if Sanchez can't play.

Tags: Buzz, Brian Bassett
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Is there progress in Santonio-land??According to the Daily News, Tone "appeared sharp" while running routes prior to Saturday's preseason game.

Just a week ago, Holmes said he "can't run", which we think was interpreted wrongly.?Holmes meant he couldn't run full speed not that he was wholly incapable. Now he's taking reps at three-quarters speed, which is a good sign but one we expected from a veteran receiver looking to forego any potential setbacks that could happen during training camp.?On Monday, Jets GM John Idzik told WFAN that Tone is "getting close" to returning to the field.

More than likely Holmes will be ready to go close to the start of the season, if not for Week One.?We really like what Kerley and Hill could be to this offense, but adding back a player of Holmes experience will only help the Jets round out the team's depth.

Tags: Buzz, Brian Bassett
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While there has been some rumors about whether or not Santonio Holmes is pushing himself as much as he should to get back on the field in what is essentially a contract season for the veteran receiver, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, who was in Cortland yesterday, reported on NFL Total Access last night that the Jets are "pretty pleased" with Holmes' recovery and his work to get back into game shape.

Rapoport also shared that despite popular reports, the Jets are not convinced that they will need to start Holmes on the PUP list. "I'm told specifically that the organization has not ruled out that Holmes starts the season with the team," Rap said on NFL Network, "possibly Week One or maybe even Week Two."

Tags: Buzz, Brian Bassett
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Pat Kirwan wrote for CBS Sports that he noticed some wrinkles in the Jets offense when he was out in Cortland on Monday, he made a number of observations and here's one we were particularly interested in:

QB coach David Lee is blending in some wildcat/pistol packages into the offense. It could be Jeremy [Kerley] at QB.
As we speak, the?Jets might not be the only ones getting in on the movement. ?The Pistol is getting unveiled around the league in some of the most unlikely of places, just witness the news from Titansland, who?showed some sets?today in their training camp.

It should come as no surprise if the Jets practice odd packages like the Wildcat or Pistol. Rex Ryan said today in his presser that the concept of the Wildcat is "here to stay" because "it does give [the offense] the numbers back." ?By that, Rex means that eliminating the quarterback from the tackle box (setting him up in the slot, or as a flanker) allows an offensive front to match up evenly on a play?instead of a man down.

Tags: Buzz, Brian Bassett
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Lou Lamoriello is making the rounds today. Earlier Wednesday, he spoke to Rich Chere about some of the Devils' lower-level free agents. Now, Tom Gulitti has some updates on some of the more high-priority free agents.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/339877905087750144

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/339878236412575744

Tags: Buzz, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Peter Harrold
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https://twitter.com/ChrisBottaNHL/statuses/334503420679577600

That it will be a Devils home game is a huge get for the franchise. Not only will the Devils get all the gate proceeds, but I believe Devils season-ticket holders also get more of the available tickets. We'll have more reaction when it's official later in the week.

Tags: Buzz, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Rangers, Yankee Stadium

Last night on NFL Live, ESPN's Adam Schefter said that the Jets could look to trade Mark Sanchez before the season starts, provided Geno Smith looks ready to start the season as the team's top quarterback.

"I think the Jets would love to see (Smith) grasp things right away, so that the Jets would be in a position where they could see if they could find a trade partner for Mark Sanchez down the line," Schefter said Monday night on ESPN. "Some teams would be unwilling to take on the $8.25 million guaranteed in his contract, but there might be a team that's willing to pay a small portion of it. To get some of that money off the Jets' books. And the fact of the matter is, the Jets will go to camp with Sanchez. They'll look to see at that point in time how Geno Smith fares."

It is undoubted that Schefter has sources, but it seems an odd piggyback -- down to the financial components -- after Brian Costello had this piece published on NY Post yesterday morning.

Tags: Buzz, Brian Bassett
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The Anaheim Ducks were eliminated from the postseason, which means we can all start speculating about whether winger Bobby Ryan will be traded this summer. The Ducks have devoted a lot of cap space to Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and there might not be enough left to keep Ryan, who is due to count $5.1 million against the cap for each of the next two seasons (per Cap Geek).

If a 30-goal scorer is on the trade market, you would think Lou Lamoriello and the Devils would be interested. Todd Cordell of Hockey Buzz posed the question, speculated about Anaheim's asking price and then answered it rather definitively.

Via Hockey Buzz:

His points per game average was down a bit from his standards this season but he still had more even strength goals and points than every player on the Devils, so clearly he'd be a welcome addition.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Anaheim Ducks, Bobby Ryan, Buzz, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Ducks, New Jersey Devils, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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It's been a strange season for Stefan Matteau. The Devils' first-round pick in 2012 had his first training camp shortened by the lockout only to find himself on the active roster after five games. Once the first year of his entry-level deal was enacted, Matteau stuck around for almost half the season before the Devils returned him to the?Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL. Of course, Matteau's return to junior didn't exactly end well.

Matteau reportedly split on the team, taking a fan bus home from a game after he was benched for the third period The team cut him and said he left without permission and there were reports of an altercation between Matteau and the team's brass. Matteau's agent, Pat Brisson, said he left with permission after he was cut because Matteau didn't want to wait for a plane the next day.

Now, Matteau's dad, former NHLer Stefane Matteau, says he doesn't think the junior club treated his son the right way. The elder Matteau is also an assistant coach on the Armada, which makes all of this even more sticky.

Tags: Buzz, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Stefan Matteau, Stefane Matteau
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https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/328885143571931136

Brodeur had a good year when he was healthy, posting 13 wins and a 2.22 goals-against average in 29 starts.

Still, I think the key word here is "necessarily." Will Brodeur feel the same way after he makes 65 starts next year? Who knows. Starting 29 games for Brodeur is like a tuneup, and he should be feeling refreshed.

Tags: Buzz, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
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This will probably go under the radar, but the Jets have reportedly added a veteran to their offensive line.

https://twitter.com/TonyPauline/status/327944491753426944

To read more about the Jets' interest in Peterman and our analysis of the potential move, go here.

Tags: Buzz, NYJets, Bent Double
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https://twitter.com/nhldevilspr/status/327890426751234050

?It's been a long time since Martin Brodeur sat out a game at Madison Square Garden, but it looks like Sunday will be the battle of the backup goalies.

I think it's surprising if Brodeur doesn't start. But if DeBoer wants to do it, it's his prerogative.

Tags: Buzz, Johan Hedberg, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers

https://twitter.com/ConorTOrr/status/327171286801473536

https://twitter.com/steiny31/status/327201260426113024

So not done, but kind of done? Adding Ivory would be a good move and I think worth the investment, but while some of the pieces might be in place, it sounds as if the whole deal isn't worked out.

Tags: Buzz, Brian Bassett
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Here's some of the quotes and rumors from last night. ?Our man Corey killed the red carpet at the ESPN The Magazine event, here's some of what he tweeted out during his time at the IAC Building.

https://twitter.com/cgriffin415/status/327243770099814402

https://twitter.com/MMehtaNYDN/status/327182034508320768

Tags: Buzz, Reports, Brian Bassett
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https://twitter.com/Saints/status/326796112201670658

Grain of salt taken. ?Ivory is on the block but it sounds like the Jets are in a familiar place ... a staring contest with another team on compensation. ?We'll see who blinks first.

Ivory is a proven veteran and would fit the Jets current back-by-committee with a punishing running style that would pair nicely with Mike Goodson and Bilal Powell.

Tags: Buzz, Brian Bassett
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The Stefan Matteau situation continues to unfold before us. Matteau's agent, Pat Brisson, told The Record's Tom Gulitti that Matteau didn't actually "quit" on his junior club and instead was released by the team following Saturday's game.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/326442915360550912

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/326443122810830848

Tags: Buzz, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Stefan Matteau
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Earlier today, we told about Stefan Matteau being released by his junior club in the QMJHL after reportedly abandoning the team after a game in which he was benched. Lou Lamoriello was asked about the Matteau situation Monday, including whether Matteau would now join the Devils for the rest of the season.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/326395171996569602

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/326395243610132480

Tags: Buzz, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Stefan Matteau
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Sooooo, Stefan Matteau has gotten into some trouble ever since getting sent back to his junior club in the QMJHL. Apparently, he was benched, then upset, then quit, then was released. I'll let Todd Cordell fill in the details.

Via Hockey Buzz:

The 19-year-old forward has quit his QMJHL team, Blaineville-Boisbriand Armada, according to RDS. Matteau reportedly quit after being unhappy about being benched during Game 2 of the Armada's series against Baie-Comeau.

He traveled back to Blaineville-Boisbriand on the fan bus and not with the team.

Tags: Buzz, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Stefan Matteau
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On Total Access Sunday, the NFL Network's?Ian Rapoport reported that despite their attention to the Darrelle Revis trade on Sunday, the Jets remain interested in trading their fifth-round draft pick for Saints running back Chris Ivory.

 

There's no rush to do the deal prior to Thursday, so this could happen as late as Friday or Saturday. ?The Jets are looking to trade their fifth round pick for Ivory, but the Saints might stand firm for the Jets fourth rounder. ?It's unlikely that Ivory will see much time on the field with the backfield the Saints have and as far as we know there are no other bidders. ?We'll see if the Jets can stand strong to get Ivory with the 5th rounder or not.

Tags: Buzz, Brian Bassett
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There's long been reports of the NHL's desire to stage an "outdoor series" of games in stadiums during the winter months. The Winter Classic is an incredibly successful moneymaker, so the NHL believes more games will mean more money. And everyone loves more money.

With that in mind, Darren Dreger reported Tuesday night that not only is the NHL moving ahead with this "outdoor series," but they already have five games set in addition to next year's Classic matchup of the Toronto and Detroit.

Via Puck Daddy:

? Ducks vs. Kings at Dodger Stadium, Jan. 25

Tags: Buzz, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils
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Rumor from Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times is that the Bucs might not have the stomach to make the Darrelle Revis trade as they still see the draft pick compensation as too high.

The Bucs may pass on a chance to trade for Darrelle Revis if the Jets continue to insist on three draft picks for the Pro Bowl cornerback.

The Jets reportedly have asked for the Bucs' 13th overall pick in the NFL draft April 25, as well as selections in the third and fifth rounds. It's not clear whether one, both or neither of those later picks could come in 2014.Officially, it's unclear whether or not the Bucs are willing to trade their 2013 first rounder, but Stroud writes in his article that the Bucs are willing to part with their first-round pick as well as an additional pick, but says nothing of what years those other picks would reside or whether it's the 5th rounder or the 3rd rounder that they are OK with.

Tags: Buzz, Brian Bassett
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Accusations are now flying that the Bucs might have committed tampering by already reaching parameters of a deal with Revis's representatives.

Per Mike Florio at PFT.

It?s an open secret in league and media circles that the Bucs will pay Revis the deal he wants, worth $15 million or more.? Some league insiders believe that the Buccaneers and agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, who worked together to bring?Vincent Jackson?to Tampa last year, have worked out the parameters of the contract Revis would receive.? Absent express permission from the Jets, that could amount to a clear case of tampering.

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Pete DeBoer announced that Martin Brodeur would start Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins. That makes sense. The Devils haven't played since Sunday and he'll have plenty of time to rest.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/321669941508067328

Like I said above -- this makes sense. Marty will have plenty of time to rest, but it got me wondering about whether we'll see Johan Hedberg in net again this season. Brodeur has started every game since he returned from the pinched nerve that cost him a? month's worth of starts (technically all but one since Hedberg started Brodeur's first game after being activated). That stretch has included two back-to-back sets (which he usually always splits with Moose) and a recent stretch of four starts in seven days. I personally thought Hedberg would get at least one start during that seven-day stretch, which included the second back-to-back set. But with the Devils having at least one day off in between every game the rest of the season and the Devils in an absolute dogfight for a playoff spot, I don't think DeBoer wants to have to trust anyone but Marty in net.

Tags: Buzz, Devils, Devs, Johan Hedberg, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
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According to NY Post writer Brian Costello, Tim Tebow will be in New Jersey for the team workouts a week from today.

https://twitter.com/BrianCoz/status/321292514306965506

The Jets are doggedly trying to get cap relief from Tebow is the only explanation I can come up with on why he is still with the team. ?We're sure the Jets are doing everything they can to trade Tebow (and I wouldn't be shocked if he was some sort of throw-in in a Revis trade) but ?it seems highly unlikely that any team will suddenly become interested.

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Not much of an update in the Revis storyline, but here's what Rapoport heard recently.

https://twitter.com/RapSheet/statuses/320312070413377536

I'm going to gloss over the use of the word "optimistic" in this report as it is just the words of someone close to him and not Revis himself. ?I don't know what his emotional state is regarding being with or not with the Jets, and so it's not worth assuming where he might be on the matter.

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While there is always a lot of focus on the first round of the NFL draft, what about round two?

On his blog, Tony Pauline writes that there's a couple players that the Jets might be eyeing in the second round.

But what will the team do round two? Two names I continue to hear associated with the the Jets, and a pair of players who are evidently favorites of general manager John Idzik, are Sylvester Williams/DT-NT/North Carolina and Zach Ertz/TE/Stanford. Both fill pressing needs on the roster and each would be good value at pick number 39.

Tags: Buzz, NFL Draft, Brian Bassett
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Sorry if we're a little late on this one, but there was a noticeable absence at today's practice -- a certain puck-moving(ish) defenseman with a no-trade clause.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/319494734366248962

Zidlicky said yesterday he hadn't been asked to provide a list of teams with whom he'd be willing to accept a deal. Could the Devils be moving him for a scoring forward? It's possible. It's been a season-long suggestion around these parts that Lou Lamoriello move one of his eight NHL defensemen for some help up front. Instead, Lou held on to all eight and dealt picks for Alexei Ponikarovsky, Andrei Loktionov and Matt D'Agostini. The waiting game begins...

Tags: Buzz, Devils, Devs, Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils, Trade Deadline

With the trade deadline only 27 hours away, the rumors, rumblings and reports are starting to really move. This one, from Renaud Lavoie of RDS officially puts a big name on the trade docket:

https://twitter.com/RenLavoieRDS/status/319108974727270400

Would Devils fans accept Jagr on the roster? Probably. But I imagine there are teams in the East willing to pay a lot more than Lou Lamoriello and judging from the Brendan Morrow deal, the Stars aren't going to give away any of their veterans. What would the cost be for Jagr? Probably a top prospect and a second-round pick or a first-round pick and a B-level prospect. The Devils could deal Jon Merrill and a second and maybe a lower-level prospect as well or possibly move Reid Boucher and multiple picks or a first rounder. That (which is purely conjecture) might get it done, but that's assuming Lou is willing to give up those assets to boost a team with multiple holes. I don't foresee anything happening and?there's no reports saying the Devils are interested -- but Jagr certainly would be a big boost to the Devils' struggling offense.

Tags: Buzz, Devils, Devs, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, Trade Deadline

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?

https://twitter.com/NHLDevilsPR/status/318440312550858752

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.

Tags: Albany Devils, Buzz, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Tim Sestito

We told you earlier that Stephen Gionta, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Bryce Salvador all practiced with the Devils on Thursday. After the double session, Pete DeBoer announced that it's possible all three players could be in the lineup tomorrow.

We guessed earlier that Salvador and Gionta were likely going to play, while Ponikarovsky seems like more of a wild card. The players themselves had pretty much the same sentiment.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/317378058778734592

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, BRYCE SALVADOR, Buzz, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Stephen Gionta
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With the trade deadline a week away and the Devils limping toward it, there's a question of what GM/President Lou Lamoriello will do to boost the roster. Will he make a "go for it" deal with Martin Brodeur in possibly his penultimate season? Or will he sit tight and hope players returning from injury give the Devils a spark (or six)? If you take history and Lou's words to The Star-Ledger's Rich Chere on Wednesday into account, it's hard to argue with the latter.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/316995444121169922

And then there was this...

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Andrei Loktionov, BRYCE SALVADOR, Buzz, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer
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Bryce Salvador (lower body) and Stephen Gionta (upper body) both left Monday's game against Ottawa after the first period. Pete DeBoer after the game was pretty tight-lipped when asked about the ailments, saying the Devils really didn't know anything. However, both players traveled with the team to Tampa Bay, which is where the Devils play the Lightning on Friday -- a fact Tom Gulitti takes as a positive sign.

Via Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

?Today is a day off and both of them are resting and we?ll know better tomorrow as to their status,? Lamoriello said.

Both players flew with team from Ottawa to Tampa, Fla. after Monday?s game. The team is spending the next two days at a resort outside Tampa. The players had today off after arriving there early this morning (after 3 a.m.) and will not practice Wednesday either.

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Buzz, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils, Stephen Gionta
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The Carolina Hurricanes placed center Jussi Jokinen on waivers Tuesday. Could the Devils be interested?

https://twitter.com/ice_chip/status/316580233341976576

While he certainly could help New Jersey, there's a couple of issues. For one, as Todd Cordell points out on Twitter, the Devils already have 50 contracts and would have to move someone in order to claim Jokinen. Two, the Devils are middle of the pack points wise, which means they'll be middle of the pack in terms of claim order and I imagine a team far more desperate than the Devils will put in a claim on Jokinen.

Tags: Buzz, Canes, Carolina Hurricanes, Devils, Devs, Hurricanes, Jussi Jokinen, New Jersey Devils

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAZze-IjiSs&feature=player_embedded

Last night, Panthers defenseman Colby Robak pushed Tim Sestito from behind and sent Sestito careening into the boards. I wrote immediately after the game that I'd be shocked if Robak didn't land some sort of NHL suspension. Well, consider me shocked:

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/315821463275966465

Tags: Buzz, Colby Robak, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Tim Sestito
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While Ahmad Bradshaw made it known last month that he wouldn't mind joining the Jets, it was quickly put down.

Is any interest between the Jets and Bradshaw about to change based on Bradshaw's asking price? ?Per Ohm Youngmisuk on ESPN NY, who reports that Bradshaw is looking for an opportunity to start somewhere in the league.

And although the Jets recently signed Mike Goodson to a three-year, $6.9 million deal, they would have legitimate interest if Bradshaw lowers his asking price, according to a source. Bradshaw says the Jets, Packers and Steelers have shown interest in him.
Bradshaw has never been explosive, but he's a competent back with the right vision, good hands out of the backfield, a powerful running style and has improved as a pass-blocker.

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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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One of the most intriguing names to me as the draft approaches is one that I keep seeing over and over again from draftniks.

https://twitter.com/gregcosell/status/314182474165014528

Tavon Austin seems to be getting a lot of love as we head into the month leading up to the NFL Draft (AKA the silly season), but is it real or manufactured? ?Are teams pumping him up hoping other teams will take him or is there so much chatter about him it simply must be true?

Tags: Buzz, Editorial Aside, Brian Bassett
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There was never a doubt that the Bucs were serious about talking with the Jets about the opportunity to trade for Darrelle Revis, but so far what's been reported is that it has come down to a compensatory issue between the teams, that the hang up might be the first round draft pick from Tampa. ?Not so, writes?Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times?from the Phoenix owner meetings?and getting comments on the record from the Tampa Bay GM that they've not ruled anything out and that the?Buccaneers are still considering?trading their first-round pick in this April's NFL Draft for Darrelle Revis.

According to the article, Tampa is open to the idea of giving up a first round pick for Darrelle Revis and even giving him the sort of contract he'd want, but that any deal still might be weeks away based on the Bucs' desire to watch the market and Revis's continued recovery.

Playing in a division like the NFC South makes it very difficult for teams without a solid pass defense to slow down the likes of Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton. ?The signing of Dashon Goldson will be a help to the Bucs, but adding Revis would be a key piece to rebuilding one of the league's worst secondaries and Tampa GM Mark Dominik seems to know it.

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So Martin Brodeur is back at practice. That's great. That's all well and good. But when will Martin Brodeur be back in a game? Well, as long as everything goes according to plan, Brodeur should be in the lineup this week.

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The Devils will need to remove Brodeur from injured reserve before he can dress Tuesday, but they already cleared a roster spot Sunday by returning Stefan Matteau to his junior club. Both Pete DeBoer and Johan Hedberg said it sounds like Brodeur will be on the bench and in uniform as Moose's back up Tuesday night against the Rangers. The happiest man to hear the news? Probably a combination of Hedberg and DeBoer, who both probably couldn't wait to get their top goalie back in the lineup. The only reason Marty won't start Tuesday likely has to do with conditioning, but the fact remains that Brodeur is returning to a team that seriously needs him. For as well as Hedberg has played over the past 10 days or so, he has to be exhausted, for one. Also, the return of Brodeur will provide a mental boost throughout the locker room, even if he's only a backup Tuesday. I'll be interested to see how the team responds, but I wouldn't be shocked at all if we saw the Devils start a stretch of some really strong overall hockey Tuesday night.

Tags: Buzz, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, Johan Hedberg, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils

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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