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New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique celebrates after scoring a goal. (Eric Bolte/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique celebrates after scoring a goal. (Eric Bolte/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils won preseason games against the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

Nick Lappin scored twice in a 2-0 win over Philadelphia, including an empty-netter with 32 seconds left.

Adam Henrique scored two power-play goals in a 3-2 win against the Canadiens in Montreal. Michael McLeod's third-period goal proved to be the difference after Zach Redmond brought Montreal within one.

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(Perry Nelson)

The Devils are excited about the potential of LW Taylor Hall, who was acquired from the Oilers this offseason in exchange for Adam Larsson.

Hall, 24, had 26 goals and 39 assists in 82 games last season for Edmonton.

"He's a player that can make his mark on this hockey team, on and off the ice, and that's what I'm looking for," Devils GM Ray Shero told Brett Cyrgalis of The Post. "With the help and support of a group of some pretty talented players, and a group that we're adding to in the last year and moving forward, I think he can make a contribution and make a difference to help us get over the hump and into the playoffs."

Devils G Cory Schneider said it was tough lose Larsson in the deal for Hall -- who has 132 goals and 196 assists in his six-year career -- but noted you "don't get many chances" to acquire a player the caliber of Hall.

Meanwhile, Hall is ready for the challenge.

"I think once the season shakes out and once training camp starts to happen, I know the expectations from the organization, from the coaching staff, we expect nothing less than playoffs," Hall said. "And I'm looking forward to being in a race like that."

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The New Jersey Devils salute the fans after their season finale game at the Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
The New Jersey Devils salute the fans after their season finale game at the Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

Forward Blake Speers and defenseman Colton White have signed three-year entry-level contracts with the Devils, the team announced Wednesday. 

White, 19, has played the last three seasons in the OHL with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, amassing 62 points in 192 games. While playing as an alternate captain last season, the 2015 fourth-round draft pick had nine goals and 26 points in 68 games. 

Speers, White's teammate on the Greyhounds, finished last season with 26 goals and 48 assists while captaining the team. He also added 10 points in 12 playoff games. At the 2016 Prospects Challenge, the 2015 third-round pick scored three goals and added an assist in two games. 

 

 


 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Devils C Pavel Zacha, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, is impressed the the team's top two picks from this year, writes Chris Ryan at NJ.com.

C Michael McLeod (12th overall pick) and C Nathan Bastian (41st overall pick) have been participating in the Prospects Challenge.

"I saw McLeod and Bastian, they looked really good," Zacha said. "I'm really excited [to see] them in the rookie tournament, and I see that we have really good prospects this year, it's even better than last year."

Zacha has only observed McLeod and Bastian during practice and is eager to see them in game action.

"We'll find out in games," Zacha said. "You never know during practice, but that's why we're going to the rookie tournament, to find out who we are and I hope they'll show their best."

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(Matt Kartozian)

G Anders Lindback will attend Devils camp on a PTO, according to Andrew Gross of The Record.

Lindback, 28, played 19 games for the Coyotes last season, posting a GAA of 3.11.

During his six-year career, which has also included stints with the Predators, Lightning, Stars, and Sabres, Lindback has a 2.87 GAA in 130 games.

The other goalies on the Devils' roster are Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Kenneth Appleby, Mackenzie Blackwood, and Scott Wedgewood.

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A general view during the national anthem prior to the start of the game between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. (Andy Marlin)
A general view during the national anthem prior to the start of the game between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. (Andy Marlin)

The Devils plan to release minor leaguer Ben Johnson after he was found guilty Thursday of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Windsor, Ontario in 2013. 

Johnson, a 22-year-old, spent all of last year with the AHL Albany Devils and with the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL. 

In a statement, the Devils said the team ended Johnson's contract after they learned of the conviction. 

Earlier today, the club was informed of Windsor Superior Court Justice Kirk Munroe's ruling against Mr. Johnson. Based on the ruling, the club has initiated the process required to terminate Mr. Johnson's Standard Player's Contract."
The organization will have no further comment.

A third-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Johnson had played in the Devils organization since the 2013-14 season. 


New Jersey Devils center Reid Boucher (12) celebrates his goal during the third period at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Oilers 2-1. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils center Reid Boucher (12) celebrates his goal during the third period at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Oilers 2-1. (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils have signed winger Reid Boucher to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Wednesday. 

Boucher, 23, will earn $715,000 when playing at the NHL level. 

Splitting time between the NHL and AHL last year, he recorded 8 goals and 11 assists in 39 games with the Devils. 

For his NHL career, Boucher has posted 27 points and a minus-15 in 73 games. 

 


New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) waves to fans after their 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) waves to fans after their 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

Devils forward Kyle Palmieri has been added to Team USA's roster for the World Cup of Hockey.

Palmieri replaced injured Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan.

Palmieri recently signed a five-year deal with the Devils, worth an average of $4.65 million per season.

Palmieri, who will be entering his seventh NHL season in 2016-17, recorded 30 goals, 27 assists and 57 points in 2015-16, all career highs. 

The World Cup of Hockey will begin on September 17.

Tags: Kyle Palmieri , Andrew Vazzano

A general view during the national anthem prior to the start of the game between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. (Andy Marlin)
A general view during the national anthem prior to the start of the game between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. (Andy Marlin)

The New Jersey Devils have re-signed D Reece Scarlett to a one-year deal worth $600,000, the team announced.

He has played the past three seasons for the Albany Devils of the AHL, where he has tallied at least 20 points every season and at least 25 the past two.

Scarlett was taken by the Devils in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

 

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The New Jersey Devils salute the fans after their 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
The New Jersey Devils salute the fans after their 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The Albany Devils have renewed the contract of head Rick Kowalsky for the next two seasons, the team announced Saturday. 

Last season he helped the Devils' AHL affiliate to a 46-20-8-2 record, which was the third-best record in the entire AHL. Kowalsky was named the AHL's most outstanding coach for his achievements in 2015-16. 

"We are excited to have Rick continue to lead the development of our young players in the AHL and at the same time compete for a Calder Cup," Albany Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald said in a statement from the team. "Rick has established himself as one of the top coaches in the AHL and we are certain he will continue to operate at a high level. We now have a strong sense of stability among our NHL, AHL and Developmental Coaches."

Since taking over the head coaching position in 2010-11, Kowalsky has a 217-179-26-38 record. 


New Jersey Devils left wing Ryane Clowe (29) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New Jersey Devils left wing Ryane Clowe (29) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

The New Jersey Devils named former-Devil Ryane Clowe as an assistant coach on John Hynes' staff, the team announced Tuesday.

"We are looking forward to Ryane joining our staff," said Hynes. "His character, expertise as a player, knowledge of the game and passion to coach will be a benefit for our players and the Devils' organization."

Clowe will join Assistant Coaches Geoff Ward, Alain Nasreddine, and Goaltending Coach Chris Terreri on the bench.

Clowe signed with the Devils in 2013 and appeared in 56 games over two seasons, scoring eight goals and 22 assists. He spent last season working closely with the coaching and hockey operations staff in a variety of roles.

For his career, Clowe totaled 112 goals and 197 assists in 491 career regular-season games.

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(Geoff Burke)

The Devils have re-signed RW Kyle Palmieri to a five-year deal worth an average of $4.65 million per season, GM Ray Shero announced.

Palmieri, 25, had a career-high 30 goals to go along with 27 assists in 82 games this past season.

He was acquired by the Devils from Anaheim in June of 2015 in exchange for a second-round pick in the NHL Draft.

In 280 career games with the Ducks and Devils, Palmieri has 73 goals and 73 assists.

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New Jersey Devils center Sergey Kalinin (51) scores a goal on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Rangers 5-2. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils center Sergey Kalinin (51) scores a goal on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Rangers 5-2. (Ed Mulholland)

The New Jersey Devils have re-signed C Sergey Kalinin to a one-year, $800,000, Devils general manager Ray Shero announced

Kalinin appeared in 78 games for the Devils in the 2015-16 season, ending the year with eight goals, including three power play goals, and seven assists. 

Kalinin also added three assists in 10 games for Russia at the 2016 IIHF World Championships, where his team won a Bronze Medal.

The Devils signed Kalinin on May 29, 2015 after five-plus seasons with Omsk (KHL).

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(Kim Klement)

The Devils signed free agent LW Luke Gazdic and re-signed restricted free agent C Jacob Josefson, GM Ray Shero announced. 

Josefson, 25, received a one-year deal worth $1.1 million.

He had four goals and 10 assists this past season for the Devils.

Gazdic, 26, got a one-year, two-way deal worth $700,000.

He spent the last three seasons with the Oilers.

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Colorado Avalanche defenseman Karl Stollery (3) during the game against the Nashville Predators at the at Pepsi Center. The Predators won 3-0. (Chris Humphreys)
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Karl Stollery (3) during the game against the Nashville Predators at the at Pepsi Center. The Predators won 3-0. (Chris Humphreys)

The Devils have signed defenseman Karl Stollery to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday night. 

The two-way contract will pay Stollery $575,000 when he is playing at the NHL level. 

Stollery played in 67 games with the Sharks' AHL affiliate last season, recording six goals and 18 assists. 

The 5-foot-11 blue liner last played in the NHL during the 2014-15 season with the Sharks. For his career, Stollery has accumulated 12 career NHL games played with the Avalanche and Sharks. 


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(Charles LeClaire)

The Devils have re-signed F Beau Bennett to a one-year deal worth $725,000, the team announced.

Bennett, 24, was recently acquired from the Penguins in exchange for a third-round pick in this year's NHL Draft.

He had six goals and six assists this past season for the Penguins.


 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

The Devils have re-signed RW Devante Smith-Pelly to a two-year deal worth $2.6 million, the team announced.

He will make $1.25 million in 2016-17 and $1.35 million in 2017-18.

The 24-year-old Smith-Pelly was acquired from the Canadiens for Stefan Matteu in February.

He had 14 goals and 11 assists in 64 combined games with the Canadiens and Devils this past season.


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(Sergei Belski)

The Devils have re-signed D Jon Merrill to a two-year deal worth $2.275 million, reports Frank Seravalli of TSN.

Merrill, 24, had one goal and four assists in 47 games played for the Devils this past season.

The Devils' second-round pick (38th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft, Merill debuted with the team in 2013-14.

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(Jasen Vinlove)

The Devils have signed C Vernon Fiddler to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million, reports Darren Dreger of TSN.

Fiddler, 36, had 12 goals and 10 assists this past season for the Stars, who he was with for the last five seasons.

During his 13-year career, Fiddler has tallied 102 goals and 155 assists.

 


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(Kyle Terada)

The Devils have signed D Ben Lovejoy to a three-year deal worth $2.6 million per year, reports Darren Dreger of TSN.

Lovejoy, 32, had four goals and six assists last season for the Penguins.

He spent the first five years of his career with the Penguins, played for the Ducks from 2012 to 2015, and spent the last season and a half back with the Penguins..

 


Apr 2, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall (4) looks for a pass in front of Calgary Flames goaltender Joni Ortio (37) during the first period at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Apr 2, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall (4) looks for a pass in front of Calgary Flames goaltender Joni Ortio (37) during the first period at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

The New Jersey Devils have traded for Edmonton Oilers left winger Taylor Hall.

Hall, who was selected first overall in the 2010 NHL draft, played the last four seasons in Edmonton. There, he put up 233 points in 255 games played. Hall is under contract for four more seasons, where he will make $6 million per year.

In exchange, the Devils sent the Oilers defensemen Adam Larsson. Larsson played one season for the Devils. Larsson's deal extends five more years, where he will carry a cap hit of $4.16 million per year.

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New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) takes the ice for warm ups before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire)
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) takes the ice for warm ups before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire)

The New Jersey Devils have tendered a qualifying offer to leading scorer Kyle Palmieri and four other restricted free agents.

Forwards Reid Boucher, Jacob JosefsonSergey Kalinin and minor league defenseman Reece Scarlett also received qualifying offers from the Devils before Monday's deadline.

The Devils are entitled to compensation should any of the players sign elsewhere.

Forwards Beau Bennett, Devante Smith-Pelley and defenseman Jon Merrill did not receive offers, although the team is hoping to re-sign them before they become unrestricted free agents on Friday or after that.

New Jersey did not made a qualifying offer to defenseman Raman Hrabarenka, who played last season at Albany along with Scarlett.

Palmieri had 30 goals and 27 assists in 82 games in his first season with the Devils. Boucher had eight goals and 11 assists in 39 games, while Josefson had four goals and 10 assists in 58 games.

Smith-Pelley had eight goals and five assists after being acquired from Montreal. Merrill was limited to 47 games by injury.

Bennett was acquired Saturday from Pittsburgh for a third-round pick. He had six goals and six assists in 33 games for the Stanley Cup champions.

Also Monday, the Devils named Dan MacKinnon their senior director of player personnel. He will oversee all aspects of the club's pro scouting operations. He also will work with the organization's hockey operations and pro/amateur scouting staffs regarding player evaluation, acquisition and draft preparation.

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Tags: Devin Smith , Jacob Josefson , Jon Merrill , Kyle Palmieri , Raman Hrabarenka , Reece Scarlett , Reid Boucher , Sergey Kalinin

The 2016 NHL Draft continues Saturday with rounds two through seven from Buffalo, New York. 

The Devils have at least one pick in each round of the day, with two picks in fourth round. 

1:18 p.m.: The Devils have selected defenseman Jeremy Davis out of the USHL with the No. 192 pick. 

12:45 p.m.: The Devils have selected forward Jesper Bratt from Sweden with the No. 162 pick.

12:14 p.m.: The Devils have selected defenseman Yegor Rykov from Russia with the No. 132 pick. 

11:49 a.m.: The Devils have selected goalie Evan Cormier of the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL with the No. 105 pick.

11:46 a.m.: The Devils have selected forward Mikhail Maltsev from Russia with the No. 102 pick. 

11:25 a.m.: The Devils have selected forward Brandon Gignac from the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL with the No. 80 overall pick.

11:19 a.m.: The Devils have traded the No. 77 pick to the Penguins for forward Beau Bennett. In 33 regular-season games, he had six goals and six assists. 

11:18: a.m.: The Devils have selected forward Joseph Anderson from the U.S. National Team Development Program with the No. 73 overall pick. 

10:40: a.m.: The Devils have selected forward Nathan Bastian from the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL with the No. 41 overall pick. He recorded 59 points in 64 games last season. 

The Devils selected forward Michael McLeod with the No. 12 overall pick on Friday Night. You can read more about the pick here


After trading away the No. 11 pick to the Senators, the Devils have selected forward Michael McLeod with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. 

McLeod, 18, had 21 goals and 61 points in 57 games for the OHL's Mississauga Steelheads this season. He added nine more points in seven postseason games. 

He also competed with Canada in the 2016 U-18 World Championship, finishing with two goals and two assists. 

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, McLeod can do many things that are valuable to the game. 

McLeod is a big hard-driving, speedy centre who likes to pursue and possess the puck and can, at times, dominate games

New Jersey originally had the No. 11 pick, but they traded that to Ottawa for the No. 12 pick and the No. 80 overall spot. 

 


The New Jersey Devils salute the fans after their season finale game at the Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
The New Jersey Devils salute the fans after their season finale game at the Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The New Jersey Devils have released their 2016-2017 season schedule.

The Devils will open the year Thursday, October 13 at an away game against the Florida Panthers. The home opener will be five days later on Tuesday, October 18 against the Anaheim Ducks.

December 11th through December 22nd the Devils will face rivals the New York Rangers twice and Philadelphia Flyers once. The Flyers will be the most frequent visitors to the Prudential Center this season, coming to New Jersey three times this season.

Other highlights of the schedule include a 1 p.m. New Years Eve game against the Washington Capitals and a Saturday, February 25 game at 5 p.m. against the New York Rangers.

 

Read the full Devils press release HERE.


A general view during the national anthem prior to the start of the game between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. (Andy Marlin)
A general view during the national anthem prior to the start of the game between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. (Andy Marlin)

The New Jersey Devils 2016-2017 season home-opener will be against the Anaheim Ducks, Sunday October 18th.

The Devils missed the playoffs the 2015-2016 after posting a 38-36-8 record.

The Anaheim Ducks went 45-25-11, winning the Pacific Division but fell in the first round to the Nashville Predators.

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A general view during the national anthem prior to the start of the game between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. (Andy Marlin)
A general view during the national anthem prior to the start of the game between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. (Andy Marlin)

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is pleased with how the Islanders first season at Barclays Center unfolded.  (Kim Klement)
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is pleased with how the Islanders first season at Barclays Center unfolded. (Kim Klement)

A person with direct knowledge of the NHL's decision says the league has settled on Las Vegas as its choice for expansion, provided organizers can come up with a $500 million fee.

The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because details have not been released by the league ahead of its Board of Governors meeting on June 22 in Las Vegas. Quebec City was also considered for expansion.

A second person who had been briefed on the decision said Las Vegas was a "done deal" following the recommendation of the NHL's executive committee.

The 2017-18 season would be the earliest the league would expand.

The franchise would be the NHL's 31st team and the first major professional sports franchise in Las Vegas, the rapidly growing gambling center of the American West.

Read the full story HERE.


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(Eric Risberg)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup, defeating the San Jose Sharks in six games.

Now that the season is over, here are some important dates for the Devils as the 2016-17 season nears…

  • June 22: NHL Awards from Las Vegas
  • June 24-25: NHL Entry Draft from Buffalo, New York
  • June 30: Last day to qualify restricted free agents
  • July 1: Free agency begins
  • Sept. 17-Oct. 1: World Cup of Hockey
  • Sept 26: First preseason game - Flyers at Devils, 7 p.m. from the Prudential Center

The full 2016-17 regular-season schedule will be released later in June. 

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A general view during the national anthem prior to the start of the game between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. (Andy Marlin)
A general view during the national anthem prior to the start of the game between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. (Andy Marlin)

The Devils have traded forwards Paul Thompson and Graham Black to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 2018 second-round draft pick and forward Marc Savard, the teams announced Friday. 

Savard, who has not played in an NHL game since the 2010-11 season because of concussion issues, has recorded 207 goals and 706 points in his NHL career. He has a $4 million cap hit for the 2016-17 season and a salary of $575,000.

Thompson had 13 goals and 35 points in the AHL last season, while Black had nine points in 50 regular-season games  with the Devils' AHL affiliate. 


Cory Schneider in action during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP)
Cory Schneider in action during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP)

The Devils have announced their 2016-2017 preseason schedule, which includes three home games at Prudential Center against the Flyers (Sept. 26th), the Rangers (Oct. 1st), and the Islanders (Oct. 5th).

The Devils will also face off against each of those Metropolitan Division rival teams on the road, along with traveling to Montreal to take on the Canadiens on Sept. 26th.

New Jersey will conclude their preseason on Oct. 8th when they take on the Florida Panthers at the United States Military Academy at West Point.


New Jersey Devils assistant coach Scott Stevens remains on the bench after the game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports )
New Jersey Devils assistant coach Scott Stevens remains on the bench after the game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports )

The Minnesota Wild has named former New Jersey Devils captain Scott Stevens an assistant coach, the team announced Tuesday.

Stevens spent 13 of his 22 seasons in the NHL with the Devils, and was the team captain for all three of the Devils' Stanley Cup Championships (1995, 2000, and 2003). His 1,635 career NHL games is the second-most by a defenseman in NHL history and seventh all-time. Stevens ranks third all-time in NHL history in playoff games by a defenseman, while his 20 years in the playoffs is tied for third all-time.

Stevens served as an assistant coach with the Devils from 2012-2014. On December 27, 2014, he was named co-coach of the Devils for the remainder of the 2014-2015 season.

Most recently, Stevens served as an analyst for NHL Network.

The defenseman was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 2007.

 


The New Jersey Devils today signed forward Brandon Baddock to a three-year, two-way entry-level contract. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
 
Baddock, 21, was selected by New Jersey in the sixth round, 161st overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft. He served as captain of Edmonton (WHL) this past season, scoring a career-high 22 goals to go along with 13 assists and 143 penalty minutes in 68 games.


NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The NHL remains open to continuing to send its players to the Olympics, just so long as it doesn't have foot the bill.

"Our teams are not interested in paying for the privilege" of Olympic participation, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks.

NHL players have been a fixture at the Olympics since the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan thanks in large part to significant financial support from the International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation, which have handled most of the travel costs, accommodations and insurance for league owners.

Bettman pointed to IOC President Thomas Bach's stated resistance to providing subsidies for any sport as a major stumbling block to having the league stop in the middle of the 2017-18 season so over 100 players can head to Pyeongchang, South Korea for the 2018 Games.

Bettman said if the issue remains unresolved "I have no doubt it will have significant impact on our decision." He described the potential cost as "many, many millions of dollars. This is no small ticket item." >> Read more

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The New Jersey Devils salute the fans after their season finale game at the Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
The New Jersey Devils salute the fans after their season finale game at the Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils have signed defenseman Yohann Auvitu to a one-year, entry level deal, the team announced on Friday.

Auvitu, 26, has played professionally in Finland for the past six seasons.

While playing in Finland's top league, he won the Best Defenseman award last season, when he scored six goals and recorded 15 assists in 48 games played.


New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill (7) skates with the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at the United Center. (Mike Dinovo)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill (7) skates with the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at the United Center. (Mike Dinovo)

New Jersey Devils defensemen Jon Merrill underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder this past Monday, according to New Jersey Devils General Manager Ray Shero.

The procedure was performed by the Devil's Chief Medical Officer at the Midtown Surgical Center in New York City, and has an expected recovery time of about four months.

The 6'1 lefty defensemen has played two seasons for the Devils, playing 118 games and amassing 4 goals and 21 assists in that time. 

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(Jerome Miron)

G Cory Schneider and F Patrik Elias both recently underwent surgery, the Devils announced.

Schneider had successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury and his expected recovery time is roughly six weeks.

Elias had successful surgery on his right knee, but the Devils did not provide a timetable for his recovery.

Schneider, 30, started 58 games and went 27-25 with a 2.15 GAA this season.

Elias, 40, played in just 16 games this season, notching two goals and six assists.

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New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-2. (Sergei Belski)
New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-2. (Sergei Belski)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The days of the New Jersey Devils being a permanent fixture in the Stanley Cup playoffs are long gone.

The postseason drought reached four years in John Hynes' just concluded first season as coach. While the Devils were more competitive, they are still lacking key ingredients, the biggest being a superstar to carry the team.

Goaltender Cory Schneider is clearly the best player on the team that went 38-36-8, a six-point improvement from the previous season.

The relatively young defense was solid with the top pair of captain Andy Greene and Adam Larsson leading the way. The offense again is lacking despite having 30-goal scorers in Adam Henrique and Kyle Palmieri. It scored a league-low 184 goals.

"I think the expectations were quite low and I thought for the most part we came out and defied those. We stuck to our expectations and not anyone else," Schneider said. "It was a step in the right direction but not the ultimate goal we wanted to achieve."

What the Devils did in Ray Shero's first season as general manager was changed the face of the club. It became a lot younger with the addition of Reid Boucher, Joseph Blandisi, Sergey Kalinin and Devante Smith-Pelly. << Read more


The Devils' Devante Smith-Pelly trips Toronto's Frederik Gauthier in the second period. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
The Devils' Devante Smith-Pelly trips Toronto's Frederik Gauthier in the second period. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

NEWARK, N.J. -- Adam Henrique scored twice and Kyle Palmieri once to become the Devils' first 30-goal scorers in four years and New Jersey ended another disappointing season with a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Devante Smith-Pelly also scored and Cory Schneider made 19 saves for the Devils, who have missed the Stanley Cup playoffs the last four seasons. Palmieri scored into an empty net. Patrik Elias scored with 16 seconds left in what might be his final game with New Jersey.

Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored and Garret Sparks made 31 saves for the Maple Leafs, who finish with the NHL's worst record and will be missing the postseason for the third straight season.

The Devils finished 38-36-8 in their first season under John Hynes, a six-point improvement.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias (26) before the game against Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern)
New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias (26) before the game against Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Though their matchup Saturday night is the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils will play until the fall, maybe only one of them truly wants to win it.

While it's clear the Devils' players want to close with a victory - especially with this possibly being Patrik Elias' finale - the Maple Leafs could have a much better chance for the draft's top overall pick if they lose in New Jersey.

"Drafting for our organization is very important," said Mike Babcock, capping a dreadful first season behind Toronto's bench. "We've taken it on the chin all year so we can be set up for it. At the same time, we have to respect one another in the game and play it the right way."

The Maple Leafs (29-41-11) will have a 20 percent chance of winning the draft lottery by finishing with the fewest points in the NHL. They're tied with Edmonton, which closes against Vancouver on Saturday. Toronto's odds for the No. 1 pick - likely to be Swiss center Auston Matthews - dip to 13.5 percent if the Oilers finish with a worse record. If the teams end up tied, Toronto gets the better lottery odds because Edmonton has more regulation wins.

As the Leafs miss the playoffs for the 10th time in 11 seasons and third straight, the Devils (37-36-8) failed to qualify for a fourth consecutive year. They had the sixth-most points in the Eastern Conference through Feb. 14 but have since gone 8-15-1.

New Jersey was still mathematically alive last week but has lost four in a row. Yet, it sounds like the team is intent on closing on a positive note.

"We haven't played our best hockey, you've seen that the past few games," center Travis Zajac said. "... But I think when you look back, we've made some strides. We just gotta make sure we end it the right way."

Tags: Patrik Elias , Toronto Maple Leafs , Travis Zajac

Boston College Eagles defenseman Steve Santini celebrates his goal with his teammates against the Union Dutchmen during the second period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports Images)
Boston College Eagles defenseman Steve Santini celebrates his goal with his teammates against the Union Dutchmen during the second period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils signed former Boston College Eagles Steven Santini and Miles Wood to three-year entry-level contracts on Friday, GM Ray Shero announced.

Santini, a junior had one goal and 19 assists this season for the Eagles, who lost to the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the Frozen Four on Thursday. Wood, a 20-year-old freshman, scored 10 goals and recorded 25 assists.

Both will report to New Jersey for morning skate on Saturday.

The Devils also recalled forward Pavel Zacha to New Jersey, and assigned Blake Pietila, Mike Sislo and Vojtek Mozik to Albany.


John Hynes has been named the head coach of 2016 USA Men's National Team. (Sergei Belski)
John Hynes has been named the head coach of 2016 USA Men's National Team. (Sergei Belski)

USA Hockey has announced that John Hynes will coach of the 2016 Men's National Team (USA Hockey, April 8).

Hynes, 41, is currently coaching the Devils and is the youngest head coach in the NHL. He has led New Jersey to a 37-36 record, and eight overtime games, in 81 games played so far this season.

This isn't the first time Hynes has worked for USA Hockey, as he coached the Men's National Development Program from 2003-08 and the Under-17 Team in 2008-09. 


Tampa Bay's Jonathan Drouin scores a goal against Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid in the third period. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay's Jonathan Drouin scores a goal against Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid in the third period. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

NEWARK, N.J. -- Jonathan Drouin scored the winning goal in his second-chance return to the NHL and the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs with a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Eric Condra and Cedric Paquette also scored and Ben Bishop made 20 saves as the injury-plagued Lightning snapped a two-game losing streak and won for only the third time in seven games. Valtteri Filppula scored an empty-net goal in the final minute.

The Lightning, who finish the regular season at Montreal on Saturday, will face either Boston or Detroit in the opening round.

Sergey Kalinin scored twice for the Devils, who have now missed the playoffs the past four seasons and five of six. Keith Kinkaid made 18 saves for New Jersey, which wraps up the season at home on Saturday against Toronto.

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Kyle Palmieri is trying to finish the season on a high note. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Kyle Palmieri is trying to finish the season on a high note. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

The Lightning visit the Devils Thursday night at 7 at the Prudential Center.

According to STATS:

  • The last time these teams met in New Jersey, the Lightning won, 4-0. It was the first time Tampa Bay had shut out the Devils on the road at New Jersey in franchise history.
  • Tampa Bay lost at Madison Square Garden Tuesday, 3-2, after leading 2-0 at the end of the first period. It was just the third time this season the Lightning have lost after holding a two-goal lead.
  • Brian Boyle scored against his former team Tuesday, his second goal of the month after also scoring against the Devils last week. He had only scored three goals in the previous three months combined.
  • New Jersey lost at home to Buffalo Tuesday, 3-1, its third straight loss. The Devils have only had one longer losing streak in 2015-16 (four games to start the season).
  • The Devils have been held to just one goal in each of their last two games. Their 30 games scoring one or zero goals in 2015-16 is tied for most in the NHL with Toronto.
  • Kyle Palmieri has tallied 15 points since the beginning of March (17 games) after recording just 11 points during January and February combined (25 games).

 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Returning to the Stanley Cup Final will be a tall order without Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman, and Tampa Bay's playoff outlook will be even more bleak if Ryan Callahan and Victor Hedman's injuries carry beyond the regular season.

Having home-ice advantage in the first round could help a little, though.

The Lightning aren't sure if Callahan or Hedman will play Thursday night as they look to clinch second place in the Atlantic Division by beating the host New Jersey Devils.

Stamkos has missed the last three games and will be out at least a month after being diagnosed with blood clots. The loss of the two-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner marked another devastating blow to Tampa Bay (45-30-5) after Stralman suffered a fractured left leg on March 25 that will keep him out into the postseason. >> Read more

 


 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Jack Eichel got his 24th goal and Ryan O'Reilly got his 21st to help the Buffalo Sabres beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Johan Larsson also scored and Chad Johnson made 18 saves for the Sabres.

Both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention. The Sabres have been near the bottom of the Eastern Conference most of the season, and the Devils were eliminated on Saturday. >> Read more

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