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Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek missed an interest payment in April on a payment plan he restructured in December and could be in danger of defaulting on the reworked loan, according to the New York Post.

According to the Post, the missed payment totaled nearly $3 million and puts Devils Arena Entertainment, which owns the team and the Prudential Center, in a precarious financial situation. The Post reports Devils Arena still owes lenders roughly $170 million after restructuring the team's debt and buying out the rest of Vanderbeek's partners in December 2012.

Vanderbeerk reportedly only has this summer to make up for the missed payment, which was a byproduct of the NHL lockout and the Devils missing the playoffs, according to the Post. The NHL and Vanderbeek are hoping to sell a minority stake in the team for $20 million to help alleviate the financial issue, the Post said.

Tags: Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, News
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Devils assistant coach Matt Shaw has left Pete DeBoer's staff in order to take the helm of a United States Hockey League team.

https://twitter.com/THsportsfeed/status/340182402267746304

Shaw joined DeBoer's staff last summer as a replacement for Adam Oates, who took the head coach job in Washington. Shaw, who came over from the Sharks, was primarily responsible for the power play -- and we all know how that went this season. Shaw's shoot-first system was drastically different from Oates' "find-the-best-shot" plan and the Devils never looked comfortable in Shaw's scheme all season long. The lockout and subsequent lack of a real training camp likely had a lot to do with that, but it seemed clear that Shaw's view of the power play didn't really match up with the personnel. I wrote after the season that I wouldn't be surprised if the Devils tried to change up at least one assistant on the staff and Shaw seemed the likely scapegoat given that Scott Stevens is the other assistant. Not to get all conspiratorial on you, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if Shaw was "encouraged" to find another opportunity. Either way, DeBoer has to find a power-play specialist to join his staff.

Tags: Devils, Devs, Matt Shaw, New Jersey Devils, News, Pete DeBoer

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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This is a series of posts on the Devils' pending free agents (restricted and unrestricted). We'll cover their strengths and weaknesses and end up with a final verdict on whether we think the Devils should re-sign the player. There will also be a poll at the end of each post so you guys can weigh in with your thoughts.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Analysis, Andrei Loktionov, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello gave an update to Rich Chere on some of the team's pending free agents Wednesday.

Lamoriello said pending UFA Steve Sullivan won't be re-signed due to his age and pending RFA Matt D'Agostini will not be retained because of his high qualifying offer ($1.8 million).

The Devils would like to retain defenseman Peter Harrold, who will be unrestricted. Lamoriello also said he'll address Alexei Ponikarovksy after dealing with Patrik Elias, Dainius Zubrus, David Clarkson and Marek Zidlicky.

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Devils, Devs, Matt D'Agostini, New Jersey Devils, News, Peter Harrold, Steve Sullivan
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Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger came through with a couple very important nuggets of news for Devils fans today.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/334793537193398272

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/334793693175349248

Tags: DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, News, PATRIK ELIAS
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The NHL announced a January doubleheader at Yankee Stadium to conclude their "Stadium Series." The games are as follows:

Rangers at Devils on Jan. 26, 2014

Rangers at Islanders on Jan. 29, 2014

Tags: Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, News, Rangers, Stadium Series, Yankee Stadium
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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

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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Last week, Martin Brodeur asked for your vote for the NHL 14 cover and enough of you chimed in that he's made it to the "elite eight" phase of voting.

Via SB Nation:

-James van Riemsdyk

-Joffrey Lupul

Tags: Devils, Devs, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, News
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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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This is a series of posts on the Devils' pending free agents (restricted and unrestricted). We'll cover their strengths and weaknesses and end up with a final verdict on whether we think the Devils should re-sign the player. There will also be a poll at the end of each post so you guys can weigh in with your thoughts.

Position: Left Wing

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Analysis, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside
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This is a series of posts on the Devils' pending free agents (restricted and unrestricted). We'll cover their strengths and weaknesses and end up with a final verdict on whether we think the Devils should re-sign the player. There will also be a poll at the end of each post so you guys can weigh in with your thoughts.

Position: Defense

Tags: Analysis, Devils, Devs, Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside
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This is a series of posts on the Devils' pending free agents (restricted and unrestricted). We'll cover their strengths and weaknesses and end up with a final verdict on whether we think the Devils should re-sign the player. There will also be a poll at the end of each post so you guys can weigh in with your thoughts.

Position: Center

Tags: Analysis, Devils, Devs, JACOB JOSEFSON, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside
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This is a series of posts on the Devils' pending free agents (restricted and unrestricted). We'll cover their strengths and weaknesses and end up with a final verdict on whether we think the Devils should re-sign the player. There will also be a poll at the end of each post so you guys can weigh in with your thoughts.

Position: Center

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Analysis, Brandon Dubinksy, Brooks Laich, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside
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The Devils finally bolstered their scoring on the wing! Wait, the season's already over and playoffs already started? Bummer, dude. I'm kidding, of course, but they did sign a scoring winger to a two-year deal Thursday.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/329960431575789570

Depending on what the Devils do in free agency, Whitney should get a chance to compete for a roster spot in training camp next year.

Tags: Devils, Devs, Joe Whitney, New Jersey Devils, News
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This is the first in a series of posts on the Devils' pending free agents (restricted and unrestricted). We'll cover their strengths and weaknesses and end up with a final verdict on whether we think the Devils should re-sign the player. There will also be a poll at the end of each post so you guys can weigh in with your thoughts.

Tags: Analysis, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Edmonton Oilers, free agency, free agent, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside, Toronto Maple Leafs
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Last month, we told you the NHL was planning a series of outdoor games in 2014 to capitalize on the first post-lockout season, the Olympic buildup and the Super Bowl that will be hosted by New York and New Jersey. Today, the news (kind of) became official):

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/329600782800400385

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/329601708361650176

Tags: Blueshirts, Broadway Blueshirts, Devils, Devs, Islanders, Isles, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, News, Rangers, Yankee Stadium
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Well, unfortunately the Devils are not in the playoffs this year, but that doesn't mean Devils fans can't root against everyone else. So to that end, I ask you:

Which Eastern Conference team would you most like to see lose in the first round?

[polldaddy poll=7075040]

Tags: Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Poll

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTkICjYxQT4]With the season coming to an end, let's wrap this little thing up once and for all.

Tags: Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Power Rankings
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Defenseman Mark Fayne and winger Matt D'Agostini miss the last four and three games of the season, respectively. At the time, it wasn't 100 percent clear why that happened, particularly with Fayne. At today's breakup day, we got some clarity on the situation with Fayne revealing he has bulging disc in his lower back that caused a harp, shooting pain? down one of his legs.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

Fayne said he first hurt his back during the team?s April 15 game in Toronto, but it didn?t start to really bother him for a few days after that.

?My back tightened up during that game,? he said. ?It was sore, but I could play the next week, but then something hit one of the nerves, a bulging disc, and it would just shoot down my leg. It?s weird that it happened two games after. I just have to stay off it.?

Tags: Devils, Devs, Injury Report, MARK FAYNE, Matt D'Agostini, New Jersey Devils
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Fresh off the news earlier that the Devils would be keeping their first-round pick this year, tonight's draft lottery proved a bit interesting as the No. 9 spot approached and the Devils' name had not been picked yet. If they weren't tabbed at No. 9, it means the Devils had the first pick and the right (likely) to select defenseman (and super-duper all-around guy) (oh and possible Jay-Z client) Seth Jones.

https://twitter.com/NHLDevilsPR/status/329027256020242432

Alas, it was not to be. Wait, who won the lottery? No way. You're kidding me. REALLY?!

Tags: Avalanche, Avs, Colorado Avalanche, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, News, Seth Jones
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Bryce Salvador hasn't played since April 11 due to a wrist injury. Salvador tried to come back during the final weeks of the regular season but was eventually shut down by the team and doctors.

Via Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger:

Captain Bryce Salvador said he will not need surgery on his right hand and wrist, where he was struck by a Zdeno Chara slap shot.

"I'm pretty fortunate not to be working on my hand this summer," he said. "I'll probably be cleared (by doctors) in a week. No surgery, just a little rehab to get the strength back."It's good news that he just needs a week or so to heal up and that shows (I'm guessing) if the Devils had made the playoffs, he would've been on the ice for Game 2 or Game 3, if not Game 1. Of course, before he returns to the lineup, he'll obviously have to show Pete DeBoer he's ready. "How will he do that," you ask? I imagine it will go something like this:

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils
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While the Devils lost 10 straight and careened out of the playoff chase, there were some who wondered whether general manager Lou Lamoriello would pull the plug on coach Pete DeBoer during or after the season. On breakup day Monday, Lamoriello put those questions to rest.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

Pete DeBoer will definitely be back as head coach of the Devils next season, general manager Lou Lamoriello said today.

?I?ll put it to rest. The season is over now,? Lamoriello said. ?I think getting involved in that stuff during the year and answering all those questions, I?m never going to answer one way of the other. We?re playing. But this coaching staff worked as hard as any coaching staff that I?ve had here.?

Tags: Devils, Devs, Lou Lamoriello, Matt Shaw, New Jersey Devils, News, Pete DeBoer, Scott Stevens
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With the Devils not being part of the playoffs this year, it's time for everyone second-rate tournament -- the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS! So which Devils will be carrying the flag on their backs this month?

Via Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger:

Stephen Gionta and Ryan Carter will both play for Team USA in the world championships in Finland and Sweden.

Ilya Kovalchuk will play for Russia, in the same group as the U.S.

Tags: ANDY GREENE, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, News, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta
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The Devils have to give up a first-round pick either this year or next as part of the NHL's punishment for "circumventing the cap" with the original Ilya Kovalchuk deal. Would this year be the year?

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/328922872988975104

This should surprise absolutely nobody. For one, there's no way the Devils were forfeiting their first-round pick the year they host the draft. Secondly, I'm sure the Devils think they can make the playoffs next season, so why give up a lottery pick now as opposed to a mid- to late-first rounder next year? Finally, thanks to the trades they've made this season, the Devils have really no choice but to keep their first rounder. Of course, this all could've been avoided if they'd forfeited their first rounder last year when it was the second-to-last pick in the round in a very weak draft.? Hopefully, Stefan Matteau was totally worth it.

Tags: Devils, Devs, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, News, Stefan Matteau

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

As I said on Twitter postgame, this was an impressive win for a lot of reasons. Yes, the Devils probably should've played like this at some point during their 10-game slide. No, two more wins like this won't drastically change how we look at the season. However, there were bright spots in this game that lend themselves toward a positive look for next season and it's possible missing the playoffs flipped a switch in the psyche of a lot of these players, which is another topic for another day. As for? tonight's game, some thoughts...

Fortitude: At least for me, the most impressive part of tonight's win came after the Canadiens scored two unanswered, the second of which came including one in the final minute of the second period. We've seen the Devils melt down multiple times in that scenario, giving up an early goal in the third and going on to lose in regulation or in extra play. It's been one of my biggest criticisms of this Devils team, particularly during their recent slide. This team lacked a strong enough mental edge to their game to rebound from "woe is us" moments. Tonight, though, they didn't need a timeout to correct them and while they struggled to get shots on net in the third, they still kept the Canadiens at bay for long stretches. Also, the Habs came out in the third and tried to bully the Devils, who fought right back. Ilya Kovalchuk, for one, went right at the Canadiens after he got hit from behind. Kovy's response, along with the the energy he's played with and the way he drives the train (so to speak), has me wondering if it should be Kovalchuk with the captain's "C" next season. I know Salvador is respected in the room and a lot of guys like him, but would it kill them to give it to Kovy and have Salvador take an "A?" I think it would be a wise move that would help shape the team's mindset going into next season. Food for thought.

Tags: Alex Urbom, Andrei Loktionov, Brandon Prust, BRYCE SALVADOR, Canadiens, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Habs, Ilya Kovalchuk, JACOB JOSEFSON, Marek Zidlicky, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Stephen Gionta, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Martin Brodeur and the Devils host the Canadiens in one of their final games of the season.

Who: Montreal Canadiens at New Jersey Devils

When: 7:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET

Tags: Canadiens, Devils, Devs, Gameday, Habs, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils
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Mark Fayne will sit out again Tuesday night after being held out for Sunday's game against the Rangers. The reason? An injury, apparently.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/326718596384428032

I wonder if this "injury" is a handy excuse for the Devils to sit Fayne the rest of the year while taking a look at young players like Alex Urbom and Eric Gelinas. We'll see if Fayne will be able to suit up Thursday against Pittsburgh.

Tags: Devils, Devs, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, Notes

Sticking to their motto of planning to give some youngsters a chance in the final few games, the Devils have decided to give Alex Urbom a chance Tuesday night. Henrik Tallinder will be a healthy scratch to make room for Urbom, who will be paired with Peter Harrold.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

Urbom, a 2009 third-round draft pick, began the 2010-11 season in New Jersey and ended up playing eight NHL games that season. He played in five games last season, but this will be his first game in the league this season, so he?s looking forward to it.

?It?s always fun to play up here,? Urbom said. ?It?s going to be real fun.?

Tags: Alex Urbom, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, New Jersey Devils, News, Pete DeBoer, Peter Harrold
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It's no secret that Adam Henrique has had a bit of a rough ride this season. After nearly winning the Calder Trophy as a rookie last year, Henrique has struggled to find his groove in his sophomore campaign. Pete DeBoer noticed and decided to give Henrique a night off with the Devils freshly eliminated from the playoff race.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

?I think he needs to take a step back for a night and just watch,? Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. ?His confidence isn?t where it needs to be. So, that?s the solution I?ve come up with.?

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Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Devils, Devs, Lineup Changes, New Jersey Devils, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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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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Bryce Salvador hasn't played since taking a puck off his hand/wrist on April 10. The Devils initially stated they expected Salvador to return this season, but the more the injury linger, the less likely that option became. On Monday, the Devils announced the inevitable.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/326391615214215168

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/326392032165773312

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils, News
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After Ilya Kovalchuk was seen wincing and flexing his shoulder Sunday, there were some questions as to whether Kovalchuk was healthy enough to play now that the Devils have been eliminated from the postseason. Lou Lamoriello put those questions to rest Monday.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/326391729131499520

I've said all I need to say about this. If he's healthy, then play him. If he's not, well, you know.

Tags: Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, News

The Devils were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention Sunday afternoon. On Monday, Pete DeBoer was asked if he thought the Devils "deserved" to make the playoffs.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/326362208365850624

He doesn't come out and say the phrase "we deserved to make the playoffs," but it's pretty easy to read his meaning. I've never been a fan of players, coaches or fans talking about what was deserved or what should've happened. The fact is the Devils didn't make the playoffs. Obviously, injuries to Martin Brodeur and Ilya Kovalchuk played a big part in that. The two missed nearly two months combined -- a brutal thing to handle in a regular season, let alone a shortened one. However, this team was built poorly to begin with and both Lou Lamoriello and DeBoer mismanaged it at different points of the season. From the Stefan Matteau situation to not signing a veteran scorer before the season began, there were multiple missteps from a roster point of view. Would the Devils have made the playoffs in an 82-game season? Maybe. Maybe they would've overcome the injury issues and had more time to find some secondary scoring, but there's always the possibility the Flyers and Hurricanes would've had time to turn it around. There's no "deserve" when it comes to qualifying for the postseason. We saw 45 games worth of hockey from this Devils team in a 48-game season and they simply weren't good enough.

Tags: Analysis, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer

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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Links: Twitter | NHL.com recap

A lifeless start, a couple of bad penalty calls and suddenly the Devils were frustrated, losing and on their way to playoff elimination. All in all, a sad but fitting end (as far as playoff chances go) to a season that was flawed from the get-go. Some thoughts...

Two things: When you combine a lack or energy with some questionable officiating, you usually get one of two results. Sometimes the team will take on an "us against the world" mentality, snap out of their funk and go on a tear the rest of the game. That didn't happen today. Instead, the Devils went further into their shell and seemingly quit on the game and essentially their season. Even Martin Brodeur admitted that he felt his teammates gave up when things didn't go their way. The Devils basically mailed in the first period, negating to forecheck or apply any sort of offensive pressure on the Rangers. It was almost like the Devils came out assuming they were already eliminated from the playoffs. While it was a mathematical eventuality, it's still disconcerting to hear players after the game talk about how they knew it was just a matter of time. When you hear stuff like that, you can understand why you get a first period like the Devils had today.

Tags: Andrei Loktionov, BRYCE SALVADOR, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, JACOB JOSEFSON, Johan Hedberg, Marek Zidlicky, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

If you didn't watch the first 10 minutes of today's game, you'd think it was one of the Devils' best efforts all season. Despite that (very) sub-par start, the Devils once again managed to "turn it on" after Pete DeBoer's timeout and just dominated the Panthers for the next 50 minutes. Some thoughts...

Wake-up call: The Pete DeBoer First Period Timeout should be sold in pharmacies across the country. It's best wake-up call I think I've ever seen. Why the Devils continue to need it -- especially in the throes of a desperate playoff chase -- is beyond me, but it certainly is the magical elixir this roster covets. The Devils came out painfully slow and were lacking any sort of energy. The Panthers were skating circles around them, getting to every loose puck. Both of Florida's goals were a result of out-efforting New Jersey, but that changed as soon as DeBoer called his infamous timeout. You could see him rotating his hand, signaling the Devils needed to pick up the energy. This wasn't one of those "settle down" timeouts. This was the "well-time expletive" version and it worked. Boy did it work. It took a few minutes but before long New Jersey was all over Florida, like a train that takes time to build up speed and then all of sudden is barreling down the tracks at 80 miles per hour. I know I've spent some time cracking on the Devils for their slow starts this season and their reliance on the P.D.F.P.T. (we might need a better acronym), but at this point, a win is a win is a win.

Tags: Adam Larsson, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Florida Panthers, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Panthers, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Steve Bernier
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He's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.

Who: Florida Panthers at New Jersey Devils

When: 1:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 12:30 p.m. ET

Tags: Devils, Devs, Florida Panthers, Gameday, New Jersey Devils, Panthers
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Andrei Loktionov was a healthy scratch for Thursday night's game against the Flyers. Loktionov admitted he hasn't been playing well and Pete DeBoer is wont to switch things up, especially during a skid. Today, Loktionov found himself on the outside looking in again.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/325276468395528192

It's not a game-day skate, so nothing's guaranteed. But as much as DeBoer likes to change things up when the Devils are losing, he usually prefers to run the same lineup out after a win. My guess is Loktionov ends up in the press box again for Saturday's game against the Panthers, but we should know for sure after tomorrow's morning skate.

Tags: Andrei Loktionov, Devils, Devs, Lineup Changes, New Jersey Devils

The Devils are long shots to make the playoffs. This isn't new. Neither is Ilya Kovalchuk's ailing shoulder, which has sidelined him since March 23. There's a school of thought (championed here) that it might be best to rest Kovalchuk for the rest of the season to avoid long-term damage. Except Pete DeBoer and Kovalchuk have absolutely no interest in anything resembling a shutdown.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

Although he practiced today on the fifth line with Andrei Loktionov, Krys Barch and Tom Kostopoulos and remained on the ice for extra work afterward, he sounded optimistic that he could be back playing soon.

?I felt the best so far that I felt,? Kovalchuk said. ?I feel pretty confident. I took a couple of one-timers and a little bit of contact, so it?s good.?

Tags: Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils
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