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New Jersey Devils center Jacob Josefson jumps in front of Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard during the first period at Joe Louis Arena. (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Jacob Josefson jumps in front of Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard during the first period at Joe Louis Arena. (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils ended the 2016-17 season with a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • 7:09 DET Riley Sheahan; Assists: Frans Nielsen, Darren Helm
  • 11:19 DET Tomas Tatar; Assists: Gustav Nyquist, Henrik Zetterberg

Second period:

  • 10:18 DET Zetterberg; Assist: Nyquist

Third period:

  • 1:15 NJ John Moore; Assists: Jacob Josefson, Michael Cammalleri
  • 17:27 DET Riley Sheahan (power play); Assists: Nielsen, Dylan Larkin
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Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Jacob Josefson, John Moore, Mike Cammalleri
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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

The Devils have activated F Jacob Josefson (concussion) off IR, the team announced Thursday.

He had been placed on IR on Dec. 22, retroactive to Dec. 17, 

D Seth Helgeson was called up from Albany of the AHL to take Josefson's spot on the roster.

Josefson, 25, has zero goals and two assists in 14 games this season.

Tags: Jacob Josefson, Seth Helgeson

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a glove save during the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a glove save during the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in a shootout after rallying from three goals down in the first period on Wednesday at Prudential Center.

Tags: Andy Greene, Beau Bennett, Jacob Josefson, Mike Cammalleri, Toronto Maple Leafs
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New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri makes a pass. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri makes a pass. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)

Mike Cammalleri recorded a hat trick to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday at PNC Arena.

Tags: Beau Bennett, Carolina Hurricanes, Jacob Josefson, John Moore, Mike Cammalleri, Travis Zajac
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 (Kim Klement)
(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.

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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.

Tags: Devin Smith, Jacob Josefson, Jon Merrill, Kyle Palmieri, Raman Hrabarenka, Reece Scarlett, Reid Boucher, Sergey Kalinin
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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Devils have activated C Jacob Josefson off IR (Jan. 21).

Josefson had missed the last 11 games due to a bone bruise in his left foot that he suffered during practice on Dec. 29.

Josefson, 24, has one goal and six assists in 36 games so far this season.

Tags: Jacob Josefson

New Jersey Devils forward Mike Sislo (9) and Buffalo Sabres goalie Nathan Lieuwen (50) during the game at First Niagara Center. (Kevin Hoffman)
New Jersey Devils forward Mike Sislo (9) and Buffalo Sabres goalie Nathan Lieuwen (50) during the game at First Niagara Center. (Kevin Hoffman)

The New Jersey Devils have placed Jacob Josefson on IR with a lower body injury and recalled Mike Sislo from Albany (Devils, Dec. 30).  

Josefson, 24, will have his time on IR retroactive to Dec. 26. He has one goal and six assists this season.

Sislo, 27, leads the Devils AHL affiliate in points this season. He has 13 goals and 10 assists in 23 games played with Albany. Sislo spent parts of the past two seasons with the Devils. 

Tags: Jacob Josefson, Tim Reilly

If the New Jersey Devils score five goals a night, they are going to win a lot of hockey games. ?That's likely not going to be the case for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. ?Three goals a night is realistic and ideal for this team to be successful. ?While everyone may have been blinded by the offensive production last night, three aspects may have been overlooked that have been just as key over the last few games.

The first is backchecking. ?If you were at The Rock last night, you can see the whole ice and watch the entire play develop. ?I've never seen the Devils forwards hustle back on defense more than I did last night. ?Can you even recall an odd-man rush for Nashville last night? ?I can't. ?There were several times last night where Devils forwards caught up to Predator players and stole the puck in the neutral zone. ?I'm not sure if we will see it like that night every night, but that is one of the assets of this team with a few veterans out. ?Guys like Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby need to take every stride like its their last. ?They've skated like their hockey lives have depended on it and it's helped this team win games.

Tags: Analysis, cory schneider, Hockey, JACOB JOSEFSON, martin broduer, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils, NHL
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When New Jersey Devils captain Bryce Salvador returns to the team, someone will have to head back to the minors. ?There are several different options to choose from for GM Lou Lamoriello, which makes the decision a difficult one. ?Dave and Jeff debate who should be the odd man out that's?sent to Albany.

Dave Turner:?

This is a tough decision, but the play of Eric Gelinas has put the Devils in a tough situation. If Gelinas wasn't playing as well as he is, the decision would be quite simple: send him back down to Albany. In the preseason he was good, and now in three games, he's already showing signs of the big-time expectations that this club has for him.

Tags: Analysis, Debate, Discuss, Eric Gelinas, JACOB JOSEFSON, MARK FAYNE, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils, Peter Harrold, Stephen Gionta
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The Devils assigned eight players to the AHL and returned one to WHL.

New Jersey assigned?goaltender Scott Wedgewood, defensemen Brandon Burlon, Eric Gelinas and Jon Merrill and forwards Stefan Matteau, Rod Pelley, Tim Sestito and Mike Sislo to Albany.

The returned defenseman Damon Severson to the WHL.

Tags: Alexander Urbom, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, JACOB JOSEFSON, Krys Barch, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Notes, preseason, roster cuts, rostislav olesz, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Andrew Vazzano
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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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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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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

Did the Devils play an A-plus game? No. I'd argue they played a couple better overall games during the 10-game winless streak. But the important thing is the streak is over and the Devils are back in the win column thanks to a few superlative efforts. It likely won't get the Devils back in the playoff chase, but a couple wins over the last 10 days would be important for their confidence heading into the offseason. Some thoughts...

It's over: Everyone can breathe a big sign of relief. The winless streak is finally over and it didn't even take Ilya Kovalchuk returning to finally stop it. Of course, like I said above, this wasn't a perfect game. They struggled to put pucks on net in the first and had difficulty finishing in the second before Ryan Carter snapped one of Ilya Bryzgalov's shoulder. But the important thing was the Devils kept working in two very important areas: the neutral zone and below the Flyers' goal line. The Devils did a good job in long stretches of stopping the Flyers at the blue line and both of the Devils even-strength goals came as a result of their work in the neutral zone. As for the forecheck, it was strong almost all night long. The Devils generated a ton of chances off their pressure below the goal line and it eventually wore down Philly's defense. While the Devils aren't talented enough to out-skill teams, they are dedicated and strong enough to out-work them. It's a long shot, but wins like this are the kind of victories that send a team to length winning streaks. The Devils worked their way past an inferior opponent to a streak-busting victory and were rewarded after several games in which they played well but didn't win.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Devils, Devs, Flyers, HENRIK TALLINDER, JACOB JOSEFSON, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Philadelphia Flyers, Philly, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Steve Bernier
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The Devils might be out of the playoff chase, but that doesn't mean Pete DeBoer is going to stop trying to find a combination that finally gets the Devils back into the win column. Tonight, he'll be swapping out Andrei Loktionov for Jacob Josefson, something Loktionov says he deserved.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

?I think two games I played good and the last game I played OK,? Loktionov said. ?That?s not good for me. I have to try play always good. I can?t play like that ? up and down, up and down. I have to (keep getting better).

?Sometimes it?s good to see how the team plays when you sit upstairs. Sometimes you have to see what you need to do to score or do something on the ice.?

Tags: Andrei Loktionov, Devils, Devs, JACOB JOSEFSON, Lineup Changes, New Jersey Devils
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The last time the Devils were in the midst of a lengthy losing streak, Pat Pickens and I got together and debated whether the Devils were in real trouble. Pat was a little more optimistic than me, although we both saw a chance for redemption. Then Ilya Kovalchuk got hurt and the Devils went off the rails. With eight games left, Pat and I faced a simple questions: Will the Devils make the playoffs? What follows is a quick answer to that question followed by a debate over why it happened, how to fix it and whether Pete DeBoer should be part of the solution or on the chopping block.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, BRYCE SALVADOR, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, DAVID CLARKSON, Debate, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, JACOB JOSEFSON, Lou Lamoriello, Marek Zidlicky, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Stefan Matteau, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Zach Parise
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Adam Larsson took a shot off his leg at practice Tuesday and won't be in the lineup Wednesday night. He'll be replaced by Henrik Tallinder, which is not the only change in Pete DeBoer's lineup.

https://twitter.com/NHLDevilsPR/status/321996163790282752

Once again Pete DeBoer is shuffling multiple bodies in and out of the lineup. It's a trick he's tried multiple times this season to varying effect. There's been games where the "trick" has sparked the club or seen a player skate like his ass is on fire, but that's usually just a one- or two-game fix. Mostly, it's been a short-term, half-torn, blood-stained bandaid over a gaping wound. They Devils have been searching for a left wing on the first line all season. They've been trying to find six reliable defensemen (despite having eight on the roster) all season. They've looked for reliable third- and fourth-line wingers while trying to find anybody with a 20-goal scoring touch (Hello, Matt D'Agostini). None of it works. This is all very "deck chairs on the Titanic" rather than trying to find a combination that works. If there were one, DeBoer would've found it by now.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, JACOB JOSEFSON, Lineup Changes, Matt D'Agostini, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer
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The forecheck was as strong as it had been all year.

Marek Zidlicky played his best game this season. The Devils outshot the Buffalo Sabres 39-22 and even scored a power-play goal.

Yet, all that still couldn't translate into a win.

Tags: ANDY GREENE, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Christian Ehrhoff, Dainius Zubr, JACOB JOSEFSON, Jochen Hecht, Kevin Porter, Marek Zidlicky, MARK FAYNE, Martin Brodeur, Patrick Kaleta, PATRIK ELIAS, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Miller, Steve Bernier, Steve Ott, Steve Sullivan, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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With roster limits disappearing, the Devils will start recalling some of their prospects over the next couple weeks. It started Friday with center Jacob Josefson, who just returned from a concussion.

The Devils sent Josefson down to Albany earlier in the year. He'll likely sit and learn and could crack the lineup if one of the Devils' centers need a night off, but I don't expect him to get a ton of playing time.

Tags: Devils, Devs, JACOB JOSEFSON, New Jersey Devils, News, Transaction

Stefan Matteau played just 5:11 of ice time in Saturday night's 2-1 loss to Montreal.

Less than 24 hours later, according to Mikael Lalancette of Quebec's TVA Sports, Matteau was shipped back to juniors on Sunday.

Matteau netted just one goal and had two assists in 17 games with New Jersey. The 19-year old was a healthy scratch for three straight games before Saturday and had not recorded a point since New Jersey's loss in Buffalo on March 2.

Tags: Albany Devils, Breaking News, Buffalo Sabres, JACOB JOSEFSON, New Jersey Devils, QMJHL, Rick Kowalsky, Stefan Matteau
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The Devils said Tuesday they would recall a center from their affiliate in Albany to accompany the team to Winnipeg for Thursday's game against the Jets. About that whole "center" thing...

https://twitter.com/NHLDevilsPR/status/306763703439720448

I saw a tweet this morning from John Fischer of In Lou We Trust that just said "Tim Sestito? Ugh." After a brief chuckle, I realized this move is about two things. Avoiding the obvious "filling out the roster" reason, the Devils called up Sestito to help with one thing: energy. The Devils have lacked it for long stretches during their current slump and have missed the energy that Ryan Carter used to bring as part of that third line. Will Sestito play more than seven minutes? Probably not, but during those seven or less minutes, he'll forecheck and push the play and try to play with the kind of infectious energy that Pete DeBoer is hoping will spark the rest of the team. Of course, Sestito won't do much of anything else, but that brings me to the second thing. Jacob Josefson is not coming up until he proves at the AHL that he deserves to be one of the Devils' four NHL centers -- or until there's an injury that necessitates it. As I wrote yesterday, Josefson hasn't shown nearly enough in the offensive end of the ice to justify bringing him back and yanking him game by game between the AHL and NHL isn't going to help him either. Once Carter returns, which could be as early as tomorrow, Sestito is likely going back to Albany, so the Devils needed someone for a practice or maybe one game. Calling Josefson up for that limited timeframe wasn't going to help him. Instead, it looks like Josefson (barring injury) will get an extended look in Albany while the Devils try to figure out what they have in the NHL.

Tags: Devils, Devs, JACOB JOSEFSON, New Jersey Devils, News, Tim Sestito
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The Devils have made a few roster moves in the past two days, so I thought I would use this post to round them all up into one place.

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

https://twitter.com/NHLDevilsPR/status/305740486549843969

There's two ways people might read this. One, Pete DeBoer wants forward flexibility and is tired of having to roll the same 12 forwards every game regardless of matchup or regardless of how they're playing. Two, the Devils don't really know how long Carter is going to be out and they can't afford to go game to game with him on the roster.

Realistically, it's a combination of both of those reads. DeBoer obviously needs roster flexibility because I can't imagine he's very happy throwing Krys Barch out every night. Also, can we just come out and call this a concussion? If it were the average "upper-body injury," then the Devils would have some sort of official timeline or timetable for recovery. Whether they'd give it to us is another matter, but they would still have known before today if Carter was going to need to be placed on IR. The good news is Carter is eligible to be activated immediately, so if he makes a sudden recovery this week the Devils would still have the option to put him back in the lineup immediately.

Tags: Devils, Devs, Injury Report, JACOB JOSEFSON, Krys Barch, New Jersey Devils, News, Ryan Carter
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The Devils have suffered two significant injuries in the past 10 days, first losing Dainius Zubrus to wrist surgery and then Ryan Carter to a likely concussion. Zubrus is out at least another three weeks and possibly as much as five, while Carter is sidelined for at least this weekend. These injuries have led me to seriously reconsider the Devils' realistic ceiling for this season because of one major problem.

They Devils are so frighteningly shallow up front they're one injury away from struggling to ice 12 NHL forwards.

Don't believe me? It's true. With both Carter and Zubrus on the shelf, both Stefan Matteau and Krys Barch are in the lineup tonight and there is no extra forward. Seriously. Since the Devils continue to carry eight defensemen, Carter is the 13th forward. If any of the top 12 get hurt tonight, either Carter would have to go on injured reserve or one of the defensemen will have to go.

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Analysis, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Devils, Devs, JACOB JOSEFSON, Krys Barch, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Ryan Carter, Stefan Matteau
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Alexei Ponikarovsky is back in black (and red). The Devils re-acquired the left wing in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a fourth- and a seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft. You may remember the Devils let Ponikarovsky walk in the offseason after he put up seven goals and 20 points in 33 regular-season games last season. He also had a goal and eight assists during the Devils' run to the Stanley Cup final.

So why bring Ponikarovsky back? You mean besides the gaping hole at left wing on the first and fourth lines? Kidding.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/301864045521276928

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Andrei Loktionov, Bobby Butler, Devils, Devs, JACOB JOSEFSON, New Jersey Devils, News, news, Stefan Matteau, Trade
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The Devils recalled Andrei Loktionov after two games with AHL Albany. You may recall the Devils acquired Loktionov from the L.A. Kings in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick last week. Loktionov was called up Wednesday to take the roster spot of the injured Dainius Zubrus, who was placed on injured reserve as deals with an upper-body injury.

Lou Lamoriello said he and the coaches wanted to get a better look at Loktionov, but Pete DeBoer said he could stick around longer than that.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/301729693831426049

Tags: Andrei Loktionov, Buzz, Devils, Devs, JACOB JOSEFSON, New Jersey Devils
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After the morning skate Thursday, Adam Henrique couldn't wait to finally get back into an NHL game. The Devils' Stanley Cup playoff hero was Tim Tebow excited, bursting from the seams of his skates up through his sweat-soaked hair. After it was all said and done, the excitement was toned down -- an overtime loss will do that to you -- but Henrique had plenty to be happy about.

Like a game-tying goal in the final minutes of the third period that sent the Prudential Center into a frenzy.

"Great play by (David Clarkson) behind the net. He pulled it out his way and it popped out and I found myself a bit of an empty net," Henrique said, deftly passing the credit for his pretty top-shelf back-handed tally.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Analysis, Buzz, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, JACOB JOSEFSON, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer
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Jacob Josefon has been an interesting guy to watch play this season. On one hand, he started out on the fourth line in training camp and stayed there to start each of the Devils' first five games. Yet, sure enough, by the middle or end of those games, Josefon had seen time in the top six forwards, not to mention a lot of penalty kill time. While the Devils consider him a natural centermen, Josefon, who shoots lefty, has the ability to play the wing and has slid into that role in the past.

So it makes sense that Pete DeBoer is finally giving Josefon a shot to start Thursday's game on the wing of the Devils' top line, which has been filled by roughly five or six players through the first five games.

"It?s game to game," DeBoer said of Josefon's chances to stick in that spot. "He?s gonna get an opportunity there. I like some of the things he brings to the table in that spot. He smart enough and quick enough to skate with those guys, so we?ll see how it goes."

Tags: Analysis, Devils, Devs, JACOB JOSEFSON, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer
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Yesterday, Jacob Josefson and Travis Zajac sat out practice to "rest," according to coach Pete DeBoer. Both players were back out on the ice today and will play tonight against the Flyers.

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Tags: Devils, Devs, Injury Report, JACOB JOSEFSON, Morning Skate, New Jersey Devils, TRAVIS ZAJAC

Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefon both skipped practice Monday, but both are expected to play Tuesday against the Flyers.

According to Pete DeBoer, Zajac "tweaked something" against the Islanders on Saturday, which surely gives Devils fans fright. The words "tweaked" and Zajac make fans worry about the left Achilles injury that sidelined him for most of last season, but DeBoer wants to allay your fears.

Via Tom Gulitti of The Record:

?Nothing near there,? DeBoer said.

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If Josefson can't go, Ryan Carter will shift from LW to C. We should have something definitive after the morning skate tomorrow. Stay tuned...

Tags: Devils, Devs, Injury Report, JACOB JOSEFSON, New Jersey Devils

Jacob Josefson missed his second day of training camp Monday after sitting out two Albany Devils games with a lower-body injury. However, the Devils expect Josefson back on the ice Tuesday and all will be well again.

Via Tom Gulitti of The Record:

?I expect he will probably be on the ice tomorrow,? DeBoer said.

Tags: Injury Report, JACOB JOSEFSON, lower-body injury, practice, Training Camp, Training camp
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