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Damon Severson made his return to the?Devils Tuesday night in his first game since Dec. 15, and it felt good (Fire and Ice, March 3).

?I felt pretty comfortable out there,? Severson said. ?I think that's the main thing with me as a player and as a person, just being confident on and off the ice and just doing my thing no matter what. The coaches put their trust in me and the management put their trust in me to put me right back in the fire and I just tried to do my thing out there and have some fun.?

Severson, who missed time with a fractured left ankle, ended the night playing 16:21 in the Devils 3-1 victory?over the Predators while posting two shots on goal. Interim coach Lou Lamoriello was happy with the rookie's return performance.

Tags: Damon Severson, Devils, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, Notes
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The Devils squeaked by with a 2-1 shootout win over Buffalo, but despite 35 shots on goal, the squad still struggled to pick up a win in regulation (Fire and Ice, Feb. 19).

The team posted 30-plus shots for the first time in 10 games, but it came down to Scott Gomez, who netted the deciding goal in the shootout.

?We had 20 (scoring) chances,? said Devils GM and interim coach Lou Lamoriello. ?The first thing you look at is chances to score and chances against. We had plenty of opportunities and that's all you can ask for. The win, I was pleased with the way we did a lot of things tonight: the penalty kill and the power play had a lot of good looks and 5-on-5 we were creating chances. We just have to put them in the net.?

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Devils, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Scott Gomez
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Stephen Gionta participated in a full practice with the Devils Monday, having been cleared for contact following a broken hand, which had sidelined him since Dec. 29 (Fire and Ice, Feb. 16).

Gionta is unsure if he'll suit up for Tuesday night's game against Buffalo, but it hasn't been ruled out.

?We'll see how he is. We're not sure yet,? interim coach Lou Lamoriello said Monday. ?We'll just see how he feels. We won't know that until tomorrow.?

Tags: Devils, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Stephen Gionta
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As far back as July and August, there was belief that the Devils would be sellers at the trade deadline.?That was certainly a realistic idea given that the team's best player had just "retired" and their other top scorer flew the coop to Canada for the duration of his career. All this after losing their captain in the summer of 2012.?We're now past the one-third mark of the season and it's fair to say that the Devils will absolutely NOT be sellers at the trade deadline.

As of Tuesday afternoon, they are one point out of a playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division.?This is a Devils team that is under .500.?That doesn't speak highly of the rest of the division and the other teams below them.?Besides the Capitals and Penguins, no other team is that much of a threat to run away with a playoff spot.?The way the team has traditionally operated, the Devils would have to be 20 points out of a playoff spot for GM Lou Lamoriello to consider having a firesale.

The other point is, they really don't have any assets to ship off.?As far as players that would actually be attractive on the trade market that the Devils would realistically part with, the only guys that come to mind are Jaromir Jagr and Michael Ryder.?And Martin Brodeur (I kid, I kid).

Tags: Feature, Jaromir Jagr, Lou Lamoriello, michael ryder
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After an illustrious NHL career, Scott Niedermayer was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in Toronto. He gave a fantastic speech, as he talked about his beginnings and his time spent in New Jersey where he won three Stanley Cups.

Many former Devils were in attendance including Scott Stevens, Colin White, Ken Daneyko, Jay Pandolfo and Joe Nieuwendyk.

General Manager Lou Lamoriello was also in attendance.

Tags: Colin White, Hall of Fame, Headlines, Ken Daneyko, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, Scott Niedermayer, Scott Stevens, Watch
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With all the player personnel change going on in Newark, it?s easy to forget about the head coach.? Peter DeBoer is entering his third season at the helm of the New Jersey Devils.? His first season was a major success; taking NJ to the Stanley Cup Finals. ?His second campaign was a pretty big disappointment, especially considering how fast of a start they had.? Perhaps it?s a bit too early to discuss it, but it might be a conversation that?s not too far down the road depending on the club?s start; how much pressure is on Pete DeBoer in 2013-14?

Maybe it?s unfair to put last year?s collapse on DeBoer, but there?s no denying it happened on his watch, even if there was a 48-game season and injures to overcome.? In the middle of last year, I mentioned that DeBoer should be in NJ for a long time.? While I still believe he should, this is a big swing year for his job security with GM Lou Lamoriello and new ownership closely watching.

Tags: Analysis, coach, Discuss, Feature, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer
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By Jeff O'Connor

The New Jersey Devils signed Michael Ryder when free agency started, due to a need of pure goal scorers.? While he didn?t have any goals in Thursday night?s 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders at the Prudential Center, he showed that he has many more tools besides just an ability to shoot the puck.

Tags: Analysis, Feature, Lou Lamoriello, Martin Brodeur, michael ryder, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Pete DeBoer, preseason, Ryane Clowe, Training Camp
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Harris and Blitzer are presented with jerseys (Credit- Contributor Dave Turner)

In a deal which had the final touches completed just mere minutes before it was formally announced, the New Jersey Devils are now the property of a group headed by Joshua Harris and David Blitzer.

"I stand here today at Prudential Center with my friend, and fellow co-owner and partner David Blitzer to share with you the sense of excitement we have as the new owners of the New Jersey Devils," Harris said. "We look forward to building excellence on and off the ice for the fans, this city and the state of New Jersey. We have an incredible opportunity in front of us to revitalize this organization, we can rethink the way business is done and infuse the franchise with the resources and talent, both on the hockey and business side and the experience necessary to give the Devils a chance to achieve long-term growth and sustainability at an elite level."

Tags: Analysis, david blitzer, Gary Bettman, Headlines, Jeff Vanderbeek, joshua harris, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, News, NHL, scott o'neil
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(From left to right) Matt Moulson, John Tavares, Dan Girardi, Ryan Callahan, Andy Greene, Bryce Salvador

On a sweltering, humid August afternoon from Yankee Stadium, it's usually all about balls and strikes, home runs and put-outs. But on Thursday, it was the NHL's turn to step up to the plate.

The NHL formally introduced the two upcoming Outdoor Series games to be played at Yankee Stadium in 2014. The first matchup features the New Jersey Devils against their cross-Hudson rival New York Rangers, on Saturday, January 26, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. The second game pits the Rangers against their other metropolitan-area rival, New York Islanders. That game will be played on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tags: ANDY GREENE, BRYCE SALVADOR, Gary Bettman, Headlines, Hockey, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, News, NHL
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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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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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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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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

Tags: ANDY GREENE, Around The Links, Lou Lamoriello, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Zach Parise

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

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

There's going to be a multitude of reactions to tonight's loss. Many will cite "puck luck" or the lack thereof. Others will claim a screwjob from the refs in the third period. Some will say Pete DeBoer isn't doing his job and needs to go, if only to shake up the team. I'll give you the first one. I may even listen to you on the second one, too. But this loss, like most of the last nine have not been the fault of one, Pete DeBoer. This loss, like this skid, is a combination of factors, but the blame resides largely on the ice. Some thoughts...

Car, meet wall: We talked about it in our pregame thread, the idea of a team struggling to score running into a very good goalie in Craig Anderson. We were concerned that if Anderson was on his game, it might not matter what the Devils did -- and after 60 minutes it was pretty clear that Anderson was going to win tonight no matter what the Devils did. Although he got a little help from the iron maidens, he did plenty of work on his own. At times, Anderson used excellent positioning to give the Devils almost nowhere to shoot. The rest of the time he flung his legs or his glove or his blocker (or the butt end of his stick) into the Devils' way (and faces). Flat out -- Anderson was a damn beast tonight. He might have missed too much time with a sprained ankle to still be considered for the Vezina, but he put on the type of late-season performance tonight that usually rockets a goalie's name to the top of the list. You know what tonight was? It was the Coyote vs. the Roadrunner. The Coyote painted the train tunnel on the rock, thinking it would fool the Roadrunner, who of course (through the miracle of dated animation) ran right through that tunnel. When the Coyote tried to follow, he either found himself flattened by a train or up against the rock. Craig Anderson was both the train and the rock tonight, sitting back and attacking and basically steamrolling a Devils team that basically gave everything it had and came up with nothing.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lou Lamoriello, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Senators, Sens, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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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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Tags: Around The Links, Buffalo Sabres, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lou Lamoriello, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

If you can play better in a loss, I'd like to see it. OK, maybe if you scored some goals, but I'm not sure how much more the Devils could've done tonight. They dominated puck possession, neutralized the Bruins' offense and put tons of pucks on net -- all to come up with nothing. Even worse, with the way things are unfolding around the East, they've fallen out of the playoff picture for now. Not a good night, to say the least. Some thoughts...

Everything but the kitchen sink: The Devils did it all tonight. They threw pucks at the net, they deked the Bruins out of their jocks (Andy Greene says "Hi" Shawn Thornton) and they had Tuukka Rask running all around his crease. Yet, at the end of the day, it was a zero on the scoreboard. While I've spent countless posts here lamenting the Devils' lack of a finisher, never was it more apparent than tonight. Say the Devils didn't get "puck luck" and I'll say you're being naive. Tell me the Devils should've scored four times tonight and I'll respond, "But they didn't." None of this is to say the Devils played poorly in the offensive end; it was quite the opposite. The Devils did so many things well tonight, reducing the Bruins (arguably the second-best team in the East) to nothing more than partners in an optional skate. But the one thing they didn't do outweighs all the positive because this time of the year isn't about "building." Just like coffee, April is for closers, which is one thing the Devils have been woefully lacking since January 19. There's no relying on Ilya Kovalchuk's return. It's not coming "anytime soon," according to Pete DeBoer. That means "future Hall of Famer" Patrick Elias, "budding power forward" David Clarkson and promising young centers Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique need to start putting pucks into the net. Devils fans ask if this team can make a run like last season but tonight was 60 minutes worth of reasons why they might not even get the chance.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, Boston Bruins, Bruins, BRYCE SALVADOR, B's, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lou Lamoriello, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Zach Parise
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Devils general manager/CEO/president and overlord of northern New Jersey Lou Lamoriello addressed the media a little after 4 p.m. ET. Here's what he had to say about the acquisition of Steve Sullivan and deals the Devils didn't make, but could have.

Via the Twitter feed of The Record's Tom Gulitti:

  • Steve Sullivan will travel to New Jersey for a routine physical exam. He won't be available Thursday in Boston but will be available to play against Toronto on Saturday.
  • Lamoriello called Sullivan a "depth forward," which is similar to what we thought of the deal.
  • The Devils could've made other moves, but the price was too high. Lamoriello said he had to keep in mind the draft picks he'd already traded away this season in deals for Alexei Ponikarovsky and Andrei Loktionov.
  • Lamoriello said he doesn't regret giving up 2013 third-round pick for Marek Zidlicky at least year's deadline.
Tags: Devils, Devs, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Steve Sullivan, Trade Deadline

  • Evidently NHL general managers thought Tuesday was the trade deadline. Jaromir Jagr was traded to Boston. Derek Roy was shipped off to Vancouver. Marc-Andre Bergeron was traded to Carolina. Ryane Clowe was dealt to the Rangers. (NHL.com).
  • The New York Islanders, thanks to a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets, have jumped into a tie with the Devils?for seventh in the Eastern Conference standings. (Newsday)
  • Meanwhile on the Devils' front, Lou Lamoriello does not expect to make many moves on Wednesday, writes Tom Gulitti (NorthJersey.com).
  • In fact, Dave Hutchinson says Pete DeBoer is prepared to battle with the lineup he has now (NJ.com).
Tags: Around The Links, Derek Roy, Jaromir Jagr, Lou Lamoriello, Marc-Andre Bergeron, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Pete DeBoer, Ryane Clowe, Winnipeg Jets

  • Bryce Salvador, Alex Ponikarovsky and Stephen Gionta are all likely to play tonight in the Devils' game at Tampa Bay, according to Rich Chere (NJ.com)
  • Though the Pittsburgh Penguins look loaded, the Devils believe chemistry is key (NorthJersey.com)
  • While the Pens have made a splash, it appears as if Lou Lamoriello is more interested in 'adding pieces' this trade deadline (ProHockeyTalk).
Tags: Alex Ponikarovsky, Around The Links, BRYCE SALVADOR, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, Stephen Gionta, Tampa Bay Lightning

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

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

And then there was this...

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Andrei Loktionov, BRYCE SALVADOR, Buzz, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer
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Alexei Ponikarovsky and Dainius Zubrus remain out of the lineup and on injured reserve. Neither player is practicing with the team, although Zubrus is likely further away from a return than Ponikarovsky. Overload Lou Lamoriello said Sunday that Ponikarovsky could meet the team in Florida this weekend, although that apparently is less likely now.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/316637207005888512

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/316637578684162048

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils
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New of Ilya Kovalchuk's shoulder injury hit the Devils at the worst possible time. With New Jersey fighting off somewhere between five and 37 teams for one of the final three playoff spots in the East, the Devils can hardly afford to lose their best player. After a couple days of collecting my thoughts on the injury, I decided to "empty the bag" on Kovy's absence, the power play and if it affects the Devils' trade deadline plans.

How long we talkin' here?!: Lou Lamoriello is notorious for his half answers and dodgy "day to day" injury tactics. That was no different for Kovy, who apparently has a shoulder injury but no one will say what exactly is wrong within said shoulder. Also, according to Lou, Kovy could miss two weeks or less than two weeks or possibly three weeks or maybe even four weeks. The Devils even waited seven hours after announcing the timeline to actually place Kovy on injured reserve, guaranteeing he'd miss at least seven full days. The Devils didn't even want you to definitvely know he'd miss that much time! The problem with all of this double-talk and ridiculous injury gamesmanship is that it gets old real fast. How fast? Well, keep in mind that Martin Brodeur was day to day with a minor back issue until he was on IR for a month with a pinched nerve that almost required surgery. Of course, there's also the Henrik Tallinder case and his "minor" lower-body injury that has now kept him out since March 7. And there's Dainius Zubrus, whose "minor" upper-body injury turned into wrist surgery that was only supposed to keep him out four to six weeks. Oh, wait, it's been six weeks already? And Zubrus isn't even practicing? You don't say.

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Emptying The Bag, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lou Lamoriello, Matt D'Agostini, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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  • We talked trades yesterday, but Lou Lamoriello believes in the bunch he has, according to Tom Gulitti (Fire & Ice).
  • Keith Kinkaid didn't get to play in his first game on the Devils bench. But according to Rich Chere, Jeff Frazee is hoping for a different outcome. (NJ.com)
  • Prudential Center will host the New Jersey high school championships this weekend. Here's more info about that via the Devils. (NHL.com)
  • The Blackhawks rallied from 2-1 down after two to win their 11th straight game and improve to 21-0-3 through 24 games. Chicago's not lost in regulation in its last 30 and is just five wins-- or overtime losses-- from the all-time mark set by the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers.
Tags: Around The Links, Chicago Blackhawks, Jeff Frazee, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils

With the Devils in a serious tailspin, SNYDevils contributor Pat Pickens emailed me this morning with a simple question: Do you think the Devils are in trouble? He doesn't think they are, but I disagree. What follows is an actual email exchange between Pat and I discussing the state of the Devils, how they can fix it and whether they should blow up the system and go for a Stanley Cup this season.

Tags: Corey Perry, DAVID CLARKSON, Debate, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jarome Iginla, Johan Hedbger, Lou Lamoriello, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Point-Counterpoint, Ryan Getzlaf, Ryane Clowe
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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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The inevitable finally happened. The Devils placed Dainius Zubrus on injured reserve Wednesday with his mysterious upper-body injury. To fill his roster spot, the Devils recalled recent acquisition Andrei Loktionov from AHL Albany.

So what's the diagnosis? Well, of course Lou Lamoriello isn't saying -- yet.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/301725279536152577

Tags: Andrei Loktionov, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils
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Ever since Stefan Matteau played in his fifth NHL game, he's been a healthy scratch. That made sense, considering that the first year of his entry-level contract would be enacted as soon as he played his sixth game. Matteau hadn't really shown enough to deserve burning a year of his deal, I thought. Yet after that game, he hung around ... and hung around and hung around. For four games he was a healthy scratch and most of us presumed he was simply biding his time until he returned to junior with his ELC untouched.

Then came this morning's skate, when Dainius Zubrus was ruled out of Thursday's game against the Lightning and Matteau was inserted into his spot as left wing on the Devils' first line. Once Matteau is declared active for tonight's game, that precious first season of the entry-level contract becomes live and suddenly Matteau is one year closer to restricted free agency and eventually one year closer to unrestricted free agency.

One would assume that means Matteau will spend the season with the NHL club, learning on the job as one of the team's bottom-six forwards, scratched for the occasional game and shifted up in the lineup for the occasional shift. Not so fast, says Pete DeBoer.

Tags: AHL, Albany Devils, Analysis, Devils, Devs, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Stefan Matteau
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Ready for your daily Stefan Matteau update? Get ready... Ready?

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/297418483547910144

Yup. Lou is slow-playing the heck out of this one and as I asked a couple people last night -- how long will this go? Only Lou knows.

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

While there's been no official decision made on whether Stefan Matteau will stay with the Devils this season, leave it to GM Lou Lamoriello to exploit the rule book to give himself as much time as possible to make (or announce) his decision. Today, Lou said he hasn't figured out what he's going to do, but noted that he doesn't really any sort of deadline to follow.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

?He will not be going back immediately and we?re not going to let his contract status get in the way,? Lamoriello said. ?We?re going to continue evaluating this and a decision won?t be made at this point.?

Matteau has already played in five NHL games. If he plays in a sixth game, it counts as a full year off his contract, moving him a year closer to free agency. It remains possible Matteau will play in Thursday?s game against the Islanders, but it?s also possible that the Devils will sit him and let him practice for a few days before deciding whether to send him back to his junior team ? Blainville-Boisbriand of the QMJHL.

Tags: Buzz, Devils, Devs, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, Stefan Matteau
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As part of the NHL's abbreviated schedule, the league shortened the normal 10-game limit for juniors players to half that. With two games already out of the way, that means 18-year-old Stefan Matteau has only three games left before the Devils must decide whether to keep him with the big club or send him back to juniors. Pete DeBoer is impressed by what Matteau's shown thus far.

"He?s a competitor. You like his size, you like his compete, you like his skating," DeBoer said at Wednesday's optional skate. "You know the details of the game are something we gotta work on with him daily at this level, but there?s a lot of good things there."

But that doesn't mean he's ready to rule on whether the kid will stay.

Tags: Buzz, Devils, Devs, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Stefan Matteau
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Hidden very deep in Elliotte Friedman's "30 Thoughts" column was a revelation that many Devils fans might find interesting, jarring and a bit understandable.

Via Elliotte Friedman of CBC:

21. When Martin Brodeur's future was uncertain, it appears the New Jersey Devils at least inquired about Luongo. Interesting. Now that Brodeur is signed for two years, it's no longer necessary.
Although there was never really any doubt about Marty returning to Jersey, there was that tiny sliver of doubt planted when he decided to hire an agent for the first time in his career. It was a totally understandable move. After all, it's likely his last NHL contract and he was coming off a Stanley Cup run that had rejuvenated his value across the league and not just up and down the turnpike. That said, Lou Lamoriello is nothing if not thorough and it in no way surprises me that he looked into alternative options in case Marty and his new agent decided to go off reservation with their contract demands. In the end, both sides saw the value in No. 30 remaining in red and black for (likely) final two years of his career and avoided disaster.

This feels like Lou evaluating his options while possibly creating a little bit of leverage in contract talks with Marty (Can you imagine that talk? "You want HOW much? Okay, let me just make a call. Hey, Mike Gillis, how's the weather up in Vancouver?" Oh, to have been a fly on the wall.). But don't discount the fact that the Devils likely don't believe goalie prospects Maxime Clermont or Keith Kinkaid can step in on a semi-permanent basis, if necessary. With "goalie of the future" Scott Wedgewood at least two and more likely three years away, the Devils know they would be in some serious shit if Marty were to go down or leave town.

Tags: Buzz, Devils, Devs, Lou Lamoriello, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Roberto Luongo

Lou Lamoriello dropped a nice little bomb on Devils Nation after the first period of today's scrimmage.

? NHLDevilsPR (@NHLDevilsPR) January 16, 2013More as we know it...

Tags: Breaking News, contract, contract extension, Devils, Devs, Lou Lamoriello, new contract, New Jersey Devils, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Lou Lamoriello and Pete DeBoer gave a basic rundown of what to expect from training camp, so I figured I would give it to you in note form:

  1. Lou says the Devils expect to bring 25 to 28 players to camp with them, consisting of two goalies, eight defensemen and five to six forward lines. The goalies and defenseman are pretty self-explanatory, but it'll be interesting to see which Albany players get the call.
  2. Lou didn't reveal whether any of the team's junior prospects would get a call for camp. As a note, in the shortened season the NHL has shortened the amount of NHL games a junior player can play in from 10 to six. That means after six games the NHL club must either keep said player or return him to his junior club.
  3. The team will put the players through physicals Sunday and then the team will hold their first official team practice on the same day.
  4. The players have been using the team's facilities during this informal "warmup" period before camps open with the permission of the league and the Devils.
  5. Camp will be held at the Prudential Center, as it usually is.
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?That?s what you play for all year, to get in the playoffs. Now, you go on to the next step.?- Lou Lamoriello

The Devils clinched a playoff berth after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 5-0. The Devils are back in the playoffs after missing the playoffs last season.

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Lou Lamoriello said that Adam Henrique will still be sitting out with a sore groin. It is undetermined how long he may be out but it shouldn't be too much longer. Travis Zajac will also not be back in the lineup with the same Achilles injury. When asked if Zajac will miss the rest of the season Lamoriello said, "I'd be surprised. There's every indication he'll be OK."
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"He'll continue to skate for a week and a half or 2 weeks. If everything goes well he'll practice with team in 2 weeks."-Lou Lamoriello on Travis Zajac's return to the team after recovering from Achilles surgery.

Travis Zajac is still recovering from Achilles surgery but he is getting much closer to coming back. If all goes to plan for Zajac he could be playing by Christmas.

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ESPN writers Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun talk about the biggest surprises in net so far this season. They mention Johan Hedberg because of his excellent play in the?absence?of Martin Brodeur who has been out with a shoulder injury. Like usual, Burnside is surprised by the move that Lou Lamoriello made over the offseason to bring back Hedberg. It really seems like the guys at ESPN always underestimate the Devils and always seemingly proved wrong. Anyway it's worth a read.

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