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Mathieu Darche, who had been practicing with the Devils since the start of training camp, announced his retirement via Twitter on Tuesday.

https://twitter.com/matdarche52/status/303958115156639745

Darche was unable to come to terms on a contract with the Devils and let it be known last week that he was moving on from New Jersey. He was always easy to talk to and we wish him the best of luck in retirement.

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Mark Fayne wasn't at Tuesday's morning shootaround and was replaced on the top defensive pairing by Peter Harrold. Fayne is expected back in time for tonight's game.

https://twitter.com/NHLDevils/status/301354572172103683

Also, Mathieu Darche, who has been skating with the team despite not having a contract, was not at the skate either.

Tags: Devils, Devs, Lineup Changes, MARK FAYNE, Mathieu Darche, New Jersey Devils, Notes
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Dainius Zubrus won't play today. Now comes word that he won't play tomorrow, either. So what sort of injury is bugging the Devils' bulky two-way beast? Why, the ever ubiquitous "upper-body" ailment, of course! But beyond the Devils' broad injury diagnosis comes word that Zubrus' injury might be more serious than originally thought.

Via Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger:

Zubrus, who will miss his second straight game today and will not play in Pittsburgh tomorrow night, is suffering from an upper body injury that has club officials concerned for the long term. Although team officials will not comment on the problem, Zubrus is being treated with medication for what is believed to be a back problem.

While the first-line left winger is considered day-to-day, he may seek an outside opinion to find out whether a different approach, such as surgery, might be necessary.Uh oh. First of all, back injuries are brutal. I've had a few in my day and they're not only extremely painful, but often difficult to fully heal from. The pain lingers and you never know which twist or turn is going to aggravate the issue. If it's serious enough that Zubrus needs to at least check if he needs surgery, then safe to say we won't be seeing him anytime soon. If it's a vertebrae issue, then he'll either need to rest until it heals completely or have it fused surgically, either of which will put him out of commission for at least a month, maybe two. It's obviously better news if it's a muscle issue because of the shorter recovery timeframe. However, muscles injuries are made trickier by the shortened season. With the Devils playing four games a week, Zubrus could miss significant time just by taking seven to 10 days off to allow the muscle to be 100 percent -- which you bet the Devils will want the 34-year old to do.

Tags: Buzz, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, Mathieu Darche, New Jersey Devils, Stefan Matteau
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After Mattias Tedenby's demotion, the Devils' next big roster decision will be what to do with Stefan Matteau. His five-game NHL trial ends after Tuesday's game in Boston, at which point the Devils must decide whether to keep him for the entire season or send him back to juniors.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

Tuesday night?s game could the last with the Devils this season for Matteau. Matteau, 18, has already played in four games this season. If he plays in six or more, it would count as a full year off his entry-level contract and move him a year closer to free agency.

Lamoriello said he?s ?not sure yet? what the team will do with Matteau after Tuesday?s game.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Buzz, Devils, Devs, Mathieu Darche, New Jersey Devils, Stefan Matteau
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Mathieu Darche, who attended training camp on a tryout contract, is still hanging around and practicing with the Devils while waiting to see if there's room for him on the roster.

Via Tom Gulitti of The Record:

Left wing Mathieu Darche, who attended training camp as tryout, said nothing has changed with his status. He is still unsigned, but skated on Saturday and Sunday at Prudential Center and plans to practice with the team this week.

?We?ll see this week,? Darche said.

The Devils play Darche's former team, the Canadiens, on Sunday in Montreal. Pretty fair guess he'd like to play in that one.
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The Devils have until 3 p.m. today to set their 23-man opening day roster. There's definitely some interesting choices to be made, although not a lot of them. I'll lay out who has likely made the team, who's on the bubble and who's likely headed to the AHL, or possibly back to juniors.

Made the 23

Forwards (13): Travis Zajac, Ilya Kovalchuk, Dainius Zubrus, David Clarkson, Jacob Josefson, Adam Henrique (IR) Bobby Butler, Cam Janssen, Krys Barch, Mattias Tedenby, Steve Bernier, Stephen Gionta, Ryan Carter (APOLOGIES! Just realized I obviously left Patrik Elias off this list.)Defensemen (7): Bryce Salvador, Marek Zidlicky, Anton Volchenkov, Andy Greene, Mark Fayne, Henrik Tallinder, Peter Harrold

Tags: 23-man roster, Adam Larsson, Analysis, cutdown day, Devils, Devs, final roster, Harri Pesonen, Mathieu Darche, New Jersey Devils, opening day roster, Editorial Aside, roster cuts, Stefan Matteau, Training Camp, Training camp
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