Roberto Luongo

What Happened:?The New Jersey Devils blew another multiple-goal lead on Tuesday night as they fell to the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in OT at Rogers Arena. ?Jaromir Jagr scored in the first period and Patrik Elias netted one early in the second. ?The Canucks got a pair in a five-minute span midway through the second, before Jason Garrison got the winner in OT.

Star of the Game:?Jaromir Jagr. ?The old man is doing all he can to get the Devils a win. ?In the first period, he buried a quick one-timer on a snap shot to give the Devils the lead. ?He had an assist on Elias' quirky goal to make it 2-0. ?

Tags: Analysis, cory schneider, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks
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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

8:42PM: Frank Seravalli of the Philly Daily News spoke with Holmgren and said "That made me chuckle. Safe to say they aren't true. They have no basis or merit."

8:26PM: According Montreal reporter Enrico Ciccone, the Flyers have interest in acquiring Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.

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Via Lighthouse Hockey

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An interesting find from the gang over at LHH is this video the CBC produced that goes inside the NHL in 1997. The video starts with then GM Mike Milbury trying to deal on the phone and then takes us to the the '97 draft where the Islanders have the 4th (Kenny Jonsson trade) and 5th overall picks. The video follows Milbury around -- always looking to make a trade -- as he tries to coax other teams into trading for #5 after taking Roberto Luongo at #4. Despite the video reminding us of some bad times and a bad GM, it's still a very interesting behind the scenes look at how the league operates. It's also 45 minutes long, so there's also a lot more to it than just the Islanders.

Tags: cbc, Islanders, kenny jonsson, mike milbury, new york islanders, NHL, Video, roberto luongo, video, Videos, youtube