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The name Damien Brunner has been thrown around in regards to the New Jersey Devils almost all summer, and it seems like the speculation is not done just yet. Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press is reporting that the Devils are still in talks with the Swiss winger.

Tags: Analysis, Damien Brunner, Detroit Red Wings, Headlines, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Rumblings, swizerland
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To borrow an awfully cliched and paraphrased quote from the media ether, "Adam Oates isn't walking through that door." When Oates left Jersey this past summer to become the head coach of the Capitals, he took the Devils' power play with him. So the Devils went out and got Matt Shaw from the Sharks, who happened to have the No. 2 overall power play last year. So how will things differ this season? Pete DeBoer explains:

Via Tom Gulitti of The Record:

?Matt?s coming from San Jose, which is a version of what the Detroit Red Wings do because of (Sharks head coach) Todd McLellan and Mike Babcock having been together at one point,? DeBoer said.

After working the power play a different way under Oates the last two seasons and having only sporadic success ? the Devils ended up ranked 15th in the NHL at 17.2 percent last season after getting off to a terrible start ? DeBoer anticipates it might take some time for the players to adjust.

Tags: Devils, Devs, man advantage, New Jersey Devils, power play, Rumblings, special teams
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Although the schedule has been repeatedly termed as "fluid," it seems obvious the NHL is preparing for a MASSIVE opening day and night with almost every team on the docket. Some teams, particularly in the Atlantic, have had their tentative openers leaked. While the Devils remain tight-lipped, it's seems pretty obvious if you follow the breadcrumbs:

? Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) January 10, 2013Which, as Gulitti points out, leaves the Devils, Islanders, Sabres, Lightning and Hurricanes floating in the wind, so to speak. Due to the East have 15 teams, either one or three of those teams will have to be idle Saturday and given the NHL's apparent attempt to blow the speakers out the box, we'd put our money on the former. Which leads one to think...

Tags: CBA, Coliseum, Devs, Isles, lockout, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, NHL, opening day, opening night, Rumblings, Schedule
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