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B.D. Gallof writes...

Reality Dysfunction

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
In a week, you will choke down wings, drink lots of beer, and scream at your television sets. In a week, you will throw your Wii controllers aside, and watch small animals grow from the faces of your hockey heroes and heels. In a week, the season travails will wash away to a giant magnifying glass and pressure-cooker called the [b]NHL Playoffs[/b]. Our blood will boil, ...
predjoe writes...

Tonight's PREDictions

Posted Thursday | Comments 2
Even though the Preds are off tonight I will still be watching Versus and the scoreboard from around the league. Here are my PREDictions for tonight’s match ups. [b]Calgary at Detroit[/b]: As much as I want to predict an upset here I think the Wings will come out on top tonight. I see a low scoring affair…2-1 or 3-2 Wings. (Detroit wins the series) [b]NY Islander...
Deke2194 writes...

Game 1 musings.

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Well, the playoffs are still young, but there are still some interesting storylines that have started to develop. [b]Senators and Penguins game 1:[/b] This was not the game that anybody expected. Many people thought that the Sens would take this one, but not in the way that they did. The thrashing that was handed out on Wednesday should not be any indication of how...
God I love playoff hockey. Right before the playoffs started, my wife gave birth to our first child, a baby daughter named Abby (actually went into labor at the Canes vs. Caps game…I am guessing Abby was a bit annoyed at Johnny Grahame for letting in 3 goals on 6 shots, and wanted to give him a piece of her mind)…well, those that have kids know that the sleep is spora...
bradleyc4 writes...

July 1, 2007 (part two)

Posted Friday | Comments 4
On Thursday, I took a glance at the list of possible free agent centers who could don the Orange and Black for the '07-'08 season. Here's a look at the defensemen (the Flyers other main need): [b]Kimmo Timonen [/b](Nashville Predators) - The first thing that jumped out at me when researching Kimmo was his age - 32. Are the Flyers willing to give a four or five-year de...
Some doubted his size, others his age. Some doubted he warranted the contract he earned with an MVP season in 2004 and whether he could live up to those numbers the contract dictated. Martin St. Louis has been doubted his entire career - some will never learn. St. Louis scored a goal Saturday night against one of the best goalies in hockey. It wasn't just any goal. H...
Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, and Martin St. Louis. The Tampa Bay Lightning's Big 3. Before the series with New Jersey, one of the best defensive teams in hockey, the story regarding the Lightning was "What's Tampa Bay going to do when New Jersey shuts down their main line - where will the scoring come from?". Funny thing happend on the way to answering that que...
This is not overconfidence....anyone who knows me knows i'm as nervous as they come till the final whistle blows but I think the Lightning are in real trouble and here is why.... The Lightnings best players have been thier best players all series and yet the series was still tied, the Devils best players hadn't really showed up yet. Well tonight the Devils best players ...
I love to hear Chico Reish brag everytime about how brouder is the greatest goalie since rice bread and when he broke Parent solidified Marty as the greatest goalie is total BS. After going to one of my favorite website, www.flyershistory.com and looking at the both seasons, i came to the conclusion that Marty record is a total fraud as Barry Bonds breaking Home Run rec...
The second round is almost at hand. The Devils proved that they are a cup contender by defeating the Lightning 4 games to 2 in round 1. But do the Devils have what it takes to beat the Senators? It would be hard for me to believe that we have seen the "best" the Senators can play -- well maybe we saw it in the first period of game 1 against the Penguins --but after t...
While I might be a Leaf fan, I'm first and foremost a hockey fan and believe the Senators have the game to win the Cup. After watching the first round they simply look like past teams, with similar chemistry and depth, that have won the Cup. More specifically though: Leadership The leader is finally being a leader. After years of justifiably being the fan’s whip...
This Thursday marks the beginning of yet another battle of 100+ point regular season teams. New Jersey finished with 107 and Ottawa with 105, with the season series going the way of the Devils 3-1. Despite holding a 3-1 edge is the regular season series, there’s no doubting who the stronger of the two teams down the stretch was, it’s the Senators. That being said, this...
[b]Western Conference #2 Anaheim vs #3 Vancouver[/b] [b]Why Vancouver will win:[/b] Roberto Luongo is a candidate for the Hart Trophy, and he was arguably stronger yet in the first round against Dallas. There may be no tougher goalie to face in a best-of-seven series right now. Vancouver’s defense seems to know exactly when to pinch and when to retreat, and they re...
Okay, I know everyone is tired of predicitions but hey, it's my blog!! And if you don't get the blog title, listen to "Everything to Everyone" by the Barenaked Ladies and you'll get it! [b]Buffalo vs. New York Rangers[/b] Buffalo in 6 - they are in playoff mode and I think Miller will be the better goalie. [b]New Jersey vs. Ottawa[/b] Ottawa in 6 - They believ...
CBJ09 writes...

Round 2 --can it top Round 1?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
The first round of the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs was very exciting, even with the lack of close series. The matchups we got were outstanding, such as Nashville-SJ, Detroit-Calgary, Vancouver-Dallas, and there was so much passion to go along. How will round 2 pan out? [b]Buffalo vs. New York Rangers[/b] I love the Rangers right now, they're playing with a huge amount of...
writes...

Who Gets the Hart?

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
This season has seen nearly every team develop their unsung hero(es). It's time again to evaluate who means the most to their team. I've always felt that the Hart should encompass the regular season AND the playoffs, but the Conn Smythe isn't disappearing anytime soon. So, let's look at the candidates: [b]1. Roberto Luongo, G, Vancouver[/b] It's a safe bet to say that ...
CBJ09 writes...

Who Gets the Hart?

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
This season has seen nearly every team develop their unsung hero(es). It's time again to evaluate who means the most to their team. I've always felt that the Hart should encompass the regular season AND the playoffs, but the Conn Smythe isn't disappearing anytime soon. So, let's look at the candidates: [b]1. Roberto Luongo, G, Vancouver[/b] It's a safe bet to say that ...
Or so Marty York said today in the Metro freebee. I didn’t even need a morning coffee after reading that headline. Wide awake, I almost screamed out loud ‘Wait a Minute!’ But given that York might have some personal insight into being “on the decline” I persisted. York states the obvious by writing that Brodeur is a future Hall of Famer but concludes “he...
This has been one Jekyll and Hyde post season for one Martin Pierre Brodeur. He has shown his usual brilliance but in spurts and splashes. One thing he has also shown is an unusual vulnerability to the sharp angle goal in the last series and to the high glove in this series, something that had been a strength of Brodeurs. Till this post-season i don't think ANY book on Bro...
begga79 writes...

Consistancy of officiating

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Did anyone out there notice the frank difference in the way the first two games of the Sabre/Ranger series was officiated? I can't stand to think that a series could be decided on the way certain officials are calling games. The first game, the refs called everything! The second game, the refs were much more leanient. I saw cross checks and punches in game two that would h...
When the Ottawa Senators take the ice tonight, not only can they put their opponents up against the wall, but take once step closer to silencing the critics. It is well known how the media and fans (both loyal and of other teams) feel about the Senators, but this is the chance they’ve been waiting for since 2003. In 2003, the last time the Ottawa Senators made it to the ...
The Ottawa Senators took a commanding 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference Semi-finals series against the New Jersey Devils.  The team that was once the template of a team that chokes in the playoffs is finally coming of age.  Their great play from the first round against the Penguins(which I think was slightly discredited because the Pens are so inexperienced) has car...
hAbfAn33 writes...

Whats Up with Marty?

Posted Thursday | Comments 5
Nobody can dispute the value of Martin Brodeur. To his team, to the league and to the goaltender position, there is arguably nobody more reliable than Marty. If I wanted to build a team around a goaltender, he'd be my guy and his numbers over the last 10 year can make my case for me. Having said all that, he just does not look right in the 07 playoffs. Goals are being sc...
Focused Senators Will Not Be Rattled! In a series that has been all but dominated by the Ottawa Senators, it was the future Hall of Famer, Martin Brodeur that was trying to get into the heads of the Senators and attempt to throw them of their game. After letting in two weak goals himself, he tried to deflect any talk of weak play to his counterpart Ray Emery by saying, ...
First I would like to take this opportunity to say congrats to Sens Fans. Your team was better than mine, and I can accept losing to a better team. Also as a whole you guys have been the classiest group of fans to invade what I am happy to say used to be our arena. Now all I ask of the Sens is they go all the way so I can comfort myself in the fact that it took the Stanley...
stevens8204 writes...

Devils Offseason.....

Posted Sunday | Comments 1
[img]http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p217/LeaferSutherland/devsbanner1.gif"[/img] [b]For every beginning there has to be an end (insert Alpha-Omega reference here). So with all the major players graded....its time to take a look into next year's crystal ball. What could next season have in store for the Devils...what may they or may they not do? Sure it is all s...
stormj writes...

Devils Update

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
(Cross-posted from http://hockey.polemicmag.net) I thought I was going to take a break from hockey post Cup, but for whatever reason, I didn't. So, I've spent an inordinate amount of time looking at cap numbers, etc., rumors, etc., and I've discovered what the Devils plans are for this summer: Nothing. Rafalski re-signing remains likely, Gomez leaving remains a ne...
begga79 writes...

It's here already!

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
As I sit here, at 4:30 in the morning, not being able to sleep due to numerous reasons, I search my feelings on what has happened over the last 40 hours. "Marketplace, marketplace, marketplace"... I hear it over and over in my head. It's like a bad dream. I have tried, without much success, to look on the positive side of things when it comes to the Sabres situation. As I ...
After what seemed like an eternity, Lou finally signed a UFA. And I could not be happier. Dainius Zubrus agreed to come play for the Devs today for 6 years at $20.4 mill per. Some may balk at the length, but the dollar value makes this signing worth while. Doing the simple mathmatics that I have aquired at one of the best schools in the nation, IMHO, that comes out to arou...
According to Toronto Star "sources" the Toronto Maple Leafs signed ex-Brodeur backup Scott Clemmensen to a two-way contract and is likely to be the Leafs third-string goalie and to back up Justin Pogge in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies. Of course this stirs the pot with the Raycroft rumors, but personally I'm not impressed with letting Racine go as easily as they did...
predjoe writes...

Vitaly...We Hardly Knew Thee

Posted Tuesday | Comments 2
[b][i]Vitaly Vishnevski is now a Devil[/i][/b] The Predators lost another unrestricted free agent yesterday when the New Jersey Devils signed Vitaly Vishnevski to a three year deal worth a reported 5.4 million dollars. This is a player that no one in the organization or fans of the Preds expected to resign. "Vitaly Vishnevski is a defenceman who brings a physical pr...
DoctorTeeth writes...

Hail to the King, Baby!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
[img]http://www.blazingconcepts.com/img/syd/kinghenrik.jpg[/img] As I sat in my bedroom in the nude, watching reruns of Miami Vice on TV land and eating some cold pizza my red emergency Dr. Teeth phone rang. I reached over my pile of feathered boas, empty condom wrappers, ruffies and paternity suits I picked up the receiver and belched into it. A loud voice boomed in m...
sschut40 writes...

What Should the Leafs do?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 4
Well, it appears pretty simple to me. However, I'm not the General Manager. The Leafs lack depth at right wing. Plain and simple. It's time to bring in a top line right winger to complete the trifecta. Blake, Sundin and ............. Hejduk (4m) and Svatos (1.2m) are obviously being targeted by the Leafs management. After hearing Giguere today, commenting on possib...
With over two months till the season starts, and then 8 more until it ends, its impossible to try and guess the final standings. But, with over two months till the season starts, and nothing else to do, its fun. The following is my prediction, based on the current lineups and my opinions and thoughts about the game. The atlantic division (in addition to being the one ...
With all the action in the Northeast (Edit - Atlantic), it's going to wind up being a very interesting year. I suppose these would be some of the bigger questions on one's mind at the moment: Will the Rangers actually benefit with Gomez and Drury? Can the Flyers make a move up the ladder? Will the Penguins be able to rally behind Fleury? Has Guerin warranted...
ddp writes...

Sutter 1997 = Lemaire 1993

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
12-14 years ago I recall Lou Lams shocking me as a diehard Devs fan, he hired Jaques Lemaire and Larry Robinson. I can recall thinking, WOW, what a move to get those types of 'names'. We all know that what happened was an unexpected cup in 1995, and actually what many forget is a 2 goal lead in the first period in the infamous "Guarantee night" in game six of the semi's ag...
ddp writes...

Sutter 2007 = Lemaire 1993

Posted Saturday | Comments 2
12-14 years ago I recall Lou Lams shocking me as a diehard Devs fan, he hired Jaques Lemaire and Larry Robinson. I can recall thinking, WOW, what a move to get those types of 'names'. We all know that what happened was an unexpected cup in 1995, and actually what many forget is a 2 goal lead in the first period in the infamous "Guarantee night" in game six of the semi's ag...
Some random thoughts as I get ready to hit the open road later this week: [b]Was the lockout a waste of time? Did I miss a year of hockey for nothing?[/b] I am a Flyers fan and I will lay that out first. I love that they signed Danny Briere for a long time and for huge money - because that is what it took to seal the deal. That being said, I do wonder if that lost y...
We are currently in the middle of the NHL off season. Instead of looking forward to Camp beginning like we all are. Lets take a moment or two and have some fun bringing back some great Hockey memories. What is the greatest Hockey game you have ever been to? Here is mine: Almost 4 months until my 14th Birthday on April 27th 1994. The Buffalo Sabres were in ...
I will preface all of this with the fact that this is my first attempt at a blog and also that while yes I am college student my grammar is terrible. But since training camp is about a month away and trade rumors are becoming few and far between, I have decided to give my analysis and predictions of each division over the next few weeks to be capped off with my playoff pre...
In the past, the Eastern Conference's most feared division was the Northeast division, which consisted of the Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres, The Toronto Maple Leafs, the Montreal Canadiens, and the Boston Bruins. However, due to an eventful free agency, the division of [b]Devils, Penguins, NY Rangers, Islanders, and Flyers[/b] are going to be extremely tough to beat....
Although I don't doubt a single division is capable of locking down 5 of the 8 playoff slots, I tend to think even if so it wouldn't be the Atlantic. Last year, all but the Flyers made a show in the playoffs. The Devs and Pens each finished well up in the standings, while the Rangers and Islanders just slipped in towards the last week of the season. The hardest part...
[i][b]*warning - Please check any kneejerk reactions at the door - this is all in good humor*[/b][/i] I was thinking about the very clever way the Dallas Stars used billboards/bumper stickers to get a new and funny message across to their current and potential fans. I thought it something that the Flyers might want to take to heart and show the fans that they are excit...
badassinfiniti writes...

Quietly Awaiting

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Well it's hump day here in good ol' Richmond Virginia and about 95 degrees. The last thing anyone would be expecting to here from Virginia is a blog about hockey, so might as well be the first. I have been a Ranger fan for life and blue and red has always coursed through my veins. I have spent countless days this preseason searching for the latest free agent and trade rumo...
d. writes...

'Nucks Dance With the Devil

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
It has been a long summer of Canuck and Devils trade rumours—none of which have been realised—but they keep coming up and I'd like to take a stab at why. I'm guessing that that the Devils are having a hard time with the commandment that says “thou shalt not covet thy neighbours goaltending prospects.” It's no secret that we need some scoring and the Devils co...
Well folks, after seeing the new RBK Edge jerseys live and in person i give them a very solid thumbs down. Fashion aside (and very few of the uniforms that did change changes for the positive) these things are so flimsy and rip so easy that every fight from now till they are fixed will come down to who can tear his opponents jersey faster . Even if they don't tear they are...
It is time for the third edition in my series of blogs about the new NHL jerseys. For those who still have not seen the all new jerseys: http://www.fartfignewton.com/rbk_edge/ For those who missed Parts 1 and 2: http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=2407&post_id=2473 http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=2407&post_id=2499 Next up is the Atlanta Divisi...
[img]http://images.sportsline.com/images/nhl/logos/NYR.gif[/img][img]http://images.sportsline.com/images/nhl/logos/NJ.gif[/img] Rangers and Devils. Two of the most hated franchises in hockey to many Philadelphia Flyers fans. If the sound of those two names echoing in your ears doesn't excite you as a Flyers fan - then it's over and you might as well keep walking towards...
[img]http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:JeEvEAeZYd1vtM:http://www.geocities.com/mattreigns/Westerns/goodbadugly.jpeg[/img] Translated from Italian it actually reads The Good, the Ugly and the Bad. Linguistics notwithstanding, Clint Eastwood's performance in the starring role in this 1966 spaghetti western, directed by Sergio Leone, is [u]far and away[/u] the best West...
TheStig writes...

Head Shots

Posted Wednesday | Comments 8
I was disgusted by hearing Steve Downie left his feet to hit Dean McAmmond, I was even more disgusted when I seen the hit on Sportscentre. Dean McAmmond skating behind the net, turning the corner to head up ice, some argue he had his head down, and Steve Downie charges across the ice, leaves his feet to take him out. McAmmond was turning the corner, weather or not he had h...
Well folks, here it is, the moment you have all been waiting for. It appears under Coach Sutter this will not be the same old Devils. It will not be a sit back and wait for the opponent to bring the game to us wait for a mistake and pounce Devils. It will be an in your face, up tempo , aggressive forecheck Devils. Now at first when Sutter said this at the begining of...
As a general rule, I am done with making predictions as they pertain to the world of sports. This offseason, I had a blog titled, "Ryan Smyth [b][i]WILL[/b][/i] Remain an Islander." I also predicted that the New York Mets would once again run away with the National League East Title. (Ugh.) On the demerits of these two statements alone, I should be permanently banned from ...
Just days after winning their first game of the season, the Devils headed back to the land of Sun and Fun. This time around, God's waiting room was less kind to the Devils. The Panthers earned their 1st. victory and goosegged the nomads from New Jersey. Sutter become unhinged after Olesz potted his first on the season. Sutter felt that Stumpel did take down Oduya and...
Well folks just a week plus before the Devils finally open "The House that Marty Built" and let me tell you all, from the sound of things this will be a must see arena experience. Jeff Vanderbeek our newest and most pro-active owner ( since the good Doctor that is god bless his soul) went around the league and to ther places and found parts of other arenas new and old to i...
pensfan17148 writes...

Pens Fall to Devils

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Hey pens fans, Tonight, the Pens took on the very re-vamped Devils at the Mellon Arena. Unfortunetly, the Devils took the contest 5-4. The game had some very questionable calls and I am sure the oficiating is much debated. I will say that some of the calls were good, some bad, and some were rather close. To be honest, I am trying to avoid official bashing, because som...
FrankD writes...

Devils 5 - Penguins 4

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
20 minutes. That's how much time the Penguins spent inside the penalty box. Ten penalties; 20 minutes. If you really break it down, we practically gave the Devils an extra period to work with. Both teams combined for 5 powerplay goals, in this penalty-ridden game. The Penguins converted 3 times on 5 attempts, while the Devils were 2 for 7. All in all, a great perfo...
This is the first pivotal game of the year. The one I pointed to on the schedule when it came out and said, “That game is going to speak volumes for the team early in the season.” The Devils come in 3-3 after winning last night in Pittsburgh. The Devils are six games into a season starting nine game road trip due to the fact that their new arena won’t be availabl...
[img]http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:BV9zNSpOHjtBHM:http://www.nook-market.com/bizzazz_s/rolling-stones_tongue.jpg[/img][img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_hanson2.jpg[/img][img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_NEW_JERSEY_DEVILS_LOGO.jpg[/img] [b]Please allow me to introduce myself[/b] Hi...no I'm not the Prince of Darkness, Lu...
People who know me will tell you without hesitation that I go into a slow burn very quickly. My temper is typically not of the yelling and screaming variety but more of an uncomfortable confrontation. Nothing gets me going faster than unmitigated stupidity. That’s what I encountered last night at the Flyers-Devils game. Some important things to know before we get into...
sstrang writes...

The Origin of Team Names

Posted Monday | Comments 6
What made the person or persons who own the Philadelphia and New York franchises to name their teams the Flyers and Rangers respectively? What possesses you to call your team the Lightning or the Canadiens? Let's start with the some original six teams, some that still might have some meaning. [b]The Montreal Canadiens:[/b] Canadiens represented the nationality of th...
Jon Jordan writes...

I'm Not Touching This One!

Posted Thursday | Comments 7
I knew it would come, of course ... eventually ... (and I'm not talking about the Islanders next game, though it does seem like, oh, I don't know, ABOUT SIX YEARS SINCE THEIR LAST ONE!) I digress ... I knew that, inevitably, the first Isles/Lightning game of the year would arrive and that I may have to field all sorts of questions about my allegiance(s) once again. You ...
No, that is not a real word but it should be one. Big thanx to Henrik Lundqvist for backing up Friday's blog with another stellar performance against the Devils. He has now given up only 22 goals in 13 starts and seems to be playing the best goal in the NHL along with Pascal LeClaire. Once again the Rangers had difficulty putting the puck in, scoring only 1 goal in reg...
[b]What's Wrong with Marty?[/b] I could not agree with Tim Panaccio more...the Flyers are getting beat much worse than the 1-0 score would attest. They look slow, they are getting beat to pucks and are losing the battle of heart and desire. You cannot coach desire. Likewise, it is not easy to just flick a switch when things are not going well with your team when the ...
Hey pens fans, Tonight, the Pens defeated the Devils 5-0. Dany Sabourin recorded his first NHL shutout. The Pens goals were, as follows: Crosby (PP) assisted by Sykora, Gonchar; Hall assisted by Orpik and Talbot; Sykora assisted by Malkin; Christensen assisted by Talbot and Laraque; Crosby assisted by Orpik. Tonight, the Pens came out flying and they definetley played...
Here is whats RIGHT.....the current and latest owner. Jeffery Vanderbeek has delivered on his promise, got a new beautiful building built that is the class of the NHL ( just ask anyone who has gone, rather than cower in fear at the percieved vision of what they think that part of Newark is like) I liked him from day one when he kept his regular season ticket seats in with ...
Flyers win 3-1 in Pittsburgh last night. Good win for the Flyboys, who had dropped four of their last six games. I unfortunately was dead tired last night and missed most of the game, however I was fortunate enough to see them take a two goal lead on some very STRONG forechecking. The way the team played when I got the chance to see them last night was much like how they w...
Simply terrible. The Flyers entered the Prudential Center last night hoping things would be different now that the Devils were no longer playing in the Continental Airlines Arena. Yet, the woes were much the same as the Flyers were dropped by the Devils 4-1. It wasn't much of a game after the first period. Flyers took the lead with Mike Knuble's deflection off Richards...
[img]http://boredplanet.com/img/returnoftheking.jpg[/img] http://new.wavlist.com/movies/093/aod-hailking.wav Garth Snow hemmed and hawed when he had to figure out a solution to his horde of defensemen at the start of this season. Bryan Berard sat for days waiting as the season started, and all he could do is practice on his own dollar as the Isles looked f...
Ok, so the Rangers are playing the Devils this evening and I'm pretty amped about it. I haven't been in the Tri-State area for that long but I'm really liking the whole 'Metro Ice Challenge' the Rangers, Devils and Islanders have going on, especially the charity portion of the competition. Apparently the team with the most points and wins is awarded $50,000 to donate to th...
AlexanderScharf writes...

The Power of Three

Posted Wednesday | Comments 3
In a season so dominated by the hype of stars Gomez and Drury, the other "new" Rangers have given fans a reson to get excited. Rookies Nigel Dawes, Brandon Dubinsky and Marc Staal have provided a total of 7 goals in this young season. And indeed, the season is young as the Rangers have drawn success from their kids more than from the seasoned vets. The three rookies al...
Personally I am sickened but not shocked by the lack of press Martin Brodeur's 500th win gets in the media...To me this is like the 800 goal club, or 700 home run club, a club so exclusive only 2 or 3 people in thier given sport have been able to obtain it....yet the NHL has done nothing special to acknowledge the moment....not even todays "frozen moment" You can make ...
The Isles put together another defensive gem to beat the Rangers in MSG last night, giving Rick DiPietro 100th win, and fittingly versus his nearest competitor, Henrik Lundquist. [img]http://boredplanet.com/img/100wins.jpg[/img] "Isles Beat Rangers at MSG". A simple title to a simple win. Not easy. But, somehow automatic for a team that in the last several years, ...
So here we are, upon a Thanksgiving, with many fans talking turkey about the dreaded post-Ranger malaise, which we now might need an inoculation for instead of the usual Flu shot. You know the drill. Where the Isles come off a big win with a hazy dull outing the very next game. Now, despite the denials, there will always be a letdown after a big game, but this was the t...
pensfan17148 writes...

Pens Lose to Devils

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Hey pens fans, The Pens lost 2-1. Malkin had the only Pens' goal and he was unassisted. This was a tough night for the Pens. Unfortunetly for the Pens, Brodeur played a great game. There were a lot of shots that could have beaten a lesser goalie. The officiating tonight was something that was questionable, at times. I am not one for official bashing, but there were ...
Don't let anyone ever tell you that hockey is just a physical game. It might be a game of snap decisions on the fly in such a fast-paced flow, but any professional player who has found success has mastered or at least, faced, the mental aspects of competition. None could tell you a better tale of this process than [b]Andy Hilbert[/b] who hit so many posts, despite his t...
Ok, so I'm pretty obsessed with this challenge so I took it upon myself to post the current standings. The next game isn't far off so it's definitely going to heat up when my friends and I get together to watch it. One of my college friends almost got in a fist fight with some dude at the bar because the Devils are doing so poorly, Metro Ice Challenge-wise. My New York...
Here’s a note to all local NY media. DO NOT,DO NOT ,DO NOT, mix the Rangers with the Knicks in the same conversation. With all the turmoil going on surrounding Madison Square Garden, writers and broadcasters are quick to make broad statements lumping them together. I’m not quick to burn Charles Dolan at the stake either. Sure he’s like a glorified fan buying up as ma...
Now don't get me wrong Jeffery Vanderbeek IS more than a regular Joe, but when it has come to hockey and this Devils Team he is without a doubt "one of us". Mr Vanderbeek started out many many years ago as a minority owner of the Devils. Even in the Meadowlands as both a minority owner and the principal owner he became (ironically he was voted in as an owner just before t...
TheGrandTetons writes...

What happened, Rangers?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Matt Cullen and the Carolina Hurricanes came into Madison Square Garden last night and throughly spanked my New York Rangers. Still riding atop at Atlantic Eastern Conference standings, the Rangers are still doing well despite the temporary setback. What really interests me, though, is how everything ends up with the [i]HUMMER 'Metro Ice Challenge'[/i]. Currently the Is...
TheGrandTetons writes...

More 'Metro Ice' ACTION!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
I feel as if the Rangers are gonna take the charity money that's up for grabs (for the HUMMER Metro Ice Challenge taking place between the Devils, Rangers and Islanders) due to their recent play. Currently they're trailing the Islanders by just two points but I think with the upcoming games scheduled, that'll completely change. Additionally, they beat the Devils 1-0 in Ove...
CAPMESS11 writes...

Time For Montoya

Posted Monday | Comments 0
It's clear that the Rangers are having problems with their defense. After four or more goals in the past four games, King looks tired ( wrist & flu). Most goalies in the NHL strive to be the #1 keeper,while others are content to be the # 2. Those that are happy playing the backup role need to be real artists. They need to stay sharp,play locker room good guy,and step ...
CAPMESS11 writes...

Time For Montoya

Posted Monday | Comments 3
It's clear that the Rangers are having problems with their defense. After four or more goals in the past four games, King looks tired ( wrist & flu). Most goalies in the NHL strive to be the #1 keeper,while others are content to be the # 2. Those that are happy playing the backup role need to be real artists. They need to stay sharp,play locker room good guy,and step ...
Iron MIke writes...

Slow start does Panthers in.

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
Once again a slow and rather sluggish start to a game and the Panthers fall behind unable to recover. I am not quite sure what causes this team to play with such sluggishness and lack of energy and or desperation. When playing the Devils it's fairly obvious that they try to control the game and keep things settled and then take advantage of a mistake or two and before yo...
It has been rumored for a while that Jaromir Jagr could be on the move from the Rangers. According to sources Pittsburgh was looking into #68 coming back to ride shotgun along Sid. This season JAGGS has looked dynamic at times and far more often, lost at others. One can sense that this is how fires started in Cap city with the foward coming to Broadway for Anson Carter. Ca...
[i]"Control, control. You must learn control!"[/i] - Yoda Coach Ted Nolan said words to this effect. As did words come from some players. Keep focused. Don't come home and then come out flat. Be consistent. Be ready. Obviously, they all know what this team sometimes does. Add to this, ,most road-traveled teams tend to come home and stink up the joint. And for the 11,0...
[i]"Come inside, the shows about to start Guaranteed to blow your head apart Rest assured youll get your moneys worth The greatest show in heaven, hell or earth. Youve got to see the show, its a dynamo. Youve got to see the show, its rock and roll . . ."[/i] - Emerson, Lake, & Palmer The Isles went to NJ, and if you watched the pre-game show, you would hav...
[img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_079074991201LZZZZZZZ.jpg[/img] [b]Any given Sunday...[/b] With all due respect to Oliver Stone, while that phrase obviously related to football, it rings true in all professional sports - with hockey being no exception. On any given Sunday, any team can beat any other team. [img]http://s228.photobucket.com/al...
For anyone who follows sports or goes to concert on Long Island, they have suffered. It’s not that Nassau Coliseum is a bad place. Just an arcane relic to another time and place. We can sit in its cold embrace and shiver, and then tell people, well its a piece of old time history. But let's be real. It's time for something new. When Charles Wang took over the Isles, he s...
That was the story for Coventry on Sunday. After deservedly going one down at the end of the first period, they rallied to score seven goals in the second to ease past thier rivals, Cardiff Devils. Cardiff are short-benched at the moment, missing their starting NM so were always going to struggle.. but it was the superior creativity and finishing of Coventry in the 2nd...
[img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_2000yard.jpg[/img] Tom Lea, a gifted artist and World War II correspondent for [i]Life Magazine[/i], painted a picture that is famous not only for its stark portrayal of battlefield stress on an American Marine during the battle for the island of Peleliu in 1944, but also as a foreshadowing of what we know today as ...
[img:left]http://images.tsn.ca/images/stories/20061107/DionPhaneuf_43250.jpg[/img] The idea that Darryl Sutter, the GM of the Calgary Flames and one of the most intelligent, well-rounded and respected GM's in the entire National Hockey League trading away All-Star and possible future Norris Trophy winning defense man Dion Phaneuf is one of the most preposterous rumor...
Thank you, Bill Guerin ... I've been yapping all year long (for years, actually) about how just getting into the playoffs should [i][b]never [/b][/i]be [i][b]any [/b][/i]team's goal. Ties may be gone in the NHL, but mediocrity is also about as satisfying as kissing your sister, so the analogy remains. While I [i][b]am [/b][/i]grateful to have the Islanders qualifying fo...
On a team full of offensively challenged defenseman we have seen flashes of brilliance from the Swedish defenseman Johnny Oduya. In recent weeks his point production has slowly begun to climb and he has had two very Orr like rushes down the ice, that resulted in Devil's goals. However, not all is rosey in Devils land and Johnny has often found himself watching the games ...
On a team full of offensively challenged defenseman we have seen flashes of brilliance from the Swedish defenseman Johnny Oduya. In recent weeks his point production has slowly begun to climb and he has had two very Orr like rushes down the ice, that resulted in Devil's goals. However, not all is rosey in Devils land and Johnny has often found himself watching the games ...
Flyers quiet on Tuesday... Were in talks with Buffalo about D Brian Campbell and the Islanders about Ruslan Fedotenko, notable among other possibilities. Holmgren balked at both because the price was too high and confirmed both asked for Jeff Carter in return. Being that Holmgren kept Carter, you figure he wants to sign the kid in the summer. Campbell would have fit a s...
First, let me take the time to welcome anyone who happens to click on this post and give me a chance to entertain you through my blog. Although the Rangers are my favorite team and I make no attempt to hide that, my aspirations are to be an objective journalist, not a cheerleader, and I hope my writing will reflect that. Any criticism, constructive or otherwise, is both we...
The first period in Toronto has come to a close and the New Jersey Devils are standing on top with a 1-0 lead. It was mostly an uninspiring 20 minutes for both clubs. The Devils managed a goal on a Zach Parise 2nds effort after Jamie Langenbrunner proved that hard work is worth more than skill. Not that he doesn't have any, but he charged for a loose puck, outworked Bri...
After having tied the game with minutes to go in the third period, the Toronto Maple Leafs get the butt end of the stick on a non call which allowed the New Jersey Devils to score the game winning goal on goaltender Vesa Toskala. What a dissapointment this is. The Leafs were in position to get a minimum of 1 point and maybe more but due to this poor non call by the off...
hAbfAn33 writes...

Bell Centre Standing Ovation

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
I've been a Habs fan for 20+ years and I can't remember the last time I had goose bumps watching a regular season Montreal Canadiens game. For those of you that missed it, out of appreciation of what the Habs are doing this year and for overtaking the Devils last night for the Eastern Conference lead, the capacity crowd at the Bell Centre last night gave the home team a...
Hey. Whatsup? I'm mostly writing this blog as amusment for myself because I am sick today, and my Satelite is broken. I'm going to predict the standings for the rest of the season, for the whole East, using my magically new-developed formula called guessing with prior knowledge. Here we go! Winners in bold OT loser in italics [b]Devils [/b]Avalanche [b]Sa...
With most teams now around the 10-game mark before the playoffs, battles for the top spot are fierce and today's games could see a lot of shifting in the Eastern Conference standings by end of day. The New Jersey Devils maintained their hold on first place with a 4-2 win against an injury plagued Colorado Avalanche team, in which goalie Martin Brodeur had to be sharp in...
CAPMESS11 writes...

Rangers ARE 6 AND ,OH.....

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
OHHHHHHHHH BABY! Man as good as Joe Micheletti has been , man do I miss that phrase by John Davidson. Last night was an OH night as in the Rangers are now 6 and 0 Vs the Devils this year. The Rangers stayed patient and played there system and with a beautiful Callahan pass to Drury in the slot ,OHHHH what a goal! There are a lot of un canny similarities to the year...
In spite of all the negative attention surrounding the Leafs lately, I thought I'd take a different angle and -- god forbid -- take a look to the future of a possible playoff berth. While the Leafs have their work cut out for them, it’s not impossible for them to attain post-season play. While it may seem improbable considering the teams they must leapfrog, the recent pl...
[img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/poltergeistFlyers.jpg?t=1206499452[/img] Just like that creepy little girl, Carol Ann, from "Poltergeist II" said, the Flyers have seriously thrust themselves back into playoff mix with a 2-1 Overtime victory against the Rangers tonight at MSG. Oh, and this one was against Lundy - not the backup. The Flyers very easi...
I was unable to make the game in the Blog Box. Instead, I elected to watch it with my wife and two heathen Ranger fan brothers at Chez Gallof. We ordered in Sushi. Both my brothers were in the odd position of having to root for the Isles since Philly was right on their tail. Scott seems to feel that the Ranger's best matchup is with Carolina. He might be right, but it gets...
Ok folks I don't have a ton of time until later tonight to post a report. Here are just pic links for now with more coming later. Enjoy Devils Game http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157604314558899/ NYC day tripping http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157604314620453/ Islanders game http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157604...
[b]With two games versus the Rangers this week, the Isles stand poised to spoil their playoff party[/b] As the Isles season comes to a close with young players taking more and more minutes, one interesting thing has developed. The Isles might hold the key to the Rangers fortunes. The Rangers, Bruins and Flyers are knotted up at 91 points. Meanwhile, the Washington Caps ...
Last night, at 11pm, I got the call. I had heard rumors back when I was traversing the French Quarter of New Orleans early last week. But I held off, thinking it would not happen. That it simply could not happen. Could it? Last night, it did happen. Alexei Yashin will be returning to the Isles for a 4 year, 16.5 million deal. This was done between his new agent, Bori...
Sure, it's a day of practical jokes and funnies, but there was nothing funny about the Devils victory tonight at the Coliseum. Tonight Brodeur captured his 40th win of his career against the Islanders, leading his team once again to clinching a playoff spot for the 11th year in a row against our lowly Islanders. Just add Brody's accomplishment to the list of others that ha...
[img]http://www.boredplanet.com/img/BlogBoxHeaderBanner.jpg[/img] As you all watch the games and read the same articles, I won't bore you with the usual recap and such. I always assume you all saw what I saw. But I will share some of what I came away with from my last Blog Box Isles game for this season . . . [b]BD's Game Key Stats [/b] Matt Spiller getting HUGE...
For entertainment purposes, hit the link below and crank up the music. http://jettbarig.imeem.com/music/_zAaoAzZ/saliva_ladies_and_gentlemen/ The playoffs are finally here. The New York Rangers will face off against the New Jersey Devils in a best of 7 series that will decide which team will move on to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This rivalry i...
First off, I'd just like to say this is my first time blogging.... so bear with me please! So home ice advantage goes to the New Jersey Devils over the New York Rangers. For the first two games, the Devils have a stronger opportunity to take a 2-0 series lead than the Rangers do, and apparently a stronger opportunity to take the series. But think about it this way.....
mslepp writes...

Night One Recap...

Posted Thursday | Comments 2
Hockey every night for 2 months? My favorite time of the year, and last night didn't disappoint. Sens vs. Pens: Nothing that I didn't completely expect from the Sens OR the Pens in game one, except I guess I expected Crosby would get on the scoresheet. At the end of the CBC broadcast, Garry Galley, who was doing color for the game alongside Jim Hughson said he couldn't...
They needed to regain the momentum. They need to prove that their 7 game regular-season winning streak against the Devils means nothing and that their season ending shootout loss to New Jersey means nothing either. The New York Rangers needed to start the playoffs with a clean slate and a fast start. That is exactly what they did in a 4-1 win over their Hudson River rivals...
AlexanderScharf writes...

Bringing It Home

Posted Sunday | Comments 5
Only twice in NHL history has a team come back from a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series. Tonight, the New York Rangers will try to put the New Jersey Devils in a position to make history. For the Devils, even winning one game against the Blueshirts seems to be a large task, as they have only accomplished that one time in the 10 matchups this season. If the Rangers win tonigh...
AlexanderScharf writes...

The Deciding Game

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
If the visiting team triumphs tonight at Madison Square Garden, the momentum will rest solely on their shoulders. If the New Jersey Devils play the "Comeback Kids" and neutralize their 2 losses at Newark, they will be a train that cannot be stopped. Believe it or not, this Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals means just as much to the Rangers' fate than it does t...
Rob McGowan writes...

A salute to Martin Brodeur

Posted Saturday | Comments 5
You want find me saying this often, but I stand by Brodeur in his decision to not shake hands with the notorious pest, Sean Avery. The handshake is meant to show respect to one another after a hard fought series of the most demanding games of the year. Personally, I only think you should show respect for someone if you honestly have it. Avery does not respect anyone at all...
Hard Truths in NJ, NYR Carries On, Islanders Focus On Futures, more... [b]The Cold Hard Truths of NJ's Fall[/b] NJ has been one of the most consistent top teams in the east for a long time now. And it is probably that fact that seems to blur some harsh realities that they are facing. Lou Lameriello is one of the best GMs in the league. And their scouting and draftpic...
Marty Brodeur may have had to have his best season to keep this Devils club stay in mix this year. His defense is a shell of it's championship days ,with two former devils d man winning cups in back to back years. Congrats to Scott Niedermayer and this years champ Brian Rafalski, good job Lou. With the likes of Rangers give away Karel Rachunek and Jonnie O' umm you bet...
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [img]http://boredplanet.com/img/eternalyashin.jpg[/img] (Our hopes, dreams and our future fortunes are only possible if we forget our past. ) Let me all welcome you to the crossroads. The crossroads of where there is two different paths. One path is some hype and hopes, but likely mediocrity. The other is a tougher road ...
thejerseydevil writes...

Dawn of a New Era

Posted Tuesday | Comments 2
I must begin by saying that this draft may go down in Devils history as the time when seeds were planted for the new era. Quite frankly, it’s about time. Defense alone will win you games, yes, but one needs simply to look back upon the last few playoff series where the Devils were eliminated to know that changes are necessary. In 2007 and 2008, the Devils were knocked ou...
M. Hackney writes...

Need a fix, Devils fans?

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
A fellow at YouTube named McKay4429061 (he's a big Randy McKay fan) has an account of 428 videos, dedicated to the Devils' Stanley Cup runs in 1995 and 2000. I'm sure he's working on 2003 as we speak. Here's his page: http://www.youtube.com/user/McKay4429061 Enjoy!
Say what you want about the season itself, but perhaps the true defining moment of the Devils' 2007-08 season came long before the first puck ever dropped. While July 1, 2007 was a day of glory for some teams, for the Devils it was a day of hopelessness. Despite past offseasons where the shrewdness of GM Lou Lamoriello typically paid dividends, in the summer of 2007 it pro...
In the summer of 2006, the Devils’ attempt to fill out their roster with 2000 Stanley Cup members Alexander Mogilny and Vladimir Malakhov did not exactly work out as planned. Malakhov barely played and was subsequently traded to San Jose the following offseason, while Mogilny was barely a shell of his former self before sustaining an injury which allowed the Devils to wi...
thejerseydevil writes...

Changes Made

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Think back for a moment to the New Jersey Devils' three Stanley Cup championships in 1995, 2000, and 2003. In each of these cases, several important roster changes needed to be made in order to eventually lead the Devils to the promised land. And with two key free agent signings now under their belts, perhaps the 2008-09 Devils are one trade away from Stanley Cup number fo...
While it is not yet the end of July, it's hard not to think about the upcoming hockey season, especially given the current state of the Devils and everything that has happened since last season's disappointing playoff loss. It seems as though the Devils have addressed their most pressing needs, and in just two months time, we finally will get to see how the seeds planted t...
thejerseydevil writes...

Five Burning Questions

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
Earlier today on NHL Home Ice (XM Radio), they were discussing the five burning questions surrounding the New Jersey Devils as we head into the 2008-09 season. And from those five questions, they derived five incredibly biased answers. I love my XM and couldn’t live without it, but the truth is that they certainly make no attempt to hide their allegience to Leaf Nation...
The real truth of things would appear to be that Mats Sundin may indeed be leaning towards retirement. With all the press coverage on his situation the last word that I heard was that he still had not begun skating in August. For any NHLer, let alone a 37 year old, not hitting the ice going into the Labor Day weekend is surely considered as a bad sign. A player coming off ...
thejerseydevil writes...

All-Time Greatest

Posted Wednesday | Comments 2
Although NHL training camps officially begin less than a month from now, from where we stand it feels like an eternity. ESPN's E.J. Hradek has found a clever way to pass the time, by going through all 30 teams and listing the franchise's all-time greatest player at forward, defenseman, and goaltender. To date, he has only completed the Pacific Division, so I'd like to do h...
thejerseydevil writes...

Glory Days

Posted Saturday | Comments 2
There's a reason that of the three Devils Stanley Cups, 1995 is by far my favorite. No, it's not because I was 10 years old and it somehow represents a happier time in my life. And no, it's not even for the better reason that it was the first one and therefore any one of those players will tell you it's the Cup that meant the most to them. It's because of all three Cups, 1...
thejerseydevil writes...

The Atlantic Division

Posted Saturday | Comments 11
Instead of working on a team-by-team preview for the entire league, I wanted to zoom in a little closer, to the division I'm most familiar with. Arguably the most (if not second most) competitive division in hockey, the Atlantic Division enters 2008-09 with lots of unanswered questions, which I will now attempt to answer. I went through the teams in the reverse order of wh...
C4LL4W4Y writes...

Atlantic Division Preview

Posted Monday | Comments 4
One of the stronger divisions (and arguably the strongest) in hockey last season, the Atlantic sent four teams to the playoffs, three teams to the second round, and two teams to the conference finals. The scary thing is that the division may have gotten better. [i]Penguins[/i] Division winners Pittsburgh lost Marian Hossa, Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts, but signed vetera...
I think it's time we take a moment to commend one Kevin Weekes. Next in line in a revolving door of backups to Martin Brodeur, Weekes is by far the most talented of Marty's little helpers, and is also the most understanding and accepting of his situation. Kevin Weekes is the epitome of class. His predecessor, Scott Clemmensen--now unfortunately a Devil once again--used ...
This is a callout. This is to every Devils fan who is sick and tired of dealing with THE WORST marketing department in all of professional sports. This is to every Devils fan who is tired of seeing Rangers commercials that actually make people laugh and generate interest, instead of a 3 second clip followed by BUY TICKETS MONEY MONEY MONEY!!! It's the little things that...
It's a rather atypical day for your hockey season to start. I've gone from freezing at night, wearing my footsie pajamas and electric blankets to wearing a short-sleeved shirt with the A/C running on my commute home from school. I'm kidding, I don't own footsie pajamas, but I would look damn cute if I did. But yes, back to the important stuff. Every year I would get...
Anne Hier writes...

Rorschach Inkblot Logos

Posted Tuesday | Comments 4
Good logo design is simple. Good logo design is strong. Good logo design quickly conveys an image that identifies a team. Hockey has quite a few logos that fit that description, among them: Red Wings Maple Leafs New Jersey Devils (clearly the most creative marriage of letter abbreviations and symbolic images representing a devil). There are also some logos that a...
thejerseydevil writes...

Rise of the Rookies

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
As they say, every cloud has a silver lining. There was a decidedly sullen mood around Devil-land when Brian Rolston went down with a high-ankle sprain and Bobby Holik broke his finger. In two days time, there it went...all the money we spent over the offseason to make us a better team gone, out the window. But as I said, there is a silver lining to this injury cloud, a...
erby writes...

Sabres at Devils, 2-0

Posted Tuesday | Comments 4
I ACTUALLY WENT TO THIS GAME! Admittedly, not the most exciting game ever. The penalties in the 2nd made the game slow down considerably and the 3rd period was an overwhelmingly defensive period for the Sabres. [b]Quick stats:[/b] 1. Craig Rivet is back after missing 5 games. This means the last person left on the injury list is Jochen Hecht, who did travel with t...
[i]This was written on another forum in response to a discussion that took place on ticketing strategies for teams that fail to fill their arena on a consistent basis. Some of you may know that I am a Rangers fan, and while I wholeheartedly root against New Jersey when the NYR play them, I believe getting more fans into the Prudential Center on a regular basis is of the u...
[img]http://www.frymybacon.com/media/images/articles/article_0138_01.jpg[/img] The year after the lockout saw the comeback of some wild scoring games with the more wide open gameplay. That season saw 11 players break the 40 goal plateau compared to only 3 the season before the lockout. Games played that year had an average of 6.05 goals scored. Unfortunately for fans the ...
Well Devils fans now what? Since Marty has gone done we are beginning to see how valuable he is with our sub-par defense. Don't get me wrong I think Kevin has played well over the past 4 starts but to be honest with you I feel he is truly a back up type of goaltender. Yes he went to the finals with the Canes a few years back, but that was in the old NHL (clutching, grab...
The Isles shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks Monday night lifted them to 12th place in the Eastern Conference. Sure, that's right around where this team finished last year, but keep in mind just a few days ago we were sitting at the bottom of the standings with thoughts of Tavares and Hedman swirling around our brains. It's still a possibility (and a very good ...
This is not going to be a typical blog by a fan that will rant about the Isles receiving a lack of justice in regards to the suspension laid upon Mike Mottau of the New Jersey Devils. As far as that subject goes I will say that it does seem a bit odd that Thomas Pock got five games for his hit the head of Ryan Shannon of the Ottawa Senators while Mottau only got two. Shann...
Nothing else to really say about this game, so I'll put it into classic bullet point form. The good: Ossi Vaananen had a very strong game tonight. Made the initial save on what turned out to be the Devils first goal. This dude just doesn't make mistakes. Reminds me of a bigger Petr Svoboda. He never gets noticed, just does his job and does it well. Good game also ...
In today's new NHL the structure of the organization and the quality of the personnel manning the front offices are as important as the players that don the jerseys for the drop of the puck. A team with meddling owners can wreak havoc to a team's chemistry and the coach's ability to lead the team in a common direction. In the classic example of a conflict of interest...
erby writes...

Sabres at Devils, 4-2

Posted Saturday | Comments 2
[b]The numbers:[/b] 1. Special teams: The Sabres went 2 for 2 on the PP and gave no PP opportunities to the Devils. Unbelievable! 2. Faceoffs: Devils 35, Sabres 21. Zubrus won 88% (15-2) for the Devils while Hecht was 25% (4-12) and Gaustad was 28% (5-13) on the draw. The only Sabre abve 50% was Derek Roy (8-5). 3. Shots: Sabres 34, Devils 22. Buffalo reall...
Renny needs to let out the hot air or before long, he'll float away. After telling the media and the world that he would start benching important players and standing his ground,he send Corey Potter and his bruising size to Hartford again!. His promises are becoming empty,it's like a kid crashing the car into the garage and still being able to go to the party. What mad...
amerk626 writes...

Odd Man Out

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
With Brendan Shanahan signing a 1-year $800,000 deal, of which he will receive $400,000 for playing the second half of the season, Shanahan has officially become a member of the team that drafted him over twenty years ago, the New Jersey Devils. Throughout the first half of the season, the Devils have had four solid lines, even when their lineup was plagued with injuries t...
So the Rangers lose in Pittsburgh, and all you have to do is ask every other team what they think of the officiating when you play SID. It's almost predictable what happens ( sure the pens had some jump) the Pens get the first few spotted. Then when they have a few on the board the Rangers can have a turn . I hate these NBC Games and anything on VS involving NY. It'...
[b]RING of FIRE[/b] [img]http://www.tuthq.com/images/fire-1.jpg[/img] #1 I was trying to think of the best way to do my first blog. I mean, what is a blog anyway? Its a bunch of words on the internet, right? WIKI says [i]A blog, a contraction of the term "Web log", is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, des...
amerk626 writes...

Whose better: Elias or Parise?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 7
The title is very broad. What I am really asking is who is better right now, this season in your opinion. You cannot directly compare Elias and Parise overall for various reasons. Patrik Elias has played in the NHL over a decade, where he has competed in the "old" and "new" NHL, whereas this is Parise's fourth NHL season, all of which he has played in the post-lockout era....
icedog97 writes...

The Writing is on the Wall

Posted Sunday | Comments 2
Part of me is a diehard Pens fan and I will cheer for them until the bitter end. That part won't let me throw in the towel until the final horn sounds. But...the other part...the rational one...tells me that this team is simply not good enough to make the playoffs. Last night's 4-3 loss to the Devils was a crusher. Tonight's loss to the Leafs may have been the na...
amerk626 writes...

The Brodeur Effect

Posted Tuesday | Comments 2
For Devils fans and people who know him, the much anticipated return of Martin Brodeur may arrive as early as the end of the month. Along with his return comes the answers to the common questions that have been asked by Devils fans, analysts, bloggers, critics, and observers of the Devils. How will Brodeur be treated upon returning to the lineup? Who stays in net, who goes...
Buts16 writes...

Saturday Morning Coffee

Posted Saturday | Comments 9
Steve Stamkos with the trick last week, welcome to the NHL kid. Alexi Kovalev sent home for being Alexi Kovalev. Sending him home won't work, Alexi is a flake you just have to deal with it. Ain't no party like a Kostitsyn brothers party because a Kostitsyn brother party don't stop. Get those two with the Staal brothers and we have trouble. Have you ever hit black ...
[b][i]It's the final countdown...[/i][/b] [img]http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p26/n0mem0ry/timebomb.jpg[/img] You can almost hear the screaming lyrics from the 1980s, Swedish glam rock, [b]Mega-group[/b], [i][b]Europe[/b][/i] (??) [u]OK...retraction [/u] How about the one hit wonder group, [i]Europe[/i].(better?) [img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/e...
With the first selsction in the 2009 NHL draft the Islanders select...Listen guys/gals there is no guarantee that they will obtain the first selection let alone draft the guy you want.I understand its a bitter sweet process having a good chance at selecting first overall, but it also meens you need more help then that one pick can do for you.That being said it looks like ...
The playoffs are upon us and the Stanley Cup is up for grabs. It’s surprising when you think about how many teams are legitimate contenders. It used to be that the Sharks and Bruins were huge favorites, but now I am not too sure. That is why we play the game. It’s a fun time to watch. [b] THE EAST [/b] When you think of the teams in east that could challenge ...
NJromano writes...

Romano's NJ update

Posted Sunday | Comments 2
Romano's 2:00 Update Happy Easter everybody, plenty of hockey to talk about and I am going to start with our under the radar Trenton Devils.. ECHL- The Devils beat the Jackals last night 6-5.Right now the team has 6 point per game players, and 4 players with over a point per game. Now that's what I call balanced scoring. The most noticeable players so far have been T...
A few things occured to me while I was gnawing on my Devils "terrible towel" during game 4 of this Devils/Canes series. First off, this is best series being played in the NHL right now. You've got 2 former Stanley Cup champs battling it out with a Hall of Fame goaltender vs probably the best young, most underrated goaltender in the NHL. Stanley Cup rookie MVP anyone?? 3 o...
MichaelBernard writes...

Game 5: Confidence Man

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Game 5 proved to be the pinnacle of goaltending in the playoffs so far. Ward was better than Marty in my opinion, but what do i know, Ive only been a goalie since I was 6. 86 shots, 1 goal. And that goal by Clarkson was maybe his best goal of the year. Clarkson 2 goals, Staal 2 goals, hold on wait, what? Marty made a statement tonight with a career high 44 save shutoot, a...
Lets see, where do I begin. Lets start with Devils/Canes series. Can game 6 possibly be better than the first 5? The answer is yes, but we'll see tonight. We have had everything in this one so far, great goalies, scoring chances, organized hockey, and everything you wanted out of 2 loud arenas. Looks like the captain is in tonight, Holik "The Caveman" out. Chicago/Calgar...
Its eerily quiet in Newark this morning as I walk past the arena to work. Im not going to lie to you, I got a little chill thinking what was going to take place later on. A lot of nervous energy. Game 7 of round 1, who thought there could be this much drama in the 1st round? The Devils need to get straight, quick. Game 7's are about Captains, and Langenbrunner has to hav...
I have never seen that in my life! 2 goals in the final 1:20 to advance to the next round instead of the golf course. Crazy! What effort by Gleason to keep the puck in for Jokinen to tie it ... and Staal has been simply incredible the entire series. TWO teams come back from 3-1 series deficits to win the series. That should change some percentages a bit. GREAT NIGH...
let me gather my notes and thoughts and all the alcohol i have left in my house. a great blog to break down game 7 coming tomorrow no doubt. i was there, i witnessed what happened and its anybody but marty's fault. the guy played his a$$ off. stunnnned.
Now that Ive had time to digest last night’s loss to Carolina, I can say this. Worst loss in Devil’s playoff history. No you say? You think the loss to Colorado was worse, you’re wrong. After a great season of chasing Boston for the top spot in the east with a backup goalie in net for most of the season, and records being shattered, it wasn’t supposed to end like t...
After one of the most disappointing endings in the playoffs in recent history for the New Jersey Devils, fans may have something or someone to look forward to. The Devils’ website had headlines thanking the fans for the enormous support that was shown this regular season and especially in the playoffs. One thing is for sure though, if the Devils make a big move on the f...
amerk626 writes...

Devils Thoughts

Posted Thursday | Comments 3
Another successful [i]regular season[/i], another abrupt [i]playoff[/i] exit. Anyone seeing a trend here? Ever since the Devils won their last Stanley Cup in 2003, the dry New Jersey Devil fan base (which I must say did show up for the playoffs this year), has been treated to the same redundant pattern year in and year out. This year was no exception. The only difference s...
As we try to cope with yet another early off season, different people find different ways to occupy themselves to pass the time. As someone on a CBS Sports forum said, this is one of the worst times of year. You don't hear any rumors about your team, and for fans of 26 other teams, the only NHL hockey on is the conference finals. Still, fans prowl hockeybuzz, hoping to sal...
Obviously, the main theme amongst these three Atlantic Division rivals is a solid above .500 season that always results in an early playoff exit for the same and different reasons. You could sit here and blame the referees, one player, or injuries, but good teams play through instances like that and overcome the adversity such obstacles present. The Pittsburgh Penguins ...
All is quiet in the world of the Devils right now. Fans and players alike have one eye on next season while the other looks back at the year that was with a disgruntled groan of frustration. There has been a distinctly empty stretch since the team cleaned out their lockers, not that this is unexpected. So while Devils fans watch their lesser sports and wait for some news, ...
thejerseydevil writes...

Devils Top Five Drafts

Posted Thursday | Comments 4
Since Lou Lamoriello took over as Devils General Manager in 1987, the Devils have earned a reputation as one of the best evaluators of draft talent in the NHL. Between Lamoriello and Director of Scouting David Conte—whom Lamoriello would contend really runs the show on draft day—save for an unfortunate stretch between 1999 and 2002, the Devils have always come through ...
amerk626 writes...

Is Lou Losing His Touch?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 12
In all honesty, I have attempted to write this blog more than a handful of times, but I either got frustrated just thinking about it and Xed out, or I could not organize my thoughts properly. Rather start with a tacky intro, I'll get to the point. Since the lockout, the best way I can describe a typical New Jersey Devil's regular season is like drinking a red bull. It t...
At least they got swept. Holik OUT, Havelid OUT! Im ready for the home opener. Bring on Phaneuf!! Good Call Ek. Rest in Peace Peter Zezel. Down with the Wings.
amerk626 writes...

If Sutter Leaves...

Posted Monday | Comments 2
Aside from figuring out what free agents he wants to try to sign and re-sign, how to handle the upcoming draft, and what direction to steer this seemingly broken Devils team towards, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello may be faced with another problem if head coach Brent Sutter decides to step down from his post and part ways with the Devils. I think the hiring of Brent Sutter w...
Watching the Stanley Cup Finals now, I can't help but think how it should be us. We should be watching the Devils battle the Red Wings right now, and we very well might be had the team not decided to sit back as if they still had the likes of Stevens and Daneyko to save the day. But now that the offseason is unfortunately upon us, I'd like to try placing myself in the GM's...
I'm not one that welcomes change. I believe in tradition, sentimental values, and fear taking things in the present for granted, but want to appreciate them when they're not around to appreciate anymore. Change is constant and you have no choice to embrace and deal with it, especially the inevitable changes. When Martin Brodeur was injured for a three month stretch this se...
If you asked any hockey fan who was going to win the Stanley Cup in February there was only 1 answer: The New Jersey Devils. It was a shock to everyone that the Rock fell silent as Eric Staal capped game 7 and carried his team to the second round and the Devils made an early exit. Thankfully that is all over. 5 thing the Devils need to do: [b]1. Release Madden and Gion...
amerk626 writes...

Devils Off-Season Questions

Posted Monday | Comments 5
With the playoffs drawing to an end, a lot of questions surround the New Jersey Devils as the beginning of the off-season nears. The major questions being asked by fans, bloggers, and analysts are mainly routine questions that come up every year, but there are a few that stand out more than others, whose outcomes can affect this Devils team in different ways. [b]What is...
I have a new blog that I'm waiting on because now is not the right time to publish it. So until that time arrives, I thought I'd fill the gap with a discussion on the Devils and retired numbers. Now nobody can debate the legitimacy of retiring Scott Stevens' #4. He's either the first or second best Devil of all time, and there is no debating that. Without his leadership...
thejerseydevil writes...

Good Riddance

Posted Tuesday | Comments 7
I did not expect to have to write about this, at least not until the summer of 2010, but the powers that be have forced my hand. Today, Brent Sutter has announced that he has resigned from the head coaching position for the Devils, deciding that he'd rather hang around Alberta and save his dying junior hockey team. Now as a statement on its own, that's perfectly reasonable...
Most Devils fans would like a coach who could stay for 5-6 years behind the bench without Lou firing them or quiting because they are "home sick." There are a few coaching opions who are overlooked that would make good choices. I do not want Lemaire back, he didnt work out for the Wild, I do not want him to come here. Sorry Devils fasn who wanted him back. Pat Burns: B...
thejerseydevil writes...

Remember This Name

Posted Thursday | Comments 4
Since the resignation of Brent Sutter, many names have been tossed about as far as prospective replacements, from the expected (John MacLean), to the qualified (Peter Laviolette), to the downright strange (Ted Nolan). But if the Lamoriello-run Devils are notorious for anything, it's going off the board. When everyone at the 1990 draft loved Trevor Kidd, the Devils loved Ma...
amerk626 writes...

Make or Break!

Posted Thursday | Comments 5
This is a pivotal off season for the New Jersey Devils. After another "red bull" season, the Devil's weaknesses were exposed greatly after the trade deadline and in the playoffs. This, along with the need to hire a head coach, handling the upcoming draft, and his annual free agent situation puts a lot on Lou's plate. This off season may be the most important one for the De...
First thing's first, congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins! Once the Devils were eliminated they became my adopted team from the East, and while my adopted team from the West, Chicago, did not make it to the finals, Pittsburgh both made it and won. I'm also happy for a pair of former Devils—Bill Guerin's only other Stanley Cup came here in Jersey back in his rookie ...
The woes of the New Jersey Devils; but doesn't every team have them? Trade this guy, sign that guy, buy him out, waive that guy, fire him, he should retire, blah blah blah. I swear if we the fans dictated what moves our teams made, we'd see more people come and go than on the Apprentice. Since The Devil's 2008-2009 "Red Bull" campaign ended, the same ideas and opinions ...
For the record, I'm not saying I don't like Jacques Lemaire or think he's a bad coach. Any coach that wins a Stanley Cup and has coached as long as he has is good enough in my book. I just think at this point and time Lemaire isn't the right coach the Devils need, especially if Lou is looking to hire someone long term. He would not be in my top five choices but is not my l...
In the Dark Knight, Aaron Eckhart said "You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain". Metaphorically speaking, I think there is a lot of justification behind this quote and of course I can relate it to hockey and my New Jersey Devils. For the better part of two decades, Martin Broduer has been the face of the New Jersey Devils and GM Lou La...
An open letter to the future coach of the New Jersey Devils Dear Future Coach, First of all, welcome! You have just signed on for a job that requires seemingly no good reason to be fired. In fact, no Devils coach has lasted more than three years since Jacques Lemaire stepped down in 1998. Incidentally, if you happen to be Jacques Lemaire, welcome back—and please kn...
amerk626 writes...

Offense or Defense?

Posted Friday | Comments 5
July 1st is less than a week away and the NHL Entry Draft is hours away. Rumors seem abundant for 29 other teams in the NHL, while what little news regarding the Devils is scarce and broad. Is this another instance of the Devils living up to their reputation of confidentiality or Lou sitting on his you know what picking his fingernails? I digress. We all know who the...
I have to start by saying that the 2009 Draft was the first one where I actually did some research beyond the top five prospects. I went full on, putting together a list of the players that I liked in the order I liked them, as if I was prepared to walk out to the draft table myself. The reason for this, aside from the fact that its summer and I find myself with quite a bi...
Rumors coming out of Newark are that Lou has negged Oduya's agent on the first round of offers. Too long of a contract from what I hear. Look for 2.5 to 3 TOPS for Johnny and around 4 years. His agent thinks he is Paul Coffey though, so this might be sticky. Its also been on the hush hush, even in Newark, as to who the Devils are looking to sign once free agency starts. Th...
Extra Extra!!! read all about it, Devils free up $16 Million!!! Lou has been slow playing the free agent market and I feel a youth movement in the works. Bringing it back to the old school, and making the "no names" New Jersey household names. Gio has been on the decline and I still dont know how Ebay isnt going under with all those extra Gionta jerseys floating around. M...
amerk626 writes...

Going Young...!(?)

Posted Thursday | Comments 6
After comparing the stunning game 7 loss the Devils suffered to the Carolina Hurricanes and the events that occurred...well didn't occur at yesterday's free agency opening, I couldn't figure out when I was more speechless. Like many Devils fans yesterday, I experienced a whirlpool of emotions, emotions that lasted into today. I was frustrated, outraged, upset, stunned, mor...
thejerseydevil writes...

Free Agency Ain't Free

Posted Thursday | Comments 8
Though the 2009 NHL free agency period is just a day old, it's already become clear what the Devils' message is going forward. Every year since the lockout, the trend has been the same. Have an outstanding regular season, clinch a playoff spot, possibly win the division, then proceed to play like garbage in the playoffs, leading to a first or second round exit. It's a b...
I conclude the Eastern Conference portion of Off-Season Progress Reports with the Atlantic Division. The Atlantic produced 4 playoff teams and the Stanley Cup Champions last season and once again some of the higher profile off-season moves were made in this division. Here’s my take on the progress of all 5 Atlantic Division clubs to date. New Jersey Devils In: Andrew...
By Glen Miller Today the New Jersey Devils have announced the hiring of Jacques Lemaire to take over the reins of the club that he originally led to their first Stanley Cup, which was won in 1995. This was long rumored since Lemaire left the Wild organization after coaching that program since its inception in 2000 and also since Brent Sutter left his post as Devils head...
Ah, mid-July. The time of year when its very easy to get away from all things hockey related. Free agency has died down to a trickle, and most players and executives are on vacation. It's the time of year when a mid-scrimmage fight at prospects camp becomes the top headline on a team's website. Except of course, if you're the New Jersey Devils, who still did not have a hea...
amerk626 writes...

Don't Defeat the Purpose!

Posted Friday | Comments 5
Rebuilding, back stepping, reloading, call it what you want. It is evident the Devils approached this off season with the intentions of instilling a youth movement and seem to be going through with it. Fans were outraged as players like Brian Gionta and John Madden signed elsewhere, while the Devils stood pat since July 1st. After realizing Lou Lamoriello's plans for the t...
amerk626 writes...

An Ominous Foreshadowing

Posted Tuesday | Comments 8
As reported in the [i]Star Ledger[/i], with no agreement in sight, it looks like the Devils and Travis Zajac are headed for arbitration this Friday. 24-year old Travis Zajac is coming off a career year after tallying 20 goals and 62 points. He's been lauded for his astounding chemistry with Zach Parise, and is rendered as someone who would be in Jersey long term. How ma...
Another off season going by, another opportunity the Devils have passed on to obtain that top 2 defenseman the blue line has lacked. Unless the Devils execute a trade, which is unlikely (just because I have no recollection of the Devils ever making a significant move between now and the beginning of the season), it looks like they'll have to work with what they've got. The...
amerk626 writes...

Questions to Ponder

Posted Tuesday | Comments 11
I think it's safe to say this is the most drab time of year in hockey world. A time when news is scarce, the free agent frenzy has been reduced to leftovers, and the only thing to do is count down the days until training camp starts. Scarce news doesn't necessarily mean there's nothing to talk about because I'm sure you can point out something about each team that's be wor...
To this point in the summer, the New Jersey Devils have laid out their plans and executed. The gameplan this summer is youth movement, and save for the Cory Murphy signing, that is exactly what's happened. The signing of Murphy gives the Devils 8 defensemen who could potentially play with the big club this season, and that's ignoring the fact that a strong training camp fr...
kenny878 writes...

Shanahan a Devil Again!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
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thejerseydevil writes...

A for Effort

Posted Friday | Comments 6
I know that my posts are usually a bit more introspective than this one is going to be, but it's the middle of August, a period during the NHL offseason where yesterday's Evgeni Artyukin for Drew Miller trade was the top hockey story. Mid-August is when the hockey fan reaches the point where anything that even mentions the word hockey piques their interest. And so, with th...
Stanley Cups, Vezinas, gold medals, broken records...this is the gist of what Martin Brodeur has accomplished throughout his decorated 15-year career. Like him or hate him, you have to admit he's one of the greatest goaltenders to ever play the game and is arguably still one of the best. To say Marty has nothing to prove anymore is a debatable topic that I contradict with ...
I initially thought this was a no brainer, but now have reason to believe otherwise. I speculated the Devil's second line would include Patrik Elias and Nicklas Bergfors at the wings and Brian Rolston giving center another shot. Jacques Lemaire stated in an interview with Tom Gulitti that he felt Rolston played best at wing, but was unclear whether or not he'll try him at ...
HockeyMoose writes...

Goin Retro in Jersey

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
The Devils will wear a different jersey this season? yes, the old school red/green/white jersey from the original season will be worn next season - for one game. March 17th, while we host the Cup Champion Penguins the jersey will make an appearance. Great idea but only one game? That is a bit of a turn off as I would have liked to see it more often. Maybe I can get ...
The Atlantic Division proved to be one of the toughest divisions in hockey last year, with four of five teams making the playoffs and one winning the Stanley Cup. This year things don't look any easier for the New York Rangers, with division rivals adding key assets to their teams. Here are my predictions for the Atlantic Division. 1. [b]Philadelphia Flyers[/b] After...
September is right around the corner, so it's time to take a look at what the Atlantic Division will look like for the 2009-10 season. This is written with the knowledge that rosters are not completely set, and rumors are still abound about a few of these teams...but comments are made based on how the teams stand right now. Even though nobody paid attention to it last time...
Since everyone's official team bloggers have begun posting this year's training camp rosters, I'm going to go ahead and post the Devils' roster since it hasn't been done yet. [b]Goaltenders[/b] 30 - Martin Brodeur 31 - Jeff Frazee 35 - Yann Danis 40 - Mike McKenna 50 - Gerald Coleman 60 - Dave Caruso 70 - Jeff Lerg [b]Defensemen[/b] 2 - Jay Leach 5 - Colin W...
Well I have to admit, I did not like the Flyers chances in this game given it was the hated Devils IN New Jersey, it was their home opener, and it was Brodeur's 1000th game. Good thing I was totally wrong. After the first couple of shifts, the Flyers settled down and played a solid game overall. [b]First Period[/b] Devils look sharp to start the game. Flyers having dif...
mb30andthedevs writes...

Devils 4, Penguins 1

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
The Devils looked GREAT tonight. This was a huge statement win to show that the Devils will continue to contend in the Atlantic. They are now 5-0 on the road and are off to a 6-3 start. Here are some notes from the win: -The power play looked very, very good. I don't think the second power play line had scored all year, but they moved the puck well, and eventually a...
The news came today that Jay Pandolfo and Paul Martin are both expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Pandolfo's shoulder seems more serious, as although a timetable has been given, GM Lou Lamoriello admits he is not certain when Pando will return. Martin's forearm fracture will really hurt the Devils, as they lose, arguably, their best (defensive) defenseman. Cory Murphy will be ...
mb30andthedevs writes...

Sabres 4, Devils 1

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
The Devils looked horrible tonight in all possible ways. The score could have been worse than 4-1, as the Devils never got it going tonight at home. They are now 1-4 at 'The Rock'. Some observations from the loss: -I don't think the Devils were awake when the puck dropped. Buffalo, from the get-go, poured shots on Brodeur, as the Devils struggled to even touch the p...
mb30andthedevs writes...

Devils 2, Bruins 1

Posted Friday | Comments 2
The Devs road success continues, as they beat the Bruins in Boston in a thrilling game to improve to 6-0-0 on the road. It was a great contest, and a huge win for the Devils. Here are some observations from this one: -Finally, the Devils got out to a fast start. And this was before the first goal. From the get-go, the Devils jumped on any opportunities they saw. Th...
Tonight's 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks is the Devil's sixth consecutive win, tying them for the division lead, while getting them one win shy of becoming .500 at home. The Devils have gone 12-2 since their worrisome 0-2 start, which I acknowledge my frequent bringing up of for good reason. Record aside, it looked as if the two winless games forecasted a long and misf...
It's been a while since I've written anything on here. It's really been more of a change in lifestyle than a lack of things to say. Since the hockey season started, I've become a part-time student with a full-time job instead of the other way around. As such, my days begin at 7:55 AM as opposed to 2 PM. I'll write when I have time, which is not that often, but I have some ...
The Nashville Predators continue to play their best hockey of the season as they beat the New Jersey Devils 3 to 2 in a shootout. Santorelli and Erat scored in the shootout to lift the Predators to victory. The Preds 2 goals in regulation came from Jason Arnott. Including 1 on the powerplay. The Preds finished the night 1 for 2 on the PP. While the PK stopped both...
Another day, another injury for the Devils, who, despite the growing list of injured players, have remained at the top of the Eastern Conference. This last one, however, may really come back to hurt them. Clarkson had seven goals and eight assists so far this season, and was doing a great job on the Devs' third line (for most of the year, he was on that line). He is goi...
amerk626 writes...

The Abandoned Purpose?

Posted Saturday | Comments 6
It’s no news about the intentions general manager Lou Lamoriello had going into the 2009 summer for his New Jersey Devils. He believed it would be in the team’s best interest to part ways with the team’s unrestricted free agent class so certain rookies and young players in the organization to step in, while having the veterans on the team increase their roles. Lamori...
The Islanders hosted the 2nd placed New Jersey Devils today at the Nassau Coliseum and won a decisive 4-0 victory for Rick DiPietro's first shutout of the year in only his third game played, putting the Isles to 9-2-1 over their past 12 games. You can tell that the Isles 15-year man is regaining his confidence in net. At least twice he was seen catching the puck with h...
At this point of the season, every game needs to be looked at as if it is a playoff game if the Islanders hope to make it passed 82 games for 2010. Last night the Devils came back with a point to prove; they are at the top of the standings in the East for a reason, and after being shutout by the Isles 4-0 last week, it had to be expected that they were going to come out st...
thejerseydevil writes...

Mot Impressed.

Posted Tuesday | Comments 5
#27. It's a number that will forever be the cause of simultaneous feelings for fans of the New Jersey Devils. Once sprawled above it, in all capitals, the name of NIEDERMAYER. It hardly fit on the back of the red and black jersey, but in that jersey a hall of fame career was created, and then solidified. Among the best skating defensemen in NHL history, incredible stick...
Is There Any Chance for other Eastern Teams? With the massive news today of the Kovalchuk to New Jersey trade, I find myself asking an intriguing question: Are there any teams in the East that can compete with the top 3? Now by top 3, I am not referring to the division leaders in Washington, New Jersey, and Buffalo, I am referring to the Capitals, Devils, and Pengui...
Let's be real now...the way things have been going for these New Jersey Devils, the Olympic break couldn't have come any sooner. Since January, the Devils have gone 9-13, losing eleven of those thirteen in regulation, and were shut out four times. Over the course of these twenty-two games, the Devils have barely averaged over two goals a game and save a significantly tight...
TRADE RUMORS: "SILLY SEASON" Part 3 Calgary:as i reported the other day they are Very much in on Horton from FLA Penguins: Back in on Whitney Rangers:Horton/Booth/possibly colorado Defensemen Liles . Bruins:still Dan Hamhuis /Keith Tkachuk/Whitney/Now Souray LA Kings:Now back on Whitney vs Pens/Bruins Capitals:Hamhuis/possible a foreign player no names ye...
NYRSourceCentrl writes...

Updated

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
"SILLY SEASON". Transactions already made: Thrashers Acquire Evgeny Artyukhin from Anaheim for Nathan Oystrick and a Conditional Draft Choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft Oilers have dealt Grebeshkov to Nashville for a second round pick. Florida trades Jordan Leopold to Pittsburgh for a 2nd round pick in 2010 Matt Stajan has agreed to terms with Calgary Flame...
amerk626 writes...

Opposites Don't Attract

Posted Monday | Comments 0
After suffering another consecutive loss and descending to the .500 mark in games played after the Olympic break, my frustrations and concerns have risen for this New Jersey Devils team. This is the second game in a row that the offense has failed to maintain any productive consistency or convert on the power play for the sixth consecutive game. I normally like to abide by...
icedog97 writes...

A Devil of a Time

Posted Monday | Comments 1
THE FACTS The Penguins currently sit 2 points ahead of the New Jersey Devils for first place in the Atlantic Division. The Devils have a game in hand on the Penguins. Without getting into specific scenarios (and assuming the teams play to the same W/L records the rest of the way), if the Devils win that "game in hand" they will win the division based on the NHL ti...
Many of you probably looked at the headline and said, "Uh, who?" But many Islander fans know plenty about Michael Haley and are very excited to see him dress in an Islanders uniform for the first time when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils tonight at the Prudential Center. Haley is a pugilist at 5'11 and 198 pounds that loves to drop the gloves, sticks up for...
devils9530 writes...

Let it Go

Posted Monday | Comments 0
I don't know if I am more frustrated with the Devils or the officials from game 3. The Devils were graced with 3 PPs in the first 7 minutes and the PP could have put the game out of reach early, but it only struck once. On the road the first goal is key, but it made no difference in this game because the Flyers always seem to score on the PP when they need it. The Flyers s...
amerk626 writes...

Sentiments Vs Necessities

Posted Tuesday | Comments 1
The wounds of suffering a third consecutive first round exit aren't as painful as they were a few weeks ago, but still persist. With the team's future, along with general manager Lou Lamoriello's intentions uncertain going into the off season, a lot of question marks surround this Devils team. Some fans still ask what went wrong and what has to be done to snap the Devils o...
jsiha writes...

On Kovi free agency

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
Who: Martin Brodeur From July 09,2010 Martin Brodeur has never been an unrestricted free agent, but the Devils' goaltender thinks he knows what Ilya Kovalchuk is going through. Like Devils management and most fans, he is anxious to hear Kovalchuk's decision about where he will play next season. 24 0 8Share "I'm sure Kovy is not feeling good about what is goi...
So rumor has it that Ilya Kovalchuk may settle for something less then a billion dollars over 2 years. Apparently, the Flyers have shown direct interest in signing this 50 goal scorer. But with cap issues already a problem, this may be a little more difficult then it appears. With Simon Gagne rumored to be on his way out, this will bring the Eastern Conference Champions t...
jsiha writes...

KOVI IN LA

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
From The NHL Network Kovalchuk visiting L.A. 07.11.10 /7:40 PM ET Ilya Kovalchuk is on his way Los Angeles, although he isn't a member of the Kings just yet. According to TSN and the NHL Network's Darren Dreger, the unrestricted free agent is visiting Southern California for some face-to-face negotiations with Kings GM Dean Lombardi. Rumors are also swirling that...
jsiha writes...

KOVI SAGA GOES ON

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Article from LA Times By Derrick Lightfoot The World Cup is over, and I'm not that big into baseball, so the only thing I can cling to sports wise right now is the Kovalchuk saga—but it's safe to say most want this story to end (the New York Post even reported a Canadian national TV outlet has proposed a LeBron-esque one-hour special as to where he will play, but thi...
I for one think so...I think KOVIGREED may be using the devils as a way for other teams to give him more...Honestly we have all known Lou..and Lou doesn't leak stuff out...All the BS that we have heard in the past weeks about 12yr deal 17 year deal by the Devils are probably Kovigreeds/Jaygreeds plan to make the Kings give him what he wants...I for one think Lou should jus...
Darcy Zajac signed two-year deal with Devils' Albany (AHL) team Darcy Zajac, the 23-year old younger brother of Devils center Travis Zajac, said he had several teams interested before he signed a two-year contract with Albany (AHL) this summer.
Source: NJ.com John MacLean turned out to be a pushover in his first day on the ice as Devils head bill-kostrounAP.jpgBill Kostroun/APLarry Robinson was back as an assistant coach as the Devils opened prospects camp. coach. He cancelled a scheduled scrimmage as prospects camp opened today at the Prudential Center, but players shouldn't get a false sense of comfor...
Source NJ.com Nothing new on the Ilya Kovalchuk front, says Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello. "Everything is the same as it was the last three or four days," Lamoriello claimed. "Nothing changed. I don't have anything to add to that." 32 0 4Share Actually, the Los Angeles Kings might be moving closer to signing the left winger. According to the Los Ange...
After weeks of back and forth a lot of Devils fans are ready to put Kovalchuck back on the shelf and walk to the next item for sale. Not only have the devils fans been patient with the 27-yr old winger but have shown Kovigreed that they would like for him to remain part of the Devils organization. But after 2 weeks of 12 yr deals, 17yr deals, 6 yr deals and the Kings ...
Mike Morreale NHL.com NEWARK -- New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias knows the stress that comes as an unrestricted free agent. To that end, he understands what Ilya Kovalchuk has been going through. Then again, he never thought a decision would take this long. Kovalchuk, of course, is still unsure where he'll be playing in 2010-11, although the Devils and Los A...
By Eric Marin Their chemistry produced one of the greatest goals in Devils history, and Patrik Elias hopes Jason Arnott’s second tour in New Jersey proves just as sweet. It was Elias who set up Arnott’s winning tally in double overtime of Game 6 to clinch the Stanley Cup versus Dallas in 2000. Together, they were two-thirds of the famed “A Line” with Petr...
Another day has passed with lots of speculation but no official word about where Ilya Kovalchuk (pictured at left) will end up or when he will decide where he will play next season. Thursday will mark the two-week point since the start of free agency and 10 days since Kovalchuk's agent, Jay Grossman, last made a public comment. Grossman said July 5 that the high-scoring...
Source: http://www.nfl-2010.com/ In what seems very unorthothodox to most people who have followed the New Jersey Devils, GM Lou Lamoriello has remained emphatic that the Devils are still “in the mix” to sign LW Ilya Kovalchuk to a free agent deal. While it seems more and more apparent to all that Kovalchuk likely wants to be a King, it still hasn’t happened tw...
Kovalchuk desperately wants to be the highest paid Russian player and best archrival Alexander Ovechkin’s annual salary of $9.58 million per season. And while Kovalchuk’s talent is, at times, on par with the “Great No. 8,” it’s likely that the only place that Kovy’s going to get $10 million per season is in the Kontinenal Hockey League, where a club in St. P...
Source Nj.com Veteran center Eric Chouinard, who attended the Devils' prospects camp for four days hoping to get a contract, will be going back to Germany to play hockey this season. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said no contract offer was made. 0 0 0Share "He's going to be going back to Europe," Lamoriello said. "He did very well, but we could not at t...
Source NJ.com The Devils weren't Anton Volchenkov's first choice. The hard-hitting defenseman, signed as an unrestricted free agent July 1, would have preferred to stay with the Ottawa Senators. "I would have liked to stay in Ottawa. My next choice was to find a good place for me," Volchenkov said today as he visited the Prudential Center. So why didn't he re-s...
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MacLean meets the A-Train

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Source NHL.com John MacLean has already given the A-Train an A-plus. The new head coach met one of the newest members of his defense on Thursday when Anton Volchenkov rumbled through Prudential Center for a visit. The Russian blueliner was in town to work out family arrangements for his move to New Jersey. “Nice kid, looking forward to it,” MacLean said Thursd...
By Greg Wyshynski source: Yahoo Sports CBC's Elliotte Friedman wrote his final "30 Thoughts" column of the summer today (a temporary loss for all hockey fans, to be sure) and focused on Ilya Kovalchuk's(notes) continued lingering on the free-agent market. It included this interesting bit of scuttlebutt about his demands: A couple teams called about shorter-ter...
Free agents Anton Volchenkov and Henrik Tallinder got the multi-million dollar deals from the Devils this summer. Rookie defenseman Tyler Eckford is just hoping for a chance. The question is whether Eckford, who signed a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday that would pay him $500,000 if he plays in the NHL, is ready to make the jump. "Of course I'd like to th...
source MSG By: StanFischler The poet Robert Browning once wrote something akin to, "Your reach should exceed your grasp; or what's a Heaven for?" In terms of the New Jersey Devils, boss Lou Lamoriello certainly has reached out to Ilya Kovalchuk. Nobody knows the true details, but you can assume that the contract offer was -- is! -- long and fat. Just 10 day...
what happen??? we went from very near to this... The Kings reportedly have been solving differences with Kovalchuk, while one source said the Kings believed they had a 50-50 chance of signing the 27-year-old.
source nj.com The signing of Ilya Kovalchuk isn't the last big move for the Devils this summer. Now general manager Lou Lamoriello has to find a way to fit the left winger's salary under the cap. And that may not be easy without making some significant trades. 20 1 0Share "It looks like they're going to be over the cap, so (roster moves) that's the only thing t...
source nj.com The best news John MacLean received this summer was getting hired to coach the Devils. However, the signing of Ilya Kovalchuk today ranks a close second. "I have a smile on my face," MacLean said. Now it will be MacLean's job to fit a talented individual into the Devils' team concept. "We all know that, even looking at him on another team, that...
Source: nj.com Much of the hockey world wonders if the decision to break the bank for unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk was general manager Lou Lamoriello's move or if owner Jeff Vanderbeek stepped in. It is, after all, an uncharacteristic signing by the Devils. Nevertheless, veteran forward Dainius Zubrus said he wasn't surprised by what is believed to be ...
jsiha writes...

What might happen next?????

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We all know that the nightmare is finally over... Now what??? who will go??? My top Three: Rolston (Please Please Please) Zubrus Salvador What might happen with trades....just a theory.... Rolston and Zubrus or salvador to LA for frolov Rolston and Zubrus or salvador for Kaberle
jsiha writes...

Who Will Go???

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Veteran forward Brian Rolston could be one of the bodies on the move -- he has two years left on his deal at $5 million per season, and his cap hit this coming season is $5.062 million. "It looks like they're going to be over the cap, so (roster moves) that's the only thing that makes sense," Rolston said to NJ.com on Monday afternoon. "I don't know what my involvement ...
Source: www.inlouwetrust.com by John Fischer Apologies for the clumsy headline, but one of the big issues that the Ilya Kovalchuk re-signing raises is the salary cap. Assuming the initial reports are true, and I'm using this post from Tom Gulitti as reference, Kovalchuk's contract will be $102 million over 17 years, or a $6 million/year cap hit. As a result, the...
If 17 years seems like an odd number, consider that Kovalchuk wears No. 17 in honor of legendary Russian left winger Valeri Kharlamov. He never met Kharlamov, who died in a 1981 car crash at age 33. Kovalchuck: "He was my dad's favorite," Kovalchuk told me. "I never saw him play live, but I have a lot of videotapes at home. My dad and I would watch tapes of his games...
Cwg-Bobbo writes...

Kolvy-Gate, 2010

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IF the rumors are true (espn and the hockey news both say so) The Kolvy Devils deal has been denied by the NHL. … Really now? The NHL, who is still, according to reports, investigating how many licks it takes to get to the center of the CBA, is going to deny this contract. 17 years = too long. 15 Years is ok. Before people start to say, look at the age, I would li...
source nj.com After the Devils resolve the current contract situation with Ilya Kovalchuk, they can turn their attention toward locking up their other young superstar: Zach Parise. Parise, who recorded 38 goals and 82 points last season, is entering the final year of a four-year, $12.5 million pact he signed in 2007. The Devils’ first-round draft pick in 2003, Pari...
Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract was rejected by the NHL late last night because it “circumvented the league’s salary cap.” Here are a pair of similar contracts that were signed last season. The NHL investigated each contract, before eventually approving both. The league cited that it could not prove that the contracts were not agreed to upon in g...
source: NHL.com New Jersey Devils President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the National Hockey League's rejection of the team's contract with Ilya Kovalchuk: "We are extremely disappointed that the NHL has decided to reject the contract of Ilya Kovalchuk. The contract complies with the terms of the Collecti...
Sooooo.... what exactly is going on in New Jersey? Obviously Lou Lamoriello isn't the type of GM who would be giving out 17 year contracts that could hamper the team salary wise going forward, go against the general spirit of the league and set (more like reset) an already poor precedent. Remember this is still the Lou Lamoriello who yes, did have a high payroll back when ...
FantasyPlayer writes...

Kovy Conspiracy

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Ok, once again we are in a situation where Kovalchuk reigns supreme in the headlines. I thought we had finally rid ourselves of this 3 week dog an pony show. Now 17 years and a 102 million dollars on the surface seems no different then Loungo, Zetterberg, Hossa and DiPietro. But here is where you are wrong. This is different and shady all in the same breath. Yes we ...
Source Vancover Sun: VANCOUVER — The National Hockey League is clearly trying to draw a line in the sand, but may not have a legal leg to stand on in its rejection of Ilya Kovalchuk's 17-year, $102-million US contract with the New Jersey Devils, one prominent agent said Wednesday. J.P. Barry of CAA Sports, whose large roster of clients includes Vancouver Canuck...
Lou Lamoriello was not anxious to discuss the NHL's decision to reject the 17-year, $102 million contract signed by Ilya Kovalchuk. But when contacted Wednesday night, the Devils general manager seemed to suggest the team is not currently reworking the contract but waiting for help from the NHL Players' Association. "We just have to wait for the process right now w...
jsiha writes...

NHL might have picked wrong fight

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Source: Fox Sports n Tuesday afternoon, the New Jersey Devils held a press conference to officially announce the signing of Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk to a mammoth 17-year, $102 million contract. And just a few hours later, word leaked out that the National Hockey League had rejected the contract on the grounds that it was designed to circumvent the salary cap. B...
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With the NHL’s rejection of Ilya Kovalchuk’s deal with the Devils, the debate has broken out as to what constitutes circumvention of the CBA and what’s a fair deal. Hockeybuzz’s Sam Woo sees the rejection as evidence of a double standard in the NHL’s policies and a misstep that casts the NHL as a “Mickey Mouse organization.” Admittedly, any line drawn in th...
As everyone knows, the contract of Ilya Kovalchuk was denied by the NHL which to be honest is no surprise to me and maybe devil fans. With Only around 2 million of available cap space remaining, how would it even be possible for Lou to sign such an elite sniper. Also, as a gm of a team, i don't believe many players by the age of 44 can still play. Over the years, the d...
jsiha writes...

NHLPA to file grievance

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All indications are the NHL Players' Association will file a grievance by Monday at 5 p.m. over the league rejecting the 17-year, $102-million contract signed by Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils. A source told sportsnet.ca that the only way a grievance would not be filed was if the Devils and Kovalchuk restructure the deal. However, the source also said that eve...
jsiha writes...

The Kovi Saga

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It’s no new news that the NHL rejected the seventeen-year $102 million contract the New Jersey Devils awarded superstar left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, due to allegations that it doesn’t comply with the current collective bargaining agreement and a high amount of skepticism that Kovalchuk won’t be playing until he’s forty-four, which is how old he’ll be when the deal e...
Source NYpost First, know this about Gary Bettman and his capricious prosecution of circumvention against the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk -- it's personal with the commissioner, the way it was personal when he and the Board of Governors canceled a season in order to get rid of Bob Goodenow. It's personal because Bettman had been telling NHL general managers for months ...
Source NJ.com The NHL Players' Association likely will file a grievance today on behalf of Ilya Kovalchuk, whose 17-year, $102 million contract was rejected by the league. The union has until 5 p.m. to file the grievance or the Russian left winger will once again become an unrestricted free agent. Kovalchuk, 27, signed the longest contract in NHL history but the...
Source NJ.com Are NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello now at war? Considering that Lamoriello has been a key figure in Bettman's past labor battles against the players, such a war seemed unlikely not too long ago. But the Devils' decision to hold a press conference last Tuesday announcing the signing of a 17-year, $102 milli...
Decision on Kovalchuk is expected to be made as early as next week. Process of choosing arbitrator started last night and will cont today. more as i get it
When the NHL Players’ Association filed a grievance Monday to dispute the NHL’s rejection of Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils, it ran the risk of having an arbitrator restructure the contract if he or she sides with the NHL in the matter. One source close to the situation told THN.com that one of the possibilities would be...
jsiha writes...

Yann Danis Going to KHL

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Yann Danis has reportedly signed a deal with the KHL's Amur Khabarovsk.
jsiha writes...

Mark Fraser Signed....

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Mark Fraser agrees to a one-year/$500,000 contract with the New Jersey Devils.
Once again the league is featuring the Penguins in the Winter Classic. If this doesn't show that Bettman's favorite team is the Pens then I don't know what does. I get the feeling he thinks Cindy is the only marketable player in the NHL because everything he does somehow seems to involve him or his team. I would rather see another Max Talbot "you can call me superst...
The Devils signed a pair of veteran defensemen this summer in Anton Volchenkov and Henrik Tallinder, but Mark Fraser is certain he will earn a spot among the top six this fall. "I really felt I gained a lot of confidence last year," Fraser said. "Overall, I'm really happy with the way my rookie year went. More than anything I'm just anxious to get back and continue wher...
Sportsnet has learned that an arbitrator has been agreed upon by the NHL/PA for the Ilya Kovalchuk case. The hearing is expected to start as soon as next week, with a decision to come by the end of the week. Kovalchuk had signed a US$102 million, 17-year contract with the New Jersey Devils earlier in the month. But the NHL felt the Devils went too far in giving...
The arbitrator - Richard Bloch - is a New Jersey native and finished high school in NJ. I don't think that the arbitrator will be biased but we could get an idea that Bloch will lean toward NJ because he was born here, and because no one could do anything about it! No one is allowed to go against his decisions.
Source NJ.com An independent ruling on whether Ilya Kovalchuk's 17-year, $102 million contract with the Devils is valid will be made late next week now that the NHL Players' Association and the league have agreed on an arbitrator to hear the grievance filed by the union. Two NHL sources, neither with the authority to speak about the arbitrator or scheduled hearing, c...
Some of you already know this, but the Devils will wear their “retro” red, white and green jerseys during their March 18 home game against Washington. Although the Devils have been advertising the March 18 game as the “retro” jersey game in season-ticket package sales, they have not announced it otherwise to the public. During the 2009-10 season, the Devils w...
jsiha writes...

D day for Kovi and the Devils

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[img]http://chievo.theoffside.com/files/2009/05/gabble2.jpg[/img] Okay now im hearing the decision will come Monday...Ahhhhhhhh!!!!...come on... Some facts on Bloch: *experienced in both public and private sector labor arbitration and mediation *has been involved with the Devils before *He ruled that Scott Gomez deserved $5 million for the 2006-07 season *Blo...
Jim Dowd's 13th annual Shore High School All-Star Hockey Game between Ocean and Monmouth will be played Sunday at Red Bank Armory in Red Bank. Tickets for the charity event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., are $10 and will be sold at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Brick Stars “Special Need” Challengers Ice Hockey program. Dowd is a former Devils and Flyers center...
I thought this one one would be a great for Hockeybuzz...I was reading nj.com and saw this post by a fellow devils fan..mmmmmm.....I for one dont believe it..but i thought id share... Source NJ.com NJ.com Devils fan ****** has cooked up an interesting conspiracy theory that couldn't possibly be true, could it? This may soound strange, but I think this is a set...
The arbitration decision over Ilya Kovalchuk's monster contract with the New Jersey Devils will be announced Monday, as expected. It would have been surprising if arbitrator Richard Bloch made his decision public over the weekend but there was a chance, however slim, that it could have come. Now we're left holding our breath for another day. Bloch must deliver his ru...
As already reported “Soviet Sport”, on Tuesday an independent arbitrator found 17-year contract Ilya Kovalchuk with the “New Jersey” at 102 million dollars in illegitimate because of attempts to circumvent the collective agreement.. And the striker once again became a free agent. А So, again, a chance that Kovalchuk will continue career in Russia. В пите...
Rick Kowalsky, who spent the last four seasons coaching Trenton (ECHL), was promoted to head coach of the Devils’ AHL affiliate in Albany, N.Y. Kevin Dean will replace Kowlasky as head coach at Trenton while former Devils assistant coach Tommy Albelin will be an assistant coach at Albany. Vince Williams will remain as assistant coach at Trenton. “A commitment ...
jsiha writes...

HEATS ON!!!!

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Source: NYPOST By MARK EVERSON Last Updated: 5:18 AM, August 12, 2010 Posted: 4:28 AM, August 12, 2010 It's really what late Devils owner John McMullen meant when he said "You don't want 50-goal scorers. Then you have to pay them." The update is you have a huge cap hit. It was a nice try, elegant even, and the Devils' attempt to keep Ilya Kovalchuk's cap hit...
Forbes Magazine in the NHL most valuable hockey teams. Not bad for a team stuck between a really tough market. Metro area population: 19,007,000 Devils local revenue per fan: $14 Rangers local revenue per fan: $22 Islanders local revenue per fan: $9 Figures again from Forbes are based on Stadium and local media revenue generated per person in the metro area...
Would the Devils be able to pull of getting Tomas Kaberle and Ilya Kovalchuk? If they did that would cap off an already great free agency for the Devils that the fans of New Jersey aren't used to seeing from their team. Although the chances seem very slim, nothing is impossible. Rolston, White, and Langenbrunner combine for a $10.86 million cap hit. If the Devils could...
More contract rumors are coming up now...the latest 90 million over 10-13 years... can't confirm just yet
[url]http://www.online-translator.com/site_Translation.aspx?direction=re&from=adv&template=General&autotranslate=on&transliterate=on&flw=1&showvariants=&viewModeSelected=result&sourceURL=http://news.sport-express.ru/2010-08-16/381424[/url] Ilja Kovalchuk continues to prepare for a season in Moscow while behind ocean the question concerning its future contract is solved...
jsiha writes...

Contract submitted???

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Okay here is the latest... Rumor has it that Lou has submitted a new contract to the NHL its supposdley over 10 years im guessing 13 or 14 max...still trying to confirm
Another day with no news..Actually today was a pretty quite day..... Lets go down the list: Rumor that news will come out tomorow about Kovi's new contract... [b]Thats anyone one guess right now like I said everything has been quite on the front.[/b] I was asked about the Devils getting fines by the NHL.. I don't believe that the NHL will fine the Devils...t...
Source NHL.com Article By: Mike G. Morreale What happens when a team expected to make some noise in the Stanley Cup Playoffs instead goes quietly in a third consecutive opening-round upset? Well, for starters, it's time to buck the trend. That's precisely what Devils owners Jeff Vanderbeek and Mike Gilfillan and General Manager Lou Lamoriello thought they had don...
Source: [/url]http://www.todayinhockey.com/tag/viktor-tikhonov/[url] The New Jersey Devils would like to add a puck-moving defenseman if possible. This is just pure speculation, but you have to believe they would be interested in Marc-Andre Bergeron as he is a cheap and productive option. [b]I haven't heard this one yet...but i thought Id share..[/b]
jsiha writes...

Elias on the Move???

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Okay now the rumors are coming out listen to this one Former #Devils fitness coach Vladimir Bure told SovSport he thinks the #NJD will move Elias to make room for Kovalchuk. Source twitter http://twitter.com/dchesnokov/status/21695062255 Wow if this is true ill be really shocked..I for one dont believe this one for a minute... On the Kovi rumor about the Dev...
Great article we found on the thought we'd share.... Source: http://thehockeywriters.com Amidst Silence, Questions Surround Devils in Wake of Kovalchuk Saga Welcome to The Hockey Writers (THW), one of the most popular hockey sites around. Featuring behind the scenes information, player profiles, draft guides and much more. To stay right on top of our Best Storie...
Some sources are stating that: Brian Burke Testified Against Ilya Kovalchuk Contract??? Statement by Columnists / Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun
ATLANTIC CITY — Area hockey fans were thrilled to hear these six words: Hockey is back at the Hall. The New Jersey Devils this season will bring to Boardwalk Hall five minor-league games, which are being sponsored by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority and Caesars Atlantic City. An official announcement will be made at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Boardwa...
There hasn’t been a lot of change on this front. Kovalchuk remains an UFA and the New Jersey Devils are still hoping to work out a contract with him. He also supposedly talked to the KHL, but it doesn’t look like he is headed over there. Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello is not commenting on the situation until a deal is reached. The End of Elias? The ...
Framework of deal between Kovalchuk, Devils believed to be finalized. Some in the know hinting deal will be 12-13 yrs in range of $84-$91MM
Devils have Added the following players for the 2010-2011 season Mattias Tedenby Jacob Josefson David McIntyre Mark Fayne Dan Kelly Matt Taormina [url]http://devils.nhl.com/club/roster.htm[/url]
Contract said to be 13 years 91 million [url]http://www.news12.com/articleDetail.jsp?articleId=228129&position=1&news_type=news[/url]
jsiha writes...

Bryce Salvador to Stars...

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Source NYPOST A source said Lamoriello is working hard at dealing worthy defenseman Bryce Salvador, who would be an important member of the team if his lack of a no-trade clause, coupled with his $2.9 million salary, did not make him a target to be moved to gain cap space. Another source suggested the Stars as a likely destination for Salvador.
[u]NHL Rejection of Kovalchuk’s Deal: Better Late than Never on Nixing Bogus NHL Deals.[/u] If you like/dislike this blog post please participate in the forum at my new website below: [url]http://watercoolersportstalk.weebly.com/#/[/url] While this isn’t exactly NEW news, I think it’s very important news for hockey fans. The NHL rejected the Devils, 17 ye...
jsiha writes...

NHL 2 Devils 0.....

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Well it looks like the NHL is at it again. Frame work for the new Kovalchuck contract was rejected. It looks like that any contract over 10 years will be a no go in the NHL now. Details of the new contract haven't been released yet. And really this isn't about the Devils and Kovalchuck anymore...I quote dchesnokov via twitter "My personal opinion is that Bloch's rulin...
Source Fire & Ice The Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman, are back at work trying to find a contract structure that is acceptable to them and to the NHL after the league rejected their most recent proposal—made Monday at the league’s Manhattan office. When I reached him this morning, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello continued his stance o...
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman denied reports that the NHL rejected a second attempt by the New Jersey Devils to bring star winger Ilya Kovalchuk under contract. Kovalchuk Kovalchuk The New York Post reported Wednesday that the league rejected a second proposal from the Devils and Kovalchuk's representatives. "In order for a contract to be rejected, there would ha...
With time now dwindling before training camp, it’s becoming increasingly likely that the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk will have to play hardball right back at the NHL. To get the two-time 52-goal scorer back on-ice in New Jersey for the Sept. 17 start of training camp, the Devils might have to attempt to unclench the league’s new hard-line stance through what would amo...
Dmitry Chesnokov reported about 36 minutes ago via twitter: Nothing new to report, unfortunately, on the Kovalchuk-KHL developments. KHL is still offering 1-3 year contract. It seems unlikely that Kovalchuck will take a 3 year deal in Russia hes looking for long term
jsiha writes...

Could this be finalyy over???

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Just a few hours ago the Net blow up with tweets of the devils submitting a new contract to the NHL: dchesnokov The latest (last?) Kovalchuk proposal was submitted to the League a couple of hours ago. Now rumors have it that the NHL has approved the contract. Contract is said to be 15 years 100 million. Also note: The NHL stated earlier today that the con...
So it looks as if the summer of kovalchuk has at long last coming to an end. After a couple failed attempts to get a deal done with the Kings, a surprise offer from the Islanders for 10 years $100 million dollars that was nothing more then a false rumor that was created by a writer at the LA Times and spread like a virus all through the internet in less then 24 hours. And ...
Source NYPOST It's difficult to fathom, but rumors are floating that Travis Zajac may be among the players the Devils will eventually sacrifice to get under the salary cap if Ilya Kovalchuk's $100 million, 15-year contract is approved by the NHL. Conventional wisdom suggests Bryce Salvador ($2.9 million) and Dainius Zubrus ($3.4 million) are the obvious candidates to...
This is a pretty funny article about the entire Kovi saga... Source: http://intenttoblow.com/?p=956 The National Hockey League at long last approved a 15-year contract that would send Ilya Kovalchuk to the New Jersey Devils Monday, only to have Kovalchuk retire immediately afterwards at the age of 42. “It was really exciting to hear we had finally gotten it done...
Source Fire & Ice After spending Monday reviewing the 15-year, $100 million contract Ilya Kovalchuk signed with the Devils on Friday, the NHL did not announce a decision on whether it was going to approve or reject the deal. Although a source said the league did not officially inform the Devils of a decision on the contract—that would come in the form of a let...
jsiha writes...

Niemi a Devil?????

Posted Tuesday | Comments 12
Interesting rumor surfaced lastnight via twitter. The Devils might be in on Niemi but no confirmation on either. Now this would be really interesting...Again just a rumor... Follow us on [url]http://fb.me/GTF4jkYf[/url] Update: Via Twitter NHL news: According to ESPN, Antti Niemi could sign a contract within 48 hours.
This piece from one of our admins on our NJ Devils Blog on Facebook...If your on facebook and are a Devils fan you should follow us. The NHL has proven this summer that they want to stand up for their rules. And they have proven that no matter how poorly the expected publicity paints league officials and the NHL, in their minds any publicity is good publicity. Howe...
All around the I see passionate Devil fans being called "Cry Babies"...Really well lets get one thing straight, were not crying here were just frustated with theis entire process...we are trying to sign one of the top scores in the NHL while trying to make moves to fit his new contract. Also we have to worry about our star player Zach next year....So I don't think the outc...
Source TG Fire And Ice There have been so many deadline days during the Ilya Kovalchuk saga, I’ve lost track. We’ve got another one coming on Friday. The question is, will it be the last? After the NHL and NHL Players’ Association mutually agreed to a 48-hour pushback of Wednesday’s 5 p.m. deadline for the league to approve or reject Kovalchuk’s 15-year, $1...
jsiha writes...

Here we go again!!!

Posted Friday | Comments 2
Update Via Twitter: TSN's DarrenDreger Good discussions Thurs between NHL and PA, but no settlement. Kovy deal is tied to this, so postponement today seems likely at this point. Were seeing that more than likely another extension will be announced today. We would be really shocked if the NHL actually has a decision today on the Kovalchuck contract....
Well it looks like from sources around the net that the NHL will probably once again extend the deadline. Why? who knows.. The NHL knows if they reject the contract this time around and it goes before an arbitrator the Devils have a good chance on winning the case. The NHL is running out of time...and they know the Devils and Kovalchuck are too..so why not drag it out a...
jsiha writes...

Kovalchuck Update

Posted Friday | Comments 2
Well its 1:30PM and yet no word on the Kovalchuck Decision. No surprise here...but we have found out that the NHLPA began preparing grievance for Kovy II on Tuesday in case NHL did reject contract.....The question is will the NHL come out on top this time... And the story continues.....
This is how I think the Kings season will go. 1. Martin Jones, Brandon Kozun, Jordan Weal, and Brayden Schenn all make the Monarchs, earning the AHL affiliate a new nickname: "The 2009-10 WHL All-Stars!" 2. Jones DAZZLES in Manchester, earning himself a call-up. 3. Ersberg is traded for Niklas Hagman, who posts average numbers on a struggling Calgary team. H...
sirwin31 writes...

Crunching Some Numbers

Posted Tuesday | Comments 4
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement that was reached during the canceled 2004-05 NHL season brought with it some new rules and concepts which have changed the way team personnel are managed, and the league was dubbed the “New NHL”. The majority of these rules were financial based and have largely impacted the general managers in the league, limiting the high spendi...
Check out my post at The Checking Line with predictions for the Atlantic Division for the 2010-2011 season. I'm sure many of you will either see where I'm coming from or completely disagree - and I want to hear it on The Checking Line! Register and leave your comments at the end of my blog! http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/atlantic-division...
We're well into training camp and I'm sure I can speak for all hockey fans when I say how excited I am that hockey's back. Although we're in the stages of exhibition hockey, consider it your fix to help ease the anxiety that comes with the anticipation of waiting for October's arrival. After a summer where the New Jersey Devils were among the more relevant teams in the hoc...
jsiha writes...

Cap Update

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Devs' moves: Salvador on LTIR. Salmela designated as injured non-roster player. Taormina assigned to Albany. Henrique recalled.
icedog97 writes...

Something is Missing

Posted Sunday | Comments 3
Losing a 3-2 game...where we had a late lead...and then seemed to fall apart at the seams...is way too familiar when it comes to playng against the Canadiens. And this time...we can't even blame it on Halak. But after watching the Penguins through two games...I can't help but think there is something missing. No...it's not Gonchar...he was there last year when the...
Since the Devil's bloggers are nowhere to be found these days, I figured I would fill in. The struggling Devils host the struggling Sabres tonight in what can only be explained as a war of attrition. Tonight's goalie matchup with feature Johan Hedberg and Jhonas Enroth. Miller will be the emergency backup goalie for the Sabres and it is still unclear who will be Hedberg's ...
Stop by for tomorrow's Isles/Devils matinee game as I will be hosting a live blog, along with George Prax, for The Checking Line from the press-box at Nassau Coliseum! Be there for the start at 12:45! http://thecheckingline.com/calendar/isles-vs-devils-liveblog-special-1245pm-start -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
Head over to The Hockey Writers for my latest post as the Islanders have ended the 14-game losing streak with a 2-0 shutout victory of the New Jersey Devils this afternoon http://bit.ly/hQcuYW Leave comments! -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
Devil fans you tell us who will let go, stay, trade, waivers or let him walk: Andy Greene Contract: Salary: 737,500 Status: UFA in 2011-2012 season(next season), No NTC, NO NMC. Means: Andy Green can chose to sign with any team. Example (Paul Martin) So tell us Trade him now, keep him, waivers, let him sign somewhere else.
Devil fans you tell us who will let go, stay, trade, waivers or let him walk: Langs Contract: Salary: 2,800,000 Status: UFA in 2011-2012 season(next season), No NTC, NO NMC.(after this year Means: Langs can chose to sign with any team. Example (Paul Martin) So tell us Trade him now, keep him, waivers, let him sign somewhere else.
Jason Arnott Contract: Salary: $4,500,000 Status: UFA in 2011-2012 season(next season), No NTC, NO NMC.(after this year Means: Jason Arnott can chose to sign with any team. Example (Paul Martin) So tell us Trade him now, keep him, waivers, let him sign somewhere else.
Zajac, Travis » Contract: Salary: 3,887,500 Status: UFA in 2013-2014. No NTC, NO NMC. Means: He still has 3 years under his contract, He could bring back a good D man if traded. So tell us Trade him now, keep him, waivers.
jsiha writes...

What would you do with Zach?

Posted Sunday | Comments 7
Parise, Zach » Contract: Salary: $3,125,000 Status: RFA in 2011-2012. No NTC, NO NMC. Means: The current team must extend a "qualifying offer" to a restricted free agent to retain negotiating rights to that player. Keep him (which I vote for and I know Lou wont let him get away) Trade him, waivers, let him walk
jsiha writes...

Devils VS Pens

Posted Monday | Comments 4
Tonight the Devils take on the red hot Pens. Will this be the big turn around game or will it be a horrible blowout? With all the rumors going around if the devils don't pull a victory out this might also be J Mac last game has devils head coach.
The Penguins are coming off yet another win, the latest in impressive fashion over the listless Blue Jackets 7-2 on Saturday night. The Penguins opponent, the New Jersey Devils are coming off another loss as their early season woes continue. They lost Saturday to the Flyers by a score of 5-3. A video shot of Jamie Langenbrunner at the end of the game could probably sum ...
The leadership quality of Devil's captain Jamie Langenbrunner has been questioned since last year's mid-season slide, a trend that's worsened as it crossed into this year's campaign. At this point in the season, Langenbrunner's been as ineffective as most of the players on this team have been with only three goals and eleven points in eighteen games, going a minus ten. As ...
The New Jersey Devils, NHL powerhouse and dynasty, are going to move into the doghouse and become a dud-nasty if they keep going the way they are going. The Devils have the greatest golatender to possibly stand in an NHL crease in Martin Brodeur, they have veterns all through the line up and have one of the most powerful General Managers in hockey, ...
A season that started with so much hope and promise is officially on life support as the New Jersey Devils find themselves just two points ahead of the lowly Islanders for last place in the NHL just days before Christmas. While it has been difficult to pinpoint the exact reason for their demise one thing that remains evident is the current combination of aging veterans...
Read my latest about Josh Bailey's return to the NHL after a succesful demotion to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at The Hockey Writers! http://bit.ly/h0I1sS Happy Holiday's everyone! -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
amerk626 writes...

2011 and the Devils

Posted Tuesday | Comments 9
First and foremost, I wish everyone a happy 2011! After ending the 2010 year with a modest 3-1 defeat over the Atlanta Thrashers, a year during which the Devils went 30-42-9, they stumbled hard into 2011, getting crushed by the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3. Going into tonight's game (1/4/2011) against the Minnesota Wild, there have been a number of intriguing events that tr...
gonzo126 writes...

Devils and more mistakes!

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
So the fire sale may have been. We traded Langs in order to give kids more playing time. Yet the Devs scratch Mattias Tedenby???!!! What gives? The time is now for the young players to prove if they are ready. I understand the Flyers are a very physical team. I understand Tedenby gets pushed around and needs to mature and get more physical. But his time is now. Are ...
So the trade deadline has come and gone, and with the Dustin Penner trade pulled off by Steve Tambelini, I think you can start to understand the map outlining the course that is potentially to be the Oilers rebuild. It has been known that the Oilers are set on building through the draft, last year made this very clear.... but the fact that Tambelini did not bring in a NHL ...
KevinJames writes...

Sabres/Devils Flashback

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
It was February 6th, 2008, and Western New York was stilllocked in the grip of Winter. Weathermen predicted that a storm would pass through Buffalo that night, but instead of snow, the city was pounded by a blizzard of sheer ice. While most residents chose to stay off the frozen streets, there were a few that found it better to make their way to HSBC Arena. Rather than ...
Check out my latest post at The Checking Line discussing the possibilities and consequences of Garth Snow's ability to sign Devils forward Zach Parise to an offer sheet this summer. http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/will-garth-snow-sign-zach-parise-offer-sheet -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
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KevinJames writes...

Having a Devil of a Time

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Many Sabres fans, including myself, were a bit premature after Buffalo moved into 7th place last week. I was already thinking about who the Sabres should play in the first round. Well, after a 1-0 loss to Carolina, Buffalo is the team that everyone is looking to beat. It’s not over until it’s over. New Jersey knows a little something about that this season. Former S...
Check out my blog http://nyi247.blogspot.com/ I spoke with Stu Siegel today, former Long Islander and current owner of the Florida Panthers. Stu set the bar for NHL owners by donating $10,000 to the Japan relief fund. follow him on twitter @StuSiegel . Tell him you heard about his donation and send him some love. I hope my NY Islanders step up. Lets see w...
Head over to The Checking Line for my latest post that takes a look at prospect Matt Donovan and his first professional contract wit the Islanders http://bit.ly/fW9rhd Don't forget to check back tonight at TCL for Daniel Friedman's post-game blog of the Isles Devils game and definitely stop back tomorrow night for a LIVE BLOG for the Islanders/Rangers game, coming to...
amerk626 writes...

Q&A With Todd Cordell

Posted Friday | Comments 4
For those that read Devils posts on here, I'm the one known as Intern Mike. Sam's been relatively busy as of late so I'll take the liberty of continuing to submit my posts to read. With the Devil's off-season starting a little earlier than we're used to, they are surrounded by a bunch of question marks yet again. I was fortunate to get some time from my good friend Todd...
njdevil267 writes...

A Bold move in Philly

Posted Friday | Comments 9
Hi everyone! Welcome to my first Hockey Buzz blog post! As a New Jersey Devils fan, you will find that my postings will typically revolve around issues affecting the Devils in particular, and the Atlantic Division in general. But of course as with any huge NHL fan I may stray from time to time! Anyway - lets begin by talking about the bold move Paul Holmgren just ...
It's summer time in New Jersey - that means that the New Jersey Devils are probably conducting their almost-annual coaching search! Some interesting names have been floating around: Ken Hitchcock, Craig Ramsay, Marc Crawford, Mike Keenan, Mike Haviland, Michel Therrien, Bob Hartley, and Mike Eaves to name a few. But one thing we know for sure from past experience - the ...
NJDAaron1 writes...

So far...

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
TOP DEFENCEMEN OVER THE AGE OF 35 Roman Hamrlik Sami Salo Niclas Wallin Bryan McCabe TOP DEFENSIVE Scott Hannan Brent Sopel TOP OFFENSIVE DEFENCEMEN Ed Jovanovski Christian Ehrhoff Tomas Kaberle FORWARDS TOP SNIPERS Andrew Brunette Erik Cole Simon Gagne Jussi Jokinen Scottie Upshall “Set Up Artists” Tim Connolly Vil...
NJDAaron1 writes...

Devils and their UFAs

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
The Devils have three MAJOR UFAs. Adam Mair. Andy Greene. Johan Hedberg. When it comes to Mair I'm sure all the Devils fans are happy and thankful to his contributions to the team last year. I myself believe he is a great player but I don't think he is going to be resigned. Andy Greene I think should definitely be resigned. He is an all around great blueliner....
Upon the retirement of the great Hall of Famer Scott Stevens the Devs have struggled to find a solid captain. They tried Elias, and Langenbrunner and in between, the position was left vacant. When Jamie was shipped off to Dallas at the deadline the position of captain was left vacant once again. The Devils' management wisely decided their were more important things than...
NJDAaron1 writes...

Parise

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Im sure you have all heard of the rumors of a trade involving Parise. The rumors involve an Eastern Canadian team who is believed to be Toronto. Vancouver. And The Rangers. Now Im sure the Devils would not give up their star player. Second of all to any of these teams. Toronto (a minor rival) and NYR (A major rival!). But just because of those reasons we cant count tho...
NJDAaron1 writes...

ALL UNSIGNED DEVILS

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
ZACH PARISE/RFA VLADIMIR ZHARKOV/RFA ADAM MAIR/UFA MATT CORRENTE/RFA ANSSI SALMELA/RFA MATT TAORMINA/RFA MARK FRASER/RFA ANDY GREENE/UFA JAY LEACH/UFA JOHAN HEDBERG/UFA BUYOUTS--ANDREW PETERS/JAY PANDOLFO
NJDAaron1 writes...

Websites to Track Signings

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
www.HockeyBuzz.com www.NHL.com www.CapGeek.com www.NHLPA.com to track your favorite team: www.*teamname*.nhl.com
As the sixth day of NHL free agency comes to a close the Devils look nearly identical to the team that defeated the Boston Bruins on the final day of the regular season in front of a sell-out crowd full of the Nordique Nation. The Devils watched Arnott sign with the Blues today and they let Eckford sign with the Coyotes. All Lou has done thus far is resign Defenseman A...
NJDAaron1 writes...

DeBoer

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
According to the most important man on Hockey Buzz. Eklund. Peter DeBoer from Florida will be named the Devils' head coach this afternoon. I say at around 5 to 6 PM.
NJDAaron1 writes...

Peter DeBoer

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
According to the most important man on Hockey Buzz. Eklund. Peter DeBoer former Panthers Coach will be named Head Coach this afternoon. I say 5 to 6 PM
NJDAaron1 writes...

HEAD COACH!!

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Peter DeBoer has been named HEAD COACH! Just after I write the blog of Eklund's Rumor DeBoer is named HEAD COACH. CONGRATULATIONS PETER DONT LET US DOWN!
Forwards: Eric Boulton--33? David Clarkson--23 Patrik Elias--26--A Cam Janssen--25---------HEALTHY SCRATCH Jacob Josefson--16 Ilya Kovalchuk--17--A Nick Palmeri--32 Zach Parise--9--A Rod Pelley--10 Brian Rolston--12--A David Steckel--25 Mattias Tedenby--21 Travis Zajac--19--A Vladimir Zharkov--18------HEALTHY SCRATCH Dainius Zubrus--8--A Defencemen: ...
NJDAaron1 writes...

How Do We Get Parise?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Clarkson is now a player who is in the talks of being traded. Mr. Todd Cordell's blog had talked about this. Clarkson who is recieving about $3 million seems like the perfect escape. Most people say "TRADE ROLSTON!" Well...Rolston has a NTC. White?!...NTC Rolston who I think has a hell of a slapshot hasnt been doing much. We are paying him for 25 goals......
devilsfAAn1 writes...

So Long Doc

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
After 20 Years of announcing...Mike "Doc" Emrick has decided to step down from his position of the Devils' Play By Play announcer. What does this lead to? Who will be the guy to replace him? Steve Cangilosi? Matt Loughlin? We still have former goalie Glenn "Chico" Resch. But what does the future have in store? Good Bye Doc. We will miss you!
Doc Emrick announced earlier today that his 21 year hall-of-fame run as the play-by-play announcer for the New Jersey Devils television broadcast has come to its end. The 64 year old has grabbed the hearts of so many Devil's fans through the years with his distinctive nasally voice and his tremendous ability to keep any hockey game entertaining. What will be missed just ...
Hi All! Hope all of you on the East Coast are enjoying this brutally hot stretch of weather! As I sit here and observe the temperature outside rising to over 100 degrees, I figured this would be a perfect time to try to predict the final standings in the Atlantic Division. Now granted, it is VERY early and there are certainly still roster decisions to be made by each ...
Latest from Matthew_Steven According to my sources, Panthers recordingly have interest in Zach Parise. What I am hearing is that the Devils really like Huberdeau and/or Gudbranson (3rd overall pick in 2010 draft.) Devils seem to also be interested in David Booth and Jacob Markstrom (Panthers #1 goaltending prospect.) With this possibly being Brodeur's last productive se...
Forwards: Eric Boulton--33? David Clarkson--23 Patrik Elias--26--A Cam Janssen--35?---------HEALTHY SCRATCH Jacob Josefson--16 Ilya Kovalchuk--17--A Nick Palmeri--32 Zach Parise--9--A Rod Pelley--10 Brian Rolston--12--A David Steckel--25 Mattias Tedenby--21 Travis Zajac--19--A Vladimir Zharkov--18------HEALTHY SCRATCH Dainius Zubrus--8--A Defencemen: ...
Forwards: Eric Boulton--33? David Clarkson--23 Patrik Elias--26--A Jacob Josefson--16 Ilya Kovalchuk--17--A Nick Palmeri--32 Zach Parise--9--A Rod Pelley--10 Brian Rolston--12--A David Steckel--25 Mattias Tedenby--21 Travis Zajac--19--A Vladimir Zharkov--18------HEALTHY SCRATCH Dainius Zubrus--8--A Defencemen: Mark Fayne--34 Andy Greene--6 Adam Lars...
Read my latest at The Checking Line as I take a look at the Trent Hunter/Brian Rolston trade with the New Jersey Devils http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/islanders-acquire-brian-rolston-devils -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
Well the Devils and Zach Parise finally agreed to a 1 year deal. With the Devils opting to file for salary arbitration there was no chance that Parise could entertain an offer sheet, so him coming back was a certainty. The only question was - could they get him signed to a long term deal - and the answer right now is no. Having said that - barring any trades the ros...
Another week has come and gone and the New Jersey Devils are business as usual. Of course the week started promising with another hearty round of rumor mongering and speculation gone wild. Ultimately leading to the surprising removal of the giant white elephant in the locker room in the form of an inflated Brian Rolston contract, perhaps the worst in franchise history. ...
Parise. Zach Parise. Yes, he signed for only a 1 year deal, which surely means his days as a Devil are numbered.. as a Rangers faithful has repeatedly told me joyfully (as joyful as if Wade Reddens contract never happened...) Yes, as a die hard Devils fan Parise's long term fate is certainly a concern. To me, Parise is an example of everything a player should be. He do...
Parise. Zach Parise. Yes, he signed for only a 1 year deal, which surely means his days as a Devil are numbered.. as a Rangers faithful has repeatedly told me joyfully (as joyful as if Wade Reddens contract never happened...) Yes, as a die hard Devils fan Parise's long term fate is certainly a concern. To me, Parise is an example of everything a player should be. He do...
devilsfAAn1 writes...

Peter Harrold

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
As you might have heard thanks to Todd Cordell... The Devs have signed Peter Harrold. After seeing this I immediately searched Peter Harrold. I looked at the normal things like Stats, Bio, etc. After reading I am a fan of this signing. Harrold (if he plays) will be a great offensive-defenceman addition.
NJDAaron1 writes...

Peter Harrold

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
As you might have heard thanks to Todd Cordell... The Devs have signed Peter Harrold. After seeing this I immediately searched Peter Harrold. I looked at the normal things like Stats, Bio, etc. After reading I am a fan of this signing. Harrold (if he plays) will be a great offensive-defenceman addition.
Today Brian Rolston and I discussed his anticipated role with the New York Islanders for the upcoming season, his past experiences with the New Jersey Devils and his thoughts on the possible changes to the game that the NHL is currently considering. http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/one-one-brian-rolston -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitt...
Check out my latest post at The Checking Line as former New Jersey Devils forward Jay Pandolfo will be attending the Islanders training camp on a tryout basis. http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/jay-pandolfo-gets-try-out-islanders -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
For a team that managed only twenty-one points over the course of the first 41 games last season, the last thing the Devils wanted was yet another summer that would leave the Devils short on opening night. However, their nightmare became a reality when the Devils released that their star center Travis Zajac will be out of hockey for 8-10 weeks after having surgery. Zajac...
The New Jersey Devils are still looking to rebound from one of their toughest seasons in franchise history. Aside from having their fifteen year playoff streak come to an end, the Devils came to realize a devastating reality: Marty Brodeur is getting old. Though he played well in the latter part of this past season, the all-time winningest goalie was shaken by various in...
NJxDevils writes...

Smith VS Smith and Vice Versa

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
It's been rainy and thundery in Jersey today and it was rainy and thundery for Ben Smith of the Chicago Blackhawks. In yesterdays pre-season bout between the Hawks and the Red Wings, second year player Ben Smith tied up the game at 3 a piece but did not get to see the end of the game after he was hit in the head by Brendan Smith's shoulder. Ben made a nice dipsy doodle ...
NJDAaron1 writes...

THE DEVILS' PROSPECTS

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Prospects who could be seen this season: FWDS: Nathan Perkovich 6'5 215 Adam Henrique 6'0 200 Petr Vrana (recently put on hold from his other team) 5'10 175 DEFENCE: Adam Larsson 6'3 197 Alexander Urbom 6'5 215 Tyler Eckford 6'1 205 GOALTENDERS: Mike McKenna 6'3 195 *Palmeri, Fayne, Tedenby, Josefson, and Larsson will all play more than 25 game...
icedog97 writes...

Nobody Asked Me But...#2

Posted Monday | Comments 7
...The Tomas Vokoun signing in Washington appears now to be about as much like the Ilya Bryzgalov signing in Philadelphia as their two salaries are for 2011...which is to say "not much". Initially people compared the two with the idea being that both clubs were obtaining "top" netminders to make them legitimate cup contenders. Washington seemed to get the better deal becau...
When the puck dropped to begin the game, many Devils fans put the hands over their face and muttered to themselves "Here we go again". In the first ten minutes of the game the Devils were absolutely dominated. They were out-skated, out-shot, out-scored, and out-coached. Gagne was able to capitalize for the high-powered Kings' offense early in the game and this one looke...
Sabres42 writes...

Getting Healthier

Posted Tuesday | Comments 2
Stafford, Regher, and Kaleta will return tonight leaving the Sabres with only 6 regulars out. Ennis should be back Friday, Miller will take part in his first full practice tomorrow probably meaning another week or so for him, Weber and McCormick both skated today. As the Sabres get healthier will they start to climb the eastern conference again? I think they are startin...
This is my first blog so please bear with me folks. This season, the Devils have quite the built up system for the first time in many, many years as far as depth goes. We're getting thinner at forward than normal, more talented at defense, and finally and justifiably building up goalie prospects. This is all great news for the near and even far future for call ups with...
The Devils (14-13-1) visit the Bolts (12-15-2), who are reeling in a bad way. This game should be an excellent opportunity for the Devs to get 2 points in regulation for the first time since Nov. 25. The last time these 2 met, the Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead, I was there and boy was it impressive! The last 10 minutes of the game however were not, as the Devils very nea...
NJD (14-13-1) @ TBL (12-15-2) St. Pete Times Forum 7pm VS/TSN2 Hedberg (300th start of his career!) vs Roloson (side note, Devils have acquired D Kurtis Foster, and G prospect Timo Pielmeier for C Pelley, D Fraser and a 7th round pick in 2012. A great trade for guys who have been placed on waivers twice, getting a solid blueline shot and 40+ point scorer in Foster as...
So apparently the game plan was lost in the mail on its way from New York to Philadelphia and then from Philly back to Tampa. Not to worry though, things are going to be fine soon enough. Okay, so that may be a little bit of an optimistic view on things. This post-game wrap up is all about one thing; one VERY big thing. I have lowered my expectations for this team ...
NJD 15-13-1, 31 points @ FLA 16-9-5, 37 points Bank Atlantic Center 7:30pm EST MSG+, FSFL (HD) Martin Brodeur NJD vs Jose Theodore FLA Acquired yesterday in a trade, D Kurtis Foster will indeed play tonight, grouped with Salvador. Urbom and Palmieri will both sit, and Janssen will play tonight. I'm very curious how this team will come off putting up 5 goals, ...
The Chicago Blackhawks are the top-ranked team but GM Stan Bowman is prepared for trade talks anytime now as the trade deadline is soon coming up. Some concern that Bowman has is his secondary scoring. The Hawks have great players to begin with and they are showing the numbers. Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa always put a good game on and than you have you...
After dropping a 2-1 decision to the Devils the Winnipeg Jets brass has to look at their team and decide whether or not they are going to address the issues that currently plague this line up. Namely offense and effort. For the entire game this team looked absolutely useless offensively. he Jets lone goal was scored by Andrew Ladd on a shot that martin Brodeur is goin...
Last summer, Lou Lamoriello decided to take player Zach Parise to arbitration, which was the beginning of the end of Parise's tenure in New Jersey. The eventual one-year-deal signed left Parise opened to unrestricted free agency next season with 30 potential suitors as he's one of the most coveted forwards in the league. Who wouldn't want this guy in front of their net, ...
Last summer, Lou Lamoriello decided to take player Zach Parise to arbitration, which was the beginning of the end of Parise's tenure in New Jersey. The eventual one-year-deal signed left Parise opened to unrestricted free agency next season with 30 potential suitors as he's one of the most coveted forwards in the league. Who wouldn't want this guy in front of their net, ...
Last summer, Lou Lamoriello decided to take player Zach Parise to arbitration, which was the beginning of the end of Parise's tenure in New Jersey. The eventual one-year-deal signed left Parise opened to unrestricted free agency next season with 30 potential suitors as he's one of the most coveted forwards in the league. Who wouldn't want this guy in front of their net, ...
Last summer, Lou Lamoriello decided to take player Zach Parise to arbitration, which was the beginning of the end of Parise's tenure in New Jersey. The eventual one-year-deal signed left Parise opened to unrestricted free agency next season with 30 potential suitors as he's one of the most coveted forwards in the league. Who wouldn't want this guy in front of their net, ...
After not being able to provide themselves any real scoring chances in a lackluster effort against the Devils, the Jets appeared to come ready to play tonight against the Sens. Chris mason was not really tested all that much but did provide solid net-minding late to keep the Senators off the board during an inevitable late-game push. The reason Mason had such an easy...
Defina writes...

Operation Parise

Posted Tuesday | Comments 6
Word on the street (New york Post) is that the New Jersey Devil are in talks with the NHL to get a cash advance if you will because they are losing money and losing money fast. [quote] "Vanderbeek, who owns 47 percent of the team, does not have the money to fund losses, while billionaire Ray Chambers, who also owns 47 percent, no longer wants to fund the team. Las...
Defina writes...

Dancing With The Devil(s)

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
The Sabres rolled into New Jersey losers of 5 in a row and 12 straight on the road. Advantage Devils right? But low and behold something we Sabres fans have all be yearning for quite sometime a big much needed W. Leopold got things started by being Johnny on the spot to tap in Gerbe slapshot that ricochets off the glass and bounced right in the crease for an easy ta...
Gambi99 writes...

Parise Singing The Blues?

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
There have been a lot of talk about Parise lately and where he'll end up. We heard from site to site different stories ranging from him resigning with the Devils to being traded at the deadline to almost every team in the NHL. So last night I started thinking, which doesn't happen much at my age, and started to look around the league to find a right partner for Parise if a...
shevy writes...

Avs Play Tough - Same Result

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Another game, another loss. Give the Avs credit, they played a solid game but the issue of scoring keeps coming up. Right now, the Avs just dont have that extra shooter that can be a difference maker for this team. Mueller's play has been a spark, no doubt, Duchene is still hurt, but even when both come back this teams loaded down the middle but lacking a true sniper on th...
smeadows writes...

Game 51: NJ-NYR

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
The matchup tonight at MSG features a Devils (30-19-3) squad that is now surging with big wins over the Flyers, Penguins, and Rangers and are looking for their first five game winning streak of this season versus the Rangers (33-12-5), who coming off of a strong physical performance against the Flyers on Super Bowl Sunday, and are looking to revenge their shootout loss at...
smeadows writes...

Game 51: NJD 1 NYR 0

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
The Devils were able to escape MSG with a 1-0 victory and earn their second victory in eight days over the Rangers. However just like the previous game between these two bitter rivals the end was not one that many Ranger fans will be able to swallow with ease. This time it was a late goalie interference penalty, that negated the potentially tying goal, on Gaborick which pr...
scottregnier writes...

EVERY Play Counts

Posted Friday | Comments 0
He scored a goal last night and got an assist on another.....but I'm getting really irritated by Chris Stewart. He can be fairly lazy out there. The Deveils' second goal was on him. He was flat-footed, lethargic, uninspired in going to Henrique after being picked on his way to the puck. He didn't care. He didn't think anything would happen. Well.....dammit......Henri...
FloridianDevil writes...

Devils are red-hot!!!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 2
It has been a while since my previous write up for the boys in red and black, so there is much to cover! After tonight's grueling victory in Toronto over the Leafs in Overtime, the New Jersey Devils are on a four-game win streak, and are 35-20-4. Folks, that is a very impressive record for where this team was projected to end up. At this point last season, after 59 gam...
archromat writes...

Icky Zidlicky

Posted Saturday | Comments 6
"Look for the Devils to do something this trade deadline." Take on a four million dollar contract next season for a player who's worth about one million, given he's an awesome -6, scored zero goals, and racked up a whole 14 assists. Any defenseman can put up fourteen assists in the NHL, all they have to do is ice the puck out of the zone. Those are about the same nu...
Last night Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers skated to a 3-2 victory at Scotia Bank Place in Ottawa to force a game 7 in their series with the Senators. The top seed in the East fought back from a deflating shutout loss at home in Game 5 and an early 1-0 deficit in game 6. The Atlantic Division champs had some help from an undisciplined Ottawa team who took several crucia...
andydrmm writes...

NHL Semifinals 2011-2012

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Wow, that was an exciting first round with numerous upsets, and plenty of teams having some very close calls over the past 2 weeks. Like you, I’m surprised about several of the teams that are still alive and kicking in the NHL playoffs. Here’s my take on the 2nd round, and predictions as to who is moving on to the Conference Finals. http://betweenthebenches.com/?p...
I don't usually write a blog that simply mentions another blog but this seems to be very appropriate. Tim Panaccio's latest: [url]http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Tim-Panaccio/Flyers-React-to-Elimination/2/44345[/url] A bunch of comments from the Flyer's players and coach but the things they say, about how different the two series were, are very telling. The most ...
Conference Final Observations -Let the 1994 comparisons between the Rangers and the Devils begin. Martin Brodeur is the only remaining player from either of those squads still on the same team. Officially dubbing the Eastern Conference Finals the Penn Station Showdown, but Ghosts of Matteau works too. -Much is going to be made of Henrik Lundqvist’s dominance agains...
DPennucci writes...

Please Devils, Don't Hurt Em

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
Quickly, as a disclaimer, the above title does not refer to the thorough New Jersey Devils victory from Wednesday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but more as a plea for New Jersey to stay out of the penalty box. The Devils won 3-2 and surrendered both goals on the power play, another of which came from Rangers über rookie Chris Kreider. The Devils contro...
DPennucci writes...

Cup Finals Storylines

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
-Expect two questions to abound for New Jersey throughout the Stanley Cup Finals: 1. Will Martin Brodeur retire should the Devils win the Cup? 2: Where will Zach Parise be playing next season? (although, it's seeming more likely that he will be staying in New Jersey). -How will the Devils adapt their style of play to Los Angeles after facing the passive approach of the ...
Anze Kopitar is hardly the skater a goaltender wants to see bearing down on him in overtime with yards of unimpeded ice. Kopitar's slick hands, put on display during the St. Louis series, waited out Martin Brodeur and snagged Los Angeles a 2-1 victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday evening, giving the Kings home-ice advantage in the process. In a physical...
goaler31 writes...

The Magic of Brodeur

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Few can argue that Martin Brodeur has had a magical NHL career. Over his brilliant 18 years in the league, he is a three time Stanley Cup winner, four time Vezina Trophy winner, the all time wins leader, and all time shut out leader. He has led Team Canada to Olympic Gold, and has been the the face of the New Jersey Devils Franchise for the better part of 20 years. And has...
goaler31 writes...

The Magic of Brodeur

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Few can argue that Martin Brodeur has had a magical NHL career. Over his brilliant 18 years in the league, he is a three time Stanley Cup winner, four time Vezina Trophy winner, the all time wins leader, and all time shut out leader. He has led Team Canada to Olympic Gold, and has been the the face of the New Jersey Devils Franchise for the better part of 20 years. And has...
[b]For everything hockey - 24/7 news updates, scores, humour, blogs, and everything else in between, please follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/DailyNHLGrind.[/b] LINK TO PART ONE: [url]http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=13838&user_id=131735[/url] Today is day two of a six-day series that will look at the job done by the 30 GM’s around the league. Fr...
Here are five positive things I will take away from a lockout, in descending order 5: The New Jersey Devils will save about 3 million dollars every two weeks in player's salaries. This should help them make their loan payments...seeing how four rounds of extra playoff revenue did not seem to to the job. 4: Vancouver have an extra year to work out a deal with Tor...
As a follow-up on my recent predictions of the Northeast division, I'll be weighing in today with my thoughts on possibly the best division in hockey. The Atlantic Division contained 4 playoff teams last year, or the number produced by the Southeast and Northeast divisions combined. The fact that the Eastern final was between two Atlantic teams, and didn't feature perenia...
archromat writes...

The five minute penalty

Posted Sunday | Comments 8
I have a bone to pick with the rules. The situation rose again during the Canada-Slovak game the other day, where Canada had to kill off two five minute majors from trivial calls. Why rose again? Because NJ's season basically ended trying to kill a five minute boarding penalty. Now when there's an illegal hit to the head, or a boarding, or a bad charging, I understa...
Giroux writes...

Big Win on the Road

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
The Flyers just pulled off probably the biggest win of the season against the Islanders today. I think I speak for most Flyers fans when I say it's about time they got a win, especially in blowout fashion. The Flyers needed goals, and badly. Up until today, the boys were having trouble scoring more than one goal per game. The Flyers have definitely been lacking scoring...
andydrmm writes...

Season High 3-Game Win Streak

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
I’ve really had to wrap my head around this blog. It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve had something even remotely positive to write about with this team. Well, the Sabres finally delivered something mildly positive to bring a glimmer of hope to the fans of Buffalo. Remember, it’s just a glimmer. Buffalo has gotten 6 much needed points the last 3 game...
What is wrong with the Devils? That is the question that all Devil's fan's are asking right now. After such a strong start, the Devil's have faltered in the last couple of weeks and have slid from 1st in the east all the way to 7th. There are several possible causes for the slide but I have highlighted below the few that I believe are the most pressing. Scoring-With Pari...
The trade deadline is days away and there have been talks all around the league with numerous teams. The New Jersey Devils are obviously struggling without Ilya Kovalchuk in the lineup. Drastic changes don't need to be made; he will eventually return. But what if he returns too late and the Devils don't make the playoffs. This HAS to be something Lou Lamoriello has thought...
Ilya Kovalchuk, Travis Zajac, Stefan Matteau, Steve Bernier, Ryan Carter, Krys Barch and Stephen Gionta. These seven are the only non-free agent forwards on Jersey's roster (Henrique, Josefson and Loktionov are restricted). On top of that, their defensive core is a jumbled mess. Fayne, Tallinder, Larsson, Volchenkov and Harrold were switched in and out of the lineup all...
For New Jersey Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky, this offseason should be filled with a lot of time searching for a new home, because he should not be returning to the Devils next season. The free agent veteran had said many times at he wants to return to the garden state next year, but there are plenty of reasons why Lou Lamoriello should just let Zidlicky go. First...
The New Jersey Devils stole the show yesterday at the 2013 NHL Draft held at the Prudential Center in Newark. They traded away their first round draft pick to the Vancouver Canucks for goaltender Cory Schneider. With Schneider now coming to New Jersey it makes their goaltending situation for the future less questionable than before. The organization is extremely excited fo...
MikeWilliams writes...

Who is Myles Bell?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Who is Myles Bell? I believe that was every New Jersey Devils fan's reaction when he was drafted in the sixth round, 160th overall, on Sunday. If you look up his stats from the past season, you will find that he was recently converted from defense to forward, he had 38 goals, 55 assists for a total of 93 points in just 69 games. That is A LOT of points for someone taken i...
I won’t take anything away from right wing David Clarkson. When he deploys his A-game, Clarkson is a rugged power forward with tons of offensive upside, the type of player any team would want. With that said, I cannot put enough emphasis on the wording of that previous sentence, more particularly, the first five words of it, an allusion to the glaring shortcomings that h...
As of midnight today, teams around the NHL are able to start talking to unrestricted free agents. With no deal being done yet for right winger David Clarkson, it is pretty much almost certain that he will not be returning to New Jersey next season. If he does choose to leave, the Devils will certainly need replace his scoring help on the wings. To be honest, I did not ...
The New Jersey Devils agreed with free agent power forward Ryane Clowe on a 5 year $24.25 million contract on Friday. When I woke up on Friday morning, checked twitter and I saw that the Devils were the front runners to sign Clowe because they knew that Clarkson was not coming back, I had mixed feelings. Not because I wanted Clarkson back because I certainly did not. ...
amerk626 writes...

Devils Moving Forward

Posted Sunday | Comments 4
Despite losing David Clarkson, who parted ways with the Devils for greener pastures and a chance to play for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, the Devils efficiently utilized the opening of the unrestricted free agent period by supplementing their offensive depth. As we all know, the Devils brought in wingers Ryane Clowe, Michael Ryder, and Rostislav Olesz, respectively si...
bird339 writes...

Looking Good

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
The devils are beginning to look good now, the signing of Clowe, Ryder and Olsez is a very good start. The issue has been the ability to score, and that seems to be going away especially with Ryder, Kovie and Ryder would in theory make a good pair with Zajac in the middle. What worries me is on Defense, Green and Volchenkov had fairly good seasons last year but there is st...
A frenzied off-season for the New Jersey Devils began not on July 5th as unrestricted free agents became free to explore and sign with new teams, but in their own arena five days prior with a blockbuster trade at the 2013 NHL Draft. The question that has been looming around the devils for the past five seasons was finally answered as it seems the team has finally accepted...
The past few months have dragged for Devils fans, who are ready to see their team on the ice, fighting to get back in the playoffs; instead of headlining breaking offseason news. It's time for one last look back. Here are the three things that disappointed me the most over the offseason, and the three things that made it even harder to wait for October [u]The Worst ...
The past few months have dragged for Devils fans, who are ready to see their team on the ice, fighting to get back in the playoffs; instead of headlining breaking offseason news. It's time for one last look back. Here are the three things that disappointed me the most over the offseason, and the three things that made it even harder to wait for October [u]The Worst ...
The past few months have dragged for Devils fans, who are ready to see their team on the ice, fighting to get back in the playoffs; instead of headlining breaking offseason news. rnrnIt's time for one last look back. Here are the three things that disappointed me the most over the offseason, and the three things that made it even harder to wait for Octoberrnrn[u]The Worstr...
The past few months have dragged for Devils fans, who are ready to see their team on the ice, fighting to get back in the playoffs; instead of headlining breaking offseason news. It's time for one last look back. Here are the three things that disappointed me the most over the offseason, and the three things that made it even harder to wait for October. [u]The Worst...
The past few months have dragged for Devils fans, who are ready to see their team on the ice, fighting to get back in the playoffs; instead of headlining breaking offseason news. It's time for one last look back. Here are the three things that disappointed me the most over the offseason, and the three things that made it even harder to wait for October. [u]The Worst...
The past few months have dragged for Devils fans, who are ready to see their team on the ice, fighting to get back in the playoffs; instead of headlining breaking offseason news. It's time for one last look back. Here are the three things that disappointed me the most over the offseason, and the three things that made it even harder to wait for October. The Worst ...
During training camp, today, Jaromir Jagr left early with "soreness". As we know, "soreness" is usually media speak for injury. In the case that he is injured, the Devils have a few options to work with. 1.) Damien Brunner - His name has alredy been worn out, but none the less, he would be a likely replacement if Jagr is predicted to be injured into the regular sea...
At 7:00 PM EST the Devils will greet the Isles in their future home at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. For the Devils, this is a very important game: 1.) Today, Schneider has a chance to claim the starting role. Although it will always be said that Brodeur is the #1 goalie, if Schneider displays anything like his game against the Rangers, Brodeur will have to step off. ...
In preparation for the 2013-14 season, I thought I'd give you an overview of the team I expect to see. Jagr-Henrique-Ryder Elias-Zajac-Brunner Clowe-Loktionov-Zubrus Barch-Bernier-Carter Zidlicky-Volchenkov Greene-Harrold Larsson-Salvador A few notes: -Although the top two lines will probably be shuffled around on the regular basis, I'd like to see Jagr and Henrique...
Catch the highlights of the Pittsburgh Penguins as they hosted the New Jersey Devils on October 3, 2013. Who will come out on top? Find out in today's featured game of the National Hockey League on EA Sports NHL 14 - play-by-play calling by Eric Munter. [url]http://youtu.be/S9eS2mHz1_g[/url]
The New Jersey Devils played their cross river rivals in the New York Islanders today in speedy fashion. But not so speedy as Michael Grabner with his three breakaway opportunities (two being tallies past Martin Brodeur). The Devils fell 4-3 in a 6 round shootout contest which saw many upsides and down sides in their overall game. The main downside was their defensive brea...
Last night the Devils lost their sixth straight game on the young season and boy was it painful to watch. The only player that showed up last night was Cory Schneider and he gave the Devils a hell of a chance to win by stopping 32 of 34 shots. It should have been 32 of 33 but after the empty netter the team stopped playing and the Jets were able to get a garbage goal. ...
Last night the Devils lost their sixth straight game on the young season and boy was it painful to watch. The only player that showed up last night was Cory Schneider and he gave the Devils a hell of a chance to win by stopping 22 of 24 shots. It should have been 22 of 23 but after the empty netter the team stopped playing and the Jets were able to get a garbage goal. ...
The Minnesota Wild took a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night, a night marked by Zach Parise’s first game against his former team. Last year’s lockout shortened season witnessed no interconference play prior to the Stanley Cup finals, so this was the first contest between the teams in nearly two years.rnrnParise had a strong game, firing three shots...
Check out the comments on any Devils blog and inevitably you'll find people calling for Peter Deboers head. I'll admit, I agreed with most of these people for a while. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that Deboer is actually doing a good job working with the players he's been given. Yes, the Devils struggle to score goals. And yes, they seem like they're d...
Check out the comments on any Devils blog and inevitably you'll find people calling for Peter Deboers head. I'll admit, I agreed with most of these people for a while. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that Deboer is actually doing a good job working with the players he's been given. Yes, the Devils struggle to score goals. And yes, they seem like they're d...
Check out the comments on any Devils blog and inevitably you'll find people calling for Peter Deboers head. I'll admit, I agreed with most of these people for a while. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that Deboer is actually doing a good job working with the players he's been given. Yes, the Devils struggle to score goals. And yes, they seem like they're d...
Check out the comments on any Devils blog and inevitably you'll find people calling for Peter Deboers head. I'll admit, I agreed with most of these people for a while. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that Deboer is actually doing a good job working with the players he's been given. Yes, the Devils struggle to score goals. And yes, they seem like they're d...
Markymark9016 writes...

Leafs vs Devils Recap

Posted Monday | Comments 0
The Leafs finally win a game, an actual win…that’s if you think winning in a shootout should count that is. rnrnA boring hockey game, a boring result, but that’s exactly what the Devils do to you. The Leafs were outshot again and hemmed in their own zone for long periods of time and no this is not a recording its an actual fact and as Ovechkin would put it “I swe...
Flash4 writes...

The Kovalchuk Effect

Posted Sunday | Comments 3
[img]http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT7uWEEoG-n0v7xWud8yaUK7VigxXGs2o-Up57hO1TiQMgw_VxM[/img] Ilya Kovalchuk is still a destructive thorn in the side of the New Jersey Devils franchise. Kovalchuk perfectly executed a blueprint that would set the Devils back, costing them as much as possible. First there was the notorious contract: 17 years for 1...
With an absolutely amazing career and now turning free agent, one of the biggest, if not the biggest, questions of this upcoming offseason is where Marty Brodeur will end up. After spending his entire career with the New Jersey Devils, many applaud his great work and achievements that he's made over his 20 years in the NHL, however, there are many doubters that he is the ...
When Gary Bettman announced, over a loud chorus of "boos", at the Prudential Center that the New Jersey Devils had acquired goaltender Cory Schneider, it is understandable that the home-town crowd reacted with jubilation. Now, with a season with Jersey's Team under his belt, Cory Schneider is in the driver's seat for negotiations for a long-term contract. Many Devils fan...
I just wanted to toss this out there, but what would one think of the Colorado Avalanche signing Marty Brodeur to a 1 year deal? When he and Patrick Roy were younger Marty lived in Roy's basement. As history played out, Roy became the NHL's all-time winner in regular and post-season, followed by much more. Game 7 - Roy and Marty went toe to toe for the cup, which we all re...
[b]Follow me on Twitter @DailyNHLGRIND[/b] [b]A Glance Back[/b] I don’t think anybody could have predicted the outcome of the brutally nicknamed metro-terrible division last season. Columbus impressed while the Capitals faltered. The Penguins took a dip in the playoffs while the Rangers surprised many after a rough start. Other teams sort of slotted right into thei...
You can find me at https://twitter.com/DailyNHLGrind With training camp just weeks away, the amount of big name restricted free agents is seemingly a lot longer than years past. Even though award-winning players such as Ryan O’Reilly and PK Subban have already come to terms, the names highlighting the list of RFA’s this summer still without a contract are valuable t...
The New Jersey Devils have their goalie of the future. This off-season they committed to Massachusetts-native Cory Schneider when they inked him to long-term contract. This decision came after Schneider poster sensational numbers playing around half of the team's games last year. Now, with Martin Brodeur gone and Schneider looking to fill the void, one question remains ...
[b]EASTERN CONFERENCE [/b]Metropolitan Division 1. NY Rangers 2. Pittsburgh Penguins 3. Columbus Blue Jackets [/b] Atlantic Division 1. Boston Bruins 2. Montreal Canadiens 3. Detroit Red Wings [/b] Wild Card 1. Tampa Bay Lightning 2. New Jersey Devils [b]WESTERN CONFERENCE [/b] Central Division 1. Chicago Blackhawks 2. St. Louis Blues 3. Co...
[b]Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DailyNHLGrind[/b] The Colorado Avalanche has strung together its first winning streak of the season. With Matt Duchene’s late third period goal, the Avs defeated the Devils 3-2. The teams were tied at 1 going into the final frame but the Devils scored before the Avs (6-8-5) eventually tied and won the game before the final ...
I haven't posted one of these in a while so I hope I'm not too rusty. You can follow me @MiikeLuci. I'll try to follow back. Remember when the Devils started the season 3-0 and the fan's biggest concerns were Larsson not starting the season in the lineup? Well twenty-three games and sixteen losses later, New Jersey's season has made a complete one eighty. The've endured...
No luck of the Irish for the Penguins Tuesday night. They lost their third straight game against the New Jersey Devils, who are third-to-last in the Metropolitan Division. Not only did they lose, but they were shut out by the lowly Devils on St. Patrick’s day. 2-0 was the final thanks to an empty-netter with 48 seconds left in the game. Another tough game for the Penguin...
archromat writes...

Lou Lamoriello's Hamartia

Posted Wednesday | Comments 2
Normally I wouldn't write this many posts, but this was an exception. There had been speculation that since the new owners were being tentative on their "state of things" conference at the end of the year that changes were coming. Lou said it was his idea to step down, but since the speculation was there, I think it's fair to say that the situation may have been a bi...
With Gragnani clearing waivers and being sent down to Albany, the Devils have 25 players on their 23 man roster (15 forwards, 8 defensemen, 2 goalies). With Patrik Elias to miss the start of the season with a knee injury, he will start the season on injured reserve. This means the Devils have to cut one more player from their roster by Tuesday. The two players who seem to ...
After beginning the season with three losses, the Devils have strung together three straight wins, obtaining 7 of their last possible 8 points, all four games being decided in overtime or shootout. I wouldn't bet on them making the playoffs, but the way they are in every game and put the opposing team back on their heals at the end of the game shows that they have potentia...
The road trip continues for the Columbus Blue Jackets, but they are closer to home now. Tonight will be a goalie battle between Columbus and the New Jersey Devils in Newark, New Jersey. The Jackets have not had much success at the Rock (Prudential Center), and only won once in that arena in franchise history (and that was last season). The Devils are a very different t...
Back to Back. The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the New Jersey Devils by a final score of 3-1. For the Devils, Kyle Palmieri scored the Devils' ice breaker with 3 minutes left in the game. Travis Zajac, my player to watch, had a helper on the power play goal. The Jackets only had 14 shots, and Cory Schneider stopped 11 of them for a 0.786 save percentage. As for t...
Breakdown: The last time these clubs squared off revealed some things in my opinion. First, the Devils aren't as bad as everyone and their mother predicted before the season started. Granted, they're in a rebuild type of transition since the departure of Lou Lamoriello and the arrival of Ray Shero. You have to give credit where credit is due and that credit deserves to go...
What a battle tonight in the rock for the Blue Jackets as they visit the New Jersey Devils in Newark, New Jersey. As we pass the quarter season, the Devils are a playoff team, while the Jackets have a mountain to climb. Last time these teams meet, John Tortorella earned his second win as coach of Columbus. That day was October 27, 2015, and it was a 3-1 win. Tonight, t...
Sorry for not being able to get the pre-game coverage up like I normally do. It was a busy day yesterday. Same with around the league. I will do a reaction blog after the deadline. As for last night, the Columbus Blue Jackets dominated the New Jersey Devils by a final score of 6-1. New Jersey got their lone goal in the early stages of the second period. Reid Boucher sc...
Sorry for not being able to get the pre-game coverage up like I normally do. It was a busy day yesterday. Same with around the league. I will do a reaction blog after the deadline. As for last night, the Columbus Blue Jackets dominated the New Jersey Devils by a final score of 6-1. New Jersey got their lone goal in the early stages of the second period. Reid Boucher sc...
DutchSenators writes...

The return of Kovalchuk

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
The most heard argument AGAINST a return of Ilya Kovalchuk in the NHL is that he really f*cked the New Jersey Devils by leaving them for the KHL, a couple of years into a huge contract. In 2010 the Devils acquired Kovalchuk (and defenseman Salmela) in a deal with the Atlanta Trashers for Oduya, Bergfors, Cormier and a 2010-1st round pick. Atlanta was unable to resign Koval...
A milestone evening alongside the end of a home stand and the start of a back to back and home and home series is on tap for the Blue Jackets where they take on the New Jersey Devils. Head coach John Tortorella is coaching in his 1,000 NHL game. This is an amazing milestone as he is the first Jackets to accomplish this feat. It's also to interesting to see an extremely...
CBJ Post-Game No. 71- Bjork Brings Back Win On a milestone night for head coach John Tortorella, his Columbus Blue Jackets brought home a big win against the New Jersey. The final score was 6-3. The Devils started scoring in the second period, with two power play goals in a span of 3:15. Kyle Palmieri potted the first goal in for his 26th of the season; Damon Severs...
After playing each other last night, the Jackets and Devils travel to the rock to play each other yet again, but for the last time this season. Projected Lineups Columbus Blue Jackets Scott Hartnell - Brandon Dubinsky - Nick Foligno Brandon Saad - Boone Jenner - Cam Atkinson Matt Calvert - Jared Boll - Oliver Bjorkstrand William Karlsson - Michael Chaput - G...
The Jackets have failed the season sweep to the New Jersey Devils, losing to them in the Rock by a final score of 2-1. The Devils' goals came during the odd numbered periods of the game. In the first period, Reid Boucher scored his 7th goal of the season; Kyle Palmieri and Andy Greene had the assists. In the final frame, Devante Smith-Pelly scored his 13th goal of the ...
archromat writes...

Why Larsson? W-w-why?!

Posted Thursday | Comments 4
I'll tell you, and I won't be very popular with this one but I might actually have an idea of what GMs are thinking while a lot of people are stuck in the "stats la-la land" that focuses mostly on a genuinely useless stat (shots on goal). It's funny that you want a society to get smarter in an abstract sense, but they sink into abstracts (shots on goal) while veering aw...
The Columbus Blue Jackets return to home ice tonight to combat the New Jersey Devils in their first meeting of the season. Isn’t it crazy that it comes with 60% of the season already in the books? The last time these teams met, Patrick Elias was still on the Devils. That’s how far back it has been for these two divisional squads. Both teams are coming off back to ba...
The Columbus Blue Jackets return to home ice tonight to combat the New Jersey Devils in their first meeting of the season. Isn’t it crazy that it comes with 60% of the season already in the books? The last time these teams met, Patrick Elias was still on the Devils. That’s how far back it has been for these two divisional squads. Both teams are coming off back to ba...
The New Jersey Devils withstood the Columbus Blue Jackets in their first matchup of the season by the score of 5-1. Taylor Hall, my player to watch, opened the scoring in the first period with his 12th goal of the season. Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri had the assists on the goal. Jacob Josefson extended his team’s lead with his first of the season in the early portio...
The New Jersey Devils withstood the Columbus Blue Jackets in their first matchup of the season by the score of 5-1. Taylor Hall, my player to watch, opened the scoring in the first period with his 12th goal of the season. Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri had the assists on the goal. Jacob Josefson extended his team’s lead with his first of the season in the early portio...
It has been rumored that the Devils are interested in several players such as [b]Shattenkirk[/b], [b]Spooner[/b], and [b]Vatanen[/b]. Any one of these players can definitely improve the Devils' lineup in the short-run and long-run. But what other players can really boost the current players in the lineup? [b]Jordan Eberle [/b]of the Edmonton Oilers can be a target for t...
Recently, there has been many rumors that Kovalchuck will be returning to the NHL next season. The Devils GM Ray Shero has mentioned numerous times that he will make the best decision possible for the Devils to benefit from this situation. San Jose, Toronto, and St Louis are the most desired locations deemed by Kovalchuck. If Kovalchuck decides to stay in New Jersey this...
The Devils have acquired some much needed offence over the past week and now need to focus on their defence. With the amount of cap space left, the Devils will most definitely pick up a defencemen either through trade or the free agent market. Since there are few options left in the market, the best option may be to look for a trade. Possible Free Agents - Francois Bea...
Any delusions of the Maple Leafs cruising to a perfect 82-0 season were eliminated Wednesday night as the Devils handed them their first loss of the season by a score of 6-3. This was a rough game for the Leafs as the speed and relentlessness from the Devils forced them into a lot of critical mistakes. Things started well enough with JVR slipping one between goalie Cor...

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