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Some loose ends before a date with the Islanders

Just some news and notes for anyone who is interested before the Devils take on the Islanders tomorrow on the Island.

Bryce Salvador has been named the captain of the New Jersey Devils, replacing Zach Parise who has since moved on to play for Minnesota. Seems to be a pretty well-supported pick by the players.

“I think it’s a great choice,” said Ilya Kovalchuk to Tom Gulitti of The Record. “Like Pete (DeBoer) said, there’s a lot of leadership in this group and it’s tough to put letters on every jersey. Even the guys who don’t have a letter, they have to do their job and that’s what they were doing all year last year. The core of the captains they’re staying the same and Bryce he is a great leader and it’s well deserved that C and I’m sure he’ll be a great captain.”

“I think they did the right thing,” right wing David Clarkson said. “He’s one of those guys who leads. He leads by he way he plays. He was actually my roommate for a while too, so I learned a lot from him. I was excited to hear that today, that a guy like him would get it. I’m sure it was a tough decision for the coaches and Mr. (Lou) Lamoriello, but at the end of the day I believe they picked a guy that’s a true leader and a quality individual.”

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Travis Zajac Inks New Deal With Devils

The New Jersey Devils have announced that they have signed Travis Zajac to an eight-year, 46-million dollar extension according to Lou Lamoriello.

Tom Gulitti of The Record reports that Lamoriello and Zajac had been working on the deal during the lockout.

Zajac was scheduled to make $4.8 million this season (that number will be pro-rated for 48 games) in the final year of a four-year, $15.55 million contract he signed as a restricted free agent in 2009.

Lamoriello said the sides were working on the extension for Zajac before the lockout began and completed it this week.

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Predicting the Atlantic Division

The Atlantic Division is my favorite in the entire NHL. The level of skill, the teams, the rivalries and passion played in these games is as good as it gets. Whether it's Rangers v. Flyers, Flyers v. Devils, Devils v. Rangers, Flyers v. Penguins, nearly every contest is one worth watching. (unless of course it's against the Islanders! wink  )


With that being said, here is my look at the Atlantic Division with the season quickly approaching.

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  Tags: new+jersey+devils, new+york+islanders, new+york+rangers, philadelphia+flyers, pittsburgh+penguins

Down to Business

Well, its finally back. There is no use crying over lost time, so here are some news, notes and quotes since the news broke the lockout ended in NJ.

Petr Sykora, who played for the Devils last season, is hoping to be invited back to Devils camp again after his contract expired after the previous season. If you remember, Sykora entered the training camp last year and was originally expected to be a long shot to make the team. Not only did he make the team, he contributed 21 goals and 23 assists.

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Quality of the product?

As each day passes it seems as if the PA and the NHL are making some agreements towards a new CBA barring any tremendous setbacks in the negotiations. With that being said, it seems as if there may be an abbreviated season on the horizon (fingers crossed). 

The question I pose to all of you is what do you think the quality of play will be if the game is actually to return? Obviously there will be some time for mini camps but the actual season would begin rather quickly. Some players have went to other countries to play while some of the younger guys ventured to the AHL and other leagues. Other players have seemingly done nothing except skate at local rinks and continue to work out. Do you think the overall quality of the game will decrease if the NHL season is to take place?

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Martin Brodeur has a poor performance in Operation Hat Trick game

It was probably one of the first times Martin Brodeur has faced some real action since the Devils skated off the ice after being defeated by the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals. But in the Operation Hat Trick charity game in Atlantic City this past Saturday, Brodeur let  10 goals get by him in a 10-6 loss for Team Hartnell.

Obviously there was no real fore check being used in this game, as it was basically a glorified All-Star game, but every shot that seemed to make it through to Brodeur ended up in the back of the net, causing the Flyers fans in the arena to start the sing-song chant of "Mar-ty." 

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Clarkson headed to Austria

According to Tom Gulitti's Fire and Ice blog, David Clarkson has agreed to play in Austria with EC Red Bull Salzburg.

According to the team website for EC Red Bull Salzburg, Devils right wing David Clarkson has signed to play with the Austrian Hockey League team.

The story on the site, which shows Clarkson holding Red Bull Salzburg jersey, the 28-year-old Toronto native arrived in Austria earlier today with is wife and daughter and is expected to practice with the team for the first time later today.

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom currently also plays with the team.

Clarkson was originally unsure whether or not he would play elsewhere during the lockout, telling Gulitti, "That’s something I’ve been thinking about and might end up happening, but I’m somebody that thinks a certain way.”

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Anton Volchenkov fractures foot in KHL

Per Tom Gulitti's Fire and Ice blog:

Volchenkov was injured while playing for Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in the Kontinental Hockey League. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said Volchenkov has a broken ankle and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Volchennkov’s agent, Jay Grossman, said the 30-year-old defenseman fractured “a small bone” on “the inside the part of the foot, in the arch area.”

It is predicted he will miss anywhere from 4-6 weeks, but that time frame is likely to change.

“Their doctors have told him that it’s not expected he would miss that much time,” Jay Grossman, Volchenkov's agent said. “It just depends on how he responds. But, going from the way it’s been explained to me by Anton, it’s an unfortunate situation, but it doesn’t sound like it’s going to be any kind of major, long-term issue.”

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Kovalchuk’s first KHL goal of the season

Video was tweeted by Dmitry Chesnokov:

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Kovalchuk headed to SKA St. Petersburg

Per Tom Gulitti Fire and Ice Blog

SKA St. Petersburg of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League announced on its website today that Devils right wing Ilya Kovalchuk will sign with the team Tuesday. The team plans to make the official announcement of the signing at a Tuesday news conference.

Kovalchuk, 29, would sign a contract that would allow him to return to the Devils when the NHL lockout is over. SKA St. Petersburg tried to lure Kovalchuk to the KHL when he became an NHL unrestricted free agent in 2010 before he re-signed with the Devils.

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