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."
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.”
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.”
Video was tweeted by Dmitry Chesnokov:
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.
From Tom Gulitti's Fire and Ice Blog:
"As I reported Friday night, the Devils assigned 17 players to Albany Friday, including 2012 Calder Trophy finalist Adam Henrique and 2011 first-round pick Adam Larsson, who both spent most of last season in the NHL.
Here again is the list of 17 players assigned to Albany Friday: Henrique, Larsson, Mattias Tedenby, Jacob Josefson, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, Maxime Clermont, Brandon Burlon, Mike Hoeffel, Eric Gelinas, Alex Urbom, David Wohlberg, Mike Sislo, Harri Pesonen, Dan Kelly, Harry Young, J.S. Berube.
The Devils assigned an additional seven players to Albany today after they all cleared waivers at noon: Bobby Butler, Jeff Frazee, Jay Leach, Bobby Butler, Tim Sestito, Matt Anderson, Chad Wiseman and Steve Zalewski.
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said Friday he also intends to sign defenseman Matt Corrente to an AHL contract to make him elibigle to play in the AHL during the lockout without clearing waivers. Corrente is eligible to do that because he was on Albany’s clear-day list last season. In addition, the Devils assigned Stefan Matteau (Blainville, QMJHL), Reece Scarlett (Swift Current, WHL) and Damon Severson (Kelowna, WHL) to their respective junior teams today."
It was clear Ilya Kovalchuk was bothered by an injury throughout the playoffs, even taking a game off against the Philadelphia Flyers to rest and seek some sort of relief.
Lou Lamoriello, the Devils GM, said that Kovalchuk is "OK" and is in Russia preparing for the NHL season.
"He's fine," Lamoriello said to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record. "He’s skating. Right now, he’s in Russia working out."
Lamoriello also gave updates on Mark Fayne who had wrist surgery after the season and Patrik Elias who had surgery to repair a torn groin.
"He’s coming along great," Lamoriello said about Fayne. "He couldn’t play tomorrow, but he'll be ready in a couple of weeks. He's OK. It's just making sure it’s 100-percent healed."
Lamoriello also said Elias was coming along nicely, noting that he expects to have a full and healthy camp come the opening of the training season.
Below is some different information that was out then when the Devils were looking at Stefan Matteau prior to the draft. Matteau signed on Tuesday to an entry level contract and will be playing for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL next season.
Kirk Leudeke of the New England Hockey Journal describes Matteau as “a rugged power forward who has a big shot and plays a hard-nosed style, his skating needs work and he racked up a lot of penalty minutes over the course of the last couple of seasons (140 in just 46 USHL contests). Like his father, Matteau doesn’t possess a lot of flash, but he plays a gritty north-south game and can crash the net effectively. In 18 USHL games, he tallied six goals and 10 points. He protects the puck well and isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty.”
Shane Malloy from the Art of Scouting says, “He is a shoot first player and would be better suited on the wing where he has less defensive responsibilities and more opportunity to use his power game. He skates well for size and he should not have any troubles keeping up to an NHL pace once he finishes developing. He is solid defensively while showing hustle and determination chasing down and battling for loose pucks. He is the type of second line complimentary player that every organization is looking for and is a playoff style player.”
“Although an Aug. 14 deadline for the Devils to settle their $77 million debt is looming, it is expected that the team’s lenders will remain patient while waiting for managing partner Jeff Vanderbeek to complete the refinancing of that debt and the restructuring of the ownership group.
Indications are that Vanderbeek will not settle the debt before Tuesday’s deadline. That would allow the banks to force the team into bankruptcy, but a source confirmed the lenders are not likely to do so.
A source said Vanderbeek has already worked the debt down to less than $35 million and raised roughly half of that remaining figure, leaving him needing about $18 million more to fully cover what the team owes the banks. If the lenders were to push the team into bankruptcy, they would likely recover much less than that. That gives them every reason to give Vanderbeek the time he needs to raise the rest of the money the team owes.”
The New Jersey Devils highly touted defensive prospect, Jon Merrill, has announced recently that he is going to return to Michigan to play his junior year of hockey.
“I’ve talked to him all winter and spring,” Red Berenson said to Mike Vorkunov of the Star Ledger. “I think based on this year he knows that he needs another year. Another year in college would be really good for him. He needs a breakout year.”
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