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.”
With Rick Nash signing with the New York Rangers and Alex Semin signing in Carolina, two of the top offensive free agents are officially off the market. With the Devils losing Zach Parise to the Minnesota Wild, do the Devils need to bite at the chance to sign Shane Doan if he decides to leave the Coyotes?
I’ve been listening to Cam Janssen’s radio interview and reading responses and reactions for most of the day, and since I have a minute to sit down outside of a work, I want to throw my two-cents into the ring.
It’s pretty easy to sum up what Janssen said: idiotic. I don’t personally known Janssen and how he acts on and off the ice, but he certainly did himself no justice after this interview went viral.
The dust is settled, Zach Parise, captain of the New Jersey Devils, has officially gone home to play hockey with the Minnesota Wild. You can’t blame the guy for wanting to go home and play in front of his family. It’s a decision that a lot of hockey players wish they had the opportunity to make, but it never arises. There is no reason for Parise to become a villain in New Jersey. But with his departure, the Devils are left without a captain. Who will be the player to step in as captain and try to continue to push the success that the team experienced last year?
On the day after Zach Parise went home to Minnesota with enough cash to choke a horse, the New Jersey Devils are left to wonder how the team will perform minus its captain.
Yes, the loss of Parise is disappointing, but it is far from a death sentence. Imagine how much worse it would all seem if Parise had opted to go across the Hudson to the Rangers on down the Turnpike to the Flyers or across I-80 to the Penguins in Pittsburgh. That would have made it all the worse for Devils fans.
GM Lou Lamoriello spoke of a Plan B during a media conference call Wednesday to discuss Parise’s departure. Lamoriello was typical Lamoriello, admitting disappointment, but not deviating from his usual understated approach. He has been through this before and knows that despite the initial letdown, there are always remedies to any problem.
What a game.
With a 3-2 series lead, the Devils literally tried to throw everything they had at the Rangers to finish this series off in front of their home fans. After dropping a 2-0 lead that they gained in the first period, the Devils were able to pull through with a 3-2 win in overtime. The Devils will now move on to face the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, as they search to bring the Stanley Cup back to New Jersey.
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