by David Pavlak on 02/14/12 at 10:05 PM ET
- Nick Palmieri and Stephane Veilleux were both called up from the Albany Devils. They will play tonight against the Sabres. In the morning practice the morning, Veilleux skated with Jacob Josefson and Cam Janssen. Palmieri skated as an extra.
- According to Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger, Martin Brodeur has made a few tweaks to his pads and is now reaping the reward.
Since the All-Star break, the 6-2, 220-pound Brodeur has tweaked his leg pads and he’s 4-0-1 and playing some of his best hockey of the season.
Brodeur has lengthened his leg pads from 36 inches to 37 inches, and increased the width at the top of the pads from 9 1/2 inches to “about 10 1/4 to 10 1/2 inches,’’ he said. The bottom remains the maximum allowed (11 inches).
“For me, I think it protects a little more the five hole,” said Brodeur, who’ll be in net on Tuesday night when the Devils (31-20-4) travel to Buffalo (24-25-6). “When I go down on the butterfly there’s a little more pad there then I used to have. I always played with my pads wider at the bottom and tapered at the top like goalies did in the 1990s. Now I’m more in line with what other goalies wear around the league. I just wanted to see if I was able to play with something a little bigger and cover a little more net. It feels pretty good.”
- Speculation is still circling heavily about Zach Parise as the season continues to near the playoffs. Many are wondering whether the Devils will even have enough money to be able to resign the All-Star left wing. Parise has continually said that he wants to remain in New Jersey as long as the Devils want him, but will he be willing to take a pay cut to remain with the Devils? Or will he jump ship to a high caliber team and make a huge difference? Parise has 21 goals and 27 assists this season. Any team may be willing to sign Parise if New Jersey can’t keep him.
- Travis Zajac has been cleared to skate at the end of the week. Lou Lamoriello has not indicated either way if he is going to be a buyer at the trade deadline, but did hint that if Zajac comes back healthy he will help round out the offensive unit.
“He’s, without question, very important (in our) thought process in everything we do,” Lamoriello said to Chere. “That’s an understatement. He’ll be back. If he’s in the lineup today, without question we’re comfortable with our forwards. And he will be. As to who, where, when and why, it will be up to the coaches. As far as the components, I think we all feel good about that.”
“If we can get better, we’re certainly going to get better. It’s timing. But at this time everybody tries to get better. You’ve seen the way we’ve played. We’ve played well. When we play within the framework we’ve asked them to (play within), we’re as good as anybody. What you do is a constant. It’s not just this time of year. It’s just that there is more focus this time of year because there is a deadline date. Other than that, people are always trying to get better and evaluating where your young players are and whether they can help with depth or whether you need a depth player or a certain role player.
“All of those things go into your mindset. As you know, over the years we’ve gone from all different directions depending on what the needs are and what is available. It’s a combination of everything. We’ve tried to focus on getting more balance in our lines.That certainly has started. Are we there yet? No. Do we have it within our system and roster to get better? I think so, but we’ll see.”
- Adam Larsson will not play against Buffalo. He is still recovering from a bruised back.
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