by David Pavlak on 02/24/12 at 04:00 PM ET
“Pete has done an outstanding job,” Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said to Dave Hutchinson of The Star Ledger. “He knows what he wants. He’s comfortable and confident in his own skin and is open to suggestions. It’s his honesty and forthrightness that I like. He’s very communicative with his players.”
“All the guys want to play for Pete,” Parise said. “The mode and atmosphere around the locker room is great. He has done an awesome job.”
“You have to get guys to buy into your system and I think Pete has done that with his demeanor,” veteran goalie Martin Brodeur said. “He does a good job getting everybody involved, it’s not just a one-man show. Also, he understands the ups and downs of a season and is good about taking care of guys by giving them days off.”
Devils center Travis Zajac who is recovering from a sore Achilles tendon, had a light skate the other day according to Lou Lamoriello. There is still no clear timetable for the return of Zajac. He is still waiting to hear back from a few more doctors regarding his soreness.Larsson Set to Return:
After taking a big hit from PK Subban of the Montreal Canadiens, Adam Larsson was forced to miss the past nine games after becoming injured.
“I saw him coming,’’ Larsson said. “I knew he could hit but not like that. The hit was clean. It was how I landed.’‘
“It was great (today),’’ Larsson said. “I’m ready to go. It was just my lower back. It was frustrating. I couldn’t move. I was at home. It was boring. ... I have no idea (if he’ll back on Friday vs. Vancouver). It’s up to the coaches. If I could play it would be great. I want to get back to game shape.’‘
Doc Emrick Night:
The New Jersey Devils are once again going to honor their longtime color commentator Michael “Doc” Emrick prior to the start of the game against the Canucks tonight.
“Doc is among the rare few broadcasters who elevates the game and the moment simply by his presence, and we were proud to have him on our air,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager of MSG Networks to Devils.nhl.com. “This is a great honor for Doc and we’re excited to bring Friday’s festivities to Devils fans.”
“It was an amazing time – I miss the players and the fans, and the production crew that traveled to all the games – we were a well-bonded group,” said Emrick. “This is an opportunity to say thanks to everybody all in one place,” said Emrick.
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