by David Pavlak on 09/27/11 at 01:50 PM ET
Triple PPP you might ask? Easy. Parise, Patrik, Petr.
This line looks like it could be taking the ice for the first regular season game as the number one line. This line also has the chance to provide quite a few goals. Just like Jaromir Jagr is showing in Philadelphia, age is nothing but a number. Petr Sykora is right on tap with the current NHL stars when it comes to scoring. With Elias and Parise joining him on a line, he could easily find the opportunity to bury the puck in the net quite a few times this year.
“This is something special for me, to be on that line with those two guys,” Sykora said to Rich Chere. “I’m going to do whatever I can to stay there. Nothing changes. I still have a long way ahead of me. Just show up tomorrow.”
If that line works out and is finalized, it has the potential to be an explosive line. Each has a unique scoring touch that can go off at any second, while they can also dish off assists to one another in an instant. Either way, the prospective number one line looks pretty damn good right now. On top of that, the second line consisting of Ilya Kovalchuk, Jacob Josefson and most likely David Clarkson or Nick Palmieri will be able to provide the Devils with even more offense.
In a separate note, the Devils have confirmed that they are going to retire longtime Devil Scott Niedermayer jersey on December 16th prior to their home game against the Dallas Stars. It has been a long time coming, but is very deserved.
“Scott Niedermayer’s talent and leadership played significant roles in each of our three Stanley Cup Championships,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement released by the club. “We look forward to welcoming the Niedermayer family back to New Jersey as we retire Scott’s no. 27.”
‘You don’t really think about it, but then when you do get that call and you do have the time to think about it, it means a lot,” Niedermayer said in a statement. “I was in New Jersey for a long time and had a lot of great things happen to me there. It’s a special honor, for sure.”
Rich Chere predicts the next number to be retired by the Devils will be the #30 worn by Martin Brodeur.
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