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Not as rosy as Kovy thinks

Well, it sure is good to know that Ilya Kovalchuk is happy back in Russia and that he thinks things have worked out for the New Jersey Devils as well.

Of course, Kovalchuk might want to actually have paid more than lip service to his former team before making that declaration.

Yeah, it has worked out just great for Kovalchuk. His "retirement" lasted about a nanosecond before he signed on in the Kontinental Hockey League and he will be wowing the home crowd in Sochi in a couple weeks. Yep, just ducky for Kovy.

“I’m really enjoying everything here,” Kovalchuk said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “It’s a great league. The game is different, but we are getting there. There are good players here for sure.”

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Down to Business

Well, its finally back. There is no use crying over lost time, so here are some news, notes and quotes since the news broke the lockout ended in NJ.

Petr Sykora, who played for the Devils last season, is hoping to be invited back to Devils camp again after his contract expired after the previous season. If you remember, Sykora entered the training camp last year and was originally expected to be a long shot to make the team. Not only did he make the team, he contributed 21 goals and 23 assists.

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Kovalchuk’s first KHL goal of the season

Video was tweeted by Dmitry Chesnokov:

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Kovalchuk headed to SKA St. Petersburg

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.

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Devils GM says Kovalchuk and team are OK

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. 

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Who gets to wear the C in New Jersey

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?

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Devils Move On To Stanley Cup Finals

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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Devils End Flyers Season; Move on to Eastern Conference Finals

In only five games the New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, propelling them to a date against the Rangers or Capitals in the Eastern Conference Finals.

In the series against the Flyers, the Devils shed the “tired and sloppy” look for one that suited them much better against the highly-favored Flyers squad. The Devils relied on a strong defensive prowess to shut down the potent offense that the Flyers possessed. What’s even more impressive is the Devils accomplished the five-game series win with a goaltender who just recently turned 40.

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Devils Facing Elimination Tonight

The sixth seeded New Jersey Devils will be staring elimination in the face tonight when they take on the Florida Panthers in game six of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

The series has had a mix of ups-and-downs for both teams, with games where the offense was potent and others where the defensive won the battles.

With the Devils down 3-2 in the series, they will have to win the last two games in order to advance further in hopes of bringing the Stanley Cup back to New Jersey for the first time since 2002-03.

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Devils Split First Two Games With Panthers

The first two games in Florida are over and the Devils, who are favored even though they are the six seed, have split the games with the Panthers. Both games were hard fought for the Devils, however, an early lead for the Panthers in game two was one of the reasons the Devils couldn’t mount the necessary comeback. Heading back to New Jersey, the Devils will have to turn up the heat and walk away with two additional wins before locking up the series in Florida.

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Devils Prep For First Round Battle With Panthers

Ilya Kovalchuk won’t begin to harp on the possibility of a Stanley Cup. Not yet, at least. Kovalchuk has been known to struggle in the playoffs, playing in only nine postseason games throughout his career.

“Let’s not talk about that right now,” Kovalchuk said to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record. “We just want to make a little step forward at a time. We want to do well in the first round first.”

“I’ve played 10 years in the league and I’ve played only nine games in the playoffs,” said Kovalchuk. “Hockey is fun, but you want to win. It’s fun to go play for your country in the world championships and stuff and I got some experience when we won (with Russia in 2008 and 2009), so that’s nice, too. But this is the best league in the world and I think the Stanley Cup is the toughest to get and when you get that chance you always want to be successful.”

 

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DeBoer and Torts Aruge, Zajac Nearing Return and Moose Leads Devils to Victory

After the puck dropped between the Rangers and Devils the other night, the gloves soon followed. Stu Bickel, Mike Rupp and Brandon Prust went toe-to-toe against Cam Janssen, Ryan Carter and Eric Boulton. Even more entertaining then the planned fights was the trash talking by both coaches that ensued after the game.

“I guess in John’s world you can come into our building and start your tough guys, but we can’t do the same in here. He’s either got short-term memory loss or he’s a hypocrite,” Deboer told Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record.

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Brodeur and Giguere Battle Like It’s 2003

If anyone caught the Devils game last night, you witnessed an old-school goaltender duel between Martin Brodeur and Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Colorado Avalanche. Both goalies pitched shutouts for the game, and the 0-0 battle would need to be decided in a shoot out. Brodeur made 27 saves while Giguere finished with 33. Both goalies made numerous stops and big saves to give their team a chance at victory. Both the Devils and Avs had a few key scoring chances that would of swing the decision in their favor, but the goalies prevailed between the pipes.

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Devils Open Home-At-Home Series With Flyers

The Devils are preparing to begin a home-at-home series with the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. The Devils sit only two points behind the Flyers in the Eastern Conference standings. The Devils have split the series 2-2, with the series concluding on Tuesday night.

The Devils have won three games in a row with two wins over the Islanders and an additional win over the New York Rangers.

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Foster - Australian for beer, or maybe just goal

After being benched by Head Coach Pete DeBoer a game before against Montreal, Kurtis Foster came out to play against the Philadelphia Flyers with a chip on his shoulder. He responded the only way that anyone could think of when trying to come up with a solution on how to impress their coach: produce. Foster netted a pair of power-play goals, one in the first and one in the second. Alexei Ponikarovsky would eventually be credited with the game winning goal in the Devils 6-4 defeat of the Flyers.

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Henrique Battling Injury; Clarkson Having Memorable Year

Per Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger

“Devils rookie Adam Henrique remains sidleined with a groin injury and did not practice again today.”

The Devils have missed Henrique the past few games, as he has been on of the driving forces offensively behind Patrik Elias (who is expected to play Thursday), Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk.

Martin Brodeur will get the start on Thursday against the Montreal Canadians. It will be his seventh start in a row.

 

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New Jersey Devils To Face Tough Task Against Bruins; Kovalchuk Heating Up On The Ice

The Bruins came to the Prudential Center about two weeks ago and unloaded every container of ammunition they seemed to have on them. The Devils were embarrassed on their home ice with the game finishing a very lopsided 6-1. In that game, the Devils were careless with the puck, forgot how to backcheck and never had their legs underneath them after the horn sounded to end the first period. With so many holes to try to plug, the Bruins walked all over the Devils and Martin Brodeur, who had a forgetful outing.

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A Breath Of Fresh Air - Devils Turning Things Around Nicely

I suppose it took a 6-1 trouncing by the Boston Bruins for the Devils to finally open their eyes. Over these past couple of games, the Devils have been playing a dominant style of hockey consisting of three equal parts: strong offense, shut-down defense and solid goaltending.

The Devils have defeated the Florida Panthers (5-2) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (3-1) in back-to-back games and have shown no sign of wear and tear.

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Alarming Stats From Recent Four-Game Skid

There is no other way to word it other then to say that the Devils have been horrible these past couples weeks. After loses against the Islanders, Wild, Avalanche and Jets, the Devils morale is literally down in the dumps. To make matters worse, Devils beat reporter Rich Chere provided these alarming statistics over their most recent trip.

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Devils Kicking Themselves After Overturned Decision

After securing a 1-0 victory in the first half of a home-at-home series against the Islanders, the Devils looked to bring home another win to help propel them in the standings. Down 3-2 with six seconds left in the third period, Zach Parise pushed to the front of the net after an offensive zone faceoff win and pushed the puck past Isles goalie Al Montoya. The ruling was called a goal on the ice. The game had been tied with one second left on the clock.

But wait…

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Ilya Kovalchuk rejoining Devils tomorrow? Sykora showing skill on ice

The New Jersey Devils may have the services of Ilya Kovalchuk as early as tomorrow against the Boston Bruins.

Kovalchuk, who has missed the past four games with a lower body injury, looks to be healed and healthy enough to make the trip and grab some ice time.

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Can An Offensive Showcase Push Devils Back Into Playoffs?

After last years disappointing season, the Devils are quickly trying to turn the page. Head coach Peter DeBoer is trying to help keep the past stay in the past. After the Devils opened the season with a 3-0 loss, however, the whispers started to begin that the Devils were no better then last years shaky squad. With the emergence of a healthy Zach Parise teamed up with the powerhouse scoring ability of Ilya Kovalchuk and the dynamic on ice ability of Patrik Elias, can the Devils make it back into the playoffs on nothing more then offense?

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Parise and Devils Fall to Flyers

With the first game of the New Jersey Devils season under their belt, it is time to take a look at the game and analyze how to move forward from here.

With all the hype surrounding the return of Zach Parise and the Devils, everything seemed to fall flat on the ice when it came time to make things happen. The Devils would eventually fall 3-0, and look outplayed the whole way through.

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Parise Becomes Next Captain Of Devils

The announcement has finally been made.

Zach Parise will lead the team out onto the ice as the new captain of the New Jersey Devils.

Of course the decision comes as basically no surprise, as Parise was the logical choice to become the next captain after the departure of Jaime Langenbrunner.

There was only one hitch in the decision of Parise becoming captain, and that is his contract issue.

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The Devils Case To Be A Contender In The Atlantic

Since the New Jersey Devils have just wrapped up their final preseason game, it is time to take a look into the regular season crystal ball. With the outlook of the team, I don’t see how the Devils could miss the playoffs, and further more not be contenders for the Atlantic Division. I will provide a team breakdown, and offer my opinion on how the Devils could possibly walk away with the victories.

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Devils Look Dangerous, Even In Defeat

Even though the Devils fell to the Rangers in the waning minutes, there were many positives signs to take out of this game.

The play of Adam Larsson, Adam Henrique, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jacob Josefson and the rest of the Devils left a sign of things to come on the ice. The play was physical, quick and made the Devils look like a really impressive hockey team. Unfortunately, the Rangers came back with a good gang of guys tonight on the ice at The Rock, and were able to snag the victory with time winding down in the third.

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Devils Grab Overtime Victory From Rangers

The Devils took on the Rangers tonight, and played well enough to walk away with a win. Potential captain Patrik Elias potted the decisive goal seconds into the overtime period after Zach Parise collected a wild pass from a Steve Eminger of the Rangers and got it to Elias at the right time.

Stephane Veilleux of the Devils and Andre Deveaux of the Rangers received 10 minute game misconducts each for fighting and instigating. Veilleux was unsuccessful in goating Sean Avery into a fight.

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News and Information From Devils Camp

With Devils camp finished for the day, I will fill you in on some news that has been going around.

Right off the bat, head coach Peter DeBoer pushed the Devils, regardless if you were a veteran or a rookie.

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