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So much for Martin Brodeur riding off into the sunset, eh?
Brodeur had pretty much said his days as the New Jersey Devils' top goalie were done back on Oct. 19, when his slow start and the presence of Cory Schneider told Brodeur he should expect to spend a lot of time at the end of the Devils' bench. Heck, there were even stories that Brodeur would consider a trade to a playoff-bound team if New Jersey fell out of contention.
But now, Brodeur is back on the ice and doing his level best to get the Devils into the postseason, with the most recent example of turning back the clock being Wednesday's 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.
Rumors had swirled during the summer that Damian Brunner would call New Jersey home for the 2013-14 season, but the sudden signing of Jaromir Jagr seemed to end all that speculation as New Jersey had more than enough candidates to flesh out four lines.
Well, there is always room for one more apparently. As Brunner, the former Detroit Red Wing, remained unsigned the General Manager Lou Lamoriello extended a training camp invitation and after picking up two assists in two preseason games, Brunner will indeed call New Jersey home this season.
"He came to camp without a contract and certainly earned where he's at," Lamoriello said. "He showed us what he can do, firsthand. There's no better way of making a decision or a judgement when you have that opportunity.
Brunner, now wearing No. 12, told reporters he is happy with his new home.
I am pleased to announce Phil Coffey will be taking over The Devils Advocate blog and will continue writing in Iced Coffey too. More on Phil at the bottom of this post. -Paul
By Phil Coffey
With one of the most tumultuous summers in franchise history now tucked away in the history book, how will the New Jersey Devils fare in 2013-14?
Let's be clear right from the top. Any team that loses Ilya Kovalchuk isn't going to be as good minus the scoring forward as with him, but in this case, the Devils were not presented with much of an option after Kovalchuk announced his NHL retirement and retreated to the KHL in Russia.
Now minus Kovalchuk, but augmented by a slew of new faces brought in by General Manager Lou Lamoriello, the Devils will test the waters in the newly reshuffled Eastern Conference, where grabbing one of the eight playoff spots is easier said than done.
Still, I'm not buying the Devils as Eastern bottom feeders just yet. Right now, the Devils are an amalgamation of new parts trying to mesh with the holdovers from the 2013 team that stumbled badly when injuries first sidelined goalie Martin Brodeur and then Kovalchuk, scuttling New Jersey's playoff hopes.
The Atlantic Division is my favorite in the entire NHL. The level of skill, the teams, the rivalries and passion played in these games is as good as it gets. Whether it's Rangers v. Flyers, Flyers v. Devils, Devils v. Rangers, Flyers v. Penguins, nearly every contest is one worth watching. (unless of course it's against the Islanders! )
With that being said, here is my look at the Atlantic Division with the season quickly approaching.