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“You had a lot of complexity around Kovalchuk and some other things. It was a disappointing season. I see it. I was unhappy. I didn’t like being home watching the playoffs on TV. I wanted to be in the playoffs. That’s not lost on me. At the same time, good people and good systems can have disappointing years. We’re long term. We’re focused on making this a great franchise over the long term.”
-Josh Harris, owner of the New Jersey Devils. More on the Devils from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger.
"When you look at the teams that were there in the end last season, I think there's a common theme of being strong down the middle. I like the idea of [Travis] Zajac, [Patrik] Elias and [Adam] Henrique down the middle for us; I think that gives us a center ice that's comparable to anybody in the League.
-Peter DeBoer, head coach of the New Jersey Devils. More on the Devils from Mike Morreale of NHL.com.
"Marty and I have come to an agreement that is best for both himself and the organization, and there's nothing negative about that. Marty knows what it is to be a No. 1 goalie and to have that feeling, and that's what he wants. Cory (Schneider) feels the same way.
"I think it's time to move forward, but never negate what Marty has brought [to the Devils], nor was the door ever shut. It was a mutual understanding of what was best for both parties. Marty will always be a Devil and the communication with him is still there, even recently."
-Lou Lamoriello, GM of the New Jersey Devils on Martin Brodeur. A bit more from Mike Morreale of NHL.com.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
The Devils have signed defenseman Andy Greene to a "long-term" contract extension, team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello announced during a media conference call this afternoon.
Terms of the contract were not released.
Greene, who will turn 32 on Oct. 30, is entering the final season of a four-year contract that pays $3.5 million in 2014-15 ($3 million salary cap hit). He would have been eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2015.
Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today re-signed goaltender Cory Schneider to a new multi-year contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.
“With today’s signing, we have solidified our goaltending for the present and the future,” said Lamoriello. “Cory demonstrated throughout the year what he could bring to our organization, both on and off the ice.“
Nick Kypreos says $5M for 5 years.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
"It was a distraction, to be perfectly honest," Lamoriello said Saturday. "It distracted everything you had to do."
Lamoriello said he wasn't surprised that there were fewer trades than expected.
"If there was anything that was going to happen, it was going to happen right away," he said. "This has been a very peculiar week, as far as free agency, the draft and then the signings of your own players. You're divided in so many different directions. I think everybody said, 'Let's focus on the draft.' "
The GM said the discussion period, which ends Monday, will inflate free agent prices.
Asked if the Devils will be active in signing free agents beginning noon on Tuesday, Lamoriello said: "We'll talk. As far as what the results will bring, I couldn't tell you."
“I want to play the game. I understand my age, for people, is a big deal, but I stayed healthy all year. I played 39 games. Didn’t miss a practice. Didn’t miss a game. I was pretty happy about that.said.
“My body responded, and my mind is ready to go again. I’m excited about the new challenge that’s going to come in front of me.”
-Martin Brodeur as he prepares for free agency. More on and from Brodeur by Luke Fox of Sportsnet.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
“It’s going to be probably my last year,” the NHL’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts told The Record today. “You never know what kind of energy I’m going to get from my decision, but I’m not looking for anything more than one year that’s for sure.”
It’s been 24 years since the Devils drafted Brodeur 20th overall and he’s played all 20 of his NHL seasons in their uniform, but with Cory Schneider lined up as their long-term goaltender of the future he realizes it might be best for him and the organization if he finishes his career elsewhere in 2014-15.
That Brodeur intends to explore the UFA market is something he said multiple times before the end of the Devils’ season. He was briefly a UFA in 2012 before he ended up re-signing with the Devils for two more seasons.
He admits this time around is going to be different.
“I’m going to give myself the opportunity to look at what’s out there and see if there’s something that’s interesting to me,” he said. “It doesn’t mean it’s not going to be in New Jersey, but I’m going to look everywhere, like I did two years ago. But now, the circumstances are a lot different with having Schneids here, so we’ll see.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"I've come to the conclusion that I'm definitely going to be available July 1,'' Brodeur told ESPN.com Friday. "I want to play one more season and I want to see what's out there."
Brodeur, who turned 42 last month, said he hasn't completely shut the door on returning to the Devils but feels like it's most likely he's going to be elsewhere next season.
"I've had a lot of good conversations with the Devils, but I'm not inclined at going back at this point," said Brodeur, whose contract expires June 30. "I just feel that with Schneids (goalie Corey Schneider) the organization has to move on. Me being around might be tough a little bit for them. I don't completely put it out of the question (returning to New Jersey) but I don't want to mess up the cards for the Devils.
"At the end of the day, it doesn't matter where I go next, I'm always going to be a Devil. I'm always going to come back to the organization. But I want to play one more year. So I'll see what's out there."
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