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What’s Lou Lamoriello Trying To Say?

via Tom Gulitti tweets,

Lamoriello: "I have a lot of feelings about where we're at, but that's for another time."

Lamoriello: "I don't think anybody is happy with where we're at. but right now we have to deal with where we are today..."

Lamoriello cont: "... not where we were yesterday. That's all I have to say."

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Do You Boo Your Home Team?

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

Patrik Elias, back from a groin injury and desperate to help the Devils get back into the playoff picture, heard the boos from the Prudential Center crowd of 15,379.

Although the Devils lost their fifth straight home game (0-3-2), Elias thought the booing was inappropriate.

“They were booing. They were disappointed. So were we. Trust me,” Elias said after the 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night. “But we didn’t deserve that today. The effort was there. We were the better team. We understand it, but it wasn’t deserved tonight. I didn’t appreciate it.”

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Video- John Tavares Spears The Stomach Of Marek Zidlicky

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

The call? A slashing minor.

“Zid stepped up in the neutral zone on him with a clean hit,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “It looked from the bench like (Tavares) speared him. I don’t know why it was a slashing call.”

Zidlicky confirmed he was speared.

“I don’t think that was necessary what he did,” the defenseman said.

Was he hurt?

“A little bit the first couple of seconds. He hit my stomach,” Zidlicky said. “I’m okay.“

more on the game... and video of the spear is below...

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Devils Want To Keep Their Coach

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

If Lamoriello is thinking about getting rid of DeBoer, however, Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr says he should think again.

“That would be one of the biggest mistakes they could make,” the 42-year-old future Hall of Famer told The Record. “To be honest with you, without our coaches and the system we play, it would be a lot worse.”

Heading into Monday night’s game against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, the Devils have lost three in a row (0-2-1) and have only two wins in their last 11 games (2-6-3).  With one game remaining on this difficult stretch in which they play 15 out of 20 on the road, they are just 5-11-3.

They appeared in disarray defensively for much of the first two periods of Saturday’s 4-3 loss in Dallas, giving up multiple odd-man rushes to a Stars team that thrives off of them. That DeBoer warned his players before the game that was exactly what could happen if they didn’t play smartly within the defensive system indicated a lack of execution, not a lack of preparation.

“It would be a shame if it fell on the coaches because they’re giving us the X’s and O’s and it’s up to us to execute,” said goaltender Cory Schneider, who was pulled after giving up four goals on 33 shots in the first two periods Saturday. “So, I’m not really sure what’s going to be done or what needs to be done, to be honest.”

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Afternoon Line- Stan Fischler

The good, calming news for all three of our Met Area clubs is that parity in the NHL is real and, as the Islanders already proved last month; a winning streak can propel any one of the trio right back into the playoff hunt.

Advice to Rangers, Islanders and Devils fans: Relax; the race is a marathon, not a sprint!

-Stan Fischler at the Daily Freeman where you can read more on the Rangers, Islanders and Devils.

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Off To Switzerland For Damien Brunner

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Right wing Damien Brunner's NHL contract with the Devils was mutually terminated today after he cleared unconditional waivers at noon without being claimed by another team.

Brunner, 28, was free to sign with teams in the NHL if he could have worked out a deal, but is headed to Lugano in Switzerland instead.

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Injuries And Illness Continue To Hit The New Jersey Devils

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

Travis Zajac (lower body and flu), Adam Larsson (flu), Bryce Salvador (lower body) and Ryane Clowe (concussion) all remain out.

Lamoriello explained Cammalleri's injury, which knocked him out of the Washington game.

"He pulled a muscle in his butt. It's better today, but it's not good. You just can't take a chance," Lamoriello said. "We'll leave him home and have him worked on. To get on a plane and travel there, with the soreness, it's just not worth it."

Larsson is still battling the flu and will be put on long-term IR (seven days retroactive) Monday. Lamoriello said there is no indication it is mumps, although Larsson and Zajac have had blood tests in an effort to rule out the illness. Lamoriello said it takes 5-7 days to get the results.

"I could not say to you it is no and I could not say it is," the GM said. "It's going around the league. It's now magnified. They could have it. Both of them. Travis is much better and hopefully we get him skating in the next few days.

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Rebuild The Devils And Teardown The Coyotes

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Thirty-one years after deciding to go the straight-and-narrow and thereby blow their shot at Mario Lemieux, the Devils get a do-over. They’re going to need a do-over sooner rather than later anyway, what with the plethora of aging pending free agents on the roster, so why not now?

It only makes sense to get on with it — and the process of joining the race for the bottom and the corresponding chance at drafting Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel — as quickly as possible and without pretense.

Obviously, a plan to dump — veterans, not games — contradicts everything for which Lamoriello has stood for throughout his career at Providence and in New Jersey. But these aren’t normal times.

- Remember how a few short weeks ago Andrew Barroway was on the verge of gaining majority control of the Coyotes, the news first reported by The Post?

Not so fast, for now comes word from a plugged-in source that the deal appears to be falling apart, with Barroway seemingly on the verge of backing out.

Slap Shots has been told the current ownership has directed GM Don Maloney to shed payroll … which would mean stripping the club with the league’s third-lowest payroll into a bare-bones operation.

Who could be going in addition to Keith Yandle (at $5.2 million per season through next year)? 

more on each topic plust additional hockey talk..

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Videos- Robert Bortuzzo Hit On Jaromir Jagr

No penalty on the play...

 

 

Below, watch Pete Deboer post-game on the hit and the Penguins' view of the hit...

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Michael Ryder’s Thoughts On Being A Healthy Scratch Tonight

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

... an angry Michael Ryder will be a healthy scratch.

"Yeah, I'm angry. Of course I'm angry," Ryder said when asked by NJ Advance Media. "You want to play. Especially when I think I can help the team. If the coach doesn't feel you can help the team, it's his decision."

Ryder said he cannot recall the last time he was a healthy scratch and he didn't see this coming.

"Nope. It's the coach's decision. He's got to do what he's got to do," Ryder said. "Obvioulsy you have to score goals, but the whole team is struggling to score goals. (Pete DeBoer) has decisions he thinks are best and if I don't fit in, that's it."

DeBoer was unavailable after it became evident that Ryder, Seth Helgeson and Jon Merrill would be healthy scratches.

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