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from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
Michael Ryder and Martin Havlat have both been healthy scratches while defenseman Peter Harrold plays right wing. While general manager Lou Lamoriello claims Ryder and Havlat know why they are not playing, the two players feel differently.
Asked if he has talked to both players about why neither has played since the Mar. 2 NHL trade deadline, Lamoriello said: "Let me put it this way: They know and I know. I think that's all I have to tell you. There is no gray area."
That surprised Havlat.
"Really?" he asked with a look of surprise on his face. "That's all I can say."
Has he talked to Lamoriello?
"Nope," Havlat said.
When Ryder was asked why he isn't playing, he said: "I don't know. I don't have any answer for you."
from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
There will be changes among the Devils' forwards next season as general manager Lou Lamoriello looks to bring in some scoring, but one player who has earned a chance to come back is right winger Jordin Tootoo.
A castoff when he signed a training camp tryout agreement with the Devils, Tootoo has made an impact with his speed and grit to the point where his teammates feel he deserves to be signed for another season.
"Absolutely. I think so," Adam Henrique said. "He's a hard-working guy and everybody feeds off his energy. He's been a leader in the room since he's been here. He's a leader on the ice.
"He goes out there and does the hard job. When things aren't going well he gets a fight going and gets the boys going. I think he's been huge for us all year. We'll wait and see what happens going forward, but the guys love him in the room."
via the NHL YouTube channel,
The New Jersey Devils honor the 1995 Stanley Cup Champion team for the 20-year anniversary at the Prudential Center by raising a banner.
It is 22 minutes long, so watch it below...
Watch as Jaromir Jagr addresses the media following his first game as a Panther.
Jagr says he was kind of shocked the Devils did not consult him regarding the trade.
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has acquired F Jaromir Jagr from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Florida’s second-round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2016.
Jagr, 43, ranks first among active National Hockey League leaders in points (1,784), games played (1,530), assists (1,068), goals (716), plus/minus (+284) and power play goals (202). Among all-time NHL leaders, he ranks first in game-winning goals (127), fifth in points, sixth in goals, seventh in assists and 13th in games played.
via Tom Gulitti tweets,
Jagr: "If I stay here and we're not going to have a chance to playoffs, I don't think I'm going to play at all. And I still like to play."
Jagr:"I love this team, but if it's going to be after the trading deadline & we're going to be (out of contention), it's going to get worse”
Jagr: "You're probably going to play guys who've got a contract next year or young guys. It's understandable, don't you think?"
Jagr said he knew "from the first day" after coaching change his ice time would go down.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
- The biggest problem that’s bothered the Bruins on defense all season is their inability to protect the house consistently. Their coaches repeatedly stress the importance of stationing at least one man in front of the net to disrupt shots, block pucks, and lift sticks. If the Bruins occupy the net-front area correctly, it leaves others to work their way out from there and cover the rest of the defensive zone. It’s been easier said than done. The Bruins have been too quick to leave the space open to hunt down loose pucks or close on opponents. “The front of the net is the main area,” Adam McQuaid said. “That’s something that’s a team thing. It’s five guys coming back and getting in the right positions, then working from there.”
- Chatter around the league pegs New Jersey as a franchise that could seek a new general manager. Lou Lamoriello is in his 28th season at the Devils’ helm. They have good young pieces in Cory Schneider and Adam Henrique. But too much of the roster has gone gray.
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from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
"It's a transition. It's not a rebuild," Lamoriello said Friday morning when the subject was raised by NJ Advance Media.
So what is the difference between rebuilding and transitioning?
"Rebuilding is a totally different word. Transition means the amount of time it takes for that chemistry to get together or that new person to get comfortable in what he's doing within the system. That's a transition," Lamoriello explained.
"When you try and build and try and do things, it's always for that championship situation. Along the way there are some growing pains. We made a transition and that's on me with the young defensemen earlier in the year. Unfortunately, one of our young defensemen who played a key role (Damon Severson), got hurt... In the big picture, it's going to be a foundation."
"I feel I don't have to ask. If it's good for the team, I'm gone. If they feel like they've got a good offer, they'll trade me. I don't have to ask.
"Do we still have a chance (at making the playoffs)? I don't know. Regardless, it's out of my control."
-Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils. More from Rich Chare of NJ.com.
Brodeur deserved the same grand sendoff that Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom got in Detroit, that Mike Modano got in Dallas even after leaving for the Red Wings, that Daniel Alfredsson got in Ottawa even after an apparent fracture with management and ownership.
Maybe Brodeur’s ego was still hurt that he wanted to play one more year and Lou Lamoriello wouldn’t make it happen. Maybe Lou was just being stubborn Lou and didn’t feel it was important enough to make sure Thursday’s event was in Newark, not St. Louis.
But it’s a real shame it did. It was the most unemotional presser you’ve ever seen for a player as great as Brodeur. The Devils were barely mentioned, his Hall of Fame career almost glossed over.
-Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on Martin Brodeur. Read more from Russo plus other hockey topics...
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