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from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,
Every year, it is the same.
The trade deadline approaches and Lee Stempniak mentally packs his bags and waits for the phone call that will tell him where he’ll be moving next. It’s not that he’s Chicken Little worried that the sky is falling. He’s just realistic.
Stempniak, an 11-year veteran for the New Jersey Devils, has played for eight different teams. He’s been traded four times, including at each of the last two deadlines. He might not be at the level of Mike “Suitcase” Sillinger, who was traded a record nine times, but he’s already got more jerseys than there are days of the week.
“Change is not always bad,” said Stempniak, a pending unrestricted free agent who leads the New Jersey Devils with 41 points in 62 games. “I’ve been through it before three times. I’ve always sort of prepared for it.”
While Stempniak used to get anxious around this time of year, it’s a little different this season. For one, the Devils headed into Friday night’s NHL games one point out of the final wild card spot, meaning they are probably buying rather than selling assets. And more importantly, his wife is not pregnant this time around.
First up, Connor McDavid.
Below, Joe Blandisi.
via Rich Chere of NJ.com,
It was a definite slash, but Blandisi regretted what he did afterwards.
"I never got swung at like that before, but I guess I could've done something to avoid that penalty," Blandisi said.
"Just take it. Think about it before I go to the ground," Blandisi said. "I guess maybe I wanted to make sure the ref saw it and I took it too far."
Nice move and it is a power play goal.
Booing then Louing...
via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
If you take a look at the names on the respective rosters, there is no way on earth the Devils should be within two points of their more celebrated and accomplished opponents from the other side of the river.
Yet, that’s the fact following New Jersey’s 3-2 victory on home ice in Tuesday’s Battle of the Hudson in a match in which the Devils competed all over the ice and for every puck and seemed hungrier and more desperate than the Rangers over the cumulative 60 minutes.
An unassailable work ethic — plus Cory Schneider, who outplayed Henrik Lundqvist in this one — has elevated a Devils team that seemed bound for prime territory in Entry Draft Lottery Land into a mad scramble for a playoff berth.
Seriously, this is a team that throws out Tyler Kennedy onto the power play. More to the point, this is a team that went 2-for-2 with the man advantage, including David Schlemko’s winner at 11:14 of the third period, while the more famous names on the other side conspired to go 0-for-4.
Derek Stepan — who took a mind-numbing hooking penalty 175 feet away from his own net with 5.9 seconds remaining in a first period that the Rangers had dominated while holding a 1-0 lead, and who was in the box when New Jersey tied the match at 1:34 of the second — twice chose to use the word “compete” while addressing the press after the match.
Game highlights are below...
NEW YORK (Jan. 14, 2016) – New Jersey Devils forward Jordin Tootoo has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
Tootoo was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 75 at New York Rangers on Oct. 18. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 9:39 of the third period during NHL Game No. 583 against Detroit on Jan. 4.
via Rich Chere of NJ.com,
Jordin Tootoo stood up for teammate Bobby Farnham by fighting Ryan Reaves of the St. Louis Blues during a third period brawl Tuesday night at Scottrade Center, but the Devils' winger wasn't able to speak with reporters after the game.
Reaves, possibly the most feared fighter in the NHL, landed a vicious right hand to the side of Tootoo's head in the fight at 11:50 of the third period. Tootoo went down and was clearly hurt when he eventually got up and skated off.
"Great job by Jordin to answer the bell against a tough guy like Reaves. That's a situation were I should answer it before he has to," Farnham said.
How badly was Tootoo hurt? Devils general manager Ray Shero said the winger would be evaluated Wednesday before being allowed to speak with reporters.
Watch the fight below...
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