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New Jersey Devils forward Stephen Gionta comments on his ugly spear on Mark Borowiecki of the Ottawa Senators.
Gionta received a five minute major for spearing and a game misconduct.
Below, watch the spear and scroll to the :50 second mark to see the replay...
from Craig Morgan of ArizonaSports,
Two questions into his postgame interview, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett was asked if the New Jersey Devils’ game-winning goal was the product of a New Jersey Devils penalty.
“I’m not going to comment on that,” Tippett said.
That’s coach speak for ‘you bet your bottom it was a penalty.’///
Forty-three seconds into overtime, however, Devils defenseman Adam Larsson appeared to cross-check Coyotes center Martin Hanzal in the lower back as Hanzal carried the puck from the circle toward the offensive blue line. Hanzal went down, New Jersey went the other way on a 3-on-1 and Larsson cashed in with the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win on Tuesday at Prudential Center.
more on the game
Below, watch the hit and OT goal. IMO, it was not a penalty.
By Joe Sudberg,
Seldom does a 78-point team from the season prior boast the biggest ticket prices on the secondary market, but the NewJersey Devils are breaking from the norm in 2016. The Devs will retire Martin Brodeur’s number prior to their February 9 matchup with the Edmonton Oilers, and the game will be the most expensive of the 2015-16 NHL season on the secondary market.
Exorbitant ticket prices won’t stick around Newark quite like they do in Toronto, New York and Chicago, however. The hockey capital of the world is known for gaudy ticket prices despite a less-than-stellar roster, and both the Blackhawks and Rangers back their demand up with perennial playoff pushes. From The Six to Midtown Manhattan, all three teams will own some of the most expensive NHL tickets this season on TicketNetwork.com.
NEWARK, N.J. (October 6, 2015) – The New Jersey Devils announced today that the team will retire goaltending legend Martin Brodeur’s No. 30 jersey with a special pre-game ceremony, presented by Prudential, on Tuesday, February 9 at Prudential Center when the Devils host the Edmonton Oilers. The ceremony will be the highlight of an ongoing tribute to the Devils great and the culmination of a four-day celebration with Brodeur, starting February 6.
“I am humbled and honored to have this opportunity with the organization that drafted me over 20 years ago, and thrilled to share this moment with fans who have become like family,” said Brodeur, who was in Newark for the announcement.
via an email from the New Jersey Devils,
New Jersey has agreed to terms with forward Lee Stempniak on a one-year deal worth $850,000.
Stempniak was on a PTO with the Devils.
from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
Opponents can write this Devils team off at their own peril.
Prognosticators may not be bullish on this team, but the re-designed Devils have used the preseason to develop a weapon that has made them both exciting and dangerous as the regular season approaches — speed.
"I think we came together pretty well. We learned how to play with speed," defenseman Damon Severson told NJ Advance Media. "That was one of the things I noticed big time. We never really played with speed last year. It was more of a chip and chase game.
"As anybody can see, we're getting speed through the neutral zone and holding onto the puck when we don't see a play. We're not just throwing it away off the glass or something like that. It's more fun to play like this. I think guys are enjoying it and we're looking forward to doing it all year."
from Tom Gulittie of The Record,
Signs have been pointing to Elias, 39, beginning the season on injured reserve for a while as he has missed all of training camp with a sore right knee.
Devils coach John Hynes classified Elias' absence as "indefinite."
"Elias, he's still in the same situation right now," Hynes said Thursday. "There's been no update or progress with him right now."
The Devils are taking a cautious approach with Elias, the club's all-time leader in goals, assists and points, as he rehabs his knee in hope that the injury won't turn into something that causes him to miss time again later in the season.
Elias said last week that he had an MRI on the knee, but "there wasn't anything there that we didn't already know."
At time I have seen an on-ice official try to pick up the stick and would probably like to see it happen more often.
from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
Talk in Toronto is growing louder that the Devils may already have a trade on the table that would send center Travis Zajac to the Maple Leafs.
It is no secret that former Devils GM Lou Lamoriello would like to acquire Zajac, but it is believed that he is discussing several potential deals with Ray Shero. Center Nazem Kadri is one potential piece of a trade, although the Devils would undoubtedly consider a package deal if it could bring James van Riemsdyk to New Jersey.
Zajac has five years and $31.75 million remaining on his contract with a cap hit of $5.75 million. His contract includes a no-trade clause.
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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame catcher and 10-time World Series winner who passed away Tuesday night at age 90, was, of course, a Yankee legend.
But, he also managed the Mets and worked for the Houston Astros and his good friend, Dr. John McMullen.
And that is how Berra became a Devils' fan.
McMullen owned the Astros and the Devils and Berra, who lived in Montclair, often attended the Devils' games at the Meadowlands and, later, at Prudential Center.
“He was almost synonymous with the Devils every day in my early days there,” former Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning from Toronto. “Every morning I'd walk in and he'd be there at South Mountain (Arena). He's work out with Dr. McMullen. We'd sit down and have a coffee. I must have seen him six days a week for several years. He was just a good friend. He loved the game of hockey.”
In fact, Lamoriello, now the GM of the Maple Leafs, said a friend sent him a photo this morning of a young Yogi Berra on skates when he was growing up on St. Louis.
“It's a great picture, by the way,” Lamoriello said. “I never saw it before.”
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