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Brendan Shanahan reflects on his NHL career and going into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
“I think he’s (Cory Schneider) in the net now to stay. I don’t see that’s going to be changed any time soon. I’ll be ready if it is, but I think we’ve got to try to win some games somehow. This is what (head coach Pete DeBoer) feels is the best opportunity for him to be successful is having (Schneider) in the net and that’s fine. If we win, everybody’s happy. Even though I don’t play, it’s more enjoyable to be around.
“Days like today are not fun.”
-Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils. More from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Watching Martin Brodeur yield a boatload of soft goals through his first four games has been like watching Derek Jeter hit a succession of soft ground balls through the first half of the 2011 season.
It has been tough on the eyes, difficult to absorb and more difficult to process, because the mind’s eye freezes Brodeur in time as it did with Jeter.
Too old? Too slow? Professionally mortal?
But maybe so.
continued plus more topics, including some Kaleta talk from the NHLPA point of view...
from Tom Gulitti of The Record,
So far, the players and Lamoriello have given every indication that they still believe in head coach Pete DeBoer. But, if a team keeps losing like this one has been dating back to last season – 4-12-7 in its last 23 games overall – eventually the head coach pays for it no matter how much the players want to play for him or how much of the fault is his.
After that, the focus could fall on Lamoriello. One of the first decisions new owners Joshua Harris and David Blitzer made after taking over the team in August was to keep Lamoriello, who will turn 71 on Monday, in charge of hockey operations.
Still, if this season goes this bad, Harris and Blitzer could be the owners of a hockey team playing in a half-empty building by spring. And there will be no lottery draft pick reward for missing the playoffs with the team having to surrender its first-rounder as punishment for being found guilty of salary cap circumvention with Ilya Kovalchuk's rejected 17-year, $102 million contract in 2010.
That Lamoriello passed on a chance to give up the penalty pick in 2012 when the team picked 29th overall (Stefan Matteau) after reaching the Stanley Cup Finals is also a mark against him. (That Kovalchuk headed back to Russia this summer doesn't help, either.)
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
It’s seven games into the 2013-14 season and they Devils have yet to win a game.
Tonight, early struggles by goaltender Martin Brodeur and a three-goal deficit proved too much for the Devils to overcome in a 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators that dropped their record to 0-4-3.
They completed their five-game Canadian road trip with a 0-3-2 record and now head home to host the rival Rangers, who, no doubt, would like nothing more to add to their misery.
“We’re being tested right now. That’s for sure,” Devils captain Bryce Salvador said. “All of our character is being tested right now and we’ve got to make sure that we have our head up and realize that no one’s coming in to do anything for us. It’s everyone in here that’s going to have to continue to put on our work hats and make sure we’re coming and sticking to it.”
A couple of plays from last night also shows the Devils are getting some scoring chances, but... watch the stops by Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators below...
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
The Devils placed left wing Ryane Clowe on injured reserve today after he took an elbow to the head from Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba Sunday and was bothered by a headache afterward.///
“He got hit with a pretty good elbow in the third period and continued to play,” Lamoriello said. “Because of his past history, we felt for safety precaution that with the IR retroactive it would just be two games, hopefully. Certainly we had him see a physician, but it was just a precaution.”
When I asked Lamoriello if Clowe had any symptoms, he replied, “He got hit, so he had a headache. So, we just maybe overreacted to it but when you have somebody who’s had a history, you don’t want to take any chances. He wants to play right now, but we’re not going to allow him too.”
Lamoriello said Clowe has not skated since Sunday. “Not for a couple of days,” he said.
“The reason why is we just want to be totally covered,” Lamoriello said.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
...as the Devils struggle through a difficult road trip in western Canada, Brunner has been one of the bright spots. Entering tonight’s meeting with the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome, Brunner leads the Devils with three goals and is tied with Marek Zidlicky as the club’s scoring leader.
So why did the Detroit Red Wings not re-sign him and why did Brunner go all summer without a contract before the Devils invited him to training camp on a tryout?
“I have no idea. We’ve really added scoring to our team,” general manager Lou Lamoriello said with a look of satisfaction.
“We liked him in Detroit. We talked to him right at free agency. When he didn’t sign, we asked him to come to camp. We told him if he came to camp and made the team we would treat him the right way. He came and earned everything.”
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
The fact is through all the craziness of the past couple of years, Luongo and Schneider became and remain good friends. They still talk regularly.
“I am obviously keeping tabs on him and seeing how he is doing,” Schneider told reporters at Rexall Place, where the Devils met the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. “You don’t root for many guys outside your team, but he is a guy that I hope the best for just because of the kind of player and person he is. He is someone I think is easy to root for. Not on Tuesday night. But again, we are still friendly and we try to support each other.”
A little more than three months after the stunning draft-day deal that rocked his professional life, Schneider did not seem to be in the mood to do a lot of reminiscing about his time with the Canucks or talk about his emotions in the wake of that trade.
The message Schneider delivered on Monday, and one he will likely repeat when he meets with reporters before Tuesday night’s game in Vancouver, is that he has moved on. He was a Canuck, but now he’s a New Jersey Devil and is just fine with that.
In fact, Schneider tried to insist he really hasn’t given much thought to his return to Vancouver, when he will stare down the ice and see Luongo in front of the Canuck goal.
Perron had two goals last night, one in regulation and the winning shootout goal.
Below, you can watch the highlights of the game. The Devils were up 3-0 at the start of the 3rd period, the Oilers scored four unanswered goals, the Devils scored short-handed with less than a minute to play in regulation. Crazy game.
"They love sports, they've always loved the Steelers and now they love the Pirates, and Mario [Lemieux] brought the fans here [to the games] in Pittsburgh for hockey. So, I never really had any issues with the fans. They supported us so well over those years that I was here. We made the playoffs every year, so they were even more excited about the hockey here.
"They're crazy sports fans and that's good."
-Jaromir Jagr on the fans in Pittsburgh. More from Wes Crosby (no joke) at NHL.com.
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