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from Fire & Ice,
Sutter said he would make a decision on whether to have a captain and who it will be after Jamie Langenbrunner returns from sports hernia surgery (probably near the end of November).
“There won’t be a decision on the captaincy until Langenbrunner is healthy,” Sutter said.
from the Star-Ledger,
“I know of some places where not everyone gets treated the same,” Asham said, referring to the Islanders, whom the Devils defeated, 2-1, last night at the Arena at Harbor Yard to finish the preseason with a 4-2 record.
And which player or players might have gotten preferential treatment?
“(Alexei) Yashin maybe,” Asham said.
Even though there were clearly some issues, and Asham even had a fight with goalie Rick DiPietro during one practice, he did not leave the Islanders with a lot of bitterness. He felt it was time to go and the Islanders weren’t devastated that he left.
from the NY Post,
Danny Markov was one of the top three unrestricted defensemen July 1, and he’s still looking for a contract with a contender. Markov and Colin White are different sorts of defensemen, but the Devils are likely to be without White (eye) for some time, and even when he returns, any team would be improved by a mobile all-around backliner of Markov’s quality.
The Devils figure to have a cap liability of some $48.7 million toward the limit of $50.3 million when their season opens Thursday in Tampa, Fla., and could use their old savior, the Long-Term Injury exemption, to exceed the limit, with Jamie Langenbrunner’s $2.8 million, White’s $3 million and Cam Janssen’s 600G all likely listable.
from the Bergen Record,
“I’m not saying we’ll have someone with the ‘C’ or won’t have someone with the ‘C’. I don’t know,” Sutter said Thursday. “But we’ll probably have someone with ‘A’s’ on their jerseys, that’s for sure.”
Sutter said, “it’s nothing to read into,” but he still is trying to get a read on which players would best fit the leadership roles on his team. Elias eventually might be his captain, too.
“I’m not saying what they had here last year was right or wrong,” Sutter said. “I just wanted time to go through it and the decision, whenever it’s made, is going to be the right decision as far as the makeup of our team and how we want to play and so forth.”
from The Record,
They’ve moved out of Continental Arena and can’t move into Prudential Center until Oct. 27. That’s forcing them to travel for all six of their preseason games and open the regular season with nine consecutive road games.
This might be Brent Sutter’s biggest challenge in his first month as an NHL head coach. A team could dig itself a significant hole while trying to find its identity during those first three weeks of the season.
“It will be a different experience definitely going on the road for the first nine games,” Jay Pandolfo said. “You’ve got to learn to win on the road right away.”
from The Record,
Kevin Weekes was supposed to make it easier for the Devils to rest Martin Brodeur this season.
But the Devils backup goaltender’s status is uncertain now after sustaining a probable concussion in a collision caused by Rangers agitator Sean Avery in the first period of Friday night’s 4-3 preseason loss to the Blueshirts at Madison Square Garden.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello insisted that Weekes would be OK.
“He just hit his head,” Lamoriello said. “He’s fine.
From the CP via CBC,
There are few with better qualifications than Brodeur to evaluate a coaching performance and the future Hall of Famer says he likes what he’s seen from Brent Sutter during the first week of training camp.
“I think Brent definitely took charge right from Day 1 in the way he wants our team to play,” Brodeur said
Wednesday on a conference call. “I think just how strong he is as far as the way he talks, how confident he is in himself reminds me a lot of Pat Burns or Jacques Lemaire.
“He’s not a guy who’s going to let the players dictate too much what’s going on.”
from The Record,
Add Cam Janssen’s name to the list of Devils who might need surgery.
The 23-year-old enforcer dislocated his right shoulder for the second time in less than a year during Monday’s 3-2 preseason loss to Philadelphia in Trenton. Janssen said Tuesday that his shoulder popped out of the socket while he was throwing punches during both of his first-period fights with Philadelphia’s Jesse Boulerice….
Janssen underwent an MRI on Tuesday and said he will find out “in the next couple of days” whether he will require surgery to fix the shoulder, which never healed fully after he dislocated it in a fight with Anaheim’s George Parros on Nov. 24. He missed 12 games last season because of it. Surgery would likely keep him out for at least two months this time.
from Fire & Ice,
Congratulations to Sherry Ross, who is expected to be named as the Devils’ radio color commentator in the next day or so.
From Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,
Enforcer Cam Janssen might have injured his shoulder tonight because of the league’s new Reebok Edge sweaters. His sweater ripped during his two first period fights with Philadelphia’s Jesse Boulerice. That might have helped Boulerice pull Janssen’s jersey over his head in both altercations and win both decisively. Arron Asham also had his sweater tear during his fight with Riley Cote.
“These new jerseys are supposed to make you faster, but what good are they if they tear that easily,” Mike Rupp said.
*Hat tip to hockeyfights.com for passing on the story
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