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from the New York Post,
“We’re going to surprise a lot of people,” incumbent captain Patrik Elias predicted after the team reported for physicals yesterday and first practices today. “I’m optimistic about this season.”
“We’re going to be a lot better than people think we’ll be,” said Zach Parise, one of those on whom that will depend.
from The Record,
Having successfully completed his commitment to coach the Canadian national junior team in its Super Series against Russia—his team won seven of the eight games and tied the other—Sutter plans to arrive in New Jersey today and jump “right into the thick of things” with his new job.
“I’m excited now just like I have been every year of training camp,” he said. “I’m an intense guy. I’m intense behind the bench. That’s just my makeup. That’s who I am. Brent Sutter is not all of the sudden going to change now that he’s coaching in the National Hockey League.”
from the NY Post,
Hockey lost one of its great gentlemen when former Devils GM Max McNab passed away Sunday at age 83.
McNab, who lived in Las Vegas with his wife June after retiring from hockey, was the Devils’ second GM, replacing Billy MacMillan Nov. 22, 1983. He was succeeded by Lou Lamoriello on Sept. 10, 1987.
more and McNab also played for the Wins in the late 40’s and early 1950’s.
from the Jersey Journal,
In 2001, off-duty Jersey City cop Domenick Infantes was killed while trying to stop an argument at a Fourth of July party.
Now, his memory lives on in his brother, Erik Infantes, who also is a Jersey City cop and who - with the help of the Do-It-Yourself Network’s “Man Caves” crew - has transformed his backyard garage into a tribute room to his brother and their favorite hockey team, the New Jersey Devils.
Despite the hard and dirty work, Infantes - armed with a nail gun instead of his typical 9 mm Glock - was all smiles as he described the end plan for his new lounge. The room will be painted in Devils’ red, white and black, with a couch and a coffee table built from hockey sticks, he said.
The highlight, Infantes said, was working one-on-one with Daneyko to build the hockey stick table.
“He showed up, and I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “It was sort of a cool gift to me from these guys.”
from The Maven at MSG Network,
The first is that I’m tickled that Martin is returning to New Jersey. The second is that Paul sits precisely where Nieder sat—in the far right corner of the Devs’ dressing room. The third is that Martin—like it or not—is the new Niedermayer in New Jersey….
Whatever the case, Martin now has the opportunity to prove a point that his agent made when Lou Lamoriello signed Paul in the first place.
The rep said that Martin—then a complete unknown—will eventually remind Devils fans of Niedermayer.
It seemed a preposterous claim at the time.
It sounds less so now.
more... and notice no mention of Martin being traded…
via the NJ Devils,
The Devils have announced the re-signing of defenseman Paul Martin to a multi-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
thanks to a KK reader for the tip…
added 12:26pm, Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice says Martin will be expected to carry a bigger load with the loss of Rafalski…
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
“There’s a structure in place here, of how the team is run, how the team is built, how the team plays. I think structure is important. The conversations I had with Mr. Lamoriello and (Devils owner Jeffrey) Mr. Vanderbeek convinced me that this was definitely the right place.
“It’s going good so far. I’ve been back there twice for five days at a time. I’ve spoken to the players, the staff. I’m acclimatized.
“I talked to Larry Robinson about coming back to coach. I felt it was important with my lack of experience at this level to have someone like Larry on board. He’s been a part of this organization for a long time. He coached this team to a Stanley Cup. He’s someone with a wealth of experience who wants to contribute, but doesn’t want to be a head coach.
from the New Jersey Devils,
The Devils announced that they have signed forward Arron Asham to a new contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Asham, 29, is entering his ninth NHL season, having spent the last four with the New York Islanders. The 5-11, 210-lb. wing recorded 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points in a career-high 80 games in 2006-07.
“Arron Asham is a veteran forward who brings a level of toughness, intensity, and feistiness to our lineup,” said Devils’ CEO/President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello.
from the New Jersey Devils,
The Devils announced today that forward Zach Parise has been re-signed to a new multi-year contract. No further terms of the deal were disclosed.
added 4:59pm, via Fire & Ice,
Restricted free agent left wing Zach Parise signed a four-year, $12.5 million contract to remain with the Devils today.
from the Standard-Times,
Lou Lamoriello, who turned the New Jersey Devils into three-time Stanley Cup champions (1995, 2000, 2003), managed the Upper Cape all-stars in 1965, the first time the Cape League All-Star Game was held in Wareham….
“They were great years. Where else could you go play baseball, work for the town — we all had to work, even managing I worked,” he said. “Some were town jobs, some were laboring jobs.”
Born and raised in Providence, Lamoriello went to Providence College at the age of 16 and played in the Cape League for Orleans after his freshman, sophomore and junior years.
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