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from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Things will change.
Things must change.
If these Penguins go down in flames for yet another Stanley Cup playoffs by falling to the Rangers in Game 7 on Tuesday. If they do so after barely breaking a sweat against an exhausted and otherwise unremarkable opponent. If they do so after two of the least passionate postseason performances in franchise history — including the 3-1 throttling in Game 6 on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden — then this really would be it.
This would be a gag unlike any we've seen, even in a half-decade of spring failure.
This would be the one that gets Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle involved.
This would be the one that brings meaningful, maybe seismic change.
I'm told ownership is fed up. They're furious. That's not a guess, either. They don't like what they're seeing, and no, unlike the bulk of the fan base, they don't see it solely as a coaching issue. They don't like any of what they're seeing.
And the changes that could result from that … wow, the mind boggles.
Dan Bylsma tops the list, and there should be no question that he should.
Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today re-signed right wing Jaromir Jagr to a new contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.
Jagr enters his second season with the Devils after leading the team with 43 assists and 67 points, while finishing second with 24 goals in 2013-14. He also led the club with six game-winning tallies, 231 shots on goal and a plus-16 mark. The 6-3, 230-lb. forward has career totals of 705 goals and 1,050 assists for 1,755 points and 1,005 penalty minutes in 1,473 career regular-season appearances over 20 seasons with Pittsburgh, Washington, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston and New Jersey.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
Jaromir Jagr will remain with the Devils for another season.
The veteran right winger's agent, Petr Svoboda, told The Sar-Ledger a deal was very close on what is believed to be a one-year contract for approximately $5 million.
"Absolutely. The deal is very very close but it's not finalized yet," Svovoda said. "Lou (Lamoriello) will let you know as soon as it's complete."
Jagr said after the regular season ended that he wanted to return to the Devils. The fact that he will not test the market as an unrestricted free agent confirmed that New Jersey was his first choice.
"Absolutely. He loved his time there last year and that's where he wants to be," Svoboda.
The last few seconds of what may be Martin Brodeur's final game with the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils beat Boston 3-2 and Brodeur made 16 saves.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Pete DeBoer will be back behind the Devils’ bench next season.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello announced during the first intermission of today’s game against Boston that the head coach has is already under contract for next season and will definitely be back.
“There are a lot of rumors going on, a lot of misinformation about our coach. So, I’m going to step out of character and put this to rest,” Lamoriello said. “Pete DeBoer is under contract for next year, has been under contract for next year and will be coaching next year. That’s all I have to say
“We usually wait to make any announcements about anything or when it’s not necessary (say nothing). Wherever the information is coming from, I can’t answer that, but I thought I’d just put that to rest.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils television color analyst Glenn “Chico” Resch announced during tonight’s telecast on MSG Plus that he will be retiring at the end of this season....
Resch, 65, spoke before tonight’s game about the reasons for him deciding to retire now.
“It’s 18 years and a couple of things,” Resch said.
One reason was so his wife, Diane, could be closer to her sister at home in Minnesota.
“And, then, you know, I guess I probably don’t want to overstay my welcome,” Resch said. “I do appreciate my legacy, but I also know there’s a whole younger generation. They didn’t know me. They can kind of identify when their dad tells them. I think a more current player – and the Devils certainly have won enough of those who have won championships – would probably be a little more pertinent to the broadcast. That was kind of what I was thinking. It would probably make the broadcast a little better. I think it would make it more current, more recent stories.”
added 8:42pm, NJ Devils press release is below...
“I don’t know enough about his personal life, but don’t go looking at your coach, your GM or the other goaltender or things around you. It’s pretty obvious to me and everyone in the league that when Cory Schneider shows up, somebody is going to take a bit of a back seat.
“And, by the way, he’s played 37 games. I don’t know how many backup goaltenders in the NHL have started 37. So I think there is a little hurt pride. We all have good egos, otherwise we can’t do this. I understand that. I have great respect for Marty and I feel for him.”
-Denis Potvin on Martin Brodeur. More from Rich Chere of the Star Ledger.
This is what Brodeur had to say today, from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
If he does come back to the Devils, Brodeur said that will mean he is OK with having a limited workload and role. He seems to be hoping to find a larger role on another team, though. And if he doesn’t find what he’s looking for elsewhere or with the Devils, retirement is also an option.
“That’s something that the situation I’m going to get myself in is something I’m going to be OK with,” he said. “So, if you see me here next year, it’s because I’m OK to be sharing the net or doing whatever I’m going to be told. But I’m not going to go through what I’ve done (this season): Thinking that you’re still No. 1 and next thing you know you’re just kind of yo-yoing up a little bit. I’m going to have the power of that next year. This year I didn’t have (it).”
from Randy Miller of NJ.com,
What’s unknown is how much change there will be and how significant these changes will be.
Will Lamoriello, 71, consider retiring?
Would new Devils Josh Harris and David Blitzer dare ask Lamoriello to step down?
Will DeBoer, who led the 2011-12 Devils to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season, survive back-to-back non-playoff seasons?
Will leading scorer Jaromir Jagr, 42 as of March, re-sign?
Will Brodeur, 42 in May, return, retire or do what seems most likely, sign elsewhere?
Will the Devils sign Cory Schneider to a contract extension, let him play next season with just a year remaining on his current deal or trade him this summer?
Will the Devils go all out for Paul Stastny or Ryan Callahan to add offense in what promises to be a weak offseason for unrestricted free agents?
“The thing is, we used to be a team that didn’t hover over .500,” Brodeur said Wednesday afternoon. “That’s something only the last few years we’ve been content with being that.
“Even the year we made it all the way (2011-12), all year it’s not like we gave ourselves a big cushion. We had to come back late to the middle of the season and we had to push to get to the playoffs.”
“So that’s something that going forward (Lamoriello) has to make sure we get back to that for the organization to be more of an impact. That means having a solid regular season and a solid start to the regular season, no letdown and be a power house like some of the teams are.”
-Martin Brodeur on the New Jersey Devils. More from Dave Hutchinson of the Star Ledger...
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