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(Newark, NJ)- New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero provided the following updates on forward Patrik Elias and goaltender Cory Schneider:
“On Wednesday, Patrik Elias underwent successful surgery on his right knee. The procedure was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City by Dr. Riley Williams. We will continue to monitor Patrik’s rehabilitation and progress.
“On Tuesday, Cory Schneider underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia. His expected recovery time is approximately six weeks.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
After 18 wonderful years, including the last 14 covering the Devils, I am moving on to NHL.com, where I will be a regional writer based in Washington. I'm excited to join the team at NHL.com, but also will miss working at The Record and living in New Jersey, my home state for more than 23 years....
My first year was Wayne Gretzky's last in the NHL. I remember being a little nervous as I introduced myself to him at the start of the Rangers' training camp at the University of Vermont. Gretzky quickly informed me that he already knew who I was.
That shouldn't have been a surprise. Gretzky always took the time to learn people's names and to talk to them. He seemed to understand as well as anyone that talking to the media was part of his job as an ambassador of a game he loved playing.
I was very fortunate while at The Record to have covered as a beat reporter for at least one full season the top three scorers in NHL history – Gretzky, Mark Messier and Jaromir Jagr – and the league's all-time leader in wins and shutouts, Martin Brodeur.
from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
So what is to be made of this season?
"We've taken a step. Not the step that we wanted to," goalie Cory Schneider suggested. "We were still alive with (four) games left in the season. It's not good good enough and by all means it's not acceptable by this group, but I think some guys made some leaps and some guys proved they can handle a bigger role on this team. So now we're going to have to figure out who is going to be part of this group going forward to get back into the playoffs."
Does coach John Hynes feel pleased that his team was able to stay in the race longer than many expected?
"Good question. Right now I haven't really thought about that," Hynes said. "I'm focused now on that we're still in the regular season. We'll reflect on some of that stuff when the season's over."
Three games to go, but no postseason for the Devils.
"Overall, you can look at it from different points of view, but it's unsuccessful. We didn't get in. We didn't give ourselves a chance," Henrique said. "We knew from experience you just have to get in, give yourselves a chance and anything can happen. We've seen that before and there are guys in here who have been a part of that."
from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
Warning: Don't judge a trade on seven games.
Devils' general manager Ray Shero shouldn't start to think he got a steal in sending Stefan Matteau to the Montreal Canadiens at the NHL trade deadline for Devante Smith-Pelly. But after watching the impact the right winger has made so far (six goals, three assists in seven games), there is that possibility.
"When I first came here I said I was pretty confident in my ability," Smith-Pelley said after scoring two goals and assisting on another in the Devils' 7-4 win over the Minnesota Wild Thursday night at Prudential Center.
"Obviously I didn't think a goal per game. Right now it's going better than I thought, but I'm enjoying it."
NEW YORK (March 9, 2016) – New Jersey Devils forward Tuomo Ruutu has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slew-footing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cullen during NHL Game No. 981 in New Jersey on Sunday, March 6, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 4:05 of the third period. Ruutu was assessed a minor penalty for tripping.
The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
added 2:07pm, See the slew-foot below...
via Rich Chere of NJ.com,
Schneider left the game after making a save on Jason Spezza, struggling to get back on his feet before skating very slowly off the ice 2:05 into the third period. While it may very well be a groin injury, Schneider was not made available after the game and the team offered no medical update.
"We'll see what happens when we get back to New Jersey. We don't have any updates right now. Just that he's hurt," coach John Hynes said. "He made a great save and had trouble getting up."
NEW YORK -- New Jersey Devils forward Joseph Blandisi has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
Blandisi was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 847 against the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 16. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 13:14 of the second period during NHL Game No. 893 against the New York Rangers on Feb. 23. Blandisi drew a minor penalty for interference to Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath and was assessed a minor penalty for embellishment on the play.
NEW YORK -- New Jersey Devils forward Devante Smith-Pelly has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
Smith-Pelly, acquired by the Devils in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 29, received both Citations playing for his former club. Accordingly, the fine will be included in Montreal accumulation totals.
Smith-Pelly was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 512 at Minnesota on Dec. 22. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 6:16 of the second period during NHL Game No. 902 at Washington on Feb. 24. Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom received a minor penalty for slashing on the play.
watch both in action below...
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
Smith-Pelly was emotional when he met with reporters in San Jose shortly after the trade was announced Monday. He said he had a feeling he might be on the move after the Canadiens acquired Brown, another right-winger, earlier in the day.
When asked if he had a message for Canadiens fans, Smith-Pelly said: “I loved it here. Thanks, I guess. I really enjoyed playing here … I’m going to miss it.
“It’s a super-close team and, obviously, I would have loved to stay and be a part of the group, but you move on.”...
“It’s tough,” Smith-Pelly said while dabbing at his eyes. “Just having to go to another group and trying to fit in. I thought I fit in perfectly with this group. So it’s tough. But I’ve been around long enough … it happens.
“I loved it,” he added about his time in Montreal. “It’s always a dream come true to play for a Canadian team, and it sucks (being traded).”
more on the Canadiens...
watch Smith-Pelly speaking with the media below..
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