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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
The 42-year-old future Hall of Famer has no plans for this to be his final season.
“I don’t think that way,” Jagr said today after taking his training camp physical. “I love the game. What I want to tell you is I don’t know if it’s going to be the last year in the NHL. If I stay healthy, it’s not going to be my last year in hockey. I want to play until 50, maybe more. But I want to play in the NHL if I’m good enough. I don’t want to just be here just to be here.
“But the longer you play in the NHL, the better challenge you get for yourself. You’re facing the best players in the world. So, if I’m good enough to play in this league, I want to do it. If I’m not, I’m going to play somewhere else. But you have to stay healthy and you have to stay motivated and you have to love the game. So, that’s what I do. That’s what I love.”
Jagr, who is tied for sixth in NHL history with 1,755 points, ranks seventh in goals with 705 and eighth with 1,050 assists in 1,473 regualar season games, sees no reason to stop playing simply because of his age.
“(Just) because I’m over 40, there’s no rules that you have to stop playing,” he said. “There’s no rules. It’s tougher because there’s a lot of young guys.”
NEWARK, NJ – September 15, 2014 – The New Jersey Devils today will unveil “We’re All Devils Inside,” a new brand and marketing campaign for the 2014-15 hockey season. The campaign will kick off this morning as season ticket holders pick up redesigned ticket packages and have their photo taken with Devils players at a special event at Prudential Center.
via Rich Chere of NJ Advance Media,
In yet another late surprise, the Devils have invited defenseman Mike Komisarek to training camp as an unsigned tryout.
Komisarek joins Scott Gomez, Ruslan Fedotenko, Tomas Kaberle and Jordin Tootoo with PTO deals.
Gomez will wear No. 28 in training camp; Komisarek was given 72; Tootoo 74; Fedotenko 76 and Kaberle 47.
Komisarek, who played 32 games for the Carolina Hurricans last season (no goals, 4 assists, 14 penalty minutes), is a 6-4, 235-pound defenseman from Wes Islip, N.Y. He is 32.
from Rich Chere of NJ Advance Media,
Rich Chere: What are your thoughts heading into training camp?
“I’m excited about the start and the potential I think we’ve got with this group. I thought we finished the season real strongly last year. I think we only lost one of our last 10 or 11 games in regulation. We’re going to bring back a big part of that group that hopefully can hit the ground running. And I think the additions that we’ve made really address some of the key issues I felt kept us out of the playoffs last year.”
Is this team better heading into camp than it was a year ago?
“Yes. I think we’re deeper. With some of the people we’ve got in here and some of the people we brought in, I’m not concerned about scoring. We’ve dealt with some distractions here over the last 2 or 3 years with Zach (Parise) leaving, with Kovy (Ilya Kovalchuk) leaving and, not that Marty retiring is a distraction, but there has been some things that normal teams don’t deal with. I think we’ve come out the other side of that and everyone is excited to start.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Forwards Jordin Tootoo and Ruslan Fedotenko also will attend training camp with the Devils as tryouts, general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning.
Tootoo's camp tryout was first reorted by Sportsnet’s Josh Rimer.
Fedotenko, a two-time Stanley Cup winner, and Tootoo join forward Scott Gomez, the former Devil, and defenseman Tomas Kaberle as Devils' training camp tryouts. Lamoriello said he is not expecting to make any other tryout invites.
Lamoriello said this was a case of these players/their agents approaching the Devils about coming to camp as tryouts.. There are “no promises, no guarantees” as far the tryouts even playing in preseason games.
“I’m sure that some will get in (preseason games), but there’s no promises,” Lamoriello said. “There’s no promises, no guarantees. They’ve approached us and they want to be here. It’s not a case of trying (to get them to get come to camp.)."
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound St. John’s, Newfoundland native says he is “feeling pretty good” following the concussion that ended his season last March 31, but does not know yet whether he’ll be cleared medically for the start of camp. He plans to visit a concussion specialist again before he takes his training camp physical next Thursday and is hoping he’ll get the go-ahead from everyone to practice with full contact.
“I feel pretty good,” Clowe told me today. “I’m not going to say if I’m ready to go or not because I’ve got to get cleared to play and I’ve got to see the doctor again before the season starts. But I feel good. I, obviously, haven’t done any contact. I’ve been skating the last few weeks, just scrimmaging since I got back with the guys. I’ve been on the ice and stuff.
“The biggest thing with me is, when we start practicing, if I get some contact in then and just go from there. I’ve been feeling pretty good. I’ve been working out pretty normal the last, I guess, month.”
from Rich Chere of The Ledger,
Scott Stevens, who served as a Devils assistant coach under Pete DeBoer the past two seasons, will not be back for a third.
General manager Lou Lamoriello said it was a personal decision made by Stevens and indicated Tommy Albelin will step in and replace the Hall of Famer.
"Scotty Stevens will not be coming back this year. There is nothing to read into," Lamoriello stressed. "It's not the organization. It's just a decision he made.
"I'm sure it's not something that will be long term. I'm sure he will be back in coaching, hopefully here some day. It's just a personal thing. Personal or professional. Any way you want to look at it."
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
Scott Gomez, who won two Stanley Cups with the Devils, has been invited to the team's training camp on a unsigned tryout basis, general manager Lou Lamoriello told The Star-Ledger Wednesday.
Gomez, 34, played 46 games last season for the Florida Panthers and had 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists). It is his playmaking that makes him appealing to the Devils.
"He felt he still had a lot of hockey in him and he's been working out this summer so I told him to come to camp," Lamoriello said. "There are no promises. We certainly know what he has the capability of doing. This is no different than with Petr Sykora."
“You had a lot of complexity around Kovalchuk and some other things. It was a disappointing season. I see it. I was unhappy. I didn’t like being home watching the playoffs on TV. I wanted to be in the playoffs. That’s not lost on me. At the same time, good people and good systems can have disappointing years. We’re long term. We’re focused on making this a great franchise over the long term.”
-Josh Harris, owner of the New Jersey Devils. More on the Devils from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger.
"When you look at the teams that were there in the end last season, I think there's a common theme of being strong down the middle. I like the idea of [Travis] Zajac, [Patrik] Elias and [Adam] Henrique down the middle for us; I think that gives us a center ice that's comparable to anybody in the League.
-Peter DeBoer, head coach of the New Jersey Devils. More on the Devils from Mike Morreale of NHL.com.
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