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Patrik Elias Still Experiencing A Knee Issue

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

Despite assurance from Patrik Elias that he would be back "soon" from a right knee issue that has sidelined him from the start of training camp, the Devils are not planning to use the veteran forward in any preseason games.

"That's really up in the air right now. We're not really planning on it, just because it's kind of been a slow process so far," Hynes said Tuesday.

So where does Elias, 39, stand?

"We're still going through the process," Hynes explained. "It's a situation that's not going to be rushed. I wouldn't necessarily stay it's day to day. Every day he's trying to work through it."


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It’s A “Dream Job” For Analytics Guy In New Jersey

from Pat Pickens of the New York Times,

Sunny Mehta has been a musician, a professional poker player and an author, and he has worked in finance. He has lived in New Orleans, Chicago, Miami and Las Vegas.

But through it all, one constant has remained: his love for the Devils.

So when the owners of the Devils, Josh Harris and David Blitzer, wanted to start the N.H.L.’s first full-time analytics department last year, Mehta made sense as its director.

N.H.L. training camps are opening this weekend, and more analytics departments have sprouted around the league as teams embrace advanced statistics. Mehta will look to find every edge for the Devils, who are projected by many to be one of the N.H.L.’s worst teams in the 2015-16 season. In his second year as the organization’s analytics director, Mehta finds himself in a more collaborative and forward-thinking environment than he did in his first season.

“It’s been an interesting year,” Mehta, 37, said. “This is a dream job. It’s exciting to be part of the decision making.”


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The New Jersey Devils Sign Jiri Tlusty Plus A PTO For Tyler Kennedy

via an email from the New Jersey Devils,

The New Jersey Devils have agreed to terms with free agent forward Jiri Tlusty to a one-year, one-way contract for $800,000.

Also, forward Tyler Kennedy will be attending New Jersey Devils training camp as a PTO.


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Patrik Elias Talks About The Removal Of The ‘C’ From His Sweater

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Elias said similar in 2013 before Salvador was named captain and in 2011 before Zach Parise got the C. The way he was stripped of it, with Sutter telling the media before discussing it with him, has never sat well with him.

He also recognizes that maybe he didn't handle being the captain as well as he could have.

“It's just the way it went,” Elias said. “I don't think it was handled the proper way, not just from Brent Sutter. Not just from him. So, I didn't want it after that. Maybe in a way, maybe when I had that C, you try to do too much maybe a little bit just because it's not an easy role. You might not even recognize it, but subconsciously you might worry about things that maybe you shouldn't. They put you in that role for a reason, because they like what they've seen, and you've got to keep doing the same things.”

Elias' mention of “not just from Brent Sutter” suggested that he also thought former GM Lou Lamoriello was involved in taking the C from him, but he would not say that directly when I asked if that was what he meant.

“I just thought there should have been more courtesy,” he said. “I don't know if the coach only makes the decision on the captain. We know that wasn't the case. But, I think I deserved a little bit better, not treatment but just letting me know. Not just take it off and finding out from you guys (the media).”

Elias' season as captain did not end well. Lamoriello appeared to give in to a mini team mutiny when he fired head coach Claude Julien with just three games left in the regular season.

Some players had been openly insubordinate with Julien. Perhaps, Lamoriello felt Elias, as captain, had a responsibility to help ease that tension and keep his teammates more in line and in tune with the head coach.


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Concussions Force Ryane Clowe To Stop Playing

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Ryane Clowe's playing career is over.

The Devils left wing will not officially retire, but will not play again because of a series of concussions over the last two-plus seasons, general manager Ray Shero said this morning.

“This has been ongoing for a while,” Shero said. “Based on the recommendation of doctors and the latest incident on Nov. 6 and the result of the injuries and the concussions, he's going to be unable to play hockey now or hockey in the future. For me getting to know Ryane over the last two months in particular, he's a proud player, he's a proud person. This has been very difficult for him and knowing he's given this a lot of time to try to play and seeing the doctors to try to get back to play, the conclusion that he's unable to play hockey now or in the future.

“Certainly, it's an emotional time for him having gone through this and today, but it was pretty apparent as we head to next week with training camp and the doctor's recommendations that he's unable to play again.”


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Bryce Salvador Announces His Retirement

TORONTO (September 2, 2015) – Bryce Salvador has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) after 14 seasons.

Salvador played in a total of 786 career NHL games with two teams, the St. Louis Blues and the New Jersey Devils. He scored 24 goals and 86 assists for 110 points in his NHL career. Salvador, a six-foot-three, 215-pound defenceman, played in 74 playoff games and reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2012 with the Devils. He captained the Devils for the final three seasons of his career.

“I would like to thank my wife, April, for her unconditional and ongoing support, and love. I’m blessed and so thankful that my two sons, Pierson and Hudson, were able to see and remember me play as I thought my career was over when I missed the entire 2010-11 season due to injury.  To my parents, and my extended family, as well as Bonnie and Gerald, thank you for all your love and support,” said Bryce Salvador. “I would like to thank the Lethbridge Hurricanes and GM Bob Bartlett, the St. Louis Blues and GM Larry Pleau, and the New Jersey Devils and GM Lou Lamoriello, for giving me the opportunities to play hockey. Thanks also to my teammates, the owners of each of these organizations, and to the fans for bringing excitement and energy to every game. I look forward to a continued involvement in hockey for years to come.”

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The New Jersey Devils On The Lookout For A Few Players

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

When the Devils bought out the final season of forward Dainius Zubrus' contract on July 29, Shero explained that wanted to create some roster flexibility up front in case he is able to add another forward at some point before the season starts.

Shero is still pursuing that possibility, but said “there's nothing imminent.”

“We're looking at those things whether it's a signing or a trade or potentially a tryout situation with players that are looking for jobs still or a trade with any team,” he said. “That's a constant evaluation that will kind of go on until training camp or after training camp. So, we'll see. There are players that are still out there. We've been in touch with agents and teams and we'll see where that's going to lead us trytout-wise, trade-wise or signing-wise.”

At this point, Shero doesn't know yet if any players will attend camp with the Devils as tryouts.

“Sometimes these things happen the day before,” he said. “I've been in touch with different agents and players, as every other team has been, and we'll just see. But there are no tryout invitations out at this point at all.”

When asked if the team would be more likely to invite a forward or a defenseman, Shero replied, “It could be both.”

read on for updates on Bryce Salvador, Ryane Clowe and Martin Brodeur Day...

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Morning Line- Mike Cammalleri On Connor McDavid

“Before our first scrimmage the other day, before the puck was even dropped, I heard the other team say: ‘Keep your head up, McDavid’. I think it was one of the Stewart brothers (Chris or Anthony). For sure, he’ll get a lot of that. And with good reason. When you have the skill set he has, and you can do the damage he thinks he should be able to do, he’ll earn that attention.”

-Mike Cammalleri of the New Jersey Devils on Connor McDavid at the BioSteel Camp.  More by Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun on McDavid and other topics including player talking about the ads on sweaters.

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All Chico Resch

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

Would you consider doing something with the Devils if you were asked?

"Absolutely. I never realized how hard it was going to be being retired. My wife and I never realized how much we love New Jersey. The circumstances with her sister being so sick at that time dictated some of what happened. Unfortunately, my sister-in-law has passed, so situations have changed.

"New Jersey is my home basically and I feel connected to the Devils a lot. I definitely would consider something. If I could somehow actually help build the next era of Devils hockey — let's be honest, this is a rebuild and they have the right people in place to get it done — I'd be open to that. The Rangers have been better than us. The Islanders have been better. We really do need to build a grass roots level fan base. I have some good ideas on how we can do that.

"I also found players were restricted in their ability to go out and connect with advertisers or whomever. Those two things are how you build a base. One thing I respect about the Rangers, even though they have a good market established, they continue to try to build new fans at every level. That's a no-brainer. That's where the Devils have to start, to convince fans to bear with us. We're not going to be challenging for the Stanley Cup next year. I know that. Ray Shero has a great plan. He's a bright guy. Good people in place. I think there is an opportunity for someone, maybe not me, to help this franchise."


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Jacques Lemaire May Move On To Another Team

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Unsure of his future in New Jersey after Lou Lamoriello's departure, Jacques Lemaire might soon join his former Devils' boss in Toronto.

Lemaire, who will turn 70 on Sept. 7, said he has spoken about potential jobs with “a couple teams so far” since Lamoriello left the Devils to become the Maple Leafs general manager on July 23. He has yet to talk to new Devils GM Ray Shero, though, about whether the organization wants him to remain in his role as a special assignment coach.

“I don't know what's going on, yet,” Lemaire said today. “I haven't had the chance to talk to the new people (with the Devils). I'm waiting for a call.”

When asked if he might end up working for Lamoriello again with the Maple Leafs, Lemaire replied, “I don't know, yet.”


TVA Sports (French) reports Montreal and Tampa Bay have interest in Lemaire too...

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