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added 3:42pm, Press release below...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 6, 2013) --- Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that the Sabres have acquired defenseman Henrik Tallinder from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Riley Boychuk.
"We are excited to have Henrik back in the mix on our blue line," said Regier. "His experience will be invaluable not only in adding more stability to our back end, but also in the development of some of our younger defensemen."
Numerous reports stating Patrik Elias has agreed to a three-year contract with the Devils. Sounds like AAV is $5.5M ($16.5M for 3 years).
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
The Devils have already locked up forward Dainius Zubrus for three more years at $3.1 million per, which I reported first last Wednesday and he confirmed this morning. I’m hearing a deal that will bring Patrik Elias back for more than one season is basically done. There might be some final details to be ironed out, but that’s it.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello stopped just short this afternoon of saying that Elias’ deal is done.
“Patrik, I think it’s very close,” Lamoriello said of re-signing the Devils’ all-time leading scorer. “I think we’ll have that worked out.”
The news doesn’t sound as positive with potential UFA right wing David Clarkson and it appears he will be testing the market and seeing what other teams are willing to pay him.
Of re-signing Clarkson, Lamoriello said today, “David, I don’t know at this point. We’ll certainly talk and I’ll leave it at that.”
more on the Devils..
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
There remains, of course, about three thousand unanswered questions about the deal which sent Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday but, when you get past the 15 months of drama and intrigue which preceded it, things becomes pretty simple.
The Vancouver Canucks and Mike Gillis faced two choices. One, they could buy out Roberto Luongo, receive nothing in return and move forward with Schneider as their goalie. Or, two, they could trade Schneider, receive a prime asset in return and keep Luongo, who's still a quality NHL netminder. The millions in dollars the decision has saved ownership? That was a consideration as well but in the here and now, this move made a lot of sense for the Canucks.
We're just not sure if you can say the same thing about everything that's transpired with the two goalies.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Cory Schneider found out that he’s a Devil the same way most of you did (me too).
The 27-year-old goaltender was watching the NHL Entry Draft at Prudential Center from his home in Boston and learned the Vancouver Canucks had traded him to the Devils, “basically on TV.”
“I was watching the draft and heard I had been traded,” Schneider told The Record. “(Canucks GM) Mike Gillis called a little after that.”
And he talked to Devils GM Lou Lamoriello after that.
The Devils apparently completed the trade, which sent the ninth pick overall to the Canucks (used to take London Knights center Bo Horvat), Saturday night, but wanted the news held so it could be announced in front of their home crowd.
from Mike Ozanian of Forbes,
What now for Vanderbeek? The Devils did not respond to an inquiry yesterday afternoon. The NHL, who also did not respond to my inquiry yesterday, has loaned the Devils more than $15 million. But the league’s consent letter states that the banks can’t file the team until 30 days after the last game is played–which will be no later than Wednesday evening.
It is possible the Devils could be sold through a prepackaged bankruptcy sale like the Dallas Stars in 2011. If that were to happen bankers say the team and lease to the Prudential center would likely be sold for under $200 million.
from Josh Kosman and Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The New Jersey Devils must have a guardian angel.
The National Hockey League is in talks with two investors about taking a minority stake in the money-losing team, The Post has learned.
The deal under discussion with ex-Tampa Bay Lightning owner Oren Koules and former pro hockey player Brian Lawton would allow the pair to take eventual ownership of the cash-strapped franchise if they cover losses beyond a certain point, according to sources.
“A deal is not far off,” one source said.
from Josh Kosman of the NY Post,
The New Jersey Devils are again skating on very thin financial ice, The Post has learned.
The team’s cash-strapped owner, less than six months after restructuring its debt, has missed an interest payment and now risks defaulting on its new loan, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said.
The latest financial blow-up at Devils Arena Entertainment — a missed interest payment in April of nearly $3 million — has surprised those close to the once-proud NHL franchise.
“How can you do a restructuring Dec. 31 and default in April?” the source said. “It’s astounding.”
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