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Hockey Stays In The Family

via Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Jay Leach, the veteran defenseman who did a solid job last season after being recalled from the minors, married Kathryn Tappen this past Saturday in New Hampshire.

Leach, 29, played 24 games for the Devils last season and had no goals and one assist.

Tappen, 28, is the daughter of Richard and Sheila Tappen of Morristown. She is NESN’s in-studio host for Boston Bruins games and is a Rutgers graduate. She will continue to use her maiden name on the air.

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  Tags: jay+leach, kathryn+tappen

Devils Go Backwards

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Past is prelude and we’ve seen this movie before. The Devils aren’t simply going back to Jacques Lemaire to coach the team that Brent Sutter walked out on. They are going to be going backwards—backwards into the neutral zone, backwards in the standings.

Lou Lamoriello’s decision to hire Lemaire 11 years after the end of a first five-year term that put the Devils on the NHL map but ultimately ended in underachievement is a misplaced reach into the past.

The future belongs to coaches who can, have and will adapt to a game that is evolving into a showcase for offensive talent, risk/reward attack, and creative, puck-possession teams. Lemaire, though, is wedded to the past.

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More Of The Same From Lemaire

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

It would certainly be a whole lot easier to rip the Devils for this one if not for one thing – Lemaire just happens to be an outstanding coach, arguably the best coach in the NHL, in fact. Ask any player for whom Lemaire has played and he will almost certainly tell you that Lemaire has made him a much better, much more complete player. Scott Niedermayer was all offense when he came to the NHL and bucked against Lemaire’s methods as a young player, but finally learned how to play in his own end and is regarded as one of the best defensemen of his generation.

Will the Devils present a boring, plodding product that will be the scourge of the game? You bet they will. But Lemaire has the pedigree, tenure and record of success that suggests he won’t care about that one bit. You see, coaches are judged on wins and losses and how much their teams improve. Almost every coach that has been fired in the history of the game has been because of his team’s record. Not a single one comes to mind who was fired solely for the style of game his team played.

If boring wins, boring generally stays.

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Devils Will Have A Coach Today

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils have scheduled a 1:30 p.m. conference all today to make “a major announcement.”

It is expected that they name a head coach at that time.

All signs point to Jacques Lemaire

added 1:34pm,

The Devils have filled their head coaching vacancy by naming Jacques Lemaire as their new bench boss. Lemaire, who guided the club to its first Stanley Cup title in 1995, returns for his second stint with New Jersey.

John MacLean named head coach in Lowell too.

added 1:38pm, Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice has all the details…

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How About Zubov In New Jersey Or A Ranger?

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

...That said, I think there might be something to this—though I can’t tell you the extent of the Devils’ interest. The Devils could use a defenseman that can run the power play and Zubov might come cheap on a one-year deal.

Grossman said that there has been considerable interest in the soon-to-be 39-year-old defenseman (his birthday is July 22).

“We’ve had quite a few inquiries, six to eight teams that I would say have legitimate interest,” Grossman said. “It’s a bit of a process on both ends finding a good fit.”

The Rangers are also believed to be among the teams interested in Zubov. Dallas wanted him back, but was hoping he would accept a one-year deal with performance bonuses—which is allowed for a player 35 or older that signs a one-year deal or a player coming off a long-term injury that signs a one-year contract. (If the Devils end up re-signing Brendan Shanahan, they will probably give him a one-year deal with reachable bonuses).

The obvious concern with Zubov, besides his age, is his hip.

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  Tags: sergei+zubov

Devils Unhappy with Prudential Center Seating

“A substantial portion of the seating” at the two-year-old Prudential Center in Newark fails to meet specifications, the Devils assert in response to the seating manufacturer’s bid to claim $1.2 million in payments.

Michigan-based Irwin Seating filed suit in U.S. District Court in Newark against Devils Renaissance Development in May, seeking the remaining portion of what it said was a total of $5.6 million in construction costs at the Newark facility. The Devils responded late Wednesday, saying that Irwin Seating “failed to perform its obligations in accordance with the [Jan. 2007] agreement.”

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lkka Pikkarainen Signed By Devils

via the New Jersey Devils,

The Devils announced Thursday that they have signed forward Ilkka Pikkarainen.

“Ilkka Pikkarainen is a forward who brings size, strength and toughness to our roster,” said Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. “We welcome him back to our hockey club.”

So the mystery man is signed.

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Andy Greene Re-Signs With New Jersey

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Defenseman Andy Greene has re-signed with the Devils.

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added 2:16pm, Tom has updated his post, 2years, $1.475 million.

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Devils Close To Re-signing Oduya

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

It appears the Devils will be able to keep highly-regarded defenseman Johnny Oduya from testing the market when the free agency period officiallly begins at noon Wednesday.

Oduya has been priority No. 1 for Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello, who said Monday night that a deal with the speedy defenseman could be finalized Tuesday. Lamoriello and agent Don Meehan are believed to be close to a multi-year contract at about $3 million per season.

“I think that’s close,” Lamoriello said Monday night about re-signing Oduya.

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added 6/30/09,

“We are delighted to have Johnny Oduya stay with the organization,” said Lamoriello. “He has developed into one of the more talented young defensemen in the National Hockey League.”

Multi year deal, around $3M per season.

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Gionta Will Probably Listen To Offers

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

After not having any contact with the Devils since the end of the regular season, Gionta’s agent, Steve Bartlett said today that he’s had “a few casual conversations” with general manager Lou Lamoriello in the last week.

“I think everyone is on the same page in that there certainly is mutual interest and respect from both parties to get something done, but also an acknowledgement that that might not be possible to do so before July 1 for a lot of reasons,” Bartlett said.

The biggest is the salary cap. Teams were able to finally start budgeting their payroll for the 2009-10 season after it was announced on Friday that the salary cap will be $56.8 million.

Although Lamoriello has been trying to re-sign defenseman Johnny Oduya before he hits the open market and also has been working on a new deal for restricted free agent center Travis Zajac, re-signing Gionta apparently falls a little farther down the team’s list of priorities.

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  Tags: brian+gionta

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