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Elias Will Get A Shot At Center

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Lemaire said he thinks it is difficult for a wing to shift to center.

“If they are capable of doing it , I have no problem (with it),” he said. ““But you don’t see too many of those. I didn’t see in my career too many guys that were wingers and turned out to be a good center. It’s so different. You can ask any center. It’s a totally different game,”

That said, Lemaire believes that Patrik Elias, who played center two years ago, is capable of making the move.from left wing to the middle.

“Elias is a guy that could play center,” he said. “He’s good enough.”

In fact, Lemaire said, he “probably” will look at Elias at center during training camp.,

more on the Devils…

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New Coaches - New Challenges

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

(Jacques) Lemaire, however, is not likely to find the magic again in New Jersey. The Devils led their division last season before losing in the first round to Carolina, but John Madden and Brian Gionta were lost during the offseason and no replacements of note were added.

You don’t make progress by standing still, leaving Lemaire with a high mountain to climb if the team he inherits is to repeat as division leaders.

My choice as the coach to do the best job is (Brent) Sutter.

The Flames lost Mike Cammalleri to the Canadiens. They will miss Cammalleri’s 39 goals, but the blow will be softened considerably by what Ollie Jokinen, who was acquired at the trading deadline last season, brings to the table.

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Coach Scott Stevens

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Can the most important player in Devils history teach the team to win again?

The decision to expand the role of Scott Stevens as a coach this season is far from ceremonial. The Devils hope the Hall of Fame defenseman, along with new head coach Jacques Lemaire, can have a positive impact on a team that has been unable to get past the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs since Stevens retired as a player after the 2003-04 season.

Stevens is ready for the challenge.

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Devils Rely On Old Names

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

No, you can’t flip on HBO and watch “The Larry Sanders Show” while it’s still in its prime. Sorry, but O.J. Simpson is not on trial for double homicide. And you’ll be extremely disappointed if you turn on your radio and expect to hear “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio in heavy rotation.

You can’t blame Devils fans for any of these transgressions, because for the past two offseasons, their favorite team has partied like it’s 1995.

Picture it—Newark, 2008. Lou Lamoriello gave free-agent contracts to Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik, two veterans who were fresh-faced kids on the Devils’ first Stanley Cup winner in 1995. Holik was a disappointment last season, and Rolston’s numbers were limited by a lingering high-ankle sprain.

Fast-forward to this offseason, and it’s like Lamoriello fired up the time machine again.

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All Jacques Lemaire

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Q: It’s been 16 years since you began your first tenure with the Devils in 1993. Are things a lot different now?

Lemaire: “When I went there (the first time), it was a place that we had good times, we had great success, we had a lot of fun, and a team that was growing and doing well. It will be fun to go back.”

Q: The Devils lost in the first round of the playoffs the last two seasons despite having regular season success. In watching film of the team, can you tell if there was something missing?

Lemaire: “It’s hard from the outside. When I looked at the tapes, I felt that the guys really played hard. They were unlucky on certain things. In the playoffs, teams are pretty much equal. It doesn’t take much for a team to go ahead of the other one. A little more confidence, a little more this, a little more that can make it. You look at Detroit and Pittsburgh. I feel that Detroit had a better team than Pittsburgh on paper, but the way Pittsburgh played as a team and the confidence they had, that’s what made them win….

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Shanahan Agrees To Terms With Devils

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The 40-year-old unrestricted free agent left wing has agreed to terms and will be ready to go for the start of training camp on Sept. 12, an NHL source said. The sides spent Tuesday finalizing the paperwork and the official announcement could come later today.

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Devils Should Know About Shanahan’s Decision By End Of Next Week

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

It will be Brendan Shanahan’s call.

The Devils want the veteran winger, but general manager Lou Lamoriello told me on Thursday that Shanahan will make the decision as to whether he will re-sign with the club. An unrestricted free agent with interest from other teams, Shanahan is expected to make his decision by the end of next week.

So what is the holdup?

“I wouldn’t say it’s financial,” Lamoriello explained. “I want to make sure this is what he wants. He has other opportunities. Brendan is very meticulous, very professional. He has other opportunities and he’ll make the decision.”

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Zajac Signs Multi-Year Deal

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils have avoided Friday’s arbitration hearing and re-signed restricted free agent center Travis Zajac to a multi-year contract.

Zajac, 24, is coming off a breakout season in which he posted career-highs with 20 goals, 42 assists, 62 points and a team-best plus-33 defensive rating.

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It Appears Weekes Days In New Jersey Are Over

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Kevin Weekes said he’s not closing the door a return to the Devils, but the 34-year-old goaltender admits that he probably won’t be re-signing with the team.

“That’s the way it’s looking,” he said today via telephone from Toronto. “You never know in pro sports, but right now that’s the way it looks.”

So, it appears as if Yann Danis or rookie Jeff Frazee will be the Devils’ backup goaltender in 2009-10. Although Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello left the door open for Weekes to return when he signed Danis on July 10, the sides have not been able to reach an agreement and Weekes is exploring other opportunities.

“There’s other opportunities, but it’s also just looking at a lot of different factors,” he said. “Like Lou always says, free agency is always an interesting thing. It’s an inexact science. You can’t always retain all of your free agents and in my case I fulfilled my obligation. I think I brought a lot of value to the role and I played my role with pride, even though I didn’t get to play as much hockey as I would have liked to have played even when Marty (Brodeur) was injured.

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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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