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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Devils coach Brent Sutter told The Post last night that the firing of Mike Keenan by elder brother Darryl Sutter in Calgary “has zero impact” on whether he will return behind the New Jersey bench next season….
“Absolutely not. It has nothing to do with my thinking,” Sutter told The Post. “I’m employed by the New Jersey Devils, and that’s the way I look at it.”...
There have been rumbles that GM Lou Lamoriello would not be heartbroken if Sutter decides not to return for the third year of his lucrative contract. One wise man suggested that if Sutter isn’t coming back after next season, Lamoriello might want to cut the cord now.
But Lamoriello surely would want compensation from a team that might sign Sutter, a first-rounder is the going rate, especially if the coach was to go to Calgary.
more & I recall reading that compensation for a situation like this is no longer allowed…
frm Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Bobby Holik told The Post yesterday that he is retiring from hockey after 18 NHL seasons, 11 of those with New Jersey.
“I’m done. I’m retiring,” Holik said from his home in Wyoming. “I miss being with my family every day. I knew when the season ended, but I wanted to leave and get home first, and not make a big deal of it.
“A player is what I was. Now I’m a husband and a father.”
via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
I’ve tried to reach Niclas Havelid’s agent, Mark Stowe, the last two days to get him to confirm the reports out of Sweden that Havelid has decided to play in his home country next season and has no intention of returning to the NHL. I’m still waiting for him to call me back.
I just spoke to Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said he had not spoken with Havelid about that subject, but added, “I would not be surprised.”
Havelid is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
There is still nothing on Devils coach Brent Sutter’s future. Although Sutter hasn’t said so officially, all indications are that he will be back next season.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
Does he feel wanted here?
“Yeah,” Madden responded.
Has he felt that way all season?
There are, of course, those who wonder if Madden has lost something. Is he the same player?
“Tough question. Yes, I am, but I think my role changed so I had to be a different kind of player,” Madden said.
Might he be over-the-hill?
“No. In fact, I don’t believe that at all,” he said. “And I’ll prove it.”
more on the Devils
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning that he has no reason to believe that Brent Sutter won’t be back as his head coach next season.
He also made it clear that he wants Sutter to come back.
“There should be no discussion on this,” Lamoriello told me today. “I have no knowledge of anything. You have to speak to Brent about this. Even to get into discussions about this makes no sense.”
Although Sutter has admitted to being home sick, he has said repeatedly that he makes decisions about his future after every season and this one is no different. That said, he has not commited to coming back next season either.
from Mark Hermann of Newsday,
Consider this is a commentary on the state of New York area hockey, the only market anywhere, in any sport, that has three major-league teams: Right now, the hottest club around here is the Islanders.
Yes, the Islanders, 30th out of 30 National Hockey League teams in the regular season, are on April 29 the only ones who have something to which they can look forward. They’re the only ones coming off a victory, having won the draft lottery. They will be right in the mix of NHL talk from now until the draft in late June.
That is what is left of the New York hockey season, which came to a sudden ending for the Rangers and Devils in Game 7s Tuesday night.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything like the end of the Devils’ 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes tonight in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Prudential Center.
It is probably the worst defeat I’ve witnessed in hockey.
When I talked to Jamie Langenbrunner afterward, he was still at a loss for words. I asked him if he, as captain, said anything in the postgame locker room to his teammates before the room was opened to the media.
“No one did,” he said. “It was stone silent in here. I don’t think any of us knew what to say, to be honest with you. If you think of something, tell me.”
I haven’t, yet.
Left wing Zach Parise sat with his head in his hands for most of the time the media was in the locker room. He didn’t even look up when I asked him about what he was feeling.
“We’re all a little bit in shock right now about what happened, being so close to the second round,” he said.
Television access to the Canes/Devils in the States was limited (check out Pete Dougherty of the TimesUnion for a rant on the coverage) , so if you missed the game, enjoy the highlights via TSN…
Late goals by Jussi Jokinen & Eric Staal gives Carolina an unbelievable victory of the Devils.
The matchups for the next round are…
Boston vs. Carolina
Washington vs. Pittsburgh
Feel ok for a few hours, then boom can’t keep my eyes open, headache, etc….
note: Original post time was 8:39am this morning.
Woke up this morning with a sore throat and a very run-down feeling.
Maybe a little more sleep will cure that. So I will be back a little later on this morning.
In the meantime, check out the game 7 performances of the players and coaches involved in the two game 7’s tonight.
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