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“I’ve never been through it, I’ve coached him (in juniors with the Red Deer Rebels), but I’ve never coached against him. To be honest, I don’t know how I’m going to feel and I’m not sure I’m going to like it that much.”

“The way I look at it, I’m excited for him, yhis is a dream of his and he’s living it and trying to fulfill it to the best of his capabilities. I happen to be his dad that’s going to be coaching against him. I don’t want him to worry about that at all. It’s just that his old man happens to be on the opposite side. He just needs to go out there and be a good player and play well to help his team and I’m going to do my job coaching to help ours.”

-Devils coach Brent Sutter on coaching against his son Brandon tomorrow when the Devils play the Hurricanes.  More on the Devils from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.

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Interesting Statistic

via the Stat Wizards at Elias Sports Bureau,

When Detroit defeated Chicago yesterday at Wrigley Field it marked the 879th time that Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios played on the winning team in a regular-season game, tying the NHL record held by Scott Stevens. Chelios’ first win came in his first game, a 3-2 victory by the Canadiens over the Hartford Whalers at the Montreal Forum on March 8, 1984.

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The Value Of Clemmensen At The Trade Deadline

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

It could be a major temptation for Lou Lamoriello, but at the March 4 trade deadline he’ll likely pass on picking up a significant piece of loot.

He’ll probably have to resist renting Scott Clemmensen to the highest bidder, unable to depend on an immediate and full contribution by Martin Brodeur Martin Brodeur , who would barely be back in action by then….

The Devils could likely demand significant bounty for Clemmensen, perhaps even a first-rounder from an injury-struck contender, as he heads toward certain summertime departure as an unrestricted free agent.

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Financial Health Of The Devils Is Good

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

The economy is bad and could get even worse.

Even many fans who would have been willing to dig deep into their pockets were unable or unwilling to get to the Devils’ past two home games because of snowstorms.

Still, Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek remains optimistic fans will support a team that has been surprisingly resilient on the ice and that the club will be profitable for a second straight season in the Prudential Center.

“The health of the Devils is fine,” Vanderbeek told The Star-Ledger Monday. “Certainly we saw the light (financially) last year, but we need to continue to grow. I haven’t seen specific numbers, but I think our attendance is just a touch up (from last year at this point). I think the prospects are good.”

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Praise For The ‘Prairie’ Coach

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

They not only survived, the Devils prospered, their plague of injuries becoming a plague on their opponents. And they’re all the stronger for it. The players are the biggest heroes, but significant credit must go to coach Brent Sutter, this recent prodigy of junior coaching no longer unproven at the NHL level.

Sutter doesn’t go around telling everyone what a genius he is, quite the opposite. He sometimes feigns not being taken seriously, pretending he’s wrongly regarded as a rube from the prairie, when he’s not being so viewed.

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The Savardian Spin, Phase 2

from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

New Jersey Devils goaltender and former Maple Leafs farmhand Scott Clemmensen will be having nightmares of Jason Blake for some time to come.

Blake pulled off one of the most spectacular moves in recent shootout history to score on Clemmensen last night at the Air Canada Centre and give the Leafs a 3-2 victory.

Toronto’s fourth shooter, Blake charged in on Clemmensen, slammed on the brakes in front of the net, did the old Savardian spin-o-rama, and then backhanded a shot past the bewildered Jersey goaltender.

“He was either going to be a hero or a bum, because anything can happen (with that move),” Toronto coach Ron Wilson said afterwards. “But I think it took a lot of guts to try that.”

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Rolston Goes To Crosby For Ankle Advice

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Brian Rolston’s ankle wasn’t feeling as good as he had hoped.

Three games into his return from a high ankle sprain, the Devils winger decided to get some firsthand information about what he might expect. So one week ago, after a home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Rolston talked with Sidney Crosby.

“I don’t know if his was the same as mine, but his was an ankle, too. It was good to get a player’s perspective,” Rolston said. “The first few games back, no question I felt it. I didn’t know what to expect, so I had a conversation with Sidney Crosby. He just said it’s going to be sore and you have to try to strengthen it and to keep taping it.”

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Devils Getting Healthier

from Tom Gulitti of the Record,

Devils coach Brent Sutter said after Wednesday’s practice that he’s “assuming” Rolston will play tonight. Rolston said he’s anxious after a seven-week layoff.

“It has been a long time, but that’s the only thing that really heals ankles,” he said. “If I would have broken it, you know in four to six [weeks], you’re ready to go. With ankle [sprains], it’s not that simple. I’ve been patient and the team has been patient with me so I feel 100 percent.

“I’m not used to sitting out.”

Center John Madden also will play tonight after missing the last four games with a bruised left ankle.

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Brodeur Doing Light Rehab

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Thursday will make it four weeks since Brodeur’s surgery. He has an appointment to see the doctor on Wednesday. His rehab right now is simply to get his arm to straighten out fully.

“Just baby stuff, trying to get my range of motion,” Brodeur said. “I’m almost there. I’m almost straight out now. It’s probably another 10 degrees to go without feeling any pulling in the tendon. It should take another week to two weeks before it heals and after that I should be able to work harder and do more stuff.”

Although the tendon was torn off near his elbow, Brodeur has to work on strengthening his wrist too.

“It’s like a sprained wrist almost,” he said. “When I’m in the brace it’s not bad. When I’m not in the brace, there’s no support.”

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Tallackson Thankful For His Health

from Tom Gulitti of the Record,

“It’s been good,” he said. “I feel good. I thought I played pretty well. I didn’t make any mistakes, which is good. Everything physically-wise was good.”

That is what (Barry) Tallackson, 25, is most thankful for on this Thanksgiving.

He had an extra electrical pathway in his heart that would cause it to race to 300 beats per minute during “incidents.” Tallackson said the incidents started about four years ago and would occur “a couple of times a month,” sometimes during games.

“Three hundred beats a minute is not normal,” he said. “So, I would feel tightness in my chest and eventually it would kick back into place and go right back down. It’s scary.

“When your heart is racing that fast, you don’t know what’s going on. Plus, you start to feel a little lightheaded. And then it goes away. It was a little nerve-racking, but I dealt with it.”

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