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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
The re-signing window is already open, but the Devils have not started preventing it from becoming their too-familiar barn door out.
Lou Lamoriello has yet to offer contract extensions to keep John Madden and Brian Gionta from unrestricted free agency next summer, and the Devils don’t have the greatest track record of retaining key players who finally reach UFA - Scott Gomez, Brian Rafalski, Scott Niedermayer, Joe Nieuwendyk, Bobby Holik, to name a few.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Prior to the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy, Brodeur expressed that it would probably be his last shot as the No. 1 goaltender for Canada because of his advancing age. But, now with the Vancouver Games only a year and a half away and Brodeur coming off back-to-back Vezinas, he’s thinking a little differently.
“I’d love to go,” Brodeur said. “I’d love to be part of it. It would be a great experience, but I don’t know what the role will be. Definitely, I’m going to gun to be No. 1 if they pick me. We’ll see where my career is. There’s a lot of young guys that have a chance to challenge the guys that were there last time. That’s good. That’s healthy. I’ve got the experience of going to three of them, so that’s one thing that’s on my side. We’ll see what their decision will be. For me, that’s not the ultimate goal, but it’s a goal I’m looking at seriously. I think it would be quite an accomplishment to play in four Olympics. My kids have already been talking to me about it. They want me to go. I told them, ‘We’re only going if I’m playing.’”
From Dan Rosen at NHL.com,
Fedor Fedorov is nothing like his brother and has not even come close to following Sergei’s career path.
Few are. Few have.
Fedor seems fine with that, too, except for one thing. If Fedor can have anything Sergei already has, it’s an NHL career. Even though he’s 27, New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello is giving him a real chance for one this year.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said today that Vishnevski has cleared waivers and that the 28-year-old defenseman will play in Russia in 2008-09.
“He expressed a desire to go back to Russia for personal reasons and I respect that,” Lamoriello said. “We didn’t want this to develop into a situation September, so we placed him on waivers now and this will allow him to go play there.”
The New Jersey Devils have placed defenceman Vitaly Vishnevski on waivers.The 28-year old blueliner had two goals and five assists in 69 games last season.
The Devils signed Vishnevski to a three-year contract prior to last season.
Update 7:52pm ET: A note from Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice—
The Devils have placed defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski on waivers with the likely intention of buying out the remaining two years on his contract to clear salary cap room. Vishnevski signed a three-year deal last summer for $5.4 million. His cap hit is $1.8 million per season, but he is owed $2 million in actual salary for each of the next two seasons.
It was an emotional homecoming for former Regent Park resident and current Philadelphia Flyer Glen Metropolit, as he and New Jersey Devil Kevin Weekes dropped by the Wellesley Community Centre to sign autographs and make a special announcement last Friday.
The duo’s visit was part of the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s Goals and Dreams program, in which the NHLPA donates hockey equipment to children and youth in at-risk communities. Last week’s donation saw 110 new sets of equipment donated to help programs in Regent Park, St. James Town and elsewhere in the city.
The gesture was extremely meaningful for Metropolit, who choked up while speaking to the crowd of youngsters assembled from local camps and organizations.
What did you think of the offseason moves the team made?
“Obviously, they’re very good moves. When you can add a Brian Rolston, a forward that can play on your top lines and be a guy that can be a quarterback on your power play, it’s a signifcant transaction for you. And with Bobby (Holik), you’re getting a guy that can give you eight, 10 quality minutes and take key faceoffs for you. He has the experience, obviously, and he’s a big man. On top of all of that, you’ve got two guys that were here and both wanted to come back and are excited about being back. And, also the fact what they bring inside the dressing room and the leadership qualities they both have.”
-Brent Sutter at Fire & Ice where you can read more from Sutter on the Devils…
via Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Hall of Famer Larry Robinson will not return to the Devils’ bench as assistant coach next season, GM Lou Lamoriello told The Post yesterday.
“It was his [choice],” Lamoriello said. “He did it for one year because we asked him to do it with Brent Sutter coming in.”
Lamoriello said Robinson will revert to his previous post as a special assignment coach.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Fedor Fedorov made it clear this morning that he didn’t sign with the Devils to play in Lowell this season. “That’s the only reason I’m here,” he said. “(Otherwise) there’s no point in me being here.”
Fedorov, 27, said he signed a one-way deal, meaning he’ll receive the same salary even if he’s in the AHL. It’s a one-year contract for $500,000.
Fedorov, the younger brother of Capitals center Sergei Fedorov, also stated firmly that the he is no longer under contract with Moscow Dynamo, the Russian team he played for last season, and doesn’t understand why he’s been suspended from international play by the International Ice Hockey Federation.
more on the Devils…
from the Star-Ledger,
Krawczyk’s sculpture is a 3-story, brushed stainless steel hockey player that will stand at the corner of Edison Place and Mulberry Street in Newark, on the northeast side of the Prudential Center arena….
The hockey player will be outside the entrance closest to Penn Station, and will glow with all the electricity of any big event night at the arena. It will be visible by train, by air, and by thousands of office workers in the glass-and-steel buildings of Newark’s Gateway area.
more with picture…
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