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Will Sutter Stay In New Jersey?

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

The response was a surprising, “No response.”

That’s what Brent Sutter said to the rumble that this could be his last season as Devils New Jersey Devils coach.

Sutter is believed to have next season remaining on a lucrative contract, but the question is out there among NHL team officials.

Sutter seemed bemusedly astonished when asked, but his philosophy remains to take his situation a year at a time.

He is believed to feel keenly the absence of his family, back in Alberta, British Columbia, where much of the rest of his sizable clan accounts for a significant portion of the provincial population.


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When Brodeur Returns, Is He The Starter?

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

It’s the elephant in the room, the unspoken question that hangs over the Devils’ season.

What do they do when Martin Brodeur comes back? Will he, essentially, have to win his job back?

General manager Lou Lamoriello, who has instituted another cone of silence around Brodeur, brushed off the question. But he can’t laugh it off. Coach Brent Sutter said Brodeur will have to win games right away.


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Sutter ‘Zinger’

via Stan Fischler of Game On,

What is the difference between Brendan Shanahan’s comeback and that of Mats (Card Table) Sundin?  Brent Sutter has the answer while twitting Matty: “Shanny is well-conditioned,” explains the Devils’ coach. “He wasn’t traveling North America playing poker in those celebrity events!”

Sutter rates Sid Crosby (as a Junior) and Zach Parise among the two “hardest-working” players he’s ever coached. Parise, despite impressive numbers, does not rate himself a superstar. He tells us, “I could be better if I could be more consistent. I’ll figure it out soon.”

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Morning Line

“If we play well, and do the things we’re capable of doing, and play like we can and get the goaltending we need to have, I think we’re as legit as anyone else in the league.  But you have to have everything fall in place for that to happen. I’m very confident in this team and I have a lot of trust in this team.”

-Devils coach Brent Sutter.  More on the Devils from Mark Everson of the NY Post.

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Brodeur Cleared For Skating

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

“Marty went to the doctor today and got the OK to skate,” Lamoriello said. “He did skate today, but I would not rush that. And by saying he’s skating, it’s part of the physical therapy he’s going through. It will be a day-to-day situation as far as skating goes with the exercise he does.”

Lamoriello said Brodeur did not take shots and has not been cleared to do so yet. He would not estimate how long Brodeur skated for and did not know if he would skate again on Thursday.


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Shanny’s Back

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Shanahan played 18 shifts for 13:59 in ice time and fired a team-high six shots on goal. He made it clear that he’s out to prove those who said he was finished wrong and did so for at least one night.

“I think from what I’ve read and what I’ve hard, I genuinely believed I’m better than other people did,” he said, laughing. “It’s just a funny way of saying that in spite of some things I’ve heard, I believe I can still play. But sometimes if you’re not seen for a while, you’re sort of forgotten about. I don’t think you would do what I did - not as far as the signing or tonight or the past week—I don’t think you could do what I did since July until the day Lou (Lamoriello) signed me if you didn’t believe you could contribute because it really (stunk) in a lot of ways. Driving to the rink every night and getting offered jobs in other areas of life and telling people through surprised looks that you’re actually still intending on playing, So, it might be false confidence, but it’s useful.”

more & watch Shanahan’s first goal of the season below…

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Shanny Nervous, Pandolfo Not Happy

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

“I’ve gone through this before—first game with a new team—and sometimes you try to do too much,” he said. “But, again, you try to draw from experience and do my best to approach this in the best way possible and if at the end of the night we come away with a win it’s a success.”

Sutter said he will monitor Shanahan’s minutes. After all, he has not played in a game since May 4 of last season in the playoffs with the Rangers.

“I’m not sure how many minutes it is at the end of the night, but I will make sure we’re doing the right thing for him and I’ll gauge him on how he’s feeling shift to shift,” Sutter said.

Sutter said Shanahan will “possibly"see time on special teams tonight.

more and Shanahan replaces Jay Pandolfo in the lineup tonight and Pandolfo responds.

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No Break For Blue Jackets

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

For some reason, perhaps because they’ve yet to make the playoffs, the Jackets rarely get the benefit of doubt. Heck, they don’t even get the clear calls. Remember Rick Nash’s high stick in Minnesota? Manny Malhotra’s kick-in in Dallas?

Last night, there could have been a hooking call on Madden, a slashing call on Clarkson and a no-goal call from Toronto—all on the same play, the one that ultimately decided the game.

Where’s the balance?

more on the Devils controversial goal last night.  Bethany’s Hockey Rants chimes in too.

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Shanahan vs. Sundin

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Brendan Shanahan’s signing with the New Jersey Devils received barely a fraction of the ink that Mats Sundin got when he became a Vancouver Canuck, but one could argue that Shanahan might mean as much to his new team in the stretch run and into the playoffs….

Shanahan will take three Stanley Cup rings into the Devils dressing room, a cache that Sundin can only dream about. That kind of winning brings instant credibility, but in the case of Sundin, it’s something that still has to be earned. Shanahan won’t be looked upon as a saviour with the Devils, but more as a piece of the overall puzzle that could get the Devils deep into the playoffs. Sundin? Well, he has been treated as the second coming in Vancouver.

read on and more hockey notes…

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Evening Line

“I almost felt like a bridesmaid in Mats Sundin’s wedding.”

-Brendan Shanahan.  Much more on Shanny from Damien Cox of The Spin blog.

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