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Devils Suffer Two Injuries

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

It appears defenseman Paul Martin and left wing Jay Panfolfo might both be out for a while.

Pandolfo’s right shoulder popped out of the socket on a hit from behind from ex-Devil Mike Rupp in the second period of the Devils’ 4-1 win over the Penguins tonight.

Martin said his left forearm “maybe” broken after he was hit with a shot and slashed on it in the third period.

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Elias Return On Schedule

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said that Patrik Elias’ visit with Dr. William Meyers today in Philadelphia went well and he’s continuing to progess as expected after Elias’ Sept. 15 arthroscopic groin surgery.

“Everything is fine,” Lamoriello said. “Everything is on target. It’s is normal progress as it has been.”

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It Was All About Paying Shanahan

from Mark Everson of the NY Post, In order to avoid paying Brendan Shanahan his $1 million salary, and to wipe it off their books for salary cap purposes, the Devils assigned the NHL’s leading active goal-scorer to the minors, The Post has learned.

When Shanahan, who has never played a game in the minors in 21 pro seasons, did not report, the Devils were free to terminate the deal they signed with him Aug. 5. The Devils essentially cut the 40-year-old right wing on the eve of the season, making room on the 23-man roster for a rookie forward.

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Shanahan Now With UFA Satus

via Tom Gulitti’s Twitter,

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said Brendan Shanahan’s contract has been terminated and he is now an unrestricted free agent.

added 8:07pm, More on this at Tom’s blog, Fire & Ice.

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My Heart Sank A Bit Today

I know nothing can be done about it, the current CBA basically forced this option, but the words, “Shanahan on Waivers” and “Shanahan Clears Waivers” got to me.

A player with Shanahan’s credentials should not be associated with the word ‘waiver’, ever!

Hopefully things workout for Brendan and he, and he alone, makes the final decision on his next move.

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Shanahan Clears Waivers

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils left wing Brendan Shanahan cleared waivers at noon today without being claimed by another team.

There is no word from the Devils yet on whether they will assign him to Lowell of the AHL or what the next step will be.

If the Devils do assign Shanahan to Lowell, his $1 million salary will come of their cap.

more on the Devils and make sure to check out the new-look Fire & Ice.

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Brodeur Lacking Confidence

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils coach Jacques Lemaire talked a lot about confidence after today’s optional practice: guaging it after an 0-2 start, trying to boost it in certain players and how he believes it will improve on the team’s upcoming three-game road trip that begins Thursday night at Tampa Bay.

So, I asked Lemaire how goaltender Martin Brodeur’s confidence is right now after losing the first two games and giving up some questionable goals.

“Not at its best, that’s for sure,” Lemaire replied. “But, on the other hand, he’s not destroyed either. His confidence is not destroyed. I think he needs a little support right now, which we’ll try to give it to him, and he’ll be fine.”

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Shanahan & The Devils Situation

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Was Shanahan cut or did he leave the team? Shanahan is still on the Devils’ roster, so, technically, he has not been cut. It’s clear, however, that Shanahan was at least urged out the door when Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and head coach Jacques Lemaire told him during their Wednesday meeting that there was no room for him on the top three lines and that they intended to go with younger players. Shanahan is 40. Although Lamoriello would not discuss whether he wanted Shanahan to stay as a fourth-liner, a source told me today that Shanahan was no interested in a fourth line role.

If Shanahan is still on the roster, does his $1 million salary count against the Devils’ salary cap? Yes. As Lamoriello said, today, if a player is on the roster, his salary counts against the cap.

Is Shanahan being paid? Lamoriello did not want to discuss this. There apparently is some way the Devils would not have to pay him, but I don’t know for sure. Because the regular season begins today, I believe this was the first day players began being paid their NHL salaries

When will Shanahan be removed from the roster? Lamoriello said that would probably happen when Illka Pikkarainen is ready to come off injured reserve.

Does Shanahan have to be placed on waivers to come off the roster? Lamoriello said, “not necessarily.

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Shanahan Done In New Jersey

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Future Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan has left the Devils and will not be on the team this season.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said Shanahan remains on the team’s 23-player roster for now, but a decision will be made on that later today.

Lamoriello said that because of the emergence of young players on the team such as Niclas Bergfors, Matt Halischuk. Rod Pelley and Ilkka Pikkarainen, there was no place for Shanahan on the team’s top three lines, which was a role that Shanahan desired. Lamoriello didn’t rule out completely that Shanahan won’t return to the team at some point this season, but it appears highly unlikely.

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added 1:36pm, Tom has more information on this in a new blog post.

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Lemaire Adjusting To NHL Changes

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils coach Jacques Lemaire says he’s a changed man because the NHL has changed.

And a good coach must adapt.

“You always change,” Lemaire said today. ‘You learn from other coaches, you learn from things that you’ve done in the past that doesn’t work as well today. It used to work really good, but you still have to change because that’s the demand. If the game demands a different thing, you’ve got to do it.”

So, though Lemaire continues to have a reputation as a defensive-minded coach who wants his team to play the 1-2-2 trap, he continues to say that he doesn’t want the Devils play that way—most of the time.

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