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Devils May Have Their Coach

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

With the NHL Entry Draft in Montreal completed, Lamoriello said hiring a head coach was the next thing on his agenda. When I asked him today (Saturday) if he will hire a coach before July 1, he cryptically replied, “We’ll see.”

Most of the signs still point toward Jacques Lemaire returning for a second stint with the team. Lemaire coached the Devils from 1993-94 to 1997-98 and guided them to their first Stanley Cup in 1995.

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You Have To Wonder

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

It appears the Devils might have received some compensation for Brent Sutter anyway.

The Devils made a trade with the Calgary Flames to move up three spots and select Swedish center Jacob Josefson with the 20th pick overall in the NHL Entry Draft tonight in Montreal….

The Devils were not entitled to compensation from the Flames for signing Sutter, who still had one year left on his contract when he resigned on June 9. So, was it just a coicidence that the Devils made the trade with Calgary only three days after the Flames hired Sutter?

“Total coincidence,” Lamoriello said.

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Clemmensen Wants More Playing Time

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Clemmensen said that he expects to talk to general manager Lou Lamoriello before he becomes a free agent. He said the two have tried to have a sitdown since the season ended, but their timing and travels have prevented it.

“We’ve been meaning to get together to talk about things,” said Clemmensen, who had to skip his end-of-season sitdown with Lamoriello when he was called off to join Team USA at the World Championships in Switzerland. “I expect we will talk. It just hasn’t happened, yet.”

Clemmensen, who will turn 32 on July 23, said a return to the Devils is still a possibility. It sounds like the odds are against it, though.

“I haven’t ruled out going back ot the Devils,” he said. “It’s just going to depend on a lot of things.”

Clemmensen said his top priority is playing time.

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Shanahan Will Play Next Season

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Brendan Shanahan seemed to be leaning in this direction since the Devils’ season ended on April 28, but his agent Rick Curran confirmed today that the 40-year-old winger intends to play at least one more season in the NHL. It would be his 23rd season in the league.

That said, there have been no conversations so far between Curran and Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello about re-signing Shanahan, who is slated to become an unrestricted free on July 1—now only one week away. .

“I can’t say that I’ve had any conversations with any club, but Brendan is definitely going to play hockey next year,” Curran told me today.

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Do The Devils Have Enough Cap Room To Keep Gionta?

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Brian Gionta wants to continue playing for the Devils, but he wonders whether the team will have enough cap space to keep him.

Gionta, who earned $4 million last season as part of a three-year, $12 million deal he signed in 2006, told me on Tuesday there has been no communication with general manager Lou Lamoriello. He becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.

“We have not touched base at all yet,” Gionta said. “I don’t think it’s surprising because of the cap situation this year. The cap isn’t set and no one knows where it’s going to go. Teams don’t know what they have to work with.

“The problem is the cap will be determined late this year.”

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Sutter Abandoned The Devils

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Two years later, Sutter is in Calgary and the Devils are looking for another coach with another personality that will require adjusting to and, possibly, more system alterations.

Brent Sutter did not fulfill his promise with the Devils. He abandoned them after two seasons in which he could not get them out of the first round of the playoffs. He had his reasons for leaving, but he abandoned them nonetheless.

So, there is reason for the players to be uspet with him for leaving them. It’s also understandable why owner Jeff Vanderbeek said he was left with a bad taste in his mouth by Sutter’s quick move to Calgary.

As GM, Lou Lamoriello’s job is to stay even keeled. Vanderbeek was a fan before he was an owner and, in some ways, he still thinks like a fan.

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Lamoriello On Sutter

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

So, instead of insisting that Sutter sit out a year while still under contract, Lamoriello decided to move on. He granted Flames GM Darryl Sutter permission to sign Brent with no strings attached.

“You know once you give consent, because of the new rules in the NHL there is no recourse and no compensation,” Lamoriello told me Tuesday afternoon. “I certainly believe there should be compensation in situations like this for all the obvious reasons, but there isn’t. That’s a league rule and you accept it.”

Lamoriello doesn’t believe Brent Sutter had this type of a defection in mind during last season.

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Brodeur Talks About The Next Devils Coach

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

“I’m at a point where the decision, I know will be the right one,” Brodeur said. “Like I’ve said in the past, I have a lot of faith in Lou and the hockey people that we have to bring in the right guy under the right circumstances. I thought we did some great things last year with some of the young players playing the way they played and my concern is to make sure that we don’t stop there. We need these kids to continue to grow.

“It doesn’t matter who the coach is to me. It won’t change much and for the older players it won’t change much. But it’s for the kids, the future prospects and how they need to learn. Like I said, I’m anxious becuase that’s what we do. I play hockey and it would be nice to know who is going to be the head of our team.”

Brodeur said the style Sutter implemented helped the Devils, particularly the young players, progress as a team..

“Brent brought a system that helped these guys to be able to go in and gain more and be more active on the offensive side of the puck,” Brodeur said .“It’s something that we gained confiedence in doing that and, for us as a team, by doing that we showed ourselves that we’re capable fo playing a certain way to compete with the top teams and we’ve just got to continue that way.”

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Devils, Oduya Start Talking

via Mark Everson of the NY Post,

General manager Lou Lamoriello has begun initial talks aimed at keeping vital defenseman Johnny Oduya, an unrestricted free agent, with the Devils, The Post has learned.

The discussions were strictly preliminary, agent Don Meehan told The Post, but mark the first such move toward preventing major players from becoming unrestricted July 1. Oduya could be expected to command a salary of $3.5-4 million on the open market, after earning 600G last season.

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Madden Will Test UFA Market

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

John Madden has won two Stanley Cup championships with the Devils and remains one of the club’s key veteran forwards, but he hasn’t spoken to GM Lou Lamoriello yet about a new contract and will therefore test the market on July 1 as an unrestricted free agent.

In a conversation Monday, Madden said he wouldn’t rule out re-signing with the Devils but doesn’t have any talks with Lamoriello scheduled.

“I think either way I’ll end up going to July 1st. I’ve waited this long. I might as well see it through for the next couple of weeks,” Madden told me.

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