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Marketing the Devils

From Rich Chere at the Star-Ledger:

The hiring of Bob Sommer to promote the Devils and other events at the Prudential Center immediately raises the question about whether chairman Jeff Vanderbeek has been unhappy with the manner in which Lou Lamoriello and his staff market the hockey team.

Lamoriello has sometimes been criticized for an unwillingness to market his players, but Vanderbeek said the decision to hire Sommer was no reflection on the approach the club’s president/CEO/GM has taken.

“This is not a Devils hire. The marketing department of the Devils will be the same as it’s always been,” Vanderbeek told The Star-Ledger. “More publicity for the Devils, I think, will be one of the end results of this hire. But it was not the driving force behind this at all.”

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Devils Will Be A Force

from Jim Hughson of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

The Devils have depth, experience, talent and the best goaltender of his generation getting ready to come back and join the fun. Martin Brodeur must be as excited to re-join this group as any he’s had in front of him.

The Devils still have the defensive structure that’s made them the most miserable group to play against for the last two decades, but they’re not just a top-five team defensively. They’re top five on the attack as well.

New Jersey boasts a top line of Zach Parise, Travis Zajak and Jamie Langenbrunner. The trio is led by 24-year-old Parise, who, in his fourth season, leads the team in scoring, never gets outworked and is ready to join the small group of the league’s elite.

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Devils Not Happy With Penalty Call & Their Own Play

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

That the Devils played poorly in the first two periods of tonight’s 5-2 loss to the Capitals wasn’t really debtable.

They still had a chance to win the game, however, after Jamie Langenbrunner’s shorthanded goal 41 seconds into the third period cut what had been a 3-0 deficit to 3-2.

The Devils controlled play after that until Mike Rupp was called for goaltender interference at 9:09 of the third by referee Bill McCreary. It appeared that Washington’s Tom Poti reached in with his stick, tripping Rupp as he drove to the net and causing him to slide into goaltender Jose Theodore.

Devils coach Brent Sutter said it was clearly a trip.

“No question the video showed he was tripped on the play,” Sutter said. “He’s driving to the net and a guy trips him. How do you stop? Not every time a goalie gets touched does it mean there’s a penalty. Sometimes there are circumstances leading into it that make it happen. It clearly shows he was tripped on the play. He’s cutting to the net and gets tripped by the defenseman.,.That’s a penalty and we get it called against us when it should have been called the other way.”

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Also from Tom...

the Devils traded defenseman Sheldon Brookbank to the Anaheim Ducks for the rights to center David McIntyre.

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Langenbrunner Gets A Verbal Massage

The Devils can’t be stopped right now, posting back-to-back 4-3 overtime wins Thursday and Friday against Boston and Pittsburgh. Star-Ledger beat writer Rich Chere takes a look at the hottest team in the league.

Q: Seriously, what’s going on with Jamie Langenbrunner? Six goals in three game? Back-to-back OT game-winners?

The All-Star break and a few telephone calls from Langenbrunner’s friend and former Devils massage therapist, Juergen Murz, has apparently relaxed the 33-year-old captain. At this point in his career, Langenbrunner can fall into offensive slumps, but he has always been the type of player who scores important goals….

Q: This Shanahan signing’s working out, huh?

Interesting thing about that. Shanahan came at virtually no cost to the Devils, so they had nothing to lose and everything to gain. He has been sensational so far and his presence alone had raised the confidence level of the team when it finds itself behind the eight ball. I’ve noticed that Shanahan has his own motivation at this point. He never passes up the chance to point out that many people thought he was finished and suggested he retire.

more on the Devils…

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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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