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Devils Locker Room Gets Heated

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

There were some uncomfortable moments in the locker room after this morning’s practice between Colin White and Jamie Langenbrunner.

White and Langenbrunner had battled pretty hard during some drills during practice and apparently there was some lingering bad feelings afterward that slipped out during a locker room exchange.

It seemed both players were at least partly joking, but there was some seriousness to it, too.

As they discussed their one-ice battles while undressing across the room from each other, the words got a little more heated.

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Elias Out 3-6 Weeks After Surgery

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils forward Patrik Elias underwent surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia to clean up some scar tissue in his groin and will be out for three to six weeks, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning (10:15 a.m).

That mean Elias will miss the team’s regular season opener against Philadelphia on Oct. 3.

Dr.William Meyers, the a sports hernia specialist who performed the groin surgery on Elias four years ago, also performed this procedure, which was done arthroscopically.

“His groin had stll been bothering him, but his hip was feeling fine, so we decided to send him to see the doctor who originally did his groin surgery four years ago, Dr. Myers in Philadelphia,” Lamoriello said. “After consultation with our doctors and Dr. Myers, what he did was he decided to look and see what was going on there after the MRI. It happens that he had a lot of scar tissue that had been built up in that area and he just broke up the scar tissue.

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Lemaire Likes The Puck-Moving Forwards

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Now that he is starting to get a feel for his new team, coach Jacques Lemaire compared the Devils to the Minnesota Wild.

The Devils, he said, are better up front.

“I think the puck control is better,” Lemaire said Tuesday. “I haven’t looked at the difference in the defensemen. I think the forwards here are better with the puck. They use each other better. We had one line that was good at it in Minny. From what I see here, we have two. And we have a kid line good at it.”

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Elias Still Troubled By Groin Issues

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils forward Patrik Elias said this morning that he doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for the team’s regular season opener on Oct. 3 against Philadelphia because he is still experiencing discomfort in his groin from surgery three months ago.

“I don’t know,” Elias said when asked if he would be ready for the season opener. “I’ve been skating for over three weeks, but it’s not to the extent or the intensity where I want it to be at this point. But, I had issues, I got it fixed and I’m still not 100 percent, so we’re trying to see why I’m not 100 percent. I think that at this point after three months it should be getter better, but it wasn’t just the hip. I also had the adductor problem back then. So it was two separate issues and it takes awhile everything, especially after you fix the hip and the muscle related that takes a little while.”

Elias, who had surgery on June 12 in Vail, Colorado to repair a tear in his labrum and scrape off an impingment in his hip, said he will visit a hip/groin specialist in Philadelphia on Tuesday to get another opinion before moving forward.

Elias took his training camp physical this morning, but was excused from the treadmill test because of his groin. He said his hip feels fine, but he still has discomfort in his adductor muscle in his groin.

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Andrew Peters In Devils Camp

via Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Among those players who showed up at the Prudential Center for physicals Saturday morning was former Buffalo Sabres fighter Andrew Peters.

The 6-4, 225-pound left winger is in Devils camp on a tryout basis.

Peters, 29, has played 200 NHL games and has 557 penalty minutes with seven points (four goals, three assists). Last season with the Sabres, his fifth, he played 28 games and had one assist with 81 PIM.

“We just feel the dimension he brings is unique,” general manager Lou Lamoriello said. “I’d spoken to him on and off. The decision was to come to camp. He’s here. We’ll go from there.”

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Elias Will Get A Shot At Center

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Lemaire said he thinks it is difficult for a wing to shift to center.

“If they are capable of doing it , I have no problem (with it),” he said. ““But you don’t see too many of those. I didn’t see in my career too many guys that were wingers and turned out to be a good center. It’s so different. You can ask any center. It’s a totally different game,”

That said, Lemaire believes that Patrik Elias, who played center two years ago, is capable of making the move.from left wing to the middle.

“Elias is a guy that could play center,” he said. “He’s good enough.”

In fact, Lemaire said, he “probably” will look at Elias at center during training camp.,

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New Coaches - New Challenges

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

(Jacques) Lemaire, however, is not likely to find the magic again in New Jersey. The Devils led their division last season before losing in the first round to Carolina, but John Madden and Brian Gionta were lost during the offseason and no replacements of note were added.

You don’t make progress by standing still, leaving Lemaire with a high mountain to climb if the team he inherits is to repeat as division leaders.

My choice as the coach to do the best job is (Brent) Sutter.

The Flames lost Mike Cammalleri to the Canadiens. They will miss Cammalleri’s 39 goals, but the blow will be softened considerably by what Ollie Jokinen, who was acquired at the trading deadline last season, brings to the table.

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Coach Scott Stevens

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Can the most important player in Devils history teach the team to win again?

The decision to expand the role of Scott Stevens as a coach this season is far from ceremonial. The Devils hope the Hall of Fame defenseman, along with new head coach Jacques Lemaire, can have a positive impact on a team that has been unable to get past the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs since Stevens retired as a player after the 2003-04 season.

Stevens is ready for the challenge.

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Devils Rely On Old Names

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

No, you can’t flip on HBO and watch “The Larry Sanders Show” while it’s still in its prime. Sorry, but O.J. Simpson is not on trial for double homicide. And you’ll be extremely disappointed if you turn on your radio and expect to hear “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio in heavy rotation.

You can’t blame Devils fans for any of these transgressions, because for the past two offseasons, their favorite team has partied like it’s 1995.

Picture it—Newark, 2008. Lou Lamoriello gave free-agent contracts to Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik, two veterans who were fresh-faced kids on the Devils’ first Stanley Cup winner in 1995. Holik was a disappointment last season, and Rolston’s numbers were limited by a lingering high-ankle sprain.

Fast-forward to this offseason, and it’s like Lamoriello fired up the time machine again.

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All Jacques Lemaire

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Q: It’s been 16 years since you began your first tenure with the Devils in 1993. Are things a lot different now?

Lemaire: “When I went there (the first time), it was a place that we had good times, we had great success, we had a lot of fun, and a team that was growing and doing well. It will be fun to go back.”

Q: The Devils lost in the first round of the playoffs the last two seasons despite having regular season success. In watching film of the team, can you tell if there was something missing?

Lemaire: “It’s hard from the outside. When I looked at the tapes, I felt that the guys really played hard. They were unlucky on certain things. In the playoffs, teams are pretty much equal. It doesn’t take much for a team to go ahead of the other one. A little more confidence, a little more this, a little more that can make it. You look at Detroit and Pittsburgh. I feel that Detroit had a better team than Pittsburgh on paper, but the way Pittsburgh played as a team and the confidence they had, that’s what made them win….

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