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Havelid Now A Devil

from TSN,

The Atlanta Thrashers traded defenceman Niclas Havelid to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for blueliner Annsi Salmela.

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Devils Looking Good

From Mike Brophy at Sportsnet.ca:

I’ll be watching all 30 teams because that is what I am paid to do, but I’ll tell you one thing, there is no more intriguing team heading into the final third of the season than the New Jersey Devils. So, with apologies to the other 29 teams, the Devils are the team I’ll be watching with particular interest. I think old Lou Lamoriello has positioned his team to take a serious run at winning its fourth Cup in 15 years.

No disrespect to the Boston Bruins, who currently lead the Eastern Conference and are eight points ahead of the Devils, but New Jersey is peaking at the right time of year and I find it difficult to visualize any team in the East beating them in a seven-game playoff series.

How much do I like the Devils’ chances? Let me count the ways.

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Conference Call Transcript: Martin Brodeur

After missing 50 games due to injury, Marty returned to the Devils’ lineup this past week recording three wins, including two shutouts to garner First Star of the Week honors. The three wins give him 547 for his 16-year NHL career, four behind all-time leader Patrick Roy who retired with 551.

Here is a transcript of his Q&A session with the media today, courtesy of the NHL.

        Q. Is it possible that this injury, the silver lining could be that you’ll be fresher down the stretch and in the playoffs as you’ve ever been in your career?

        MARTIN BRODEUR: Well, I hope so. I think you have to take every positive you can from an injury. Sometimes it’s hard to have them. But definitely not playing as many games, you know, we’ll see what that translates into, what kind of success in the playoffs.

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What Lou Did Can Happen Again

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

What Lamoriello did was find a way to trade away a large contract to create room under the salary cap, which at the time was in its infancy. His trading partner, the San Jose Sharks, received the premium of a first-round draft pick for agreeing to use their room under the cap to take a multimillion-dollar contract off Lamoriello’s hands, which allowed him to sign a couple of important players.

At the time, some GMs thought this was circumventing the rules of the salary cap. But NHL commissioner Gary Bettman approved the deal and the complaints faded away.

Now, with the trade deadline approaching on Wednesday, some GMs think there may be a number of those deals made, which amount to one team leasing its spare cap room to another for a price. A rebuilding team with room to spare under the salary cap and no plans to spend a lot of money on free agents this summer will offer to take an expensive contract off another team’s hands, which will allow that other team to pursue a player who can help in the playoff drive.

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The Best Team In Hockey

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

They are the best team in the NHL right now. It appears the Devils raised the level of their play when Brodeur returned. They were already a very good team. Brodeur’s return was going to trigger one of two reactions: The Devils would rely on him too much and see a drop in their over all, or pull together to make sure the goalie’s return was successful. We know how it went.

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Can Zach Hit 50?

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Zach Parise notched his 36th goal Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche and it was a beauty.

But what about his chances of scoring 50 goals this season. He would become the first Devils player to do it.

“I hope so. I don’t like talking about it. We’ll see,” Parise told me. “I guess I’ve been a pretty streaky scorer. Not so much this year, but in past years.”

Parise is on pace to score 48 goals.

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Brodeur’s Dream Comes True

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Brodeur admitted this shutout was a little different, though.

“It’s special,” he said. “I had a couple of good shutouts in my career in different areas and different games, but this one was pretty special to come back after that long. I didn’t get tested much. I had 24 shots, but there were still a couple of shots (that were tough) and they hit a post. I got a little lucky. It was kind of nice.”

When asked when he first started thinking about a shutout, he replied, “Last night, when I was dreaming.”

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Brodeur Activated, Clemmensen Sent Down

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Martin Brodeur was activated by the Devils Wednesday morning and fellow goalie Scott Clemmensen was sent back to Lowell (AHL).

The move sets up the scenario for Brodeur to start Thursday night’s game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Prudential Center. Were the Devils not planning to start Brodeur, there would’ve been no reason to demote Clemmensen.

“It’s the best of all worlds, other than (for) Scotty,” GM Lou Lamoriello said as practice was beginning Wednesday morning. “You always have to make the best decision for the organization.”

Clemmensen, who was with the Devils the past four months under emergency recall, did not have to clear waivers. Kevin Weekes would’ve had to clear waivers.

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Sutter Not Happy With Play Of Devils

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Less than a week after completing an impressive sweep of the NHL’s top two teams in points, the Devils were shut out by the league’s last-place team, the Islanders, 4-0, tonight at Nassau Coliseum.

Yann Danis made 40 saves to post the Islanders’ first shutout of the season. The Devils were also victims of the Atlanta Thrashers’ only shutout this season—a 4-0 loss on Jan. 8. Devils coach Brent Suttrer said the shutout losses to the leagues’ two worst teams in points were not a coincidence….

“This road trip should be a good wake-up call for these guys,” Sutter said. “I certainly hope it is because I haven’t been overly pleased all week on this trip. We got away with two points in Tampa Bay. We were very fortunate. But we didn’t get away with it in the other two games and we didn’t play well enough on this trip. To get two out of six points, you can’t be happy at this time of the year.”

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What Lou May Do

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Figuring out what Lou Lamoriello is going to do at the trade deadline is a fool’s errand, so here goes. Dig we must.

Surely, the Devils’ general manager is in it if there’s any chance of prying Scott Niedermayer or Chris Pronger from the Ducks, but failing there, sources have touted Coyotes Derek Morris and Ed Jovanovski as his likely quarries.

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