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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
Every new season brings with it a list of approaching milestones, special marks deserving of recognition from the hockey community.
But the marks Martin Brodeur is approaching in 2008-09 are almost surreal causes for celebration. Consider what’s within reach:
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from Rich Chere at NJ.com,
Brent Sutter remembered being nervous before his NHL debut with the Islanders in 1980-81, so he skated over to Devils rookie Anssi Salmela during Friday’s morning skate to monitor the Finnish defenseman’s mood.
“I just asked him how he was doing,” Sutter said after the skate. “He said, ‘Let’s get at her.’ He must be doing fine. Kind of cute.
“The kid has ice in his veins. He’s pretty calm about everything, although I’m sure he’s like a duck in water.”
From the New Jersey Devils:
The new “MB30” logo combines Brodeur’s initials with the number he has worn since his first full season in New Jersey, and incorporates the horns and curled tail that are familiar to any Devils fan. The interior is subtly accented by the crisscrossing shape of a goal net.
Brodeur believes it’s a modest revision that some observers might not even pick up on right away.
“It’s going to be hard to notice, I think,” Brodeur said. “It’s the same color scheme. For people facing me, there really won’t be a difference. It’s really more for TV or even for people looking up from top. I don’t think it should be a big difference for people.”
from Rick Chere of the Star-Ledger,
“I know what kind of player I am,” Elias said. “I proved it to myself in the second half of (last) season and in the playoffs. I like to be in situations when the game is on the line.
“I like to think I can still be the go-to guy. I believe I have some great years ahead of me.”
Sutter said he senses a difference in Elias.
“I just think it’s different for Patty this year,” the coach explained. “It’s more settling to him. What transpired last year is done and over.”
from Eric Marin of NewJerseyDevils.com,
“With a big, long stick, it’s a little softer so that I can really lean into it,” he said. “The kickpoint changes depending on where you put your bottom hand, and that’s not necessarily the case with the composite. That’s one of the reasons that I just couldn’t get used to it.”
One thing Holik will have to get used to, however, is a new brand. With demand waning for wood, Sherwood announced plans in 2007 to cease production of wood sticks in its Sherbrooke, Que., factory and outsource to Estonia and China. As a result, Holik has sampled wooden models made by Reebok.
from Tom Gulitti of the Record,
(Brent) Sutter says general manager Lou Lamoriello didn’t hire him to coach like those who preceded him here. That’s why you won’t see the Devils sitting back in the neutral zone during even-strength situations anymore.
“I wasn’t hired and [told], ‘You’ve got to coach this way. That’s the way we’ve coached here for the last …,” Sutter said.
“No, it was, ‘We want this new blood. We want another perspective on how the game is played.’ “
from Mike Celizic at NBC Sports,
The Devils have a backup goalie. His name is Kevin Weekes. This year, coach Brent Sutter should use him.
This isn’t a suggestion. It’s a mandate. If the Devils want all-world goalie Martin Brodeur to take them deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs, they can no longer write his name in the line-up every day for weeks and even months at a time.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
General manager Lou Lamoriello just said that he has given Fedor Fedorov’s agent permission to talk to other teams that might be interested in trading for him and the 25-year-old forward will not be play for the Devils.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
The stable of those looking for a rebound year is huge, and major. Start with Patrik Elias, no longer smarting so badly from the loss of the captaincy, and now nearly four years removed from hepatitis. Improve on 20 goals? Ya think?
Brian Gionta, only 22 goals last season? Jamie Langenbrunner, only 13 after training camp surgery? Dainius Zubrus is another 13-goal man now looking for far better than that. Jay Pandolfo, who limped through the second half with a nasty muscle tear, is now healed.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
When I asked Brent Sutter today if he’s liked Fedor Fedorov’s effort in the two preseason games he’s played in so far, the Devils coach paused for a few seconds and looked up. That long pause was a clue to the answer that followed.
“At times, he’s been good. At times, he hasn’t,” Sutter said. “It’s been kind of a hit-and-miss thing. I mentioned this the other day. He’s got to learn things in his game. You have to play a certain way over here and, hopefully, he’ll pick it up as the games go on. I thought there were different times in both games there were shifts where he was fine and there were shifts that he wasn’t very good. I’m just being honest.
“It’s up to him how he wants to do it. He can do it the way it needs to be done and he can give himself a chance. Hopefully, he’s smart enough to pick that up as far as knowing what has to be done to give himself a chance to make the team.”
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