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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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Coaching Candidates In New Jersey

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Here’s a list of possible candidates to succeed Sutter (in no particular order) and my take on their chances of getting the job.

Jacques Lemaire: He’ll be 64 years old in September. He stepped down in Minnesota after nine years, but apparently would be interested in coaching again. He turned down a recent offer to be a consultant in Tampa Bay, saying he had another opportunity he was pursuing. He said when he resigned from the Wild in April that he’d coach again for a GM he knew. That, obviously, would include New Jersey. There’s talk, though, that he’ll end up as an assistant in Montreal or join Bob Gainey’s management staff.

Larry Robinson: I think Robinson was done being a head coach in the NHL when he stepped down for stress-related health issues in December of 2005….

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John MacLean Deserves A Chance In New Jersey

from Steve Politi of the Star-Ledger,

The Devils proved this year to have plenty of skilled offensive players. Why squash that with a coach like Lemaire, who at 63 is nearing the end of his Hall of Fame career anyway?

Lamoriello has an opportunity to develop his own Hall of Fame coach now, someone who could run this young team from behind the bench for more than just a season or two.

John MacLean asked out of the Devils once before. Give him this opportunity, and you get the sense that unlike too many of his predecessors, he’d be the right fit—and in it for the long haul.


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What Now Brent?

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

When asked what he will do now, Sutter replied, “I’m getting back to my life here as far as being in the office on a daily basis here with the Rebels and working between there and the ranch and spending some time with my family. I’m getting back to my life here that I’ve neglected somewhat over the last couple of years.”

There has been speculation that Sutter will join his older brother, Darryl, in Calgary. Darryl Sutter is the general manager of the Flames and fired Mike Keenan as head coach on May 22.

Brent Sutter said again that the Flames’ vacancy was not a factor in deciding his future with the Devils.

“I just want to get this out right now that that has zero impact on my decision-making here. None,” he said. “There’s been all of these rumors here before Edmonton had named their coaching staff. The reason why that’s all out there is because it’s an hour and 15 minutes from my farm and my ranch. It’s totally irrelevant.”

more on Sutter resignation today…

added 4:26pm, from Darren Dreger of TSN,

I don’t see Sutter returning to the NHL this year.  I think he’ll get his affairs together both on the family front and the WHL front.

A year from now, who knows.


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Report- Sutter Leaving Devils

via CTVCalgary,

CTV Calgary learned late Monday night that Brent Sutter will announce that he is stepping down as head coach of the News Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

This further fuels rumours that Brent Sutter will return to Alberta to join his brother Darryl, who is currently the Calgary Flames general manager.

There has been some speculation that Daryl Sutter has been waiting to make a decision on his team’s head coaching opening to see if Brent would be available.

added 11:14am, via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils have scheduled a noon conference call today with Brent Sutter in which Sutter is expected to announce he is stepping down as head coach.

Sutter has been pondering his future with the team since the Devils lost Game 7 of their first round series against Carolina on April 28. He has admitted that it has been difficult for him the last two years to be away from his family in Red Deer, Alberta and the team he owns there.

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Brent Sutter Says Decision Coming This Week

from Greg Meachem of the Red Deer Advocate,

At some point this week, likely within the next two to three days, Brent Sutter will make an outright decision regarding his immediate hockey future.

Will he return to the New Jersey Devils for a third season in the role of head coach, or will he remain in Red Deer and make up for the time lost with his family and his ranch over the last two years, while overseeing the operations of his Western Hockey League team?

Only Sutter and those nearest and dearest to him know for sure, but everyone — most notably Devils president/GM president Lou Lamoriello — will be informed this week.

“I would say within the next week there will be a decision. I’m certainly leaning one way,” Sutter said Sunday, while taking in the final session of the Rebels spring camp at the Red Deer Arena. “Mr. Lamoriello and I have talked on a daily basis. He’s been so supportive because of the various circumstances that have come up through the last two years. Only he and I really know the in-depth of everything.”

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Waiting On Sutter?

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Even amidst the Stanley Cup final and with the Calgary Stampeders—the defending Grey Cup champions—about to open camp, tongues wagging over a double-double in this city are wondering when Sutter will make his decision over a new bench boss.

It could be today or tomorrow.

It could be—as he said during the press conference—around the time the NHL Entry Draft is held, June 26-27.

Still, it makes sense the wait is happening for a reason.

There hasn’t been a concrete decision from Brent Sutter as to whether he’ll return for one more season with the New Jersey Devils—at least, not that we know.

Since the Flames wouldn’t have to provide compensation if Brent leaves the Devils and joins the Flames, as per the NHL bylaws, it very well could be a case of waiting for all that to shake down


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Let Brent Sutter Go

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s time for the general manager to get on with the business of finding a coach who wants to be in New Jersey for the long-term rather than continuing with one who would operate as a lame duck only out of a sense of responsibility.

There’s no need for Sutter to continue to agonize over his decision. Lamoriello should make it for him and make it for him now, even if that would allow Sutter to immediately slide into the head coach’s position in Calgary that became vacant on Friday when GM Darryl Sutter fired Mike Keenan.

There is no point in holding him hostage to a contract. There is no point in holding the Devils hostage to a lame duck whose authority over the team would invariably be compromised. There is no point to having a short-timer in control of the operation.

read on plus more NHL topics discussed, like NBC and referees in the conference finals…

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Brent Sutter Not Thinking Calgary

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Devils coach Brent Sutter told The Post last night that the firing of Mike Keenan by elder brother Darryl Sutter in Calgary “has zero impact” on whether he will return behind the New Jersey bench next season….

“Absolutely not. It has nothing to do with my thinking,” Sutter told The Post. “I’m employed by the New Jersey Devils, and that’s the way I look at it.”...

There have been rumbles that GM Lou Lamoriello would not be heartbroken if Sutter decides not to return for the third year of his lucrative contract. One wise man suggested that if Sutter isn’t coming back after next season, Lamoriello might want to cut the cord now.

But Lamoriello surely would want compensation from a team that might sign Sutter, a first-rounder is the going rate, especially if the coach was to go to Calgary.

more & I recall reading that compensation for a situation like this is no longer allowed…

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Holik Plans On Retiring

frm Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Bobby Holik told The Post yesterday that he is retiring from hockey after 18 NHL seasons, 11 of those with New Jersey.

“I’m done. I’m retiring,” Holik said from his home in Wyoming. “I miss being with my family every day. I knew when the season ended, but I wanted to leave and get home first, and not make a big deal of it.

“A player is what I was. Now I’m a husband and a father.”

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