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No Composite For Holik

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.

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Sutter Coaching His Way

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.’ “

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Needed:  More Rest For Brodeur

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.

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Fedorov Done In New Jersey

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.

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Looking For A Rebound Year

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.

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So-So Fedor Fedorov

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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Key Game Tonight - For An Exhibition

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

“We’re looking to turn things around this year. Last year, we weren’t happy with the result,” John Madden said of being ousted in five games in the first round by their rival neighbors.

Even Brent Sutter would not downplay the revenge motive tonight, despite the fact that each side will dress partial teams.

“There always has to be a mindset within your team that this is a rivalry,” Sutter said. “The young players will find that out. You expect it to be a highly-intense game.”

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The Vishnevski Plan

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Lamoriello also cleared up some things concerning defenseman Vitali Vishnevski, who is playing in Russia, but remains Devils’ property.  The Devils retain Vishnevski’s NHL rights and his average salary ($1.8 million) will continue to count against the team’s cap until the regular season begins, though the team is not paying him. When teams trim their rosters before the regular season opens—and players begin being paid their salaries—then Vishnevski will come off the team’s cap.

more plus some other Devils talk, including Lamoriello not interested in claiming Schneider…

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As Long As They Can Play

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

With his world-wide prospects officially opening their bids for Devils jobs yesterday, coach Brent Sutter denied suggestions he leans toward North American players and away from Europeans.

“That’s nonsense. That’s not true,” Sutter told The Post. “Decisions are made on players. It doesn’t matter where they’re from.

“It has zero to do with it. I look at the team. It doesn’t matter what nationality they are. It’s not true.”

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White Would Go Without A Visor

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

If the vision in Devils defenseman Colin White’s damaged right eye somehow miraculously returned to normal, he says he would not wear a protective visor.

“If I had my eyesight, I wouldn’t be wearing one,” White said this morning after participating in an informal skate at the team’s practice facility at Prudential Center.

When White reports with the other Devils’ veterans for training camp physicals next Friday, it will mark the one-year anniversary of his injury. During a training camp practice on Sept. 19, 2007, he was struck in the right eye by a deflected shot off the stick of Nicklas Bergfors.

Although White’s vision in his right eye improved marginally at first, he says it hasn’t gotten any better since the end of last season and doctors have told him, “This is going to be it.”

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