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Do The Devils Have Enough Cap Room To Keep Gionta?

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Brian Gionta wants to continue playing for the Devils, but he wonders whether the team will have enough cap space to keep him.

Gionta, who earned $4 million last season as part of a three-year, $12 million deal he signed in 2006, told me on Tuesday there has been no communication with general manager Lou Lamoriello. He becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.

“We have not touched base at all yet,” Gionta said. “I don’t think it’s surprising because of the cap situation this year. The cap isn’t set and no one knows where it’s going to go. Teams don’t know what they have to work with.

“The problem is the cap will be determined late this year.”

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Sutter Abandoned The Devils

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Two years later, Sutter is in Calgary and the Devils are looking for another coach with another personality that will require adjusting to and, possibly, more system alterations.

Brent Sutter did not fulfill his promise with the Devils. He abandoned them after two seasons in which he could not get them out of the first round of the playoffs. He had his reasons for leaving, but he abandoned them nonetheless.

So, there is reason for the players to be uspet with him for leaving them. It’s also understandable why owner Jeff Vanderbeek said he was left with a bad taste in his mouth by Sutter’s quick move to Calgary.

As GM, Lou Lamoriello’s job is to stay even keeled. Vanderbeek was a fan before he was an owner and, in some ways, he still thinks like a fan.

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Lamoriello On Sutter

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

So, instead of insisting that Sutter sit out a year while still under contract, Lamoriello decided to move on. He granted Flames GM Darryl Sutter permission to sign Brent with no strings attached.

“You know once you give consent, because of the new rules in the NHL there is no recourse and no compensation,” Lamoriello told me Tuesday afternoon. “I certainly believe there should be compensation in situations like this for all the obvious reasons, but there isn’t. That’s a league rule and you accept it.”

Lamoriello doesn’t believe Brent Sutter had this type of a defection in mind during last season.

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Brodeur Talks About The Next Devils Coach

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

“I’m at a point where the decision, I know will be the right one,” Brodeur said. “Like I’ve said in the past, I have a lot of faith in Lou and the hockey people that we have to bring in the right guy under the right circumstances. I thought we did some great things last year with some of the young players playing the way they played and my concern is to make sure that we don’t stop there. We need these kids to continue to grow.

“It doesn’t matter who the coach is to me. It won’t change much and for the older players it won’t change much. But it’s for the kids, the future prospects and how they need to learn. Like I said, I’m anxious becuase that’s what we do. I play hockey and it would be nice to know who is going to be the head of our team.”

Brodeur said the style Sutter implemented helped the Devils, particularly the young players, progress as a team..

“Brent brought a system that helped these guys to be able to go in and gain more and be more active on the offensive side of the puck,” Brodeur said .“It’s something that we gained confiedence in doing that and, for us as a team, by doing that we showed ourselves that we’re capable fo playing a certain way to compete with the top teams and we’ve just got to continue that way.”

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Devils, Oduya Start Talking

via Mark Everson of the NY Post,

General manager Lou Lamoriello has begun initial talks aimed at keeping vital defenseman Johnny Oduya, an unrestricted free agent, with the Devils, The Post has learned.

The discussions were strictly preliminary, agent Don Meehan told The Post, but mark the first such move toward preventing major players from becoming unrestricted July 1. Oduya could be expected to command a salary of $3.5-4 million on the open market, after earning 600G last season.

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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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