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Devils in the Details - Gameday: Rangers at Devils

• Yesterday, the Devils trimmed their roster, sending 15 players to Albany of the AHL and four back to their respective junior teams.  No surprises in the cuts made, with the most notable names being forwards Adam Henrique and Darcy Zajac.  With Jordan Parise likewise cut from New York Rangers camp, plans for the Parise and Zajac brothers to get a place together in Hoboken: ruined.

• John Fischer at In Lou We Trust questions some of the names that remain.

• Lines from today’s morning skate courtesy of Tom Gulitti and most likely the line-up for tonight’s game against the Rangers:

Forwards:
Parise-Zajac-Kovalchuk
Elias-Arnott-Vasyunov
Rolston-Sestito-Clarkson
Leblond-Mills-Wiseman

Defensemen:
Greene-Salvador
Urbom-Tallinder
Volchenkov-Taormina

Goaltenders:
Johan Hedberg
Mike McKenna

It will be interesting to see most of the top-six together, not to mention both new blueline acquisitions in the line-up.  More on the game later tonight.

Jacob Josefson will sit out with a sore foot after blocking a shot in Thursday’s game against the Rangers, though luckily x-rays yesterday came back negative.

• Was Jason Arnott traded to Dallas in 2002 because he refused to play with a concussion during the 2001 Stanley Cup Final?

Arnott said he believes Devils brass was angry he sat out Game 5 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals with a concussion, and wonders if that launched his departure for Dallas eight months later.

“I’m sure they were [mad]. Yeah,” Arnott said. “That always goes through my mind, but the way my head was ... I don’t know. It was a concussion. I got a puck in the temple and it put me down.”

That’s a heavy question from Mark Everson, one I’m not sure the organization would really appreciate all too much.

• More from Everson on the Devils’ top lines being as good a one-two punch as there is in the league.  It’s hard to argue with him on that point.  The early hints of chemistry between each of the lines has to be scary for the rest of the Eastern Conference.

• Lastly, as the Oct. 6 deadline for the Devils to get under the cap draws nearer, is Lou Lamoriello getting worried?

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  Tags: adam+henrique, darcy+zajac, devils+in+the+details, jacob+josefson, jason+arnott

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