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by George Malik on 04/01/07 at 09:05 AM ET
from the Newark Star-Ledger:
Devils chairman Jeff Vanderbeek remains optimistic that construction on the new arena in Newark will be completed in time for the early October start of the 2007-08 season and he said yesterday if there is a delay in the opening of the Prudential Center, the team will not play any games at Continental Airlines Arena despite the fact that New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority officials have dates available.
Vanderbeek suggested Meadowlands officials are holding out hope of scheduling Devils home games early next season to discredit the club’s move to Newark.
“It’s an effort to try to put holes in the credibility of the timetable for Newark,” Vanderbeek said. “We have no agreement whatsoever with the Meadowlands to play there (next season). It’s an absolute lie.”
Although NHL officials have indicated it would not be surprising to see the Devils play games in Continental Airlines Arena early next season, Vanderbeek said the team would look elsewhere. The most likely scenario would be opening on the road for a prolonged period.
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