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Mottau Signs with Islanders
From the New York Islanders: The New York Islanders announced today that they have agreed to terms on a two year contract with defenseman Mike Mottau. Mottau, 32, spent the last three seasons with the New Jersey Devils. Last season, the Quincy, MA, native scored a career high 18 points…
Posted by Michael Smith on 09/28/10 | Comments 0

Getting Kovalchuk off His Game
There’s one player who seems to have Cliffs Notes on taking Ilya Kovalchuk off his game. It’s not a top-pair defensive defenseman nor anyone who will ever have to clear space for a Selke Trophy on his shelf.  No, the one guy who can infuriate Kovalchuk to the point of…
Posted by Michael Smith on 09/26/10 | Comments 5

Mottau Will Play in the NHL This Season
Add Andy Strickland to the list of those surprised to see defenseman Mike Mottau still unsigned. Look I know this summer hasn’t been a good market for D-men but can someone explain why former Devils defenseman Mike Mottau is still sitting at home without a contract? This is a topic…
Posted by Michael Smith on 09/25/10 | Comments 0

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…
Posted by Michael Smith on 09/25/10 | Comments 0

Devils in the Details: September 20, 2010
• Tom Gulitti discusses the disappointing finish last season from Jamie Langenbrunner.  Said Langenbrunner on the media’s theories for his late-season struggles: “I usually don’t read what goes on, but after the season I read a lot of what was said and I’m not going to comment on what’s the…
Posted by Michael Smith on 09/20/10 | Comments 0

With Mottau Still Available, Devils Have Options
Though Lou Lamoriello still has his work cut out to get the New Jersey Devils under the $59.4-million salary cap, one area with a little flexibility might be the blueline. While no GM would want to give up a player like Bryce Salvador, rumored by many to be one of…
Posted by Michael Smith on 09/19/10 | Comments 0

Devils in the Details: September 18, 2010
Devils in the Details is a daily round-up of links to all things Devils-related throughout the season. • Tom Gulitti discusses the flexibility tryouts Marcus Nilsson and Adam Mair would give the Devils should they need to deal a forward to get under the salary cap. • More on Mair…
Posted by Michael Smith on 09/18/10 | Comments 5

Devils in the Details: September 17, 2010
Devils in the Details will be a daily round-up of links to all things Devils-related throughout the season. • Ilya Kovalchuk, who arrived in New Jersey last night for the start of training camp, met with the media.  Interesting point: Kovalchuk never considered signing with another NHL team after initial…
Posted by Michael Smith on 09/17/10 | Comments 0

The Best Time of the Year
Introducing Michael Smith as the New Jersey Devils blogger at KK.  It should be an interesting season for the Devils and Michael will be bringing you all the Devils news. -Paul With the Summer of Kovalchuk behind us—we think so at least, though Jim Kelley politely disagrees—New Jersey Devils fans…
Posted by Michael Smith on 09/17/10 | Comments 5

And The Bill Just Got Steeper
Add a hefty $3 million fine and the loss of two draft picks to the list of what New Jersey Devils have lost in their pursuit of Ilya Kovalchuk. The Devils will lose a 3rd round pick in 2011 and a 1st rounder in one of the next four years…
Posted by Michael Smith on 09/14/10 | Comments 0

About More Than It Seems
When the NHL rejected the original Ilya Kovalchuk deal, clearly more was at stake than a talented UFA left winger. Numerous media members labeled this a serious test for the then—and probably still—rudderless NHLPA.  That ugly seven-letter word ending in “out” started to appear again. Part of the League’s motives…
Posted by Michael Smith on 09/03/10 | Comments 0

Having Any Second Thoughts?
The fact that the Ilya Kovalchuk impasse will drag out at least another day shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.  It would have been naive (read: I was naive) to believe reports that an answer would come from the League today. This will-he-or-won’t-he question has lingered since the superstar…
Posted by Michael Smith on 08/31/10 | Comments 2

In Defense of the Shootout
When the National Hockey League first instituted the shootout coming out of the lockout in 2005-06, immediately there was a line drawn in the sand.  To one side were those in favor of an ending more satisfying than a tie and to the other, those who labeled the shootout a…
Posted by Michael Smith on 08/22/10 | Comments 2

How About Some Positivity?
Like anyone else, I have gotten angry about the hockey team I follow.  But, for me, the feeling—almost always more disappointment than anger—usually fades away pretty quickly. I understand being passionate about hockey.  I think we all do. What is hockey if not some perfect mix of beauty and pure,…
Posted by Michael Smith on 08/18/10 | Comments 0

Making the Most of Mistakes
I won’t pretend that I’m too well-versed on the inner-workings of the human brain. For that matter, I don’t think I even bought the book for freshman year Psychology.  But, without any real research or reading, I think I can say fairly definitively that different parts of the mind control…
Posted by Michael Smith on 08/16/10 | Comments 0