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Schneider gets long-term deal
The Cory Schenider era is now fully underway after the goalie signed a long-term deal with the New Jersey Devils Wednesday. The contract is worth a reported $6 million per season according to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record and takes away the ugly possibility that Schneider could leave as…
Posted by pcoffey on 07/09/14 | Comments 0

Jagr expected back with Devils
updated 4:23pm, It's official, Devils sign Jagr The Devils made it official Wednesday afternoon, announcing that winger Jaromir Jagr had signed a one-year deal. According to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record, the contract has a base salary of $3.5 million and a games-played bonus that could make the deal…
Posted by pcoffey on 04/30/14 | Comments 0

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Always a day when hockey dominates the headlines, the 2014 NHL trade deadline supplied the usual array of moves that leave you scratching your head, or eager to see the outcome for the teams involved. Let's take a look at some of the big moves and see if they pass…
Posted by pcoffey on 03/06/14 | Comments 0

Report says Brodeur gets one last home game
added 2:47pm,  Update: With Pierre LeBrun reporting the Wild have acquired Ilya Bryzgalov from the Oilers, talk of Brodeur having already been traded to Minnesota appears to be untrue. This from the New York Daily News -- which, to be fair, doesn't do a great job covering the Devils. "With…
Posted by pcoffey on 03/04/14 | Comments 3

Defense still rules the rinks
A few Olympic thoughts on Sochi as we look forward to the stretch drive to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. * Say whatever you want, but defense still wins championships -- or gold medals -- as Canada proved so conclusively in its run to the gold medal. Watching the Canadians play…
Posted by pcoffey on 02/23/14 | Comments 0

Finding a fairy tale ending
In a perfect ending, Martin Brodeur hefts the Stanley Cup over his head and makes a graceful exit, the way the great Lanny McDonald did way back when. And Brodeur may still get to achieve that rare ending, but he will likely have to wear another uniform to do it.…
Posted by pcoffey on 02/09/14 | Comments 2

Tortorella left looking like a fool
Maybe John Tortorella lost it when he realized Bob Hartley had schooled him and made him look like a dope. Maybe Tortorella just couldn't take Hartley standing on the Calgary bench looking as innocent as lamb.  Any way you look at it, Hartley won this one, even if the Flames…
Posted by pcoffey on 01/19/14 | Comments 8

Not as rosy as Kovy thinks
Well, it sure is good to know that Ilya Kovalchuk is happy back in Russia and that he thinks things have worked out for the New Jersey Devils as well. Of course, Kovalchuk might want to actually have paid more than lip service to his former team before making that…
Posted by pcoffey on 01/19/14 | Comments 3

Outdoor Views
In terms of unforgettable moments, the alumni game at Comerica Park may linger longer in the hearts of hockey fans, but you cannot dismiss that the 2014 Winter Classic was a huge hit for the NHL. Certainly seeing Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay together again and the "Russian Five" reunited…
Posted by pcoffey on 01/02/14 | Comments 0

New deal puts onus on Lundqvist, Rangers to win now
Much of the sports talk in New York City in recent days has been on a lucrative, long-term contract and what it will mean to the team in ensuing seasons. And no, the talk isn't about the reported seven year, $59.5 million deal Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is getting from…
Posted by pcoffey on 12/05/13 | Comments 0

Devils happy to take breaks in win over Anaheim
Sure, Teemu Selanne was nailed for a double minor for high sticking Andy Greene when it was actually the stick of New Jersey's Marek Zidlicky that did the damage. New Jersey scored twice with the man advantage. And sure, the winning goal in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime decision over the Anaheim…
Posted by pcoffey on 11/21/13 | Comments 0

Brodeur Finds His Game, Saves Devils
So much for Martin Brodeur riding off into the sunset, eh? Brodeur had pretty much said his days as the New Jersey Devils' top goalie were done back on Oct. 19, when his slow start and the presence of Cory Schneider told Brodeur he should expect to spend a lot…
Posted by pcoffey on 11/13/13 | Comments 0

Ken Dryden’s stance on fighting too logical to resist
Over the past couple weeks, I have been putting together a tome on how fighting in the NHL is slowly, but surely becoming extinct and will soon die a natural death thanks to a number of factors, but mostly to disinterest more than anything else. But then Ken Dryden came…
Posted by pcoffey on 11/02/13 | Comments 0

Logical Brodeur accepts change in nets
Martin Brodeur has been as logical as a Vulcan for pretty much his entire career. It's hard to remember any outbursts or antics about anything that has occurred during his time with the New Jersey Devils. Which makes it altogether unsurprising in reading Wednesday's media reports that Brodeur acknowledged that…
Posted by pcoffey on 10/24/13 | Comments 0

Getting late early in Philadelphia
Three games and six days. That's all the time Peter Laviolette got with the Philadelphia Flyers before being dismissed Monday morning, thus becoming the first coaching casualty of the 2013-14 season. But in reality, you can't look at the decision as either hasty or rash. We all are aware that…
Posted by pcoffey on 10/07/13 | Comments 1

Devils facing difficult cuts among forwards
Rumors had swirled during the summer that Damian Brunner would call New Jersey home for the 2013-14 season, but the sudden signing of Jaromir Jagr seemed to end all that speculation as New Jersey had more than enough candidates to flesh out four lines. Well, there is always room for…
Posted by pcoffey on 09/24/13 | Comments 0

For New Jersey, a Devilishly interesting season
I am pleased to announce Phil Coffey will be taking over The Devils Advocate blog and will continue writing in Iced Coffey too. More on Phil at the bottom of this post. -Paul By Phil Coffey With one of the most tumultuous summers in franchise history now tucked away in…
Posted by pcoffey on 09/19/13 | Comments 0

Kovalchuk’s new nickname ‘The Fraud’
“I am never surprised by anything that happens in this game today.” Lou Lamoriello sure got that right Thursday while participating in an unanticipated conference call with media memebers after the shocking news that Ilya Kovalchuk had bolted for Russia. But as Lamoriello said, we can't really be surprised anymore,…
Posted by pcoffey on 07/12/13 | Comments 20

For Devils, waste not, want not
Now what? That's the question the pulses through the minds of New Jersey Devils President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello and a legion of Devils fans after Thursday's shocking news that Ilya Kovalchuk had heeded the call of Mother Russia and returned home to a life of fulfillment in the…
Posted by pcoffey on 07/11/13 | Comments 0

Lamoriello steals the show with Schneider deal
Amidst reports of more financial turmoil surrounding the New Jersey Devils, Lou Lamoriello sent a clarion call Sunday at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft with the trade that brought goalie Cory Schneider -- and his two-year contract worth approximately $8 million -- to the Devils. “I’m not going to get…
Posted by pcoffey on 07/01/13 | Comments 3

Two Thoughts
Couple of thoughts on things now that the lawyers are packing their rhetoric and hopefully going home for a very long time. Players: Please don't apologize. Just play. Hard. Every night. That's what the fans who are still paying top dollar want, expect and most importantly deserve after this fiasco. Coaches:…
Posted by pcoffey on 01/10/13 | Comments 3

Prayers for MacLean and free-agency thoughts
There is so much to talk about after the start of another frenzied free-agency signing period. But first things first. As in talking about the imporant stuff first. Send some prayers, best wishes and positive karma Brett MacLean’s way. His was the most shocking hockey story of the past week…
Posted by pcoffey on 07/05/12 | Comments 2

Welcome to Plan B
On the day after Zach Parise went home to Minnesota with enough cash to choke a horse, the New Jersey Devils are left to wonder how the team will perform minus its captain. Yes, the loss of Parise is disappointing, but it is far from a death sentence. Imagine how…
Posted by pcoffey on 07/05/12 | Comments 5

We won’t see the likes of Lidstrom for quite some time
The feeling was akin to seeing you favorite team overachieve throughout the playoffs and then the hopes are dashed in overtime. There is shock. There is disbelief. There is an overwhelming sense of sadness. But then the first pair of hands begin to clap, and slowly, but surely, the scattered…
Posted by pcoffey on 06/01/12 | Comments 3

Swedish Devils agree Lidstrom is tops
The news out of Detroit that Nicklas Lidstrom had retired from the NHL Thursday after 20 season had an impact in New Jersey, where the New Jersey Devils’ contingent of Swedish players, rookie defenseman Adam Larsson, veteran defenseman Henrik Tallinder and goalie Johan Hedberg, all shared fond memories of the…
Posted by pcoffey on 05/31/12 | Comments 0

Here’s a prediction ... I don’t know!
Who is going to win the Stanley Cup? Let me be the first to say “Damned if I know.” This has been such a wild, weird and wacky tournament that to suddenly state I know what’s going to happen would be the height of folly. But I will say with…
Posted by pcoffey on 05/26/12 | Comments 0

The message is a mess
“This has spiraled from out of control to total chaos. Do we really need a player to die on the ice for this insanity to stop?” —NHL player agent Allan Walsh’s Tweet after Raffi Torres’ hit on Marian Hossa Forget for a moment that there is no way the NHL…
Posted by pcoffey on 04/18/12 | Comments 7

Lots to like in an intriguing first round
Can’t say I remember as many intriguing first-round matchups for the Stanley Cup Playoffs as we are seeing this spring. By my count, there are four western Conference teams and five in the East who can make pretty good cases to enjoy a long spring this time around and some…
Posted by pcoffey on 04/11/12 | Comments 2

Time with Gordie always brings a smile
The news that George Malik posted on Gordie Howe Thursday was like a shock to the system. After all, we’re talking about “Mr. Hockey” here, a man who played into his 50s and who always was tough as nails. Talk about making the rest of us question our mortality! If…
Posted by pcoffey on 02/02/12 | Comments 3

How about taking one for the team, Tim?
Look, goalies always have been a tad “different, so is it shocking that Tim Thomas opted not to visit the White House the other day with the Boston Bruins? No. And truth be told I could really care less if Thomas went or not. I’m fairly certain the rest of…
Posted by pcoffey on 01/25/12 | Comments 67

To Tell Tort’s Truth
Never let it be said that John Tortorella sugar-coats anything. The New York Rangers’ coach has his way of doings things and the rest of us can damn well love it or lump it. Gotta love someone with the courage of his convictions in a world loaded with political correctness.…
Posted by pcoffey on 01/18/12 | Comments 2

Relax, it’s all good ... really
A little advice to those who get upset about the NHL All-Star Game and its A) Relevance B) Selection process C) Lack of competition Relax! Take a deep breath. It’s all good. really, it is. During a lifetime spent either watching or working in hockey, I always enjoyed All-Star Weekend.…
Posted by pcoffey on 01/13/12 | Comments 3

Murray the latest fall guy in hockey
Since the 2010-11 season ended, 11 NHL coaches have lost their jobs, with Terry Murray the unlucky 11th, getting the news that the Los Angeles Kings had changed the locks in the offices Monday. When the news came down, you heard the usual platitudes tossed around when a respected professional…
Posted by pcoffey on 12/13/11 | Comments 1

Caps, Canes hoping new voices get through
Are Bruce Boudreau and Paul Maurice any worse as coaches today than at this time last season or the season before? No. So why were both dismissed Monday by the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes respectively? The players had turned a deaf ear, something that happens to all coaches in…
Posted by pcoffey on 11/28/11 | Comments 0

For Crosby, the hard part now begins
Sidney Crosby has enjoyed better games, but none were more important than Monday’s 5-0 win over the New York Islanders. Back in the lineup for the first time in 10 months, Crosby scored twice and assisted on two more goals in his first game back from a concussion suffered last…
Posted by pcoffey on 11/22/11 | Comments 3

Saving the players from themselves
Few comments, quips and quotes raise my eyebrows anymore. Perhaps my nonchalence stems from the 24-hour news cycle where we hear everyone’s take on everything just about all the time. But comments from the Washington Capitals’ Brooks Laich to Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington really caught my attention. How about you?…
Posted by pcoffey on 10/17/11 | Comments 0

A sad day for hockey
Back in the day when working at NHL.com, we used to joke that Kris Draper would call the office each week just to see if we needed anything. That’s how cooperative Draper was in getting the word out on hockey. There was no ego involved. Draper wasn’t trying to blow…
Posted by pcoffey on 07/27/11 | Comments 0

A sad day for hockey
Back in the day when working at NHL.com, we used to joke that Kris Draper would call the office each week just to see if we needed anything. That’s how cooperative Draper was in getting the word out on hockey. There was no ego involved. Draper wasn’t trying to blow…
Posted by pcoffey on 07/27/11 | Comments 6

Deeds that defy words
There didn’t appear to be a point to writing about the first day of NHL free agency 2011 for one simple reason. All the signings left me speechless. I have now recovered. Never has so much been spent on so many who don’t figure to make a difference. It boggles…
Posted by pcoffey on 07/01/11 | Comments 4

Holmgren: A Man of Many Moves
If you’re a Philadelphia Flyers fan, there is one thing you can never complain about, namely an inability or unwillingness from Paul Holmgren to make moves. Holmgren is never gun-shy when it comes to shuffling the deck, be it trading picks and prospects to buy some negotiating time with a…
Posted by pcoffey on 06/23/11 | Comments 3

Recchi’s exit starts the changes
It’s amazing how fast change happens. The Boston Bruins hadn’t left the on-ice celebration in Vancouver before their roster changed with the word that Mark Recchi was taking the Lanny McDonald route and skating off into the sunset with the Stanley Cup held triumphantly aloft. So Recchi is the first…
Posted by pcoffey on 06/16/11 | Comments 2

Nothing quite like Game 7
Well, it’s down to a best-of-one, So, what have we learned through the first six games of the Stanley Cup Final. Pretty much that home ice rules. After Game 2, which seems to have been played a month ago, I wrote that everything is going according to plan in a…
Posted by pcoffey on 06/14/11 | Comments 0

Luongo ‘rip’ is hogwash
So what happens when a player makes an interesting analysis like Roberto Luongo did the other day? He gets ripped in the media. Talk about biting the hand that is attempting to feed you! When Luongo said the lone goal in Game 5 “would have been an easy save for…
Posted by pcoffey on 06/13/11 | Comments 3

Despite Rome ban, bad deal for Bruins
Is trading Aaron Rome for Nathan Horton a trade you would make? Didn’t think so. But we’re not the the Vancouver Canucks, who will gladly lose the journeyman defenseman for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Final, knowing the Boston Bruins will be without Nathan Horton, one of their top-six…
Posted by pcoffey on 06/07/11 | Comments 4

All eyes on Bruins’ response
The Vancouver Canucks have held serve, that’s all, winning the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. That needs to be the Boston Bruins’ mantra heading into Game 3 Monday night in Boston. But that being said, the pressure is squarely on the Bruins’ collective back now. A home…
Posted by pcoffey on 06/06/11 | Comments 1

Crummy day for hockey in Atlanta
Despite advice to wait and see what happens, the sale and move of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg sure had a sense of the inevitable about it, didn’t it? There will be more euphoria about the return of hockey to Winnipeg than angst over its loss in Atlanta. Still, the…
Posted by pcoffey on 05/31/11 | Comments 2

Bruins don’t feed the beast
Speaking to reporters before heading off to Vancouver for the start of the Stanley Cup Final, the Boston Bruins provided nothing that could be called bulletin board material to a media hanging on their every word. “There is a lot of skill, there is a lot of speed,” Bruins coach…
Posted by pcoffey on 05/31/11 | Comments 0

Eastern final lived up to the hype
Well, it doesn’t get much better than that. If Bruins 1, Lightning 0 didn’t have you ohhing and ahhing Friday night then sports just isn’t your thing. The game also proved the point once again that you don’t need six or seven goals a game to have a terrific game.…
Posted by pcoffey on 05/28/11 | Comments 0

Random Thursday Thoughts
Just a few random thoughts today as provisions are being laid in for Friday’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. * At some point in the future, there will be a debate about whether Marty St. Louis belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Right now, he could care…
Posted by pcoffey on 05/26/11 | Comments 0

Sharks Will Ponder Staying The Course
In case you missed the announcement yesterday, we are pleased to welcome Phil Coffey to KK as a special blogger.  Phil is well connected throughout the hockey community and his insight is most welcomed. So, now what? That’s the question being bandied about by the San Jose Sharks and their…
Posted by pcoffey on 05/25/11 | Comments 27

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