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September 30, 2008
New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur tops XM Radio's list of goaltenders
Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerMick Kern, host of XM Radio's NHL Home Ice, put together his top-30 list of the best goaltenders to play the game. Martin Brodeur takes home the number one slot. Kern lays out the fundamentals of selecting a finalist for the list on his site, along with some slight...
Tired Devils get a day off
Four games into the Devils' seven-game preseason schedule, coach Brent Sutter said he is pleased with what he has seen. But he also sensed that some players may be a bit tired at this stage of training camp. So Sutter gave his players a day off on Tuesday before they prepare for the final push...
Tallackson almost ready to rejoin Devils after heart surgery
Devils right winger Barry Tallackson is on the fast track to recovery after undergoing surgery Friday to correct an irregular heartbeat. Defenseman Paul Martin said he spoke to Tallackson and the 25-year-old right winger will probably be back in New Jersey some time Tuesday or Wednesday. The...
Devils' Letourneau-Leblond hoping toughness earns him roster spot
Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesPierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, right, lost 13 pounds over the summer to get faster. He has the longest name in the NHL, except that Devils rookie Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond has yet to play a game in the league that actually counts. That might very well change if the...
Rookies get another look from Sutter
With only three preseason games remaining after Monday night's meeting with the Washington Capitals at the Prudential Center, several Devils rookies were hoping to impress coach Brent Sutter. The rookie line of Fedor Fedorov, Petr Vrana and Nicklas Bergfors were together against the Capitals and...
September 29, 2008
Rest in September? Brodeur won't play again Monday night
Martin Brodeur did not accompany the Devils to Madison Square Garden for Saturday's preseason game against the Rangers and he won't dress again Monday night when the Washington Capitals visit the Prudential Center. No reason for worry. Kevin Weekes will start in goal with Scott Clemmensen...
Pandolfo won't be shocked if Claude Lemieux returns
Don't hold your breath for a return to the Devils by Claude Lemeiux. It won't happen. But at the age of 43 and several seasons removed from playing pro hockey, Lemieux said he would like to make a comeback. He's even willing to play in the minors to prove himself and says money isn't an issue. ...
September 28, 2008
New Jersey Devils' Mottau beats the odds
NEW YORK -- Mike Mottau didn't have many believers a year ago. Even after he made the Devils' roster in training camp, most thought he would wind up being little more than a spare defenseman. It didn't turn out that way. At various points last season, Mottau helped keep the Devils' defense...
September 27, 2008
Photos: Devils versus Rangers
Check out our photo slideshow from the Devils versus Rangers pre-season game:
Elias scores first of preseason
Patrik Elias, skating with new linemate Brian Rolston, scored his first goal of the preseason as the Devils took a 2-0 laed over the Rangers in Saturday's meeting at the Garden, The goal came at 1:32 of the opening period when Rolston carried the puck in and centered a pass. Elias, who had joked...
Sutter: Weekes is our backup goalie
Scott Clemmensen was given an opportunity to face the Rangers in a preseason game Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, but he is not really battling Kevin Weekes to be Martin Brodeur's backup. Asked if Clemmensen had a chance to beat Weekes out of the job, coach Brent Sutter said: "I...
Scott Gomez: I'm a loyal Alaskan
Rangers center Scott Gomez, ready to face his former Devils teammates in Saturday's preseasion game at Madison Square Garden, is backing Republican presidential candidate John McCain at least partially because of running mate Sarah Palin. "I'm not swaying anyone on how to vote," Gomez said, "but...
Tallackson heart surgery is successful
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said Saturday morning that surgery to correct right winger Barry Tallackson's irregular heartbeat was successful Friday morning in Minnesota. Lamoriello said he had not spoken to Tallackson but indicated Devils team doctors were in contact with the...
Langenbrunner and Zubrus fight at Devils practice, Sutter doesn't mind
Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesDevils coach Brent Sutter likes to see a little snarl from his players. More than a few times last season, Devils coach Brent Sutter complained about his team's lack of hatred for opponents. Particularly in games against the Rangers and Islanders, he wondered if his players...
September 26, 2008
Bergfors still haunted by injuries
Nicklas Bergfors, whose chance to stick with the Devils last season ended abruptly when he suffered a separated shoulder in his first game, isn't having much more luck this year. The young forward has been sidelined with a groin injury and hopes to get back on the ice Saturday morning. "He's...
Langenbrunner and Zubrus fight in New Jersey Devils' scrimmage
With coach Brent Sutter and general manager Lou Lamoriello watching, the Devils split up their training camp roster and held a scrimmage Friday morning at their Prudential Center practice rink. Pascal Rheaume, playing for the red team, scored the only goal in the first 30-minute (running time)...
Update on NHL blogs
With the 2008-09 season rapidly approaching, here is an update on NHL blogs for readers interested in looking beyond the metropolitan area: Avalanche blog (Denver Post) http://blogs.denverpost.com/avs/ Blue Jackets blog (Columbus Dispatch) http://blog.dispatch.com/cbj/ Blues blog (St. Louis...
Devils send prospects back to junior hockey clubs
General manager Lou Lamoriello said Thursday the Devils had made their first cuts of training camp, sending some players back to their junior hockey club. Details on which players have been sent back will be updated as soon as they become available.
September 25, 2008
New Jersey Devils teammate Rupp has been in Tallackson's shoes
Barry Tallackson had hoped this training camp with the Devils would finally provide his opportunity to secure a permanent job in the NHL. Instead, the 25-year-old right winger's career is on hold. Early Friday morning Tallackson will undergo surgery in Minnesota to correct an irregular...
Fedorov needs to improve to stick with New Jersey Devils
Fedor Fedorov has the talent to play in the NHL. The question is whether he has the drive and willingness to change his game to make the Devils' roster out of training camp. Coach Brent Sutter suggested Thursday that Fedorov is still on the outside looking in. "At times he's been good. And at...
Holik shot stings New Jersey Devils rookie goalie Frazee
Bobby Holik has been known to hurt some people. Even his own teammates in practice. So it was hardly surprising when Holik fired a shot during Thursday morning's practice that hit rookie goalie Jeff Frazee in his left shoulder. "It did (hurt). It stung a little bit," Frazee said later. "It...
Salmela makes New Jersey Devils debut
The Devils' Anssi Salmela and the Rangers' Aaron Voros go to the glass chasing the puck in the first period Wednesday night at the Prudential Center.Coach Brent Sutter knew very little about Anssi Salmela when the Devils signed the defenseman from Finland back in May. ...
Parise scores 2 goals in New Jersey Devils' 3-2 preseason win over Rangers
Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise scored first-period goals against Henrik Lundqvist, and the New Jersey Devils rode the early offense to a 3-2 preseason win over the Rangers on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center. Parise added another goal with 3:20 left in the third period, but Aaron...
Still smarting, New Jersey Devils begin anew
It could have been worse for the Devils last spring had they missed the playoffs altogether. But not much worse. The fact that they were shoved out of the playoffs in the first round by the Rangers left a bitter taste in their mouths, one which still hasn't left Devils center John Madden six...
Salvador makes early impact for New Jersey Devils
It didn't take defenseman Bryce Salvador long to show why the Devils wanted to make sure he didn't leave as a free agent this summer. In the opening period of Wednesday night's preseason game against the Rangers at the Prudential Center, Salvador fought Aaron Voros and then assisted on a goal by...
September 24, 2008
New Jersey Devils' Rupp has a fighting chance
Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesMike Rupp, right, of the Devils battles for the puck Monday night in Philadelphia.Just because the Devils' Mike Rupp took boxing lessons during the summer doesn't mean the big winger was expected to go looking for a fight in Monday night's preseason loss to the...
September 23, 2008
Weekes says his arm responded well
Backup goalie Kevin Weekes came out of his first preseason game without experiencing any pain or weakness in his surgically repaired left arm. Weekes had the tendon in his left biceps repaired and re-attached in late May. He started Monday night's 4-1 loss to the Flyers. "It got hit a couple of...
Heart surgery for New Jersey Devils winger Tallackson
Young winger getting treatment for irregular heartbeatStar-Ledger File PhotoNew Jersey Devil Barry Tallackson Barry Tallackson, the Devils' young winger who left training camp because of an irregular heartbeat, will have surgery Friday morning, according to team president and GM Lou Lamoriello...
Fedorov shrugs off New Jersey Devils coach's criticism
Devils coach Brent Sutter twice made an example of Fedor Fedorov during Tuesday morning's practice on the main ice rink at the Prudential Center, but the skilled forward dismissed the on-ice criticism as perfectly normal. At one point after the player failed to poke the puck out of his own zone...
Devils' power play starts slowly
The Devils' power play had several chances during the first period of Monday night's preseason opener against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center, but couldn't capitalize. It was the Flyers who took a 2-0 lead via two even-strength goals late in the period. Coach Brent Sutter used...
New Jersey Devils' Zajac works to erase down season
PHILADELPHIA -- When the Devils signed two veteran free agents this summer with the intention of improving the club at center, Travis Zajac took notice. Coming off a disappointing sophomore season, the 23-year-old Zajac had to wonder if the acquisition of Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik meant the...
New number for Sheldon Brookbank
Devils defenseman Sheldon Brookbank has another new number. He received No. 2 for Monday night's preseason opener against the Philadelphia Flyers. The big defenseman wore No. 8 last season. However, he was given No. 28 at the start of training camp when Dainius Zubrus was issued No. 8 after the...
September 22, 2008
Tallackson returns home for heart tests
Barry Tallackson, the Devils' 25-year-old right winger, has returned home to Minnesota to undergo several tests relating to an irregularity in his heartbeat. The irregular heartbeat, discovered when he underwent his stress test at the start of training camp and first reported by The Star-Ledger...
New Jersey Devils will debut new No. 1 line Monday in Philadelphia with Rolson at center
Gene Boyars/SLBrian Rolston Devils coach Brent Sutter remembers what preseason games used to be like 25 years ago. Even when the games didn't count, it was a war whenever the Islanders faced the Rangers or Flyers in an exhibition game. "The tone needed to be set for your rivalry," Sutter...
September 21, 2008
Rolston to debut in Philly; Brodeur will stay home
Goaltender Martin Brodeur won't be making the bus trip to Philadelphia when the Devils play the Flyers in their first preseason game Monday night but center Brian Rolston will be in the lineup. Signed to a four-year, $20 million deal as a free agent this summer, Rolston is now viewed as the...
Vladimir Bure pushes Devils
As the Devils' first group trained at the Prudential Center Sunday morning, Vladimir Bure watched intently from the practice rink stands. The longtime fitness consultant for the Devils, Bure has been among the loudest voices in training camp so far. He barks instructions to players after...
Brodeur is ready to handle a heavy workload again for New Jersey Devils
NOTEBOOK If the Devils ask Martin Brodeur to play 77 games again this season, as he did to lead the league last year, he's ready for the challenge. But after the first day of training camp for veterans Saturday, the 36-year-old goalie said it's probably not in the cards. "I'm ready for it. I'd...
New Jersey Devils think Bobby Holik has the right attitude
Bobby Holik is the first to admit he isn't the same workhorse who centered the Crash Line and won his first Stanley Cup at the age of 24. And he certainly isn't the 27-year-old who scored 29 goals and led the Devils in scoring with 65 points during the 1997-98 season. But, even at the age of 37...
September 20, 2008
Brodeur: 77 games may be too many
Martin Brodeur said Saturday morning that he is ready to play 70 games this season, but may not be able to match last year's league-leading 77 games. "I'm ready for it. I'd love to play every game," Brodeur said before adding, "I'd like to play 70. Seventy-seven is probably a lot. We'll see." ...
Rolston's first-day wingers: Elias and Gionta
Devils veterans took the ice for the first time in training camp Saturday morning and the initial session featured a line centered by free agent signing Brian Rolston. His wingers were Patrik Elias at left wing and Brian Gionta on the right side. Others lines in the morning session were Bobby...
Devils coach Sutter mends fences with captain Langenbrunner
Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesDevils coach Brent Sutter says he and Jamie Langenbrunner went through a ``trial period'' last season. Jamie Langenbrunner and Brent Sutter will be on the ice Saturday morning when Devils veterans take part in their first practice session of training camp at the Prudential...
September 19, 2008
Larry Robinson: Family before team
Hall of Famer Larry Robinson spoke for the first time Friday morning about why he will not be back behind the New Jersey Devils' bench as an assistant coach this season. Robinson said his relationship with head coach Brent Sutter is "terrific" but he wants to spend more time at home with his...
Tallackson has minor heart scare
Barry Tallackson, the 25-year-old right winger who has played 16 games for the Devils and is hoping to earn a spot on the club this season, missed the past two days of minor league training camp because of an apparently minor heart scare. Tallackson said there was an irregularity and the team...
September 18, 2008
New Jersey Devils individual game tickets on sale Saturday
Individual game tickets for the Devils' 2008-09 home schedule will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Prudential Center box office, newjerseydevils.com, prucenter.com and through Ticketmaster. Ticket prices are $120, $115 and $95 (lower level); $100, $95 and $70 (mezzanine); $95...
Record season in the works for New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur
NHL goalie records within reachTony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerMartin Brodeur looks to secure more records in 2008.New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is on course to break a series of records during the 2008-09 season.Special thanks for NHLFan30 on the Devils Forum for posting up the...
Parise reflects on brother's departure from New Jersey Devils
There was a time not so long ago when Zach Parise allowed himself to fantasize that his older brother, Jordan, might become Martin Brodeur's successor. Or at least his backup. But those dreams ended when the Devils decided to let Jordan Parise go after playing last season in Lowell, Mass. It was...
September 17, 2008
Lamoriello passes on Schneider
The Devils had a shot at Ducks defenseman Mathieu Schneider, who cleared waivers Wednesday at noon, but GM Lou Lamoriello felt the veteran's $5.6 million salary was too steep. Lamoriello, who doesn't have a great deal of cap room, said he is happy with some of his young defensemen. "We've got...
Bergfors hopes shoulder will allow him to win a spot
Uniform No. 18 has had a glorious past for the Devils on the back of three-time Stanley Cup winner Sergei Brylin. This fall will have a lot to say whether No. 18 has a bright future on the back of Nicklas Bergfors. "I really want to make it. I know it's tough," Bergfors said Wednesday after...
New Jersey Devils coach Brent Sutter denies anti-European bias, report says
John O'Boyle/The Star-LedgerBrent Sutter coached the New Jersey Devils to the playoffs last season, losing to the New York Rangers in the first round Brent Sutter replied to allegations that alleged the New Jersey Devils' coach held anti-European views when it came to recruiting and signing...
September 16, 2008
Devils camp will be short
Although they are already skating informally as a group, Devils veterans report for physicals on Friday and then take part in official workouts beginning Saturday. That is just two days before they play their first preseason game Monday night in Philadelphia against the Flyers. Will that be...
Salmela says his knee feels fine
When the Devils signed Anssi Salmela last May, there were several question marks on defense and the 23-year-old from Finland sensed a golden opportunity to earn a spot on the team. A few things have changed since then. The Devils re-signed veteran Bryce Salvador and Salmela was unable to take...
Vrana hurts back
Devils prospect Petr Vrana had to leave the ice during the first full day of minor league training camp today after getting shoved into the goal. The 23-year-old forward said he suffered a bruised back, but did not consider the injury to be serious. "We were doing 3-on-3s down low. I got...
Will Wall Street woes cross-check Devils?
Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said today he does not believe the collapse of the Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers will have a direct negative impact on the hockey team despite the fact that owner Jeff Vanderbeek's wealth came from his 21 years with the firm. Vanderbeek...

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