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April 30, 2013
Devils hot topic: What needs to be done in the offseason?
The 2013 NHL playoffs begin tonight, and for only the second time in the last 16 seasons, the New Jersey Devils will not be in the tournament. The Devils started off as one of the league's best teams but quickly faded and slowly slid down the standings. Now, GM Lou Lamoriello has the whole...
April 29, 2013
Devils will pick ninth in NHL entry draft on June 30 in New Jersey
Colorado Avalanche win lottery for first overall pick The Devils will pick ninth in the NHL entry draft to be held June 30 at Prudential Center. GM Lou Lamoriello said today the team would keep its first-round pick. For signing Ilya Kovalchuk to a 17-year, $102...
Devils' Martin Brodeur may not be ready to retire after next season
Lou Lamoriello confirms Devils will keep their first-round pick in June draft Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has one year remaining on his contract. That doesn’t mean he’s going to call it quits after next season. “No, not at all. It’s the...
Devils' free agents: Who will stay and who will leave?
Patrik Elias and David Clarkson are the big two The Devils are entering an offseason of uncertainty. With so many unrestricted free agents, it will be difficult to find the money and cap space to keep key players like Patrik Elias and David Clarkson. Here are the...
Devils' offseason of uncertainty: Can they keep their top free agents?
GM Lou Lamoriello will find out financial restrictions in meeting with owner Offseasons often mean major changes for the Devils. General manager Lou Lamoriello is not shy about changing coaches, and his policy of choosing not to negotiate contracts extensions with...
Devils' Lou Lamoriello: Pete DeBoer will be back next season
No guarantee for assistants but GM doesn't foresee any changes There should have been no question about whether Devils coach Pete DeBoer is returning for next season. But this is, after all, the Devils. So general manager Lou Lamoriello put to rest any questions...
April 27, 2013
NY Rangers avoid eighth seed in playoffs with 4-0 win over the Devils
The Rangers got the win they needed to give them a shot at the sixth seed while also avoiding the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. In a huge victory over the New Jersey Devils, the Rangers took care of business, moving up in the standings and avoiding a...
Devils' Patrik Elias: I don't think I could sign with the Rangers
Captain Bryce Salvador lends support on final day of season NEW YORK – Patrik Elias admits he doesn’t know if he will be back with the Devils next season as he heads towards unrestricted free agency. But is it possible he could sign with the...
Devils go out with a whimper in 4-0 loss to Rangers
Henrik Lundqvist posts shutout for playoff-bound Rangers NEW YORK -- The Devils ended their season with a whimper today as the playoff-bound Rangers skated to a 4-0 victory behind two goals from Rick Nash at Madison Square Garden. Henrik Lundqvist posted his second...
As they play: Devils vs. Rangers in New York
Johan Hedberg vs. Henrik Lundqvist NEW YORK -- The Devils closed out there season today by facing the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Johan Hedberg was in goal for the Devils against Henrik Lundqvist. The Devils scratches were Tom Kostopoulos, Krys Barch, Alex...
Dainius Zubrus: This was a waste of a year for Devils
Veteran forward would like to re-sign with Devils NEW YORK -- Devils forward Dainius Zubrus did not sugar coat the situation. This was a wasted season for the Devils, who have missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second time in three years. “I don’t...
April 26, 2013
Devils' Pete DeBoer calls Andy Greene 'arguably our MVP' this season
Travis Zajac disputes claim he warned Erik Karlsson not to come back from Achilles injury The season hasn’t all been negative for Devils coach Pete DeBoer. Asked to point out the bright spots, DeBoer said, were the play of defenseman Andy Greene and the fourth...
Devils' Martin Brodeur will watch season finale and club's offseason moves
Johan Hedberg will start against Rangers When the Prudential Center scoreboard showed the Rangers losing to the Carolina Hurricanes and the Winnipeg Jets winning their game, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur envisioned playing the role of spoiler tomorrow at Madison Square...
Former Devils captain Zach Parise glad he left for Minnesota
Wild could clinch first playoff spot in four years Zach Parise is happy he left the Devils. The 28-year-old forward, who signed a 13-year, $98 million contract with the Minnesota Wild last summer that included a $10 million signing bonus, told the St. Paul Pioneer...
Devils hold last practice session of season
Matt D'Agostini, Mark Fayne, Bryce Salvador sit it out The Devils held their last practice session of the season today at AmeriHealth Pavilion as they prepared for tomorrow's finale against the Rangers. Defensemen Mark Fayne and Bryce Salvador, along with forward...
April 25, 2013
Devils' Eric Gelinas was nervous but impressive in NHL debut
In starting lineup, he faced Evgeni Malkin several times Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas was nervous after finding out he would be making his NHL debut tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins. When he was told he'd be in the Devils' starting lineup, the 21-year-old...
Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk: 'This is probably the worst year of my career'
Scores winning goal to defeat Penguins, 3-2; will play in world championships for Russia Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk has missed the playoffs eight times in his NHL career, including two of the last three seasons with the Devils. But this time was the worst. "With...
Devils win final home game of season, 3-2, over Penguins
David Clarkson scores 15th goal of season, Patrik Elias adds two assists David Clarkson collected his team-leading 15th goal and Ilya Kovalchuk scored in the third period as the Devils marked their final home game of the season with a 3-2 comeback victory over the...
As they play: Devils vs. Penguins
Eric Gelinas makes NHL debut In their final home game of the season, the Devils faced the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Prudential Center. Defenseman Eric Gelinas made his NHL debut for the Devils. Martin Brodeur was in goal against Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre...
Devils' David Clarkson: I don't know where I'll be next season
Right winger will be an unrestricted free agent Devils goalie Martin Brodeur responded to a personal challenge from David Clarkson during today’s morning skate by lining up three pucks about 10 feet from his goal crease and letting the right winger fire...
Devils rookie Eric Gelinas will make NHL debut against Penguins
Adam Henrique back in lineup Devils rookie Eric Gelinas will get to play his first NHL game tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It may be a brief window into the club’s future. “I think we’re excited to see him and what he can do. He has some...
Devils hold final morning skate of season
Face Penguins in home finale With one home game remaining, the Devils held their last morning skate of the season at Prudential Center. They will finish the season Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas, who had his Albany (AHL)...
April 24, 2013
Devils' Eric Gelinas hopes to make NHL debut in one of last two games
Big defenseman has overcome a broken jaw this season. With two games remaining in the Devils’ season, rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas doesn’t know if he will get to make his NHL debut. Perhaps he is due for some good luck. Gelinas suffered a broken lower...
Devils' Johan Hedberg, approaching 40, looks to next season
Will Devils have same goalie tandem for a fourth straight season? Devils backup goalie Johan Hedberg remembers early in his NHL career setting his sights on playing until the age of 35. He never thought he’d still be playing when he was 40. “I...
Devils: Johan Hedberg tunes up for start in final home game of season
He'll be in net against Pittsburgh Penguins Goalie Johan Hedberg, who will start for the Devils tomorrow night against the Pittsburghy Penguins in the last home game of the season, was among those who practiced today. Also skating were Eric Gelinas, Alex Urbom...
April 23, 2013
Devils' Steve Sullivan: We want to win even though we're not in playoffs
Pete DeBoer calls three goals the team's 'magic number' When Steve Sullivan joined the Devils at the trade deadline, he anticipated getting into the Stanley Cup playoffs. So it was disappointing to the veteran forward that the Devils will not get a chance...
Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk escapes injury as he again crashes into end boards
Power play is difference in 3-2 win over Montreal Canadiens It probably wouldn’t have surprised Devils coach Pete DeBoer if Ilya Kovalchuk did not get up after losing an edge and crashing into the end boards with 15:31 left in tonight’s 3-2 victory over the...
Devils defeat Canadiens, 3-2, behind two power play goals
Patrik Elias, Steve Sullivan and Jacob Josefson score for Devils Having already been eliminated from playoff contention, the Devils scored two power play goals on their way to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Prudential Center. Patrik Elias notched...
As they play: Devils vs. Canadiens
Martin Brodeur vs. Carey Price The Devils, out of playoff contention, faced the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Prudential Center. Defenseman Alex Urbom was in the lineup for the Devils. Mark Fayne was a scratch because of what coach Pete DeBoer termed a nagging...
Devils' Marek Zidlicky, headed towards free agency, would like to stay in New Jersey
Devils' young defenseman may force team to make changes Perhaps Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky and longtime Czech buddy Patrik Elias could orchestrate their own version of the Zach Parise-Ryan Suter free agent package deal. Parise left the Devils and Suter...
Devils' Patrik Elias wonders if these will be his last three games for club
Goalie Martin Brodeur confirms he will return for last season on his contract There are certain players who simply belong in a Devils jersey. In Martin Brodeur’s eyes, Patrik Elias is one of those players. “Oh, yeah,” Brodeur said without...
Devils: One year after playoff heroics, Adam Henrique is a healthy scratch
Sophomore forward played in last 40 games; Alex Urbom in for injured Mark Fayne One year ago, Devils forward Adam Henrique was preparing for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Florida Panthers to be played one night later. The Devils would...
Devils prepare to play out the season without Bryce Salvador
Host Montreal Canadiens tonight at Prudential Center The Devils, playing out the season with three games remaining, held a morning skate today at Prudential Center. Coach Pete DeBoer said yesterday he would like to get backup goalie Johan Hedberg into a game. General...
April 22, 2013
Devils' Patrik Elias: Being on outside will hurt even more when playoffs begin
Says Devils weren't patient and lost their cool in loss to Rangers It won’t really hit Patrik Elias that the Devils have been eliminated from playoff contention until the postseason begins and he isn’t there. “Obviously we don’t have a...
Devils' Pete DeBoer: We don't deserve to be out of playoffs
Questions why he was ejected from Sunday's game against Rangers Devils coach Pete DeBoer feels he did not deserve to be ejected by referee Chris Rooney late in Sunday’s loss to the Rangers and he also believes the team should be headed to the playoffs. The...
Devils captain Bryce Salvador will not play again this season
Specialist says no surgery is need on right thumb and wrist at this time Devils captain Bryce Salvador was examined by a hand specialist today and he will not play in the final three games this season. No surgery is necessary, at least at this time. Salvador was...
Devils' Lou Lamoriello confirms Stefan Matteau was released by junior club
Prospect reportedly took fan bus home after bolting team during playoffs Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed that 19-year-old prospect Stefan Matteau has been released by Blainville-Boisbrand (QMJHL) after leaving the junior team during the...
Devils' prospect Stefan Matteau reportedly leaves junior team
His father is assistant coach with Blainville-Boisbrand (QMJHL) Devils' prospect Stefan Matteau has reportedly left junior team Blainville-Boisbrand (QMJHL) with the team trailing in a semifinal playoff series against Baie-Comeau. Matteau, 19, was the Devils' first...
Devils hot topic: Where does the blame lie for 2013?
GM, coaches, goalies and players getting blamed How much blame do you assess to Lou Lamoriello and the front office? How much blame do you assess to Pete DeBoer and the coaches? The Devils will not be able to defend their Eastern Conference Championship, as they were...
April 21, 2013
Devils: Being eliminated by the Rangers doesn't make it worse
Early goal by Ryan Callahan hurt Devils NEW YORK – It was 11 months ago—May 25, 2012—that Devils forward Adam Henrique scored the overtime goal which eliminated the Rangers from the Eastern Conference finals. So it must have been particularly...
Devils' playoff hopes end as they are defeated by Rangers, 4-1
Miss postseason second time in three years NEW YORK -- For the second time in three seasons the Devils will not be in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Their slim hopes of capturing an Eastern Conference postseason spot ended today when they were mathematically eliminated...
As they play: Devils vs. Rangers at New York
Martin Brodeur vs. Henrik Lundqvist NEW YORK -- The Devils looked to stay alive in the playoff race when they faced the Rangers today at Madison Square Garden. Martin Brodeur was in goal for the Devils against Henrik Lundqvist. Defenseman Anton Volchenkov returned to...
Devils: Anton Volchenkov returns from suspension; Mark Fayne scratched
Andrei Loktionov replaces Jacob Josefson in must-win for Devils NEW YORK -- Anton Volchekov will be back in the Devils' lineup today when they face the Rangers at Madison Square Garden He will replace Mark Fayne on defense. Center Andrei Loktionov will also be in the...
April 20, 2013
Ilya Kovalchuk's return gave Devils an emotional lift, if not goals
Stephen Gionta is Devils' Masterton Trophy nominee Never one to pass up a chance to rib one of his teammates, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur assessed Ilya Kovalchuk’s performance in his first game back since injuring his right shoulder on March 23. “We...
Devils stay alive in playoff race with 6-2 win over Florida Panthers
Ilya Kovalchuk returns; Patrik Elias scores two goals Patrik Elias scored two goals as the Devils kept their slim playoff hopes alive today with a 6-2 victory over the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center. The Devils, who face the Rangers tomorrow at Madison Square...
As they play: Devils vs. Panthers
Ilya Kovalchuk returns; Steve Sullivan scratched Ilya Kovalchuk returned to the Devils' lineup today after missing 11 games with a right shoulder injury. Martin Brodeur was in goal against the Florida Panthers. Jacob Markstrom started for Florida. Steve Sullivan was...
Devils: Ilya Kovalchuk will return to lineup today against Panthers
Will replace Steve Sullivan Ilya Kovakchuk, sidelined the last 11 games with a right shoulder injury, will be in the Devils' lineup today against the Florida Panthers. Coach Pete DeBoer said Kovalchuk would replace Steve Sullivan in the lineup. "It's nice to have him...
April 19, 2013
Devils' Pete DeBoer: I'm a better coach than I was a year ago despite record
Most players think he's done a good job this season Who takes the blame if the Devils miss the playoffs after going all the way to the Stanley Cup Final last year? Often, it is the coach, but there are few who think Pete DeBoer is mainly at fault if the Devils...
Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk: It's not in my mind to sit out rest of season
Winger still questionable; Martin Brodeur will start against Florida Panthers Ilya Kovalchuk wants to play again this season even if the Devils are eliminated from playoff contention before he returns from a right shoulder injury. It is possible Kovalchuk could play...
Ilya Kovalchuk skates on Devils' fifth line in practice
Remains an extra forward Ilya Kovalchuk skated as an extra forward on the Devils' fifth line in practice today at the AmeriHealth Pavilion. Kovalchuk has missed 11 games with a right shoulder injury. Captain Bryce Salvador (bruised right thumb and wrist) did not...
April 18, 2013
Devils endured punishment to probably end Flyers' playoff hopes
Devils will try to keep their own hopes alive PHILADELPHIA – Devils defenseman Peter Harrold was slashed by Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds at the conclusion of the game. Harrold said it was probably caused by the realization that the Flyers had lost the game and...
Devils end losing streak at 10 with 3-0 victory over Flyers
Team still sits six points out of a playoff spot PHILADELPHIA — They are still six points out of an Eastern Conference playoff spot, but the Devils have finally stopped the 10-game losing streak which derailed their season. Left winger Ryan Carter ended the...
As they play: Devils vs. Flyers at Philadelphia
Martin Brodeur vs. Ilya Bryzgalov PHILADELPHIA -- Trying to stay alive in the playoff hunt, the Devils faced the Flyers tonight at Wells Fargo Center. Martin Brodeur was in goal for the Devils while Ilya Bryzgalov started for the Flyers. Tom Kostopoulos, Krys Barch...
Devils' Bryce Salvador admits it would be a longshot to return this season
Zdeno Chara shot struck him on top of right thumb where it joins wrist PHILADELPHIA -- Devils captain Bryce Salvador isn’t giving up just yet on playing again this season, but the veteran defenseman knows it will be a long shot if he is able to return to the...
Devils: Still no contract talks with Dainius Zubrus, Patrik Elias
Zubrus says his left wrist is holding up fine after surgery to repair torn ligament PHILADELPHIA -- The Devils still have not initiated any contract talks with potential unrestricted free agents Patrik Elias and Danius Zubrus. “I’m not surprised...
Devils' Andrei Loktionov, in scoring slump, will sit out Flyers game
Jacob Josefson back in Devils' lineup PHILADELPHIA – In his first half-dozen games for the Devils, Andrei Loktionov made it look easy. Acquired on Feb. 6 in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings, the speedy center had points in five of his first six games...
Devils may shut captain Bryce Salvador down for rest of regular season
Ilya Kovakchuk's season also hangs in balance PHILADELPHIA-- Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said today it is possible captain Bryce Salvador will be shut down for the remainder of the regular season because of a severely bruised right wrist. Salvador...
April 17, 2013
Devils' Martin Brodeur excited to face Rangers in Yankee Stadium
Outdoor meeting will be on Jan. 26, 2014 Devils goalie Martin Brodeur said he welcomes the chance to play in an outdoor game against the Rangers on Jan. 26, 2014, at Yankee Stadium. Although the NHL hasn’t announced the game, it will be the first of two outdoor...
Devils: Ilya Kovalchuk, Bryce Salvador won't play against Flyers
Time for team to shut down two injuries players for remainder of season? It is not something the Devils want to contemplate, but by this weekend the season could be over for Ilya Kovalchuk, captain Bryce Salvador, as well as the entire team. Neither Kovalchuk (right...
Devils recall Alex Urbom from Albany (AHL); Ilya Kovakchuk practices
Bryce Salvador still sidelined The Devils practiced today with Ilya Kovalchuk at right wing on a line with center Adam Henrique and left winger Dainius Zubrus. Travis Zajac centered a line with wingers Patrik Elias and David Clarkson while Andrei Loktionov was dropped...
April 16, 2013
NY Rangers will reportedly play outdoor games against Devils and Islanders in 2013-14
The Rangers and Devils could face off on Jan. 26. The Blueshirts would then play the Islanders three days later. There were some discussions earlier this month that the NHL was considering Yankee Stadum as a venue for the Rangers to play one of the multiple outdoor...
Where did it all go wrong for the Devils?
Injuries to Martin Brodeur and Ilya Kovalchuk took their toll Something is missing, and it’s not just Ilya Kovalchuk’s scoring. While the Devils can rightfully claim that they have played well during their 10-game losing streak (0-6-4), it will take...
Devils return rookie goalie Keith Kinkaid to Albany (AHL)
Veteran backup Johan Hedberg fully recovered from groin injury The Devils, who did not practice today, returned goalie Keith Kinkaid to Albany (AHL). Johan Hedberg recovered from a groin injury and was able to dress as Martin Brodeur's backup in Toronto last night, so...
April 15, 2013
Devils' Patrik Elias: Coaching staff not to blame for 10-game losing streak
Pete DeBoer thinks team can still go on winning streak and make playoffs Patrik Elias said coach Pete DeBoer and his staff shouldn’t be blamed for the 10-game losing streak. “It’s not an easy job they have right now,” Elias said. “We...
Devils' losing streak reaches 10 with 2-0 loss to Maple Leafs
Devils have gone scoreless in 120 minutes, 37 seconds TORONTO – The Devils’ playoff hopes faded even further as they were shut out for the second straight game while tying the franchise record with a 10-game losing streak. Phil Kessel scored a power play...
As they play: Devils vs. Maple Leafs in Toronto
Martin Brodeur vs. James Reimer TORONTO -- The Devils looked to stop a nine-game losing streak when they faced the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Air Canada Centre. Martin Brodeur was in goal for the Devils. James Reimer started in net for Toronto. Ilya Kovalchuk...
Boston Bruins game versus Senators postponed after explosions at Marathon
The league says it "wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston earlier this afternoon" BOSTON — The NHL says Monday night’s game between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins at TD Garden has...
Devils: Ilya Kovalchuk possible for Thursday night in Philadelphia
Look to end nine-game losing streak against Maple Leafs TORONTO -- The Devils, who started the day 11th in the Eastern Conference, held an optional morning skate at Air Canada Centre. They will look to avoid a 10th consecutive loss tonight when they face the Maple...

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