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July 29, 2013
Devils goalie Martin Brodeur unveils new mask for 2013-14
In addition to his dogs, it has a tribute to his dad Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is going to the dogs. In preparation for the 2013-14 season, which will be his 21st, Brodeur has unveiled a new mask that will feature a photo film strip tribute to his father, Denis, as...
July 24, 2013
What They're Saying: Jaromir Jagr will contribute to Devils despite age
A look at how writers and analysts reacted to New Jersey signing Jagr to a one-year contract. There appears to be consensus among NHL writers and analysts around the league: there really isn't much downside to the Devils giving Jaromir Jagr a one-year deal. Sure, he...
July 23, 2013
Jaromir Jagr signs with Devils, ensuring he'll stay in NHL for another season
Becomes oldest player on team Jaromir Jagr took an earnest look around the National Hockey League and assessed his situation. He was a 41-year-old right winger trying to latch on with another team. As teams kept biting away in free agency, salary cap room kept...
Devils sign Jaromir Jagr
The 41-year-old right winger joins a team hit hard by defections this summer. The Devils have officially signed Jaromir Jagr. The 41-year-old right winger joins a team hit hard by defections this summer. The Devils have lost Ilya Kovalchuk to retirement and David...
How will Jaromir Jagr fit into the Devils' lineup?
Tell us your dream line combinations with the Jagr reportedly joining the Devils with a one-year deal. If the reports are true, the Devils will bring in Jaromir Jagr, a future Hall of Famer, to replace at least some of Ilya Kovalchuk's production. The downside? Jagr...
July 22, 2013
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello offers 'no comment' on report club signs Jaromir Jagr
Jagr reportedly visited Prudential Center last week Lou Lamoriello said that he will not respond to "rumors" that the Devils have signed Jaromir Jagr. Jagr has reportedly inked a deal with the organization, according to a report by ESPN's Pierre LeBrun. LeBrun...
Jaromir Jagr, Devils reportedly agree to one-year deal
Terms of the contract have not yet been reported Jaromir Jagr has agreed to a one-year contract with the Devils that will be announced Tuesday, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reported today. Terms of the contract have not yet been reported. He made $4.5M last season after...
July 19, 2013
Goalie prospect Scott Wedgewood re-adjusted his sights after Devils acquired Cory Schneider
20-year-old, once thought to be Martin Brodeur's possible successor, now aspires to be Schneider's backup one day When the Devils pulled off their draft-day trade to acquire Cory Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks, the deal had short- and long-term...
Devils 2013-14 schedule released; will play Rangers five times, Flyer four times
New division and Olympic break are part of schedule features After reaching an agreement to have NHL players participate in the Winter Olympics in Sochi next February, the league announced the 2013-14 schedule for its clubs. The Devils, who will compete in the new...
Sochi Olympics will feature NHL players after deal struck with league, NHLPA
Will be the fifth straight Winter Games in which NHL players will compete NHL stars will again play in the Olympics next year in Sochi. The league and the players’ association announced Friday that they’d reached a deal with the International Ice Hockey...
Devils could have young defenseman in lineup next season says GM
Stefan Matteau wanted to continue skating this week but the GM nixed it This is a summer of change for the Devils and Lou Lamoriello said that the team could be getting younger on defense next season. "I will be shocked if there’s not a young defenseman, at...
Jaromir Jagr's agent says 'possibility' free agent visited Devils Thursday
41-year-old Jagr scored 16 goals and had 35 points in 45 games last season Jaromir Jagr may be considering the Devils as his next landing spot. He visited the Prudential Center Thursday, according to a Czech media outlet. When asked to confirm the report, Jagr's...
July 18, 2013
Devils prospects Seth Helgeson and Oleg Yevenko make an impression with fight during scrimmage
Defenseman are 6-7, 250 and 6-5, 215 Undrafted defenseman Oleg Yevenko wanted to make an impression before he left Devils’ prospects camp, so the 6-7, 250-pound native of Minsk in Belarus challenged teammate Seth Helgesen to a fight. The fact that Helgeson is...
Devils sign Jacob Josefson to one-year deal
Center agrees to one-way contract The Devils have signed center Jacob Josefson to a one-year, one-way $725,000 contract. A restricted free agent, the Devils retained rights to Josefson by qualifying him at $850,000, which would have been a two-way contract. Josefson...
Devils' Adam Henrique, close to re-signing, optimistic about next season
Deal should be completed by end of this week When Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk walked away from 12 years and $77 million remaining on his contract, the loss of a skilled forward could have given restricted free agent Adam Henrique more leverage in his own...
Eckel: The Mount Rushmore of greatest players from all the local pro teams
Mark Eckel's weekly Thursday column. Just after Memorial Day, the unofficial start to the summer, this space provided a Philadelphia Mount Rushmore — the four greatest athletes for each of the four major pro sports teams in the City of Brotherly Love. As...
July 17, 2013
Devils' Myles Bell lives with past tragedy and future NHL dreams
Left wing prospect believes life, career are on right track When Myles Bell misses a check or commits a costly turnover, the Devils’ 19-year-old left winger is annoyed. Perhaps even angry. But for Bell, who endured a real-life tragedy just over two years ago...
Devils likely to shut down Stefan Matteau for rest of prospects camp
GM Lou Lamoriello expects to sign Adam Henrique, others by end of week Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said winger Stefan Matteau will probably be shut down for the remainder of prospects camp because of a minor injury. "He's still sore," Lamoriello said. "He could've skated...
NY Rangers release preseason schedule, will open against the Devils
A look at the Blueshirts' preseason schedule, which starts with a stop in New Jersey. The Stanley Cup was awarded to the Blackhawks just weeks ago, but the countdown to the 2013-14 NHL season has officially begun for the Rangers. The team announced the team's...
July 16, 2013
Cory Schneider, new Devils goalie, to play video games against fans Wednesday
Lucky fans at at NHL Store in Manhattan will have chance to purchase, play NHL 14 Devils goalie Cory Schneider will play NHL14 against some fans Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the NHL Store in Manhattan. Fans can purchase NHL 14, play the new NHL 94 mode for the very first...
Devils will play preseason games in Brooklyn, Montreal, Philadelphia
Rangers, Islanders and Flyers will visit Prudential Center The Devils will play road preseason games in Brooklyn, Montreal and Philadelphia during training camp in September. Here is the team's 2013 preseason schedule: Sept. 16 Rangers Prudential...
Devils' Reid Boucher hopes to get his 'shot' in the NHL now
Michigan native, a Brett Hull fan, has a big shot of his own When Devils prospect Reid Boucher was a third and fourth-grader growing up in Michigan, he was awed by Brett Hull’s powerful shot during the Hall of Famer’s three seasons with the Detroit Red...
Devils: Stefan Matteau out with injury; assistant coaching search still in process
Pete DeBoer wants someone with coaching experience Devils coach Pete DeBoer said winger Stefan Matteau is not practicing today because of a physical problem. "It's nothing serious," DeBoer said. "But he's dealing with a little bit of an issue." DeBoer also said...
Devils scrimmage in prospects camp; David Wohlberg shaken up
Stefan Matteau doesn't scrimmage on second day of camp The Devils held their second day of prospects camp and scrimmaged at AmeriHealth Pavilion. Stefan Matteau did not take part in the scrimmage. Winger David Wohlberg was shaken up early in the game when he...
July 15, 2013
Devils emerge as winners in Ilya Kovalchuk retirement, according to Grantland
Grantland's Sean McIndoe said the Devils came out on top and that fans were winners in the long term. Ilya Kovalchuk's retirement left Devils fans feeling jilted and wondering what's next. But the move could turn out to be beneficial. That's at least what Sean...
Devils' Jon Merrill sets sights on playing in the NHL next season
Rookie defenseman feels confident in prospects camp Jon Merrill is one of the young Devils defenseman with a legitimate shot at winning a spot on the team in training camp. After taking part in the first day of prospects camp, Merrill said he was looking forward to...
Devils' prospect Anthony Brodeur begins quest to follow in dad's footsteps
18-year-old goalie is given his father's locker stall but wears No. 50 On his first day of Devils’ prospects camp, Anthony Brodeur was given his father’s locker stall. “I got the same one as him. All of his stuff was under my seat,” Martin...
Former Devils goalie Johan Hedberg waiting for right NHL situation to come along
Had some interest at start of free agency period Goalie Johan Hedberg, whose contract was bought out by the Devils after the acquisition of Cory Schneider, said there was some interest from NHL clubs at the start of free agency but nothing that worked out ideally for...
Devils' Pete DeBoer doesn't feel Ilya Kovalchuk double-crossed team
Coach says expectations are still high without Russian winger The loss of Ilya Kovalchuk changes everything for the Devils. And it changes nothing. “It doesn’t change anything here. You know the expectations. You know my boss,” coach Pete DeBoer...
Ilya Kovalchuk signs with KHL team
Former Devils winger who retired from NHL last week signs four-year deal MOSCOW -- Russian team SKA St. Petersburg says it has signed forward Ilya Kovalchuk to a four-year contract. Last week, Kovalchuk walked away from $77 million left on his 15-year contract with...
Devils: Prospects camp opens with Anthony Brodeur, Stefan Matteau
Sergei Brylin among coaches on ice at AmeriHealth Pavilion Devils prospects camp opened today with goalie Anthony Brodeur and defenseman Steven Santini among those skating in the AmeriHealth Pavilion. Former Devils forward Sergei Brylin was one of the coaches on the...
July 12, 2013
Devils' Martin Brodeur: It will be tough to make playoffs without Ilya Kovalchuk
Goalie never saw Russian winger's departure coming Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has not spoken to Ilya Kovalchuk since the winger shocked the hockey world yesterday by retiring as an NHL player so that he can go home and play in Russia. Although Brodeur is...
Ilya Kovalchuk's mother speaks about her son's retirement from Devils and NHL
The Russian forward's mother gave some insights about why Kovalchuk decided to go back to his home country. As Devils fans continue to wonder why Ilya Kovalchuk would choose to go back to Russia instead of play in New Jersey, the forward's mother may have some of...
Devils still looking for a younger 'face of the franchise'
Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk were in line before leaving New Jersey In the weeks leading up to the free agency signing period last summer, Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur reflected on the organization’s future. What, he was asked, did he think about the...
Ilya Kovalchuk retires: What moves would you make if you were Lou Lamoriello?
Tell us what you would do if you were the Devils' GM. The Devils' offseason wasn't supposed to play out this way. Lou Lamoriello came off a draft in which he traded for Cory Schneider, securing a goaltender for the future, a move that was praised all over the...
Jeremy Roenick rips Ilya Kovalchuk for retiring from Devils and NHL
Hear what the ex-NHL star and current analyst had to say about Kovalchuk, who's decision to retire angered him. The word "outspoken" may be an understatement when it comes to describing Jeremy Roenick (despite the fact it was part of the subtitle of his book)...
Ilya Kovalchuk retires: What are you doing with his jersey and which Devils sweater are you investing in next?
Tell us what you'll do with your Kovalchuck jersey or which player's sweater you're investing in next. There's no doubt Ilya Kovalchuk's retirement came as a huge shock to Devils die-hards yesterday. But there must have been some extra sting of fury from...
July 11, 2013
Politi: Ilya Kovalchuk 'retirement' is a disaster for Devils GM Lou Lamoriello
Team enters a rebuilding phase without its top draft choice in 2014. Lou Lamoriello spent weeks trying to talk his superstar out of breaking his commitment to the Devils – and that, in itself, had to eat away at his soul. This is a man who built an entire...
Ilya Kovalchuk leaves Devils in shock after retiring from NHL
Will leave 12 years, $77 million on contract with Devils Almost everyone assumed Ilya Kovalchuk would be retired long before his 15-year, $101 million contract with the Devils reached its final season in 2024-25. The Russian winger would’ve been 42 years old by...
Ilya Kovalchuk retires from Devils, NHL to return to Russia
Devils lose most-talented offensive player after stunning decision Ilya Kovalchuk, the Devils' most skilled offensive player for the past four seasons and a centerpiece in their run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012, is retiring from the National Hockey League in order...
July 10, 2013
Marek Zidlicky re-signs with Devils
36 year old adds to crowded Devils defense Marek Zidlicky, a 36-year-old defenseman, has re-signed with the Devils. The team announced the signing today in a two-sentence statement, and did not release terms of Zidlicky's new contract per team policy. Usually paired...
July 9, 2013
Devils signed Rod Pelley, Cam Janssen to minor league contracts
A combined 358 games for Devils The Devils have signed Rod Pelley and Cam Janssen to minor league contracts. Pelley, who played five seasons for the Devils, traded to Anaheim on Dec. 12, 2011, along with Mark Fraser and a draft pick for Kurtis Foster and Tim...
Devils Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan elected to Hall of Fame
Fred Shero is elected; Pat Burns passed over once again Scott Niedermayer, a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Devils and Anaheim Ducks, was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame today along with former Devils winger Brendan Shanahan, who won three Cups with the...
July 8, 2013
Devils' Pete DeBoer: No goaltending plan yet; happy for David Clarkson
Coach expects Rostislav Olesz to come to camp hungry; searching for assistant coach You’d think that a seat at the Devils’ draft table would guarantee all the inside information. Not with general manager Lou Lamoriello, who never told coach Pete DeBoer...
POLL: Grade the Devils' moves this offseason
Tell us how you'd grade the Devils' trades and signings this summer. Summer has hardly been a relaxing season for the Devils. Beginning at the draft with the Cory Schneider trade and continuing with signings including Ryane Clowe and Michael Ryder, New Jersey...
July 7, 2013
Devils trade Henrik Tallinder to Buffalo for minor league left winger
22-year-old Riley Boychuk comes to Devils; Marek Zidlicky close to being signed? The Devils today traded veteran defenseman Henrik Tallinder to the Buffalo Sabres for 22-year-old left winger Riley Boychuk. Boychuk will not play for the Devils next season. "Absolutely...
Devils' Ryane Clowe ready to prove doubters wrong
Says he's 100 percent healthy after concussions Ryane Clowe has heard the criticism. How could the Devils give a concussion-prone winger a five-year contract while letting David Clarkson walk away? Forget the fact that Clowe, who signed a five-year, $24.25...

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