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June 30, 2015
Devils GM Ray Shero warns he may not make a splash when free agency window opens
Joe Whitney won't remain with Devils Just because this is his first offseason as Devils general manager, Ray Shero said he isn't looking to make a splash when the NHL's free agency window opens at noon (ET). As I've reported, the Devils will sign Paul...
Devils' Scott Clemmensen was ready to explore free agency
Would've tried to keep playing if coaching job hadn't been offered Scott Clemmensen was ready to test the free agency market beginning at noon (ET) Wednesday if the Devils had been unwilling to give him a coaching position within the organization. But...
Devils won't buy out contracts of any players
GM Ray Shero turns to signing free agents   Devils general manager Ray Shero has decided not to buy out the contracts of any of the team's players. The deadline for buyouts is 5 p.m. Tuesday, but the Devils did not place any players on waivers, the necessary...
Devils name Scott Clemmensen goalie development coach
14-season playing career ends Scott Clemmensen, who was not offered a contract to return as an active player in the Devils' organization, Tuesday was named the team's goaltending development coach. The 37-year-old Clemmensen finnished his playing career with the...
NHL free agents the Devils could target
Would GM Ray Shero sign Martin St. Louis or Johnny Oduya? The NHL free agency window officially opens at noon (ET) Wednesday and Devils general manager Ray Shero will be looking to improve the team via a route that did not always work out for predecessor Lou...
What channel is 2015 NHL Free Agency on?
The NHL's free agent signing period begins July 1. One of the NHL's most exciting days of the year, the start of the free agent signing period, once again is set for Wednesday, July 1, and once again fans will get to see how everything plays out on TV. Here is...
Does Patrik Elias fit in on a faster, younger Devils team?
Elias and GM Ray Shero on what is ahead Over the last few weeks, general manager Ray Shero has indicated both with his words and actions that he wants the Devils to get faster and younger. That vision could continue to play out when the NHL's free agency window...
2015 NHL free agency: Top 15 forwards on market
There is one name heading a pretty lame group of unrestricted free agent forwards who, nonetheless, probably will get big contracts Wednesday when the signing period begins at noon. Trouble is right wing Martin St. Louis, a Hart Trophy winner and two-time scoring champ, is 40 years old and coming...
June 29, 2015
Devils make qualifying offers to Stefan Matteau, 3 defensemen
They also issued qualifying offers to four players The Devils announced Monday that they have issued qualifying offers to forward Stefan Matteau and defensemen Eric Gelinas, Seth Helgeson and Adam Larsson. PLUS: Top 10 unrestricted free agent...
2015 NHL free agency: Top 10 UFA goalies on market
The field of UFA goalies now much weaker with Dubnyk and Niemi signed. Just a few days ago, it was looking like two No. 1 goalies would be on the market for the start of unrestricted free agency on July 1. Instead, the pool is down to none. ALSO: Top 10 free...
2015 NHL free agency: Top 10 UFA defensemen on market
Mike Green, once a star blueliner for Washington, is on list, but he's not at the top. A bunch of NHL clubs that need top-pair defensemen and as usual it'll be slim pickings again when the unrestricted free agent signing period begins on July 1. Just like last...
Did acquisition of Kyle Palmieri change Devils' free agency plan?
What will GM Ray Shero do on Wednesday? Did the acquisition of right winger Kyle Palmieri in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday change Devils general manager Ray Shero's game plan for the free agents he will pursue? The NHL free agency window opens at noon...
June 28, 2015
Suspensions show Devils' draft pick Pavel Zacha plays with an edge
Patrik Elias anxious to formally meet fellow Czech   Patrik Elias doesn't remember meeting Pavel Zacha back in the summer of 2003 when the Devils' forward brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Trebic in the Czech Republic. But Elias said he is anxious to...
Grading the Devils' 2015 draft picks
Were there any steals? Grading the Devils' picks in the 2015 NHL entry draft: Pavel Zacha (1st round, 6th overall) A- They couldn't let him go and lose the chance at obtaining a center with size and grit. The fact that he might play in the NHL this season isn't a...
How Ray Shero's first draft for Devils played on Twitter
Hockey fans pull no punches How do hockey fans feel about Ray Shero's first draft as Devils general manager? Here is how folks assessed Shero's weekend in Florida on Twitter: @Ledger_NJDevils would've liked Jeremy Bracco in the 2nd round, picked by TOR. Kid will...
Assessing Ray Shero's first draft as Devils GM
Did he improve the team immediately and for the future? What did Ray Shero accomplish in his first draft as Devils general manager? Here is an overview: 1. Drafted a center who might step in and contribute immediately. Pavel Zacha was the right pick at No. 6. Now...
June 27, 2015
Devils' 2015 draft picks
A recap of their NHL entry draft Here is a recap of the players the Devils selected in the 2015 NHL entry draft: 1. Pavel Zacha Sarnia (OHL)1st Round, 6th overallCenter (6-3, 214 pounds)Shoots: LeftBorn: April 6, 1997,Brno, Czech Republic In his first season...
5 things you should know about the Devils' Day 2 draft picks
They get a goalie and a pair of OHL teammates As he hopped in a cab in Florida Saturday afternoon, Ray Shero pointed out that entry drafts cannot be judged until quite a bit of time passes. Sometimes years. But the Devils' general manager sounded pleased about how...
Why the Devils won't re-sign Scott Gomez or Steve Bernier
Also cutting ties with goalie Scott Clemmensen Scott Gomez, who had hoped to remain with the Devils after proving last season that he could still play in the NHL, will not be re-signed, general manager Ray Shero said Saturday after the NHL entry draft at BB&T...
Brett Seney: A small forward with big Devils dreams
Merrimack College star selected in 6th round of draft Clearly, Devils general manager Ray Shero is not afraid to draft small forwards. Blake Speers (67th overall in the third round) and Brett Seney (157th overall in the sixth round) both fit into that category. "I...
Devils select defenseman Colton White in 4th round of NHL entry draft
Teammates with Blake Speers at Sault Ste. Marie Looking to Sault Ste. Marie for the second time in the 2015 NHL entry draft, the Devils selected defenseman Colton White in the 4th round with the 97th overall pick. White, who is 6-0, 182 pounds, was born in...
Rangers trade Cam Talbot to Oilers: Did they give goaltender away?
Is 57th, 79th and 184th picks enough for a guy who could be a starter? While the trade was expected, what the Rangers received in return appears cheap. The Rangers on Saturday dealt backup goaltender Cam Talbot to the Edmonton Oilers for the 57th, 79th and 184th picks...
Devils pick Sault Ste. Marie center Blake Speers in third round
Taken 67th overall Blake Speers, a small but skilled center with Sault Set. Marie (OHL), was the Devils' third-round selection in the 2015 NHL entry draft Saturday at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., when they picked him 67th overall. The 5-11, 181-pound Speers...
Devils pick goalie MacKenzie Blackwood in second round
Barrie (OHL) netminder is 6-4, 205 pounds After trading the 36th overall pick in the second round, the Devils selected golatender MacKenzie Blackwood at No. 42. Blackwood, who is 6-4, 205, was 33-14-2 with a 3.09 goals-against average and .906 save percentage with...
Devils' trade for Kyle Palmieri is finalized
Deal was made Friday   It's a done deal. A delayed Friday night trade which brought Kyle Palmieri to the Devils was finalized Saturday morning after the right winger was contacted and informed of the transaction. The Devils get Palmieri from the Anaheim Ducks...
Why Devils GM Ray Shero earned high marks in 1st round of NHL draft
He addressed a key need The first round of the 2015 NHL entry draft ended with some uncertainty for the Devils Friday night in Sunrise,Fla., but general manager Ray Shero earned high marks for his moves. Here are 4 reasons why Shero did so well: 1. He began to...
Why Ray Shero decided not to trade Devils' 6th overall pick
GM really wanted Pavel Zacha Devils general manager Ray Shero said he attempted to trade both up and down in the first round of the NHL entry draft several times, but couldn't complete a deal that made sense. Shero said once top defenseman Noah Hanifin was taken...
June 26, 2015
Devils trade 41st pick to Ducks for New Jersey native Kyle Palmieri
Devils still have 36th overall pick in second round Just before the first round of the NHL entry draft concluded Friday night at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the Devils acquired New Jersey's Kyle Palmieri in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks for the 41st pick...
Pavel Zacha, who idolized Patrik Elias, thrilled to be picked by Devils
Can he play in NHL next season? Since he was a young kid back in the Czech Republic, Pavel Zacha dreamed of playing for the Devils. That's because Patrik Elias was his idol and Zacha had his photo taken with Elias when the Devils' all-time scoring leader...
Devils fans, others react to selection of Pavel Zacha in NHL draft
GM Ray Shero picks center 6th overall   Devils fans reacted to the selection of center Pavel Zacha with the sixth overall pick at the 2015 NHL entry draft Friday night at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. General manager Ray Shero, conducting his first draft...
5 things you should know about Czech center Pavel Zacha
How he learned English The Devils selected Sarnia (OHL) center Pavel Zacha with the sixth overall pick in Friday's first round of the NHL entry draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. Zacha is a 6-3, 210-pound forward who can skate well and play physical. Here...
Devils pick Pavel Zacha with 6th overall pick in 2015 NHL entry draft
Czech-born center With the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NHL entry draft, the Devils selected Sarnia (OHL) center Pavel Zacha. The 6-3, 215-pound Czech has both the size and skill to make an immediate impact for the Devils. Ray Shero, running his first draft...
Do Devils have interest in Martin St. Louis?
Sniper who slumped in playoffs is 40 Do the Devils have interest in veteran winger Martin St. Louis? The Rangers' sniper, who will become an unrestricted free agent, has apparently let it be known that he is not going to retire. There have been suggestions that...
What should Flyers expect from 29th overall pick? Here's how past ones did
Devils took Stefan Matteau 29th overall in 2012. The Devils envisioned they were getting a power forward who would score a bunch of dirty goals and play a tough physical game when drafting Stefan Matteau 29th overall in 2012. Three seasons later, the son of the...
Gay athletes Jason Collins, Billie Jean King react to Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision
Athletes from all sports weigh in on Friday's groundbreaking decision Citizens all over the world have reacted to the Supreme Court's decision announced on Friday to prohibit states from banning same-sex couples from marrying. Notable gay athletes such as...
2015 NHL Draft: Will Devils trade 6th pick or take a defenseman?
GM Ray Shero on the big decisions As Ray Shero approaches his first NHL entry draft as Devils' general manager, two questions stand above the rest. Will he trade the sixth overall pick? Will a much-needed forward take precedence over a defenseman? "If it's close...
Who are the top 10 defenders in Friday's NHL Draft?
A look at some of the top defenseman in Friday's NHL Draft   The NHL Draft starts this Friday in Florida and has a lot of local intrigue with the Devils (sixth) and the Flyers (seventh) both holding top ten picks. Below is a list of some of the top...
June 25, 2015
Will there be any drama in the 2015 NHL entry draft?
It might start with Devils' 6th overall pick The drama in the 2015 NHL entry draft won't begin until the Arizona Coyotes are called by commissioner Gary Bettman to make the third overall selection. Even then, if Dylan Strome, top-rated defenseman Noah Hanifin and...
What channel is the 2015 NHL Draft on?
Connor McDavid is a sure bet to be the first overall pick. The 2015 NHL Draft will be split into two days, with 30 first-round picks being made on Friday night and the remaining six rounds playing out Saturday. The Edmonton Oilers, by virtue of winning the draft...
10 talking points about the Devils' 2015-16 schedule
6 early starts at Prudential Center Devils fans won't get to see the rival New York Rangers at Prudential Center until Feb. 2. However, there are six early home starts on the schedule that was released Thursday. Here are 10 talking points about the Devils'...
Who are the top five goalies in Friday's NHL Draft?
A look at some of the top goaltenders headlining Friday's draft The NHL Draft starts this Friday in Florida and has a lot of local intrigue with the Devils (sixth) and the Flyers (seventh) both holding top ten picks. Below is a list of some of the...
5 highlights of the Devils' 2015-16 regular season schedule
Face Rangers Oct. 18 at Garden The Devils face the New York Rangers for the first time this season on Oct. 18 at Madison Square Garden, but the two teams won't meet at Prudential Center until Feb. 2. Those are among several highlights in the Devils' 2015-16 regular...
Why there is enormous pressure on the Devils at this draft
GM Ray Shero offers his view As Devils director of scouting David Conte told NJ Advance Media, he could have "slept-in for the first 15 picks in the draft most years" and shown up later. The Devils, he pointed out, have had just one top 10 pick over the last 18...
June 24, 2015
Was New Jersey native Johnny Gaudreau robbed out of Calder Trophy?
Gaudreau finished a close third in voting. Let's get this out there right from the start: Aaron Ekblad had an incredible rookie season for the Florida Panthers. You rarely see this see that kind of greatness from a first-year defenseman, and the 2014 first overall...
Is the NHL ready to add expansion teams?
Ready for a new and improved NHL? Is Commissioner Gary Bettman ready to supersize the NHL? The league put out a statement Wednesday, saying the NHL Board of Governors has authorized the beginning of the process to evaluate new ownership groups. According to the...
2015 NHL Mock Draft: Who's best bet to slide? Lawson Crouse
Here are predictions for the entire first round of the 2015 draft, which will take place Friday night. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall, like everyone else, knows for sure that the Edmonton Oilers will take Ontario Hockey League superstar center Connor McDavid...
NHL Schedule: Home openers for all 30 teams, including Devils
Head coach John Hynes will be making his regular season home debut. Head coach John Hynes will lead the Devils into his first regular season home game on Friday, Oct. 9, when New Jersey hosts the Winnipeg Jets. That, according to the NHL, which...
Will Devils and Flyers, picking 6-7, thumb wrestle over same player?
Devils and Flyers are picking back-to-back for just second time. PHILADELPHIA -- The Devils will have another chance to stick it to the Flyers this weekend. The Devils did a lot of beating up on their division rival while missing the playoffs the last three...
To get fewer shootouts, NHL will have 3-on-3 overtime next season
Most GMs want a reduction in shootouts LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The NHL plans to play three-on-three in overtime next season. The league's general managers and players agreed Tuesday to change the regular-season overtime period from five minutes of four-on-four hockey to...
Decision-makers at the Devils' draft table
It will be GM Ray Shero's first entry draft with New Jersey This will be a unique year for the Devils at the NHL entry draft. For the first time since 1986, there will be someone new sitting at the head of the table. Ray Shero has replaced Lou...
June 23, 2015
PHOTO GALLERY: Devils' first-round draft history
They took John Quenneville 30th last year If the Devils hold onto the sixth overall selection in Friday's NHL entry draft, or even move up in the order via a trade, it will be their highest pick since they chose defenseman Adam Larsson fourth in 2011. More...
NHL, NHLPA set 2015-16 salary cap limit at $71.4 million
Floor is $51.2 million The NHL and NHL Players' Association announced Tuesday that the salary cap's upper limit will be $71.4 million for the 2015-16 season. That's a 5 percent increase from last season's $69 million upper limit.  The floor in 2015-16 will be...
Who are the top 10 forwards in Friday's NHL Draft?
McDavid and Eichel headline list of draft's top scorers The NHL Draft starts this Friday in Florida and has a lot of local intrigue with the Devils (sixth) and the Flyers (seventh) both holding top ten picks. Below is a list of some of the top forwards that could...
Will Devils keep or trade 6th overall pick in 2015 NHL entry draft?
GM Ray Shero says he's 'open' to a deal   Two years ago Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello traded the ninth overall pick in the NHL entry draft to the Vancouver Canucks to acquire goaltender Cory Schneider. Current GM Ray Shero says he is...
June 22, 2015
Chris Terreri on returning as Devils' goaltending coach
He's been in organization for almost three decades Chris Terreri has been a fixture in the Devils' organization, aside from a few brief absences as a player, for almost three decades. But there were no assurances that he'd be retained as goaltending coach after...
Devils re-sign goalie Scott Wedgewood
Backup gets 2-year deal It was Keith Kinkaid who claimed the role of Cory Schneider's backup last season, but the Devils still have plans for goaltender Scott Wedgewood. Wedgewood, 22, was signed Monday to a 2-year, 2-way contract with an average annual NHL salary of...
Will Devils get a player in draft who'll play in NHL this season?
Ray Shero, David Conte offer views It is draft week for a franchise that desperately needs an infusion of good, young talent to get back into the group of teams considered contenders. The Devils are optimistic about the NHL entry draft, which takes place Friday and...
June 21, 2015
What prospects have Devils targeted for their first-round pick?
Player they'll select is still 'a moving target' If we take Devils director of scouting David Conte at his word, the decision on which player the team will take with the sixth overall pick in Friday's NHL entry draft will remain undecided until two hours...
June 20, 2015
U.S. Open 2015: What former Rangers great was following Dustin Johnson?
The Great One could be The Great Charm Maybe the Great One can bring Great Luck. Contending in the U.S. Open has to be pressure-packed enough. But doing it with your future father-in-law, who is the greatest to ever play his sport, has to be ridiculously...
June 19, 2015
Chris Terreri will remain Devils' goaltending coach
As expected, he'll join team's new coaching staff In a decision that came as no surprise, the Devils confirmed Friday that Chris Terreri will return as the team's goaltending coach. Terreri, 50, joins new assistant coaches Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine on...
Ray Shero and Lou Lamoriello: Comparing Devils GMs' policies
5 issues on which the two differ For those who wondered if it would be business as usual after Lou Lamoriello stepped down and Ray Shero was named his successor as Devils' general manager, it is becoming obvious that changes are being made. Shero's biggest tests will...
June 18, 2015
NHL entry draft order: Devils have 3 of top 41 picks
They do not have fifth-round or seventh-round picks The Devils, who will have the sixth overall selection in the 2015 NHL entry draft next Friday in Sunrise, Fla., will follow that with two second-round picks. In the official order of selection released Thursday by...
Devils' 2015 preseason schedule
Open Sept. 20 in Boston The Devils released their 7-game 2015 preseason schedule Thursday and it includes home and road games against the Rangers, Flyers and Islanders. They will open on Sept. 20 in Boston and then face the Rangers at the Garden the next night. The...
Rangers' 2015 preseason schedule
Face Devils, Flyers, Bruins each twice NEW YORK — The New York Rangers released their preseason schedule Thursday and it includes two games against the Devils. They are Sept. 21 at Madison Square Garden and Sept. 26 at Prudential Center. John Hynes: Q&A with...
Q&A with Devils head coach John Hynes
Is there an advantage for a young coach in today's NHL? Watch video Just over two weeks after he was named Devils' head coach, John Hynes has most of his coaching staff in place and he is looking at homes in New Jersey. NJ Advance Media caught up...
2015 NHL Mock Draft: Who will Devils take with 6th pick overall?
Team seems to be focused on three offensive prospects heading to draft The 2015 NHL Draft starts June 26 in Florida and plenty of speculation has already begun with who the Devils will take with the sixth pick. It appears the team is pretty set on taking an offensive...
June 17, 2015
Why the Devils are fortunate to get assistant coach Geoff Ward
He had other NHL offers and loved it in Germany The Devils and their fans should be flattered that GM Ray Shero and head coach John Hynes were able to talk Geoff Ward into accepting a position as assistant coach. Ward, who left the Bruins one year ago almost to the...
Alain Nasreddine will bring humor and passion to Devils
Anxious to work with team's young defensemen Alain Nasreddine, the Devils' new assistant coach, remembers the thrill of scoring his first NHL goal. It came in his hometown of Montreal on Dec. 16, 2006, for the Pittsburgh Penguins and was set up by Sidney Crosby and...
Devils coach John Hynes on why he chose Alain Nasreddine over Scott Stevens
Would he have felt uncomfortable with Stevens on staff? John Hynes was looking for some measure of chemistry when he was searching for his assistant coaches, but he said he did not reject Scott Stevens because the Devils' new head coach would have felt uncomfortable...
Devils looking more like Pittsburgh/Wilkes-Barre Penguins
What was GM Ray Shero's plan? Ray Shero sounded surprised when it was suggested that the Devils look a little bit more like the Pittsburgh/Wilkes-Barre Penguins after Wednesday's hiring of assistant coach Alain Nasreddine. "Really? That's not the intention at...
Why Scott Stevens was passed over as a Devils assistant coach
Will Chris Terreri stay as goalie coach? Why wasn't Scott Stevens kept on as a Devils assistant coach? Probably because rookie head coach John Hynes will feel more comfortable and familiar with his former Wilkes-Barrer/Scranton (AHL) assistant Alain Nasreddine. Hynes...
Devils name two assistant coaches
Look to Pittsburgh Penguins again The Devils Wednesday named Alain Nasreddine and Geoff Ward assistant coaches under new head coach John Hynes. There was no word from Shero whether Scott Stevens will figure in the Devils' plans in any way. "I welcome Geoff Ward and...
June 16, 2015
What are the odds on the Devils winning the Stanley Cup in 2016?
How about the Rangers and Flyers? The Devils have a new general manager who promises to bring in more offense and a new head coach who expects to win. But the oddsmakers still don't believe they will be Stanley Cup contenders. Bovada says the 2015 champion Chicago...
5 things we know about the Devils' draft preparations
Still pouring over results from combine testing The Devils' front office is calling this year's NHL entry draft one of the most important in recent team history. It is a deep draft and the Devils need to do well to rebuild a team that has missed the playoffs in recent...

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