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Sports Reporter by day, puck stopper between the pipes at night. I was the Locker Room Reporter for the Islanders for WRHU-FM. Currently, I cover the New Jersey Devils on HockeyIndependent.com and Metro Area Hockey on BrooklynFans.com Follow me on Twitter @John_A_Iadevaia

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The Five Stages of Grief over Kovalchuk’s Retirement

*This article is aimed to discuss the effects of Ilya Kovalchuk’s retirement from the NHL as well as poke fun at some reactions I’ve read online. The satire comments are not my opinions but a combination of Twitter and forum reaction mixed with analysis. The hockey world stopped Thursday afternoon when the New Jersey Devils [...]

Clowe, Ryder, and Olesz join the Devils Army

Clowe, Ryder, and Olesz join the Devils Army

Well that escalated quickly. Day One of Free Agent Frenzy was maddening for sure. NHL general managers were not afraid to dish out the big bucks for their desired players. Even a big trade reminded us of how crazy this time of the year can get. (Seriously who is still shocked Bobby Ryan is now [...]

We’re going outdoors? Devils-Rangers at Yankee Stadium

We’re going outdoors? Devils-Rangers at Yankee Stadium

  It’s a hard time to be a Devils fan right now. The team is currently on a ten game losing streak (0-6-4) plummeting them out of playoff contention baring a miraculous turnaround (and plenty of help). With the potential of missing the playoffs for the second time in three years, Devils Army is looking [...]

My Winners and Losers of NHL Realignment

My Winners and Losers of NHL Realignment

It’s a topic that has instigated debate, criticism, and joy from many across the league. In an attempt to accommodate travel and local start times, the NHL put forth its latest plan, which would begin next season in 2013-2014. Some players did not like it (some Devils feel the current system was fine the way [...]

Loktionov’s consistency a boon for New Jersey

Loktionov’s consistency a boon for New Jersey

Sometimes change is needed in order to find success. Andrei Loktionov was a top prospect for the Los Angeles Kings. A skilled two-way center selected in the 5th round, the 22-year old Russian could not crack LA’s line-up due to their wealth of depth down the middle. Realizing the congestion and difficulty to stay with [...]

Devils continue to slide following 3-1 defeat to the Jets

Devils continue to slide following 3-1 defeat to the Jets

Tonight may have been one of the better games New Jersey has played in the last few weeks. They were competitive at both ends, controlled play, generating numerous chances on offense. Yet their inability to find the back of the net became their bane once again. Winnipeg Captain Andrew Ladd led the way for the [...]

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Devils battle back to beat Capitals 3-2

Tonight the Devils found a way to win a sloppy hockey game. Special teams proved the difference for both teams. New Jersey’s penalty trouble in the second period allowed Washington to take control of the contest. Fortune turned against the Capitals in the third period as New Jersey found themselves with quality chances on the [...]

Tavares, Islanders power past Devils 5-1

Tavares, Islanders power past Devils 5-1

Inconsistency has plagued New Jersey. At times, they have not played a full 6-0 minutes. It comes in different forms, such as a line not performing well, not enough offensive pressure, miscommunication on defense. Thankfully for the Devils, they’ve found ways to win or earn at least a point. Tonight was not the case. The [...]

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The Poni-Express returns to Newark; Zubrus out 2-8 Weeks

On Wednesday, the New Jersey Devils reacquired forward Alexei Ponikarovsky from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 7th-round pick in 2013 and a 4th-round pick in 2014. General Manager Lou Lamoriello announced the trade Wednesday night along with an update on Dainius Zubrus. The forward will undergo exploratory surgery on his wrist. He could [...]

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The Prospect Pipeline: Reece Scarlett

The 2011 NHL Draft may pan out to be a successful class for the New Jersey Devils. Defenseman Adam Larsson is in his second year with the big club. He is young but continues to get better as his hockey IQ and maturity helps the New Jersey blueline. Left Wing Reid Boucher has been the [...]

Devils Acquire Andrei Loktionov from Kings for 5th Round Pick

Devils Acquire Andrei Loktionov from Kings for 5th Round Pick

Earlier today, the New Jersey Devils traded 2013 Fifth Round Pick to the Los Angeles Kings, in exchange for prospect center Andrei Loktinov. He will be assigned to Albany of the American Hockey League. Back on January 30th, the 22-year old Russian asked for a trade from the Kings management. The signing of Jarret Stoll [...]

The Prospect Pipeline: Reid Boucher

The Prospect Pipeline: Reid Boucher

  A characteristic New Jersey has developed is the ability to replace star talent with in-house players that fit the Devils system. Lou Lamoriello, David Conte and the whole organization deserve recognition for their dedicate work and confidence they bestow upon the team. Names like Niedermayer, Stevens, Rafalski, Gomez, B. Gionta, Madden, and Parise have [...]

Takeaways from the Devils 3-1 win over the Rangers

Takeaways from the Devils 3-1 win over the Rangers

It doesn’t seem David Clarkson’s 30-goal season was a fluke. The Devils forward scored two goals and an assist in their 3-1 win over the Rangers. New Jersey improved to 5-1-3 in front of the fourth sellout crowd at the Prudential Center this year. What Went Right: New Jersey established the forecheck deep in the [...]

Mistake riddled game puts Devils on four game slide

Mistake riddled game puts Devils on four game slide

The Devils have not won since last Friday in overtime against the Washington Capitals. Since then, they lost three straight games in overtime and a shootout. New Jersey’s mistakes led them to their demise, but they’ve played well enough to earn a point in each game. This afternoon in Pittsburgh they showed no reason they [...]

Devils drop firewagon contest to Isles in overtime

Devils drop firewagon contest to Isles in overtime

In one of the more exciting games I’ve seen this year, especially between these two teams, both combatants deserved a point. The Islanders would earn that second point in overtime. Brad Boyes scored the game winner on the powerplay to give New York the 5-4 victory over New Jersey in the extra frame. The final [...]

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Moose stands tall but Bruins win in the shootout

It was April 3rd when Johan Hedburg made his last NHL start. He did not go overseas or compete in any competitive league during the lockout. After Martin Brodeur started the first four games of the season, Hedburg got the tap to start against the Boston Bruins. Moose did not show rust, and almost backstopped [...]

Fishing for a Winger

Fishing for a Winger

The lockout shortened season is a marathon. By March, we should have an idea of what teams are in the running for the post-season. Because its all-conference games being played, there will be a mosh pit of combatants bludgeoning each other for every point. We know an injury now could be a detrimental handicap that [...]

New Jersey Devils goaltender earned his 120th career shutout, an NHL record (Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger)

Brodeur Shuts the Door on Philadelphia

This was expected to be a physical game before the puck dropped. After all, New Jersey eliminated Philadelphia from last year’s postseason en-route to the Stanley Cup Finals. Plus, the Flyers came into this game winless on the very young season. One would expect their play to pick up. And they did. The Devils, though, [...]

Devils hold off Isles for first win of 2013

Devils hold off Isles for first win of 2013

After 119 days locked out, the NHL season finally kicked off on Saturday. The big question for clubs, including the New Jersey Devils, was how they would play following months of non-competitive games. As to be expected, tonight’s contest at a sold out Nassau Coliseum saw sloppy play from the Devils and the New York [...]

Approaching the Abyss

Approaching the Abyss

After two days of discussions, the NHL and NHLPA have broken off further talks along with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Both sides met this week with the third party to find some common ground on negotiations that have stalled out surrounding key issues. However, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said this afternoon that, “the [...]