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Devils and Rangers Renew Rivalry Tonight, Devils Notebook

Devils and Rangers Renew Rivalry Tonight, Devils Notebook

Some may say the NHL season hasn’t really truly begun until the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers renew their storied rivalry.   It will be the first time these teams meet since Adam Henrique’s series clincher in overtime last May, a game still celebrated by Devils fans going on none months later.  The [...]

NHL Lockout Over…..Who Won?

NHL Lockout Over…..Who Won?

With the lockout finally seeming to be over, it’s time to start looking ahead to the upcoming season, which is going to start seemingly in the blink of an eye. After 113-day struggle between the owners and players, there were many clear losers and only really one winner.  It’s nice to have something tangible to [...]

NHL Lockout:  Is Ego and Trying to “Win” Negotiations Getting in the Way?

NHL Lockout: Is Ego and Trying to “Win” Negotiations Getting in the Way?

Well, it is now October 15th and here we are…..as you know, for the third time since 1995, the NHL owners have locked out the players.  While some people might get caught up trying to choose sides, I feel the owners and players remain both at fault here, as is normally the case when billionaires [...]

Lockout Part III:  Has the NHL Lost Its Mind?

Lockout Part III: Has the NHL Lost Its Mind?

It is beginning to appear more and more likely by the day that the National Hockey League will not be starting on time this season, at least in terms of training camps. When the calendar turns to September and the kids are head back to school, its typically time to begin thinking about NHL training camps [...]

Zach Parise Leaves New Jersey Devils for Wilder Pastures

Zach Parise Leaves New Jersey Devils for Wilder Pastures

We are now in day two of the post Zach Parise era for the New Jersey Devils. And you know what?  While it stinks as a fan, you can’t cry over spilled milk, what’s done is done, etc. You just have to accept it and move forward. But, before I do move forward, I’d like to take [...]

New Jersey Devils Offseason Questions #3, 2, 1: Goaltending, Finances, Parise All in One; D-Day awaits Devils Sunday

New Jersey Devils Offseason Questions #3, 2, 1: Goaltending, Finances, Parise All in One; D-Day awaits Devils Sunday

Due to time constraints and overlapping, as well as recent developments, I think it makes sense to address the last three questions all at once. They are the goaltending situation, the financial situation and the pending UFA status of Captain Zach Parise. The first question originally appeared to be the easiest of the three to address and [...]

New Jersey Devils Offseason Question #4: Will 4th Line Duplicate Playoff Magic?

New Jersey Devils Offseason Question #4: Will 4th Line Duplicate Playoff Magic?

One thing the New Jersey Devils had trouble with during the regular season was finding chemistry amongst the bottom six forwards. Alexei Ponikarovsky was brought in to help fill out the third line while the fourth line took some time to find the right pieces to work together. After going through the likes of Brad [...]

New Jersey Devils Offseason Question #5: What type of Contract Will Mark Fayne Get?

New Jersey Devils Offseason Question #5: What type of Contract Will Mark Fayne Get?

This past Monday was the deadline for teams to qualify their restricted free agents with what is known as their qualifying offer.  By submitting the qualifying offer, it allowed a team to retain the rights of a given player, rather than making them an unrestricted free agent free to sign with any team.  The New [...]

New Jersey Devils Offseason Question #6:  Will Alexei Ponikarovsky and/or Petr Sykora resign?

New Jersey Devils Offseason Question #6: Will Alexei Ponikarovsky and/or Petr Sykora resign?

With 11 pending unrestricted free agents the New Jersey Devils and GM Lou Lamoriello are set to have a lot of work to do this off-season. As I will discuss in question 5, there are also 5 restricted free agents to deal with. The questions are significantly tougher to answer when it comes to the [...]

New Jersey Devils Offseason Question #7: Prospects to Expect to See in New Jersey in 2012-13

New Jersey Devils Offseason Question #7: Prospects to Expect to See in New Jersey in 2012-13

I’ve covered the immediate future for Jon Merrill and a draft preview, my thoughts on a Lou Lamoriello succession plan and the future of Bryce Salvador, which brings us to question #7 and which prospects we should expect to see get the best chance to make contributions in 2012-13 season.  Having added the likes of [...]

New Jersey Devils Offseason Question #8:  Future of Bryce Salvador

New Jersey Devils Offseason Question #8: Future of Bryce Salvador

I addressed both #10 (Jon Merrill’s immediate future and this weekend’s NHL Draft) and #9 topics (succession plan for Lou Lamoriello) earlier, which now brings me to the #8 question for the New Jersey Devils this offseason, the future of unrestricted free agent to be Bryce Salvador. There weren’t many better “feel-good” stories this past [...]

New Jersey Devils: Offseason Question #9

New Jersey Devils: Offseason Question #9

If you want my views on the immediate future of Jon Merrill and an outlook for this weekend’s upcoming draft, then check out my question #10 here.  Without further ado, let’s move on to Question #9. #9 Is there a succession plan for Lou Lamoriello’s eventual retirement? It’s probably not a question many fans are [...]

New Jersey Devils:  Offseason Question #10

New Jersey Devils: Offseason Question #10

Well, the 2011-12 season is now officially over and the New Jersey Devils are left with a ton of questions that need to be answered this offseason.  I plan to start a quick series of the top ten questions facing the Devils, and will try to shed some light and give some predictions on what [...]

New Jersey Devils 2011-12 Season: Despite How It Ended, a Lot To Remember Fondly

New Jersey Devils 2011-12 Season: Despite How It Ended, a Lot To Remember Fondly

This time last year, the New Jersey Devils and their fans were in a state of confusion. After being a symbol of success through all of their playoff appearances (including three Stanley Cups), the Devils were busy worrying about their first top 5 draft selection in 20 years. With the team earning the lottery “victory,” it [...]

Stanley Cup Finals 2012:  One Man’s Preview of New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings

Stanley Cup Finals 2012: One Man’s Preview of New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings

It’s been a magical ride for the two teams that now site just four wins away from hockey immortality and forever staking their claim in NHL history with their names on the Stanley Cup.  It’s taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to this point, and now over the course of the [...]

Andy Greene:  Underappreciated and Overlooked, But Shines in Playoffs for New Jersey Devils

Andy Greene: Underappreciated and Overlooked, But Shines in Playoffs for New Jersey Devils

He doesn’t put up the stat line of Erik Karlsson, doesn’t  have the size of Zdeno Chara or the shot of Shea Weber, but make no mistake about it, Andy Greene is a big part of the success the New Jersey Devils have had this season.  Undrafted out of the Miami University (Ohio), Greene has [...]

2012 Stanley Cup Playoff Predicitions

2012 Stanley Cup Playoff Predicitions

Eastern Conference: (1) New York Rangers vs (8) Ottawa Senators:  On paper, based on the regular season, this matchup should be a no-brainier, but if you get past the standings disparity, you can see the Senators have played the Rangers pretty tough head to head.  That being said, I don’t expect the Rangers to go [...]

It’s the Smaller Moves That Have Paid Bigger Dividends For the New Jersey Devils in the Past

It’s the Smaller Moves That Have Paid Bigger Dividends For the New Jersey Devils in the Past

Two years ago this past February 4th, the New Jersey Devils made a huge unexpected splash in the trade market, acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk from the Atlanta Thrashers in a move that took much of the National Hockey League by surprise.  After all, Kovalchuk was considered a big flashy, free wheeling offensive player and the consensus was he would have [...]

New Jersey Devils:  Still Stuck with “Boring” Label?  They Shouldn’t Be!

New Jersey Devils: Still Stuck with “Boring” Label? They Shouldn’t Be!

Since the 1990′s, the New Jersey Devils have had a label put on them about playing “boring” hockey.  It all stems from the fact the Devils were known for playing the neutral zone trap and essentially taking away the middle of the ice from opponents and attempting to slow down the offensive rush of their [...]

Q & A with Hockey Future’s Jared Ramsden (Update on NJ Devils prospects)

Q & A with Hockey Future’s Jared Ramsden (Update on NJ Devils prospects)

Thank you to Jared Ramsden from Hockey’s Future (www.hockeysfuture.com) for taking out the time to answer some questions for me on the future prospects of the New Jersey Devils.  Jared is a great resource on the up and comers for the Devils.  Be sure to check out his upcoming column (expected to be available in mid-February) on the [...]