Posts Tagged ‘New Jersey Devils’

Oh man, take a day off and GM’s execute the biggest trades so far in this financial season.

Our Ducks weren’t involved and part of the reason could be Bob Murray is awaiting Teemu’s decision. In the recent past Murph has stated that he prefers knowing on or before players become UFA’s. Long Beach Press-Telegram reporter files this bit on Teemu’s progress. As this blog hinted Tuesday, Flash did some public lobbying for fellow UFA Finn Valtteri Filpulla.

The biggest trade of yesterday involved a player in whom Ducks have shown some interest.

Bruins sent frustrated forward Tyler Seguin, center Rich Peverly and developing D-man Ryan Button to Dallas for forwards Loui Eriksson, energy line forward  Reilly Smith along with prospects Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow.
Sequin is expected to center the rebuilding Stars first line. Loui Eriksson is an established top six forward who has scored at least 26 goals in each of his last three 82 game NHL seasons. Ducks fans certainly won’t mind seeing Eriksson move to the Eastern Conference. He recorded both of his career hat tricks against Anaheim.
Dallas’ new GM Jim Nil is clearly beginning the rebuild down the middle as he also acquired Shawn Horcoff from the Edmonton Oilers. Puck moving D-man Philip Larsen goes to Edmonton along with a 7th rnd Entry Draft pick.

The skinny: Boston is in a win now and couldn’t give Seguin a chance to play his natural position. Eriksson replaces Nathan Horton who will test the UFA market. It’s been reported that Horton is looking to move to a less rabid hockey town.

In other player moves:

Many in mainstream media and blogs are jumping the gun reporting Danny  Briere has signed with Montreal. Briere can’t sign until Noon PDT today. While it appears Briere intends to sign with the Habs, the contract won’t be submitted to the NHL for final approval until Briere is officially eligible to sign.

Agent Alan Walsh announced on Twitter that Patrik Elias has been extended by the New Jersey Devils to a new 3 yr, $16.5m term. The contract carries a cap hit of $5.5m.

Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski took some parting shots at Randy Carlyle following his buyout from the Leafs. The 29-year-old German will be looking for a team that will return him to a goal scoring role.

NHL Trade Report is reporting that the Philadelphia Flyers and center Claude Giroux have agreed to a new 8 year contract with a cap hit of $8.275m.

Keith Ballard has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Wild following his buyout from the Vancouver Canucks.

Calgary Flames and Brian McGratton have agreed to a new 2 yr $1.5m. Primarily an enforcer who can pot the odd goal, McGratton will get a chance to play on the rebuilding Flames.

Note: Information available at tsn.ca and other sources was used in drafting this post.

David Shoalts of Canada’s newspaper of record, The Globe and Mail is reporting AHL affiliates for the New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets have told their NHL players to arrange for permanent housing.
Worthwhile to note that the Devils and Blue Jackets are among the NHL’s financially challenged members. If this were Ed Snider owner of the Flyers or Terry Pegula owner of the Sabres it might just so much smoke. In this instant planning for a long strike is coming from among the NHL’s financially challenged members, the Devils and Blue Jackets respectively.

Fact is, nobody knows when the lockout will end.

At the outset of the lockout this blog considered if the NHL/NHLPA is really so stupid as to risk its premiere in-season marketing event, the outdoor games on New Year’s Day. The answer would appear to be yes, they really are that stupid.

THN’s Tommy Thompson examines the NHL’s most scorned stat, the plus/minus. I’ve found a use for plus/minus that makes no logical sense, except it works. Compare a player’s plus or minus to his team’s goal differential.

I accidentally invented this a few years ago and have been using it. Don’t talk about it much but probably should here. In the meantime Here’s Tommy…

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello joins hi team in Anaheim today. Meanwhile he’s telling everybody that Coach John MacLean’s job is safe after benching a $100 million asset. The question should be is Lou’s job safe?

Here’s one for the gossip girl’s. Yes, there will be direct communication between Devils GM Lou Lamoriello and Ducks consultant Scot Niedermayer. What will they talk about? (more…)

Treat yourself to something special if you predicted that the New Jersey Devils would be in 30th place overall at any point during this season.

Devils are 2-7-1 with 17 GF and 35 GA.

Forget the headlines, media and blogosphere. I have nothing but respect for Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger, who covers the Devils. Not even Rich dare mention the fatal flaw in the Devils current structure.

It does appear that Devils GM Lou Lamoriello made a huge mistake during the financial season. And no it’s not Ilya Kovalchuk. Read on… (more…)

Yeah well I’m not sure I can use that asset. And that’s how Ilya Kovalchuk became a healthy scratch.

“It’s part of playing in this league. Guys are in and out of the lineup throughout the season,” captain Jamie Langenbrunner said.

Hundred million dollar guys? (more…)