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Stefan Matteau has been released by QMJHL Blainville-Boisbrand.

Matteau reportedly left the team after he was benched in the third period of Saturday's playoff contest. Blainville-Boisbrand has informed Matteau that "his behavior was unacceptable to our organization." The New Jersey Devils drafted Matteau with the 29th pick in 2012 and he even played in 17 NHL games this season. The Devils ultimately decided to return Matteau to the minors so that he could continue his development and participate in Blainville-Boisbrand's postseason run. "I have spoken to his general manager (Joel Bouchard) and there is a situation and he is not with the team," Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said. "You never like to hear something like this. I support the junior team in doing what they think is right. It's my understanding he will not be going back at the choice of the team." Lamoriello also voiced his support of Blainville-Boisbrand's decision, although he added that he hasn't talked to Matteau yet.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 02:15:00 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets activated winger Scott Hartnell from injured reserve on Saturday.

The forward can be one of the best combinations of scoring and grit when he's on his game. Hartnell has six goals and 17 points along with 39 PIM, 85 SOG and 70 hits (though a -11 rating) in 28 games so far in 2014-15. He was dealing witha broken finger that sidelined him since Dec. 11.
Dec 27 - 1:04 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that defenseman Olli Maatta should return to action "within the next month."

He's been nursing an upper-body injury, which was a process that was exasperated by a case of mumps. He also had a cancerous tumor removed earlier this season, so 2014-15 has been trying for the young defenseman (to say the least). He generated nine points in 20 games this season, but hasn't been able to play since Dec. 6.
Dec 27 - 12:50 PM

In a strange development, the New Jersey Devils will essentially employ Scott Stevens and Adam Oates as "co-coaches" through the 2014-15 season.

Beyond that, there are no guarantees (and Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is known for unusual coaching decisions, in general). It's difficult to tell what kind of impact this situation will have on the broader fantasy picture in New Jersey, although Oates could conceivably given the Devils' PP unit a boost.
Dec 27 - 12:45 PM

The New Jersey Devils have named Adam Oates and Scott Stevens as co-coaches.

We are not sure how this is going to work but both will be under GM Lou Lamoriello for the next few games as Lamoriello is expected lead the Devils in the short term. This should be interesting as perhaps Stevens will be in charge of the blueliners with Oates taking over the forwards.
Dec 27 - 10:37 AM

The New York Islanders have placed Jaroslav Halak on the injured reserve list with a lower body injury.

Well it looks like Halak has been injured all along as he did not dress on Tuesday. The Islanders recalled Kevin Poulin this morning. Halak last played a week ago so he is eligible to return at any time. Reserve him for now.
Dec 27 - 10:29 AM

Josh Rimer of Sportsnet.ca reports that Paul MacLean will not be the next coach of the New Jersey Devils but it looks like it will be Adam Oates.

Oates last coached the Washington Capitals in the 2013-14 season. Stay tuned as GM Lou Lamoriello is expected to talk to the media at 10:30ET Saturday morning.
Dec 27 - 10:20 AM

With Sergei Bobrovsky not at morning practice, Curtis McElhinney is expected to get the start in goal for Columbus on Saturday.

McElhinney is only 1-6-1 this season with a weak 3.49 GAA and a .895 save percentage. Adjust your lineup accordingly.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 27 - 10:11 AM

Scott Hartnell is on the ice in morning practice alongside Ryan Johansen and Jeremy Morin.

It looks like Hartnell will be back in the lineup as he has been out of action since December 11 with a broken finger. Since he is still on the injured reserve list, the Blue Jackets will have to make a move to get him off the list and into the lineup tonight.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 27 - 10:08 AM

Patrik Elias has tested positive for the mumps.

Elias missed Tuesday's game due to the disease and he shouldn't be expected to play on Saturday. It's hard to say what impact this will have the team's upcoming lines as Peter DeBoer's firing means that new unit combinations might be coming anyways.
Dec 26 - 1:38 PM

The New Jersey Devils have reportedly fired head coach Peter DeBoer.

DeBoer led the Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final in his first season, but New Jersey hasn't made it to the playoffs since. That's not entirely his fault as GM Lou Lamoriello has struggled to build a competitive team since Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk left the club in back-to-back summers. That being said, this comes less than a week after DeBoer lamented after a loss to Washington that the Capitals "were fresher than us, bigger, stronger, faster, deeper and their best players were their best players." That doesn't sound like the words of a man that still had faith in his team's ability and perhaps that played a role in his departure. Not that it's shocking that the Devils would fire a coach when facing a third straight season of missing the playoffs even without that.
Dec 26 - 12:39 PM

Brandon Sutter's test results came back negative for the mumps.

In light of that Sutter has been cleared to come out of isolation. It's not clear if he'll also be available for Saturday's game, but with all the players the Penguins are missing, they could certainly use the help.
Dec 26 - 11:22 AM




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