Player News - Devils

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Peter DeBoer believes the mood in the Devils' camp will be different without veteran legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur, who has been with the team every year since he was drafted in 1990.

"It’s the first time in 20 years that you’re walking into a dressing room without Marty Brodeur in it. For everybody— trainers, players, coaches— that’s going to be different," said DeBoer. "But that’s the game, people move on... you’ve got to get past that and get ready for the next game." The Devils are not without a sturdy replacement, as Cory Schneider is set to take the full-time starting job from the onset.
Sep 14 - 12:09 PM

There are no updates in the Eric Gelinas contract negotiations.

GM Lou Lamoriello had this to say about the restricted free agent: "No (as to whether there is anything new to report), but these are all day-to-day things. I'm sure things have a way of working out. Eric knows what we think of him and the opportunity that is being presented to him. Not only to him, but to our other young defensemen with the moves made this summer (buying out Anton Volchenkov's contract and not re-signing Mark Fayne). I'm sure that Eric and his agent (Gilles Lupien) will make the right decision. They know what it is and it's there for them. They have to make that decision. Not me." Gelinas had seven goals and 29 points in 60 games last season and quarterbacked the power play for a good portion of the season.
Sep 14 - 7:55 AM

The New Jersey Devils have reportedly handed Ruslan Fedotenko a professional training camp tryout, according to the Newark-Star Ledger.

Fedotenko 35, last played in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2013-14 season, collecting 13 points in 47 games during that lockout-abbreviated campaign. He played in the KHL (HC Donbass) last season, producing 18 points in 33 contests. He's unlikely to be a notable fantasy contributor if he does make the Devils.
Sep 13 - 3:21 PM

Reid Boucher is looking to make the New Jersey Devils out of training camp this season.

Boucher played 23 games for the Devils last season before he was sent to the minors on January 22. He had two goals and seven points but is a natural scorer and the Devils could certainly need some scoring help. Stay tuned.
Sep 13 - 8:40 AM

Defenseman Adam Larsson has struggled at the NHL level and this could be a make or break season as a Devil.

New Jersey took Larsson with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 Draft and while he played at the NHL level his first two seasons, he played only 26 games with the Devils last season while playing 33 times for their AHL affiliate in Albany. Larsson has plenty of talent but may be in need of a change of scenery. The good news is that he is only 21 and he can look at fellow Swede Victor Hedman who finally became a stud blueliner in 2013-14 after being selected second overall six seasons ago.
Sep 13 - 8:38 AM

Josh Rimer is reporting that the New Jersey Devils are giving Jordin Tootoo a professional tryout offer.

Tootoo played for the Detroit Red Wings last season and was bought out of his contract in June. There were rumors that the Winnipeg Jets offered him a two-way contract that he turned down before agreeing to go to camp with the Devils. Tootoo has value in pools that use penalty minutes but of course he will have to crack the Devils roster to have any value.
Sep 13 - 8:32 AM

Devils coach Peter DeBoer knows he's under pressure this season to lead the Devils back to the playoffs.

DeBoer guided New Jersey to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012, but the Devils haven't made the playoffs since. The Devils' roster has also gotten significantly worse since that run, but he's nevertheless in danger of getting fired if New Jersey doesn't turn things around soon. "In this business, you go in every year knowing that that's a fact," DeBoer said of his job being in jeopardy. "There’s no hiding from that. It doesn’t matter whether you have a 10-year contract or a one-year contract. I approach every year like we have to get this team to overachieve and play to its potential or there's consequences. That’s the reality of pro sports. That doesn't even factor into my mind. That's just, being a coach for 20 years, something you deal with yearly."
Sep 12 - 10:23 AM

Ryane Clowe is still feeling good after a concussion ended his season in 2013-14, but he may not be cleared at the start of training camp.

"I'm not going to say if I'm ready to go or not because I've got to get cleared to play and I've got to see the doctor again before the season starts," said Clowe after participating in an informal skate on Thursday. "But I feel good. I, obviously, haven't done any contact. I've been skating the last few weeks, just scrimmaging since I got back with the guys. I've been on the ice and stuff." Clowe suited up in just 43 games last season with the Devils and he contributed 26 points. If he gets clearance at camp then he'll likely be brought along slowly until the regular season starts.
Sep 11 - 6:12 PM

Cory Schneider is slated to see plenty of action this season if coach Pete DeBoer's early prediction is accurate.

The New Jersey bench boss was asked how many games Schneider may start in 2014-15 as the club's starter and he said, "I'm not a big numbers guy. I think he's got the body and the capability of playing 70 games. Is that the right number or is 56 the right number? I think that's going to depend on a lot of things – how we're playing as a group, how he's feeling. The nice thing about him is he's a big, strong goaltender. I don't have a workload number where I say that's too much for him. I think he has the ability to handle whatever we throw at him." Schneider played in a career high 45 games last campaign and he started 43 of them, but with Martin Brodeur out of the picture he is expected to be the Devils' top option.
Sep 11 - 10:50 AM

Coach Pete DeBoer said Adam Henrique may play on the wing alongside Patrik Elias again this season.

The two of them played well last year as a duo, but it does create a bit of a hole down the middle. "Any time you take good players out of positions and put them other places you open up holes in other places," DeBoer said. "What we have to do is put that puzzle together and it will happen through training camp and through exhibitions so that we ice the best team and put guys in the best spots to succeed come the start the season." Henrique recorded 25 goals and 43 points in 77 games last campaign.
Sep 11 - 10:43 AM

Martin Brodeur's agent says the free-agent goaltender is hoping to sign with a team rather than retire partly because he wants to reach the 700-win plateau.

"He's 12 wins away from 700 and those are things he wants to accomplish," Pat Brisson was quoted as saying. "He'd like to play on a team that will have a chance to go far as well. Right now I don't have the perfect script. However, I'm OK with it because, based on experience, all teams are going for the Stanley Cup when camp opens and three weeks later they realize that there's missing pieces here and there." Brodeur, who left the New Jersey Devils after they decided on Cory Schneider as their No. 1 goaltender, previously said he wanted to be the starter somewhere or play for a Stanley Cup contender. Last week Brodeur said he would listen if the Montreal Canadiens wanted him to back up Carey Price. Brodeur, who turned 42 on May 6, has said he expected the 2014-15 season would be his last. Last season he was 19-14-6 with a 2.51 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in 39 games. His 688 regular-season victories and 124 shutouts are NHL records.
Sep 11 - 8:22 AM

Although he's still unsigned, Ryan Carter feels it's important for him to participate in training camp.

Carter is an unrestricted free agent and is hoping that the New Jersey Devils re-sign him after he spent parts of the last three seasons with them. "This is about being the best hockey player you can be and I believe training camp helps you get there," Carter said. "If you're skipping out on training camp, you're not preparing yourself for what's ahead and you're setting yourself behind. I'm here because I want to be here. This is where I want be, where my family wants to be." He had seven goals and 10 points in 62 games in 2013-14.
Sep 10 - 5:33 PM

Tomas Kaberle has officially agreed to a tryout agreement with the New Jersey Devils.

It was previously believed that Kaberle would participate in the Devils' training camp, but now we have final confirmation. Kaberle is looking to return to the NHL after scoring four goals and 24 points in 48 Czech league games in 2013-14.
Sep 9 - 6:07 PM

Ryan Carter is prepared to attend the Devils' training camp without a contract.

Carter is an unrestricted free agent after completing a two-year/$1.55 million contract. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that Carter won't be signed to a tryout agreement, although Carter would still have some protection from an insurance perspective.
Sep 9 - 6:05 PM

Eric Gelinas won't attend the Devils' training camp until he's signed to a new contract.

Gelinas is a restricted free agent after scoring seven goals and 29 points in 60 games in 2013-14. His agent argued that Gelinas doesn't have the money to afford the insurance necessary to attend the Devils' camp as an unsigned player. If he attended the Devils' camp without a contract or insurance and got hurt, it would potentially be a big blow for him financially. The two sides have already agreed that Gelinas deserves a one-way contract, so at this point it's just a question of agreeing to a salary.
Sep 9 - 6:02 PM

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