Player News - Devils

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Joseph Blandisi has won the OHL's Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy, which goes to the league's overage player of the year.

Blandisi had 52 goals, 112 points, and 126 penalty minutes in 68 contests with the Barrie Colts in 2014-15. The 20-year-old forward was taken by the Colorado Avalanche with the 162nd overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. However, the Avalanche never signed him and he became an unrestricted free agent. He ended up getting an entry-level contract with New Jersey instead.
Apr 24 - 10:46 AM

Scott Gomez had been playing through a wrist injury.

It's not clear how long his wrist was bothering him. He won't need surgery though and his wrist will presumably be fine by the time the Devils' training camp starts. He had seven goals and 34 points in 58 contests in 2014-15.
Apr 21 - 11:25 AM

Adam Henrique, who recently underwent wrist surgery, is confident that he'll be fine for the start of training camp.

"I'll be ready for sure," Henrique said. "It's nice to get it fixed and I'll be ready way before camp, so it will be good to have it back to normal." Henrique said the injury occurred around Christmas or January, but there wasn't a specific event that led to it. He will be able to start rehabbing in four-to-six weeks.
Apr 21 - 11:24 AM

Stefan Matteau will join Team USA in the 2015 World Championships.

Matteau had 12 goals and 27 points in 61 AHL games in 2014-15. He also played in seven games with New Jersey and scored one goal over that span. This is a great opportunity for him to get some additional experience playing with some of the best players in the world.
Apr 21 - 11:20 AM

Adam Henrique has undergone surgery on his wrist.

He is currently sporting a cast and is expected to begin rehab in four-to-six weeks. Henrique had apparently been dealing with two torn ligaments in his wrist since around Christmas/New Year's.
Apr 20 - 5:38 PM

SKA St. Petersburg won their first KHL title on Sunday.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored two goals in the series clinching win over AK Bars Kazan. St. Petersburg has one of the highest payrolls in the KHL but it's the first time they even make it to a final. It's been a tough season for the KHL, as they have gone through some financial trouble. Several teams are reportedly considering pulling out of the league next season.
Apr 19 - 2:32 PM

Jacob Josefson will join Team Sweden in the World Championships.

Josefson had six goals and 11 points in 62 games in 2014-15. The 24-year-old now has 180 games worth of NHL experience under his belt. This will be the first time he's competed in the Worlds, although he did previously compete in the world junior championships.
Apr 17 - 11:02 AM

Eric Gelinas' trade value may be cashed in for a scoring forward if New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is able to find the right match.

Still just 23 years old and still an RFA who just finished dinging the cap at a $900K, Gelinas has put up 13 goals and 48 points over his first 122 games in the NHL. He has also already accumulated 26 points with the man advantage. The Devils have approximately $47.61M committed to 14 players next season, meaning they have plenty of room to absorb a hefty contract or two.
Apr 14 - 7:18 PM

Bryce Salvador, who missed most of the 2014-15 campaign with a back injury, wants to play next season.

Salvador had two assists in just 15 games this season and hasn't played since Nov. 10. "I'm to the point where I'm active again and I've been able to start rehab. I've been doing some rehab over the last several months. So we're just kind of playing it by ear, seeing if it gets back to the point where I'm able to play with it," Salvador said. Even if he does get to the point where he can play again though, he might not end up doing so. At the age of 39, he's set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. For their part, the Devils GM Lou Lamoriello isn't revealing whether he would be interested in re-signing Salvador.
Apr 14 - 11:19 AM

Keith Kinkaid has agreed to a two-year contract extension with New Jersey worth $1.45 million.

The one-way deal will earn Kinkaid $700,000 and $750,000. He had a 6-5-4 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against average in 19 appearances this past year. He doesn't have any fantasy value behind workhorse netminder Cory Schneider.
Apr 13 - 3:22 PM

The New Jersey Devils have assigned Stefan Matteau to the AHL.

The 21-year-old spent most of the season in the minors but he did get a seven-game stint late in the year. The former first round pick is still young and he has some intriguing upside going forward.
Apr 12 - 2:47 PM

The New Jersey Devils have assigned Reid Boucher to the AHL.

The 21-year-old had just one goal and a minus-4 rating in 11 NHL games this season. Boucher was the Devils' fourth round pick in 2011.
Apr 12 - 2:45 PM

Patrik Elias will return to the Devils next season.

Elias turns 39 tomorrow and has one year remaining on his contract. "I don't know. Honestly, my health and how I feel will be factors," Elias said about another contract. "I'd love to play more, but there's got to be an interest in me. Hypothetically in 2016-17, if a team comes to me, whether it's the Devils or someone else, and says, 'We just want you for your experience and playing on the fourth line,' I don't think I'd go through another season just for that. It would be tough to do that even here.I still believe I have a couple more years left in me if I'm in the right situation. But every year takes a toll on your body and I still want to enjoy my life after. Sometimes you have to look at it and ask, 'Is it worth doing it?' " Elias ended the season with 34 points, his worst season since 1996-97 when he had five points in only 17 games.
Apr 12 - 8:11 AM

Steve Bernier had 15 penalty minutes on Saturday.

The forward took a five minute major for kneeing and received a game misconduct as well for his misdeed. Bernier finished the season with only 28 penalty minutes and 32 points. He took only four minors all season but had the kneeing major, the misconduct and one fighting major (David Savard) in 2014-15.
Apr 12 - 8:02 AM

Cory Schneider blocked 24 of 27 shots in the Devils’ 3-2 loss to the Panthers on Saturday night.

Schneider won’t get the the love he deserves, especially in the Vezina list, and that’s a shame, because he has been flat-out fantastic. If he had more wins (26-30-9), he’d be a Vezina finalist. Instead, he ends the season with a 2.25 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. He's a top-line goalie without the support right now.
Apr 11 - 9:46 PM

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