Player News - Devils

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The Devils have until the end of May to sign Anthony Brodeur or he'll reenter the draft.

Brodeur was taken with the 208th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. At the time it was a great story with his father, Martin Brodeur, being the one to announce the selection. Anthony Brodeur has struggled since then though and posted a 3.88 GAA and .882 save percentage in 16 QMJHL games. Devils GM Ray Shero said that he still needed more information regarding the situation and consequently couldn't say whether or not the Devils would sign Brodeur.
May 22 - 10:58 AM

New Devils GM Ray Shero made it clear that he wants to keep Patrik Elias.

That came after Elias expressed a willingness to be traded if Shero wanted to go in that direction. "I think he's going to be a big part of this team next year and we'll see where that's going to take us," Shero said of Elias. "When I sit down and talk to him, I'll find out further his thoughts and things like that, but we did have a really nice talk on the phone and he is an interesting guy to talk to. I'll find out more about him and where he's at and what he thinks about next year and all those things. So, I'm looking forward to sitting down and talking with him." It wouldn't make much sense to trade Elias at this time anyways. The 39-year-old is coming off of a rough season and probably wouldn't net New Jersey much of a return as a consequence. Elias has spent his entire NHL career with the Devils, so it would seem counterproductive to move him now unless there was significant market value for him.
May 22 - 10:53 AM

Outside of his bank account, Travis Zajac's future appears to be a bit less clear.

When asked about how the influence of new GM Ray Shero and impending new coaching staff will affect him Zajac bluntly responded, "To be honest, I'm not sure how I'll be affected." Zajac hasn't been the same player since losing most of 2011-12 due to injury. In the four seasons prior to the injury, Zajac scored 71 goals and 205 points. Then he signed his eight-year, $46M contract. Since then, he's tallied just 38 goals and 143 points in the four years since. Now entering his age-30 season, Zajac's time with the only organization he's known may be drying up as the Devils may look to rebuild their core. "I'll do whatever it takes to help this team in any way. I believe in this organization."
Source: Rich Chere
May 19 - 8:00 PM

Patrik Elias wants to stay with New Jersey, but he said it'd be okay if new GM Ray Shero wants to trade him.

Elias has a no-trade clause, so he has a say in the matter. "I guess it's up to him to kind of talk to me about it and let me know where he stands with me," Elias said of Shero. "Honestly, if he wants to change things around and this is not a place for me anymore, it's OK. It happens. And if he wants to keep me around and still be a part of the team, then I'll be more than happy." It would be surprising if the Devils traded Elias. Elias is coming off of a rough season and turned 39 in April, so his market value likely isn't that high right now. With that in mind, it's unlikely the Devils would get nearly enough to justify denying the lifetime Devils forward an opportunity to retire with the team. The circumstances might change around the trade deadline though if Elias bounces back, but the team continues to struggle.
May 19 - 9:58 AM

Lou Lamoriello will have less to do running the New Jersey Devils with the hiring of new GM Ray Shero.

The Devils co-owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer finally spoke to the media on Saturday and said that Shero was their choice as well as Lamoriello's. Harris and Blitzer wanted a different perspective than the old one so Lamoriello will continue to be in upper management but the day-to-day running of the team will belong to Shero.
May 10 - 7:33 AM

Jordin Tootoo and the New Jersey Devils have agreed to a one-year contract extension.

The deal is reportedly worth $825,000. The 32-year-old had 10 goals, 15 points and 72 penalty minutes in 68 games this season. The 10 goals are more than respectable for Tootoo, but that still doesn't make him relevant in standard fantasy leagues.
May 8 - 9:27 PM

Ilya Kovalchuk isn't ruling out the possibility that he'll eventually return to the NHL.

Kovalchuk has two years left on his contract with SKA St. Petersburg though, so you shouldn't count on him coming back anytime soon. Kovalchuk left the Devils after the 2013 shortened campaign and he helped St. Petersburg win its first title this year. He also turned 32 in April, so keep in mind that if he returns to the NHL, he will be past his prime.
May 5 - 6:01 PM

Lou Lamoriello has announced that Ray Shero will be the Devils' new general manager.

Lamoriello will still be the team's president, but this is nevertheless a big change for the Devils' organization. The Devils enjoyed an era of tremendous success under Lamoriello that was highlighted by Stanley Cup championships in 1995, 2000, and 2003. More recently though the Devils have struggled and the franchise hasn't been to the playoffs since 2012. Shero is the former general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins and won a Stanley Cup with them in 2009.
May 4 - 4:18 PM

The injury that caused Stefan Matteau to withdraw from the 2015 World Championships in a fractured index finger.

Matteau won't need surgery. Although obviously it would be better if he was healthy, the silver lining for Devils fans is that this probably won't significantly impact his ability to be ready for the 2015-16 campaign.
May 1 - 2:54 PM

Stefan Matteau sustained an undisclosed injury while playing in the 2015 World Championships.

The nature or severity of Matteau's injury aren't clear yet, but whatever it is, it's serious enough to warrant him flying back to the United States. He had a goal in seven contests with the Devils in 2014-15.
May 1 - 11:21 AM

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

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