Player News - Devils

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Patrick Maroon has interest in re-signing with the New Jersey Devils.

The Devils acquired Maroon from Edmonton on Feb. 26th. He went on to record three goals and 13 points in 17 games with the Devils, giving him 43 points in 74 games overall. "I loved it here, my family loved it here," Maroon said of his time in New Jersey. "I knew a lot of guys here and it was a really easy transition, a good fit. But it’s what they want. They know what I bring to the table and what I do. It’s up to them." He's coming off a three-year, $6 million deal and is due for a raise.
Apr 25 - 4:41 AM

While Will Butcher had a great rookie season, one area that he needs to improve on is his shot.

Butcher's teammates have been honest about it too, with Ben Lovejoy calling it "maybe even below average." While Butcher still recorded 44 points in 2017-18 regardless, working on his shot would help him become a better power-play quarterback. "I’m definitely going to work on my shot," Butcher said. "It’s hard to score from the blue line because the boys are so good. I think I need to work on that a little bit. Or a lot of bit."
Apr 25 - 4:36 AM

Blake Coleman felt he grew a lot in his first full season with the Devils.

"Maybe at other levels - college and the American League - you score on a few shots that you can’t score on in this league," Coleman said. "You learn that poise and you learn goalie tendencies a little bit and you start to capitalize more frequently." Coleman's work seemed to paid off as he went from scoring six goals in the first 63 games to seven goals in the final 16 contests. He added another two markers in the playoffs. At the age of 26 (27 in November), he's something of a late bloomer, but we could see him continuing to grow next season.
Apr 25 - 4:33 AM

Will Butcher will play for the United States at the IIHF World Championship in May.

Butcher led all rookie defenders with 44 points in 2017-18. He averaged 16:04 of ice time per contest for the Devils during the regular season. Butcher also contributed four points in five playoff games in New Jersey's first-round loss to Tampa Bay.
Apr 24 - 12:43 PM

Taylor Hall won't play for Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Championship.

Hall has declined the invitation following New Jersey's first-round playoff loss to Tampa Bay. He notched two goals and six points in five playoff outings after he amassed a career-high 93 points during the regular season.
Apr 24 - 11:57 AM

Sami Vatanen sustained a concussion and a facial laceration after he was hit hard by Nikita Kucherov in Game 4.

Vatanen was not able to play in Game 5 against the Lightning and that was the last game of the series. He will use the off-season to recover. Vatanen had one goal in four playoff games as well as 28 points in 57 regular-season appearances with New Jersey after he was acquired from Anaheim.
Apr 24 - 11:22 AM

Ryan Clowe's contract will come off the list for the Devils.

Clowe had two years remaining when he was forced to retire after being on the receiving end of a string of concussions two seasons ago. That will give the Devils $4.85 million extra to spend next season.
Apr 23 - 7:41 AM

Will Butcher had a strong rookie season, but it was not good enough to make him a finalist for the Calder Trophy.

Butcher had a hot start with nine assists in his first six games. He led all rookie defensemen with 44 points and helped the Devils earn a playoff spot in a promising first campaign in the NHL. The 23-year-old also posted four points in five playoff outings.
Apr 22 - 8:08 PM

Cory Schneider was great in the post-season.

Schneider was in net for the Devils only win in the series and exploded for a .950 save percentage as well as a 1.78 GAA. This is in stark contrast to his play the second half of the season as he was 0-10-2 since December 27, his last regular season win. The performance in the playoffs gives him plenty of confidence heading into next season and he will likely battle Keith Kinkaid for the top spot in net for the Devils.
Apr 22 - 7:52 AM

Cory Schneider stopped 35 of 37 shots in a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday afternoon in Game 5.

Schneider was excellent in the contest and in the series, but he could not hold back Tampa Bay and now the Devils' season is over. Keith Kinkaid started the first two games of the series for New Jersey before Schneider entered the fold in relief in Game 2 and reclaimed the crease afterward.
Apr 21 - 5:58 PM

Patrick Maroon scored New Jersey's only goal in Saturday's 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 5.

The loss ended the season for the Devils and the victory moved Tampa Bay into the second round of the postseason. Maroon got his team on the board at the 17:00 mark of the third period when goalie Cory Schneider was on the ice for an extra attacker. Kyle Palmieri, who was initially credited with the goal, and Will Butcher earned assists on the marker.
Apr 21 - 5:54 PM

Jesper Bratt will make his NHL playoff debut on Saturday in Game 5.

Bratt is projected to play on the top line alongside Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier. He is getting a chance to dress because of an injury to Stefan Noesen.
Apr 21 - 3:02 PM

Stefan Noesen won't play in Game 5 on Saturday due to a lower-body injury.

Coach John Hynes said the Devils' lineup may have a game-time decision and it turns out Noesen will sit and Jesper Bratt will play instead.
Apr 21 - 2:56 PM

Sami Vatanen (upper body) will not play in Game 5 on Saturday afternoon.

Mirco Mueller will be in the lineup against Tampa Bay instead. Vatanen was injured this past Wednesday on a hard hit from Nikita Kucherov. He was not able to travel with the team.
Apr 21 - 1:10 PM

Cory Schneider will start Game 5 against Washington.

That shouldn't come as a surprise, as Schneider has been superb in his previous two starts in the playoffs. He has posted a 1-1 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and .951 save percentage against Tampa Bay. The Devils need a win to stay alive in the postseason.
Apr 21 - 1:06 PM


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