Player News - Devils

Date: Team: Pos:

The New Jersey Devils have placed Patrik Elias (mumps) on the injured reserve list.

This is just an FYI as the move is presumably retroactive Dec. 20 and Elias wasn't expected to play on Saturday anyways. In other words, the fact that Elias is on the injured reserve list doesn't mean that he is guarantee to miss more time than previously anticipated.
Dec 26 - 6:35 PM

Martin Havlat (illness) is on the injured reserve list.

Havlat was suspected of having the mumps, but his test results came back negative. He won't be in the Devils' lineup on Saturday.
Dec 26 - 6:32 PM

Martin Havlat's illness isn't the mumps.

Havlat is still likely to miss Saturday's game. He has three goals and eight points in 22 contests in 2014-15.
Dec 26 - 1:39 PM

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

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello confirmed that head coach Peter DeBoer has been fired.

Lamoriello declined to talk about the issue further at this time. That's unusual, but so is the timing of DeBoer's firing. The team is still subject to the holiday break until Saturday, so Lamoriello will wait until then to address the squad before talking further with the media. That also means we're unlikely to find out who DeBoer's successor will be until Saturday.
Dec 26 - 1:35 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

Jordin Tootoo has only averaged 6:45 minutes per game in 2014-15.

That's when he plays at least as New Jersey hasn't been shy about listing Tootoo as a healthy scratch this season. At his height, Tootoo recorded 30 points and 92 penalty minutes in 77 games with the Nashville Predators in 2011-12. He might not even reach the 10-point mark this season.
Dec 26 - 10:38 AM

Andy Greene is still looking for his first goal of the season.

Greene had a season-high eight goals in 2013-14, but he's been unsuccessful in 40 shots on goal over 36 contests this season. He's also been limited to nine assists, which leaves him with little to no fantasy value in standard leagues.
Dec 25 - 6:24 AM

Tim Sestito is back in the minors.

He played in his fourth NHL game Tuesday night. Sestito doesn't have any fantasy value.
Dec 24 - 2:44 PM

Tuomo Ruutu recorded an assist in a 2-1 shootout loss to Carolina on Tuesday.

Ruutu has five goals and seven points in 34 games this season. He has only averaged 11:26 minutes per contest in 2014-15, although he's been getting more responsibility lately as the Devils try to get by with several key injured forwards. Ruutu has averaged 14:16 minutes in December.
Dec 24 - 6:11 AM

Jaromir Jagr doesn't like the fact that the Devils are taking a three-day break after dropping seven of their last eight games.

"A break? I don't believe in this," Jagr said. "I don't believe we just are going to have a break and after three days with the holy days without the practice are we going to be the best team in hockey? I don't believe that. I believe in hard work, but I'm different I guess." Of course, teams aren't allowed to hold practices during the Christmas break, so even if the Devils did agree with Jagr, it wouldn't change anything. It's also worth noting that he wasn't criticizing the team for not scheduling more practices. New Jersey's schedule hasn't presented the squad with many opportunities to practice, so Jagr's issue is more with how this section of the schedule has been structured for the Devils.
Dec 24 - 6:06 AM

Stephen Gionta scored his third goal of the campaign Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough as the Devils were defeated by Carolina by a score of 2-1 in a shootout.

Gionta is nothing more than a depth forward for the low-scoring Devils, meaning he's not worthy of your fantasy attention. His tally was assisted by Steve Bernier and Tuomo Ruutu.
Dec 23 - 11:03 PM

Cory Schneider suffered a shootout loss to the Hurricanes on Tuesday despite blocking 32 of 33 shots in a 2-1 decision.

The hardest working man in the NHL continues to see his record worsen despite solid play. With the defeat, Schneider has now dropped five straight decisions and sees his record to fall to 11-16-4. His GAA and save percentage remain respectable at 2.51 and .917, respectively.
Dec 23 - 11:00 PM

Cory Schneider will be between the pipes Tuesday night against Carolina.

Schneider has been a brick wall against the Hurricanes during his career. Through five starts over the past four years he's allowed just nine goals, however four of them came in his only loss three years ago.
Dec 23 - 5:05 PM

Patrik Elias and Martin Havlat won't play Tuesday night.

They are still in isolation while waiting for their test results to determine if they have the mumps.
Dec 23 - 12:17 PM

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