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Ryane Clowe intends to play in the Devils' final two preseason contests.

Clowe, who has been medically cleared to return from a concussion, skipped New Jersey's first four exhibition games. "I've been through enough of these that maybe sometimes early on when you get a concussion or your first one or your second one, you’re not really sure when you’re 100 percent," Clowe said. "You just kind of come back when you feel good. But, when you've had a couple, you kind of know when it's right, when the timing's right. I would not come back unless I was cleared 100 percent and I got the green light." He's returning from his third concussion since the start of 2013.
Sep 30 - 9:28 AM

Jonathon Merrill (head) took part in Monday's practice.

Merrill was off the ice for roughly a week after being hit in the head during an accidental collision with Ruslan Fedotenko. He might be play in Thursday's preseason contest.
Sep 29 - 2:48 PM

Devils fans booed Scott Gomez early in Sunday's preseason contest.

Gomez is on a tryout contract in the hopes of making the team. It's quite the fall from grace for him after he once bolted from New Jersey to the rival New York Rangers on a monster seven-year, $51.5 million deal. Gomez added that some fans confronted him during the team's warmups. "I got some guy telling me where to go right away, Jersey style," he said. "That was going to be expected, but it is what it is. That's being back in Jersey, that's for sure." He seemed to win some fans over with his two-goal performance in the exhibition game.
Sep 29 - 10:37 AM

Devils coach Pete DeBoer isn't ready to commit to Michael Cammalleri, Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr entering the season as the team's top line.

If DeBoer changes anything, it will likely be to move Cammalleri off that unit as Zajac and Jagr will probably be glued together again this season. Cammalleri thinks the line is starting to gel and he thinks there's enough time left to get where they want to be before the season opener.
Sep 29 - 10:32 AM

Scott Gomez scored two power play goals as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 on Sunday.

Gomez was invited to Devils’ camp on a pro tryout. The goals were Gomez’ first two of the preseason. The 34-year-old is making a case to be signed by the Devils. Even if he does make the team, Gomez hasn’t hit the 20-point mark since 2010. Marek Zidlicky also scored a goal and an assist in the win.
Sep 28 - 9:45 PM

The New Jersey Devils released Mike Komisarek from his pro tryout.

The Devils also assigned goalie Scott Wedgewood, defensemen Renat Mamashev, Corbin McPherson, and forward Joe Whitney to Albany. Komisarek has struggled mightily since leaving Montreal in 2009. He may not get another opportunity in the NHL anytime soon.
Sep 28 - 2:32 PM

Martin Havlat scored a power play goal on Friday.

Havlat could be in an ideal spot with the Devils as he will likely play alongside his good friend Patrik Elias as a top six-forward and see some time on the power play. If he can remain healthy, and that's a big if, he could get 20 goals and 45-50 points this season.
Sep 28 - 9:00 AM

The New Jersey Devils have sent Joe Faust to the minors.

The fourth round pick in the 2010 draft has spent his last four seasons playing with the University of Wisconsin. He will get some much needed AHL experience this season. Also sent down were: Maxime Clermont, Brandon Burlon, Raman Hrabarenka, Dan Kelly and Reece Scarlett.
Sep 28 - 8:35 AM

The New Jersey Devils have sent Kelly Zajac to the minors.

Zajac will join Myles Bell, Graham Black, Ben Johnson, Chris McKelvie, Rod Pelley, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Ben Thomson, Paul Thompson, Scott Timmins, David Wohlberg and Darcy Zajac in Albany. Zajac cleared waivers on Saturday. He had 12 goals and 44 points in 67 AHL games last season.
Sep 28 - 8:32 AM

The New Jersey Devils have sent Chris McKelvie to the minors.

McKelvie has spent his six year pro hockey career in the minors and at age 29, it seems like he'll need a miracle to make it into the NHL.
Sep 28 - 8:29 AM

Damien Brunner refuted claims that he needs the occasional kick in the rear and says he needs ice time to score 25 goals.

Brunner had a tough time last season with only 11 goals in 60 games after coming over from Detroit where he potted 12 in 44 games. "I think I can score 25 goals. I think I’m capable of doing that," the 28-year-old Brunner said. "It has nothing to do with the system. It’s me feeling comfortable, getting in the right spots, earning trust and ice time. Getting minutes on the power play. If you want to score on a consistent basis you need to have at least 15 minutes of ice time. Otherwise it’s tough. If you’re playing 10-13 minutes, it’s so hard to be consistent. You don’t get in the game rhythm. You can’t expect players to score." That being said, look for Brunner to get 15-20 goals and 35-40 points this season with little else fantasy-wise.
Sep 27 - 9:02 AM

Scott Gomez is seeing some time on the point during the power play in the pre-season.

Gomez is an excellent passer and stickhandler and while he doesn't have a big shot, he could be of use on the power play. "My best asset, I think, is the other team looking at me and saying, ‘What the hell is he doing on the point?’ That maybe opens it up a little bit," Gomez said jokingly. "It's actually a sneak (tactic). I’m not going to intimidate anyone with my shot, but when you play with guys who can get open like (Michael) Ryder, they have to respect his shot. It opens a lot up." Gomez has had a few tough years fantasy-wise and he is better left on the waiver wire to start the season.
Sep 27 - 8:57 AM

Veteran Bryce Salvador is healthy once again after a suffering through a hip problem last season.

Salvador played in only 40 games last season as he was dealing with a torn labrum in his hip. The defenseman will turn 39 in February and gives the Devils a solid veteran on the blueline but he has little to no fantasy value as his one goal and four points last season will attest to.
Sep 27 - 8:53 AM

Keith Kinkaid had an eventful night in goal as got the start in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders.

Kinkaid had a brutal giveaway that directly lead to the Islanders 2nd goal. He did manage to rebound after the error and did not allow another goal for the rest of regulation. He struggled in the shootout allowing 2 goals on 3 shots as Kyle Okposo and Brock Nelson each scored.
Sep 26 - 10:40 PM

Jonathon Merrill (head) wasn't on the ice Friday.

Let's remember that it's now been a week since Merrill had to leave the ice after absorbing a head hit and the reason the Devils initially gave us for his absence is that he had "the wind taken out of him." Devils GM Lou Lamoriello also claimed last week that he was "fine." The point is that when it comes to information about head hits, the initial statements from teams need to be taken with a grain of salt as these types of injuries can be worse than they initially sound.
Sep 26 - 1:41 PM

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