Player News - Devils

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Chris Lamoriello, the son of Lou Lamoriello, is taking "a step back" from the New Jersey Devils organization.

Even after Lou Lamoriello resigned as the Devils' president so that he could become the Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager, but Chris Lamoriello initially remained with New Jersey. However, that proved to only be a very short-term arrangement. "I brought in Tom (Fitzgerald) as assistant general manager (on July 24), so some of the duties for Chris would be changing," new Devils GM Ray Shero said. "We both spent a lot of time on this, me and Chris, and after we both talked a lot and gave a lot of consideration to it, this is probably the best move for him at this point to take a step back and go from there." Chris had been serving as the general manager for the Devils' AHL team for the last 14 seasons.
Sep 4 - 2:24 PM

Although Bryce Salvador will still be involved with the New Jersey Devils after announcing his retirement, it's not clear what his title will be.

Salvador isn't particularly concerned about that though. "I'm going to be involved and I'm excited about that," Salvador said. "I'm not really one of those guys that needs a title or anything official. I'm just excited that I'm going to have an ongoing relationship with the Devils." That being said, he is interested in being involved in management down the road.
Sep 3 - 10:30 AM

Bryce Salvador has announced that he is ending his playing career.

Salvador will continue to work with the Devils as well as other hockey organizations in New Jersey in the hopes of being "an example for young players and spread access to the game for everyone." The 39-year-old defenseman had 24 goals and 110 points in 786 career games with the St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils. Along the way he was a major contributor in the Devils' 2012 run to the Stanley Cup Final as he recorded 14 points in 24 playoff contests and averaged 22:24 minutes per game.
Sep 2 - 10:41 AM

Bryce Salvador is likely to announce his retirement this week.

"We'll probably have some news later in the week on Bryce and we'll kind of see what direction he is going," Devils GM Ray Shero said. "I don't anticipate this will be a situation that's ongoing for a lot longer one way or the other. I anticipate that relatively soon there will be some sort of information." Salvador has spent the summer as an unrestricted free agent and the Devils are unlikely to re-sign him. It is possible that they would offer him a professional tryout though. Of course, that would be assuming that he has recovered from the back injury that limited him to 15 games last season. He's 39 years old.
Sep 2 - 10:09 AM

New Jersey made additions to their scouting and development staffs on Wednesday.

The Devils hired Andy Schneider as an amateur scout and brought in former NHL player Patrick Rissmiller as a development coach. "Patrick Rissmiller has played at just about every level – high school, college, ECHL, AHL, NHL and Europe, and with multiple organizations," Devils GM Ray Shero said. "He will work with all of the players in our organization, as well as our prospects. We feel that he is the ideal individual with the necessary experience and background for this position." Schneider was with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the past three seasons where he worked with the Devils' new director of amateur scouting, Paul Castron.
Aug 27 - 12:21 PM

The Russian Hockey Federation has been fined 80,000 Swiss francs ($85,000) by the IIHF for leaving the ice before Canada's national anthem was played at the 2015 World Championship.

The Russian team exited the ice after receiving their silver medals. The IIHF ruled that captain Ilya Kovalchuk gave an "unmistakable head gesture" as a signal for his teammates to skate off the ice. Russia claimed the players were confused after the rink-side gate was left open, but it was fairly clear that they were upset after a 6-1 loss and weren't in the mood for sportsmanship.
Aug 24 - 11:15 AM

Ottawa assistant GM Pierre Dorion confirmed that Bryan Murray has reached out to Martin Havlat about attending Senators' training camp on a pro tryout.

"When Bryan coached he was one of Bryan's favorite players," Dorion said. "If I remember correctly, Bryan used (Havlat) on the PK. and if I remember correctly that had never happened and he was a good penalty killer. Obviously Marty is not the same player he was five years ago but it's something I know Bryan and [Havlat's agent] Allan [Walsh] have discussed." Havlat began his career with the Senators after he was drafted by the club with the 26th overall pick in the 1999 draft.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 20 - 10:46 AM

Devils GM Ray Shero is still open to making some late-summer moves to bolster his roster.

"There are players still out there. We have a little more flexibility without (Dainius) Zubrus up front," Shero said. "We're looking to be in touch with some (player) agents for some free agents. Or with some teams. Or maybe the possibility of a tryout with one or two guys in training camp. Some guys are still trying to get contracts." Devils coaches will meet to discuss their needs later in August.
Aug 15 - 11:29 AM

Cam Janssen, who has accumulated 774 penalty minutes in 336 NHL games, has signed with the Nottingham Panthers of the Elite Ice Hockey League in Britain.

Janssen played last season with the Albany Devils in the AHL. The 31-year-old might be able to play a different role on his new team, though the enforcer has not topped 10 points in a season since his OHL days more than a decade ago.
Aug 15 - 9:57 AM

Devils GM Ray Shero suggested that it would be a long shot for Ryane Clowe to play this season.

"The last time he played was, what, Nov. 6? That's been a long time," Shero said. "Training camp is next month, so at some point, in terms of how he is feeling, a determination has to be made by him and doctors as to what direction he can or cannot go." Clowe has suffered four concussions in the past two seasons and he was limited to 13 games last year. He may be forced to retire depending on what his doctors recommend.
Aug 13 - 8:04 PM

New Jersey may enter the 2015-16 without a captain.

"There is no rush for this. I'm not sure we'll have one," GM Ray Shero said. "Maybe we will. I don't want to paint myself into a corner by saying we'll have one and we don't, or we won't have one and we do." Shero added that any decision regarding a captain will involve himself and coach John Hynes. However, neither of them really knows their players yet. Training camp will probably help sort that issue out, but it doesn't mean a captain will be named before the start of the year. If Bryce Salvador is brought back then he could be an option, while Andy Greene, Adam Henrique and Michael Cammalleri will probably be considered as well.
Aug 13 - 4:16 PM

Pavel Zacha hopes to play in the NHL this season and he's expected to receive opportunity to do so.

He said it's his "goal for this season to play in the NHL and now it's up to me to show everyone that I can make the team and I'll do everything for that." Zacha signed his entry-level contract on Tuesday and it's a good thing it came when it did because there was a deadline set for 5 p.m. on Aug. 15 to make him eligible to play in the NHL this season. He is still under contract with Liberec in the Czech Extraliga even though he spent the 2014-15 season in the OHL.
Aug 12 - 12:33 PM

Pavel Zacha has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the New Jersey Devils.

His first big league deal has an average annual value of $925,000. Zacha was chosen by New Jersey with the sixth overall pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He racked up 16 goals, 34 points and 56 penalty minutes in 37 games with the OHL's Sarnia Sting last season. The offensively-starved Devils will give Zacha a long look at training camp
Aug 11 - 2:27 PM

Michael Cammalleri thinks the changes to the Devils' front office might be "refreshing" for the team.

"I think it will be different because Lou had a unique way of doing things and he did them for so long one way," Cammalleri said. "The organization was so used to things being done one way and now there is a different take on things. So there will be a different feel for sure." He has faith in GM Ray Shero and feels that New Jersey's ownership can turn the team around. Cammalleri led the low-scoring Devils with 27 goals last season in 63 games.
Aug 11 - 11:56 AM

Anthony Brodeur has signed a deal with Penticton in the Junior A British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).

"We thought it was a good place to play in case things professionally don't work out this year," Brodeur said. "They have a really good team there. They have two really good players that could be drafted in the first round (in 2016) and they have a good chance to win a championship, so I think that would be a really good thing to have under my belt if we can make it happen." He is still hoping to sign with an ECHL team and/or attend NHL training camp as a tryout, but at least now he has somewhere to play if that doesn't happen.
Aug 10 - 12:11 PM

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