Category Archives: New Jersey Devils
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) July 13, 2013
NJ and Montreal were among several suitors for Ryane Clowe. Told Habs are out now. Devils very interested in Clowe.
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 4, 2013
The Devils are entering an offseason of uncertainty.
With so many unrestricted free agents, it will be difficult to find the money and cap space to keep key players like Patrik Elias and David Clarkson.
Here are the Devils’ potential free agents:
Player Status What happens?
Devils right winger David Clarkson loves coming home to Toronto.
“This is my favorite place to play,” he said of the town in which he grew up as a Maple Leafs fan.
But will Clarkson, who can become an unrestricted free agent after this season, think about signing with the Leafs to play in his hometown? He gets asked that a lot around here.
Even before the Devils hit a rut and began to falter over the last half-dozen games, general manager Lou Lamoriello was formulating a plan for what the team needs to become a serious Stanley Cup contender post-Parise.
If Team Canada comes calling, Martin Brodeur will listen. Despite the fact he’ll be 41 years-old-during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Brodeur said today that he’s interested if he’s welcome there.
Initially, after playing in his fourth Olympics for Canada in 2010, Brodeur assumed it would be his last one. But with the Olympics only a year away and with him still playing, there is a renewed interest on his part.
Brodeur said that “a lot of people” have been talking to him about the topic lately.
<p>The New Jersey Devils have acquired Andrei Loktionov from the Los Angeles Kings for a fifth-round choice in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Devils announced Wednesday. Loktionov was a fifth-round pick by the Kings in the 2008 draft. He has seven goals and 14 points in 59 career NHL games, including 39 during the 2011-12 season. He appeared in two Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Los Angeles Kings during their march to last season\\\’s championship. This season, Loktionov has played only for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, with seven goals and 22 points in 37 games.</p>
The New Jersey Devils have acquired Andrei Loktionov from the Los Angeles Kings for a fifth-round choice in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Devils announced Wednesday. Loktionov was a fifth-round pick by the Kings in the 2008 draft. He has seven goals and 14 points in 59 career NHL games, including 39 during the 2011-12 season. He appeared in two Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Los Angeles Kings during their march to last season\’s championship. This season, Loktionov has played only for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, with seven goals and 22 points in 37 games.
The Devils were interested in bringing Scott Gomez back after the Montreal Canadiens bought out his contract. However, Gomez thought it would be better to play on the West Coast and signed with the San Jose Sharks.
There was also some interest in unrestricted free agent Petr Sykora, who ultimately signed with SC Bern in the Swiss League. Sykora would be eligible to sign with an NHL club when Bern’s season is over and prior to the April 3 NHL trade deadline, but he’d have to go through waivers.
It’s possible Lamoriello waits to see how his team plays early in the season before making a move. Having extra defensemen in reserve over the course of a contracted schedule of 48 games after a four-month lockout certainly can’t hurt in case one or two are injured.
But with only 48 games, it can get late pretty early if the team struggles to score goals and gets off to a slow start.
Defense is clearly an area of depth for the Devils now, though, and moving forward. They have Alex Urbom and Eric Gelinas waiting on their AHL team in Albany for an opening on the NHL club and 2010 second-round pick Jon Merrill, probably their best prospect on defense, might be ready to leave the University of Michigan after this season.
Ilya Kovalcuk expresses desire to stay in Russia, but says it will be hard to break contract with Devils
While his Devils teammates are expecting him to return from Russia at some point soon for the start of the lockout-shortened NHL season, star left wing Ilya Kovalchuk continued to let them twist in the wind after playing in another game in the Kontinental Hockey League.
After notching an assist Thursday in SKA St. Petersburg’s 4-2 win over Salavat Yulaev in Ufa, Russia, Kovalchuk expressed a desire to remain in the KHL for the remainder of the season, but also acknowledged his commitment to the Devils.
“I want to stay in St. Petersburg, but I have contractual obligations in the NHL, which will be hard to break,” Kovalchuk told Sport-Express in Russia, according to the sports daily’s U.S. correspondent, Slava Malamud.