A Few Devils things floating around the news wires this morning. I don't usually like reporting rumors because they can always come back and haunt you but the Cup hasn't been skated yet and it has already been a long off-season in my opinion.

Mottau and Devils close to a deal.

According to columnist Mark Everson it appears that the Devils and Mr. Hoby Baker winner Mike Mottau are close to signing a deal that would keep Mottau in a Devils uniform. Of course numbers aren't really being talked about in this story but Mottau made $775K with the Devils last season and really doesn't warrant anything more than that. With the injury to Ansi Salmela, I don't see this story being untrue. I also wonder what kind of player Mottau could be if we could get him away from Colin White. Yup, you read that right, I blame someone else for Mottau's shortcomings.

Paul Martin Just Waiting

Paul Martin has informed Lou Lamoriello, to which Lou agreed, that he would like to wait until the Devils have hired their new coach to discuss a possible contract with the Devils. This certainly makes a fan worry a bit because the Devils entered the Free Agency period last summer without a head coach. Paul Martin is going to be a wanted commodity by many teams. Jaques Lemaire signed on as the Devils coach last summer on July 13, well after a number of top free agents were off the market.

Kovalchuk News

No shocker here that Ilya Kovalchuk has informed the Devils that he is going to test the open market on July 1st. Kovy is going to find big money from some team and my gut tells me that team isn't the one this blog follows.

Parise Goal

I'm a little late to the party on this but the NHL is running a bracket-style competition for the 16 best goals of the year and Zack Parise was pegged as having one of the 16 best this season. His shorthanded goal against the Flyers in the Playoffs was nominated but beat out in Round 1 of the competition.

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