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Devils Acquire Cory Schneider

Written by Scott Robb on .

The New Jersey Devils shocked the hockey world on Sunday, June 30, when they made a move to acquire Vancouver Canucks back-up goaltender Cory Schneider.

Lou Lamoriello, a hockey genius in the eyes of Devils fans, pulled off the remarkable move by sending the 9th overall pick out west to Vancouver. The Canucks and Devils reportedly agreed to the deal on Saturday night.


Above: Cory Schneider stops Devils' forward Ilya Kovalchuk at the door-step in a game that the Vancouver Canucks won, 2-1, on February 24, 2012. AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

The move could be defined as one of the "highway robbery" type. The Edmonton Oilers had displayed interest in Schneider, and were ready to make a more serious and hefty offer for him. Surrendering a first round pick in a somewhat-light draft class for a solid goalie-of-the-future seems like a perfectly reasonable idea.

Schneider, 27, was selected in the first round of the 2004 NHL Draft by the same team that traded him. He has collected 55 regular season wins in 98 games at the NHL level. Schneider, who provides an answer to the question, "What happens when Marty retires?," will be given an opportunity to prove his worth in a red sweater.

When asked about the move, Schneider said, "I'm really excited to be coming to New Jersey. I've always followed them; I've been a fan of Marty Brodeur's since I was younger." Now, Schneider will have a chance to learn from one of his idols. Devils fans have to be excited about this kind of move.

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Devils Acquire D'Agostini From St. Louis

Written by Joey Pona on .

The New Jersey Devils have acquired 26 year old Matt D'Agostini from the St. Louis Blues. In the trade, the Devils have also acquired a conditional 7th round pick; St. Louis will either receive a 4th or 5th round pick depending on whether or not D'Agostini chooses to resign with New Jersey or not. If he signs, it's a 4th round pick. If not, it's a 5th round pick.

In 16 games this season, Matt D'Agostini has 2 points (1g, 1a) for the St. Louis Blues.

With the trade for D'Agostini, the Devils have added some much needed depth to the winger position with D'Agostini being a solid 3rd/4th liner. When Zubrus and Ponikarovsky come back healthy the Devils are going to have a very deep group of wingers.


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Thank You, Brian Rolston!

Written by Debra Harrington on .

Brian Rolston - Running with the DevilsIn an ironic twist of fate, what will quite possibly be considered as Brian Rolston’s most helpful move he ever made as a Devil will also be his last. Rolston agreed to waive his no-trade clause, resulting in a trade sending him to the New York Islanders in exchange for RW Trent Hunter. (The trade is conditional upon Hunter, who underwent knee surgery for a torn MCL on February 8th, passing a physical). Rolston has one year remaining on his five year contract with a cap hit this season of $5,062,500. Hunter has two years remaining on his contract at a $2,000,000 cap hit per season.

Clearly, this trade was made so that the Devils could clear cap space and the Islanders could reach the cap floor. With the additional $3,062,500 in cap space now available to the Devils as a result of this trade, it’s highly likely that the next headline we’ll see regarding the Devils is that they have agreed to a long term deal with Zach Parise. If this is indeed the case, then we would have Rolston to thank for enabling the Devils to sign Parise for basically the remainder of his hockey career. After all, Rolston did agree to waive his no-trade clause to make this trade happen.

Of course, as much as we may want to, we’re cautioned not to jump to conclusions about what the implications of this trade may be regarding any long-term deal with Parise. As Lou Lamoriello told Rich Chere of the Star Ledger today, "I don't want to mix the situations. Until something is done you're never close but I don't think anyone can question the respect we have for Zach."

And I don’t think anyone can question any Devils fan for obsessively checking Twitter looking for the big announcement confirming that the Devils have locked up not only Ilya Kovalchuk but also Zach Parise for life. This is an exciting time for the Devils and their fans…thanks, in no small part, to Brian Rolston.

 

FUN FACT:

This trade came as a surprise to many today and for more than one reason. It’s a very rare sight indeed to see trades happen between the Devils and any of the other teams in the Atlantic Division. The last trade the Devils made with a division opponent was with the Islanders on June 30, 2009. Here are the last times the Devils traded with the other teams in the Atlantic Division:

Pittsburgh Penguins – March 19, 2002

Philadelphia Flyers – March 11, 1986

New York Rangers – Never

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Devils Bring Back Janssen

Written by D. Wesley on .



If I told you the Devils signed a player that used to wear the Devils uniform at one point in his career, would you be surprised? I didn’t think so! The Devils have signed Cam Janssen to a one year, two-way contract. At this point in time, I really have to question if the Devils organization bothers scouting other teams and players or do we just wait until guys we traded away become available again? Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate when Cam Janssen was on the Devils, in fact, the Devils downright missed him during the period of time where Sean Avery was running amuck and screwing with Marty. He brings a physical presence to this team and I am sure if the Devils keep him in the NHL vs sending him to Albany, there will be a lot more fights in the Devils future. Janssen played 95 games for the Devils over two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07), registering one goal, no assists and 205 penalty minutes. Oh boy!! One has to wonder if having Janssen on the team would allow Clarkson to focus more on the hockey part of the game instead of being the team’s enforcer but here I go again, looking for Clarkson to actually do something for this team.

The move was made, or we can assume it was made because earlier in the day, the Devils shipped Leblond to Calagry for a 5th round pick. I don’t think anyone is surprised to see Leblond go. Last season, we picked up a one-game suspension for instigating a fight in the final 5 minutes against the Caps in a 7-2 blowout. That certainly didn’t sit well with the Devils as he was shipped to Albany for the remainder of the season and I guess they felt it was now best to move him instead of keeping him in Albany.

In other Devils news, it looks like former Devils defenseman Anssi Salmela has left the NHL to sign a two-year contract with Avangard Omsk of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League. I never really thought that Lou had any intention of trying to resign Salmela.

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Devils Re-Sign Johan Hedberg to One Year Deal

Written by Debra Harrington on .




The Devils have reportedly agreed to a one year deal with back-up goaltender Johan Hedberg who became a UFA at noon today. Hedberg played the 2010-2011 season with the Devils going 15-12-2 with a 2.38 GAA, .912 save percentage and 3 shutouts. We are still waiting to hear the financial terms of both this deal and the 4 year deal with defenseman Andy Greene.

Barring a ridiculously high contract amount, signing Hedberg to one more year isn’t a bad signing, in and of itself. He certainly demonstrated that he can step up when needed and when he wants to. He’s a class act who slid seamlessly into the role of back-up goaltender after he was used to being the starting goaltender in Atlanta. Also, playing back-up to Martin Brodeur doesn’t come without its own pressures. Personally, I would have loved to have seen Lou Lamoriello sign a successor to Brodeur (whose current contract is up at the end of the 2012 season).

FUN FACT:

Hedberg’s 2.38 GAA and .912 Save % from last season with the Devils are his career best. Hopefully, he’ll improve even more this season.

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Devils Pick Defenseman Adam Larsson (4th Overall) in the 2011 Entry Draft

Written by Debra Harrington on .








The Devils used the best draft pick they’ve had since 1991 (4th overall) to choose Swedish Defenseman Adam Larsson. If the commentators on TSN/Versus are to be believed, the Devils pulled off the steal of the draft by acquiring Larsson as the 4th overall pick. According to those same commentators, Larsson is the most NHL ready prospect in this year’s draft. He has great vision when passing the puck out of the defensive zone and also shoots right-handed (a rare sight on the Devils’ blueline lately). Of course, only time will tell whether or not the experts on TSN/Versus are correct in their assessment of Larsson. We have no way of knowing what either Larsson or the Devils’ thoughts are yet because, unlike with every other team and for reasons I can’t figure out, TSN didn’t interview the Devils or their pick.  One would have to assume that the Devils are thrilled...they did choose Larsson, after all.  But it would have been nice to actually hear them express their excitement and to hear what Larsson had to say.  (I'm just sayin'...)

One thing we do know is that Larsson couldn’t have gone to a classier organization than the Devils. Lou Lamoriello once again demonstrated this when he first took to the podium up on the draft stage. Before getting down to the business of the draft, Lamoriello congratulated the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins on behalf of the New Jersey Devils. So, congratulations to Adam Larsson for being chosen to become a part of such an amazing organization!

 

FUN FACT:

With the pick of Adam Larsson, four of the Devils’ last five 1st round picks have been from Sweden.

Niclas Bergfors (2005)

Mattias Tedenby (2008)

Jacob Josefson (2009)

Adam Larsson (2011)

They didn’t have a 1st round pick in 2007 and chose Matt Corrente (who is from Canada) in 2006.

 

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Draft Day 2011

Written by Debra Harrington on .





Today is Day 1 of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The Devils, for the first time in what seems like forever, actually have a decent drafting position. After missing the playoffs for the first time since 1996 and subsequently winning the draft lottery, the Devils find themselves in the 4th drafting position (the highest position they’ve had since they held the #3 spot in 1991).


So, who do the Devils have their eyes on in this entry draft? No one not named Lou Lamoriello or David Conte knows for sure, but Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice (http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/fireice) has reported that there are seven prospects that the Devils have had two interviews with. These include: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (C), Adam Larsson (D), Jonathan Huberdeau (F) and Gabriel Landeskog (F) (who are widely considered to be this year's top four overall prospects).  The remaining three are:  Sean Couturier (C), Ryan Murphy (D) and Ryan Strome (C). If the Devils pick one of the three prospects that are not considered to be in the top 4 overall, then they will likely be able to trade down their number 4 pick to a team with a lower pick and, in the process, could acquire better picks for the following rounds or future years’ drafts and even current prospects and players . You can watch live coverage of the 1st round of the draft starting tonight at 7pm on Versus.

 

FUN FACT:

As mentioned above, this year’s 4th pick will be the highest the Devils have had since their 3rd pick in 1991. The Devils used that pick to acquire Scott Niedermayer who went on to become not only one of the greatest Devils players of all time but also one of the greatest defensemen to ever play in the NHL. Here’s to hoping the Devils choose just as wisely this year!

 

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Devils Ship Arnott To Caps for David Steckel

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The Devils send Jason Arnott to the Washington Capitals for David Steckel and Washington's 2012 2nd Round pick. Steckel is owed 1.1 million for the next 2 years, becoming a UFA on July 1, 2013.

At first glance, this trade doesn't make a lot of sense to me. For one, Arnott's salary was coming off the books this summer as he was to become a UFA and now the Devils have added more money to their cap. Second, I'd much rather have a 2011 pick but I guess a 2012 pick is ok.

Arnott IS an aging center, I will give the masses that much and Steckel is supposed to be good at faceoffs but like I mentioned this morning, why screw with the chemistry. Maybe Arnott never lit the fire under Elias' ass like it was hoped he would, but I still think Arnott brought something to the table. Lets not dismiss that we've traded a guy that has size and has score 13 goals and 11 assists this season for a guy who's scored only 5 goals and 6 assists. While Arnott has produced like we hoped, for me, Steckel lost his game as soon as he signed his 3 year extension. His only notable play this season was cracking Crosby's skull on Jan 1st. Speaking of Sidney Crosby, he can't be happy that he'll be facing David Steckel 6 times a year now!!

My hope is that Steckel coming in doesn't ruin anything the Devils have done in their last 21 games and maybe can win a few important face-offs. Other than that, I'm not really thrilled about this move.

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FINALLY, IT'S OVER!

Written by AJ Manderichio on .

According to Darren Dreger of The Sporting News and Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, the NHL and the NHLPA have reached an agreement on CBA amendments, clearing the way for Ilya Kovalchuk’s 15-year, $100 million contract to be approved.

Read more on the decision after the jump

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New Kovalchuk Contrat Submitted; Devils Awaiting League Approval

Written by AJ Manderichio on .

The Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk are once again at the mercy of the National Hockey League.

Both sides submitted a new contract to the league this past Friday. The Devils and Kovalchuk worked extensively with the league to create the framework of a new contract, which is a 15-year, $100 million dollar contract. Kovalchuk will account for a $6.66 million dollar cap hit.

Continue reading for more details on the newly-submitted contract.

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