Archive for the ‘New Jersey Devils’ Category

New Jersey Devils: ‘We Don’t Want Too Many Drafts Picks’

Photo by sarah sosiak According to the New York Post the New Jersey Devils turned down a better offer from the Flyers for Jamie Langenbrunner. Instead, the Devils dealt him to Dallas. It seems Devils GM Lou Lamoriello didn’t want to deal Langenbrunner to a division rival, although Lamoriello told the Post he would, in […]

Devils Not Waiting for Best Deal for Jamie Langenbrunner

Photo by verndogs So it seems like Jamie Langenbrunner is getting a pardon from the governor and will soon be traded away from the New Jersey Devils. It looks like the Flyers are the most probable destination, given that Langenbrunner has been asked to waive his no-trade clause and he probably doesn’t want to move […]

The Atlantic Division: A Place to Learn About Losing

The Atlantic is turning into some kind of advanced failure seminar. The Islanders and Devils are rocking the cellar, each team still not in double-digit wins. Each team has to be looking at the other, trying to figure out just what the other one is doing wrong. For example, let’s look at how Devils’ GM […]

John MacLean Ready to Invest in a TARDIS for Ilya Kovalchuk

I continue to be fascinated by the implosion of the New Jersey Devils. It’s not fair to lay the failures of an injury-ridden team at the feet of one player, but Ilya Kovalchuk, he of the 15-year, $100 million contract, has just 10 points on the season, with only four goals. Claude Giroux has almost […]

Is Jarome Iginla Running Out of Mainstream Fame Options?

So it seems that the Flames aren’t going to try and trade Jarome Iginla. On the one hand, I think it’s great. Iginla’s from Alberta. He loves Calgary. He wants to play for the Flames. The fans love him. It’s a great situation. I also think it’s great for the Flames. They’re obviously having an […]

Not All NHL Coaches Appreciate the Transparency of Parity

Mike Heika makes the interesting case that the NHL has pretty much attained parity. Maybe not true parity, but less and less difference in the talent level of teams. To the extent that Heika says coaching and team effort is what wins games for a lot of NHL teams. James Gordon has a similar thought, […]

Ilya Kovalchuk Can Thank Martin St. Louis for the Failed Right Wing Experiment

Damien Cox has an interesting item on Ilya Kovalchuk’s struggles in New Jersey. He blames Kovalchuk’s time spent on his off wing. That’s not what’s so interesting. Most people picked up that Kovalchuk wasn’t comfortable playing right wing for the Devils. But Cox traces the origins of the off wing experiment to Devils assistant coach […]

Patrick Kane and Ilya Kovalchuk Make Third Line a Destination Line

It’s looking like the third line is the place to be for NHL stars. Chicago’s Patrick Kane practiced with the third line yesterday (with Dave Bolland and Viktor Stalberg), presumably to help him remember his defensive responsibilities, but also to get his offense going, too. Over in New Jersey, Ilya Kovalchuk is playing with Jamie […]

John MacLean Managing to Make Devils Into a Circus

Whatever the issue was with Devils coach John MacLean and Ilya Kovalchuk that led to Kovalchuk being scratched from Saturday’s Devils’ loss to the Sabres, it shows just how raw and unpolished a coach MacLean is. I’m on the record as being a fan of MacLean. I thought he would be the kind of coach […]

Banishing Sheldon Souray is the Right Call for the Oilers

I’m proud of the Oilers for banishing Sheldon Souray to the AHL. The AHL demotion isn’t about his talent (or lack of talent) so much as it’s about his attitude. Souray’s tenure in Edmonton has been defined by injuries and complaints about the organization. GM Steve Tambellini decided to take a risk on eating Souray’s […]