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July 31, 2009
Gionta (Stephen) stays in New Jersey Devils' organization
Richard Wolowicz/Getty ImagesDevils GM Lou Lamoriello announced the signing of eight players Friday morning. The Devils were able to keep one Gionta. Stephen Gionta, the 25-year-old brother of former Devils right winger Brian Gionta, was among eight players signed Friday. The others were...
July 30, 2009
Construction underway on New Jersey Devils' Championship Plaza
William Perlman/The Star-LedgerConstruction has begun on Championship Plaza near the Prudential Center, celebrating the Devils' 28-year history. Construction has begun on the Prudential Center's Championship Plaza, an outdoor area designed to celebrate the Devils' 28-year history. ...
Brendan Shanahan will make the call as to whether he returns to New Jersey Devils
Ed Mulholland/US PresswireA decision on whether Brendan Shanahan returns to the Devils this season will probably be made by the end of next week. It will be Shanahan's call. It will be Brendan Shanahan's call. The Devils want the veteran winger, but general manager Lou Lamoriello told me on...
July 27, 2009
Brendan Shanahan ready for 22nd NHL season, but will it be with New Jersey Devils?
Chris Seward/Raleigh News There is enough interest around the league in Brendan Shanahan that the veteran winger is already looking forward to training camp and his 22nd NHL season. But agent Rick Curran wouldn't say on Monday if Shanahan and the Devils were getting close to a deal...
July 22, 2009
New Jersey Devils winger Zach Parise hopes NHLPA lets Olympic hopefuls skate
Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerZach Parise hopes to be able to skate at the US Olympic training camp with the blessing of the NHLPA. The NHL Players Association has recommended that its union members do not take part in on-ice activities in the upcoming Olympic training camps. For Devils winger...
Travis Zajac signed by New Jersey Devils to avert salary arbitration
A potentially uncomfortable salary arbitration hearing was averted Wednesday when the Devils were able to sign restricted free agent center Travis Zajac to a new multi-year contract. The arbitration hearing was scheduled for Friday in Toronto. I will have more details later.
July 21, 2009
New Jersey Devils will open five-game preseason schedule vs. Rangers
Ann Heisenfelt/APJacques Lemaire and the Devils open a five-game preseason schedule Sept. 16 against the Rangers. The Devils will open their five-game preseason schedule on Sept. 16 against the Rangers at the Prudential Center. They will face the Rangers once and both the Islanders and Flyers...
July 20, 2009
With no agreement in sight, New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac is headed for Friday's arbitration hearing; Kevin Weekes is out of the picture
Grant Halverson/Getty ImagesThe Devils have been unable to come to an agreement with restricted free agent center Travis Zajac, so salary arbitration is likely. The Devils would like to have avoided salary arbitration with center Travis Zajac, but that is now unlikely. Zajac and general...
New Jersey Devils defenseman Jay Leach married over weekend
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils defenseman Jay Leach (25) was married on Saturday in New Hampshire. Jay Leach, the veteran defenseman who did a solid job last season after being recalled from the minors, married Kathryn Tappen this past Saturday in New Hampshire. Leach, 29, played 24 games...
July 17, 2009
Mattias Tedenby scores four goals in NJ Devils rookie scrimmage
John O'Boyle/The Star-LedgerPierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond missed the Devils' scrimmage on Friday because he needed stitches. So much for that good chemistry between Mattias Tedenby and Jacob Josefson. Tedenby did just fine on Friday without his line mate. Tedenby, playing with David McIntyre at...
Rookie camp will conclude with scrimmage open to public on Saturday
Devils fans will have one chance to watch the team's top prospects before rookie camp breaks. A team spokesman just said Saturday's scrimmage at 10 a.m. will be opened to the public. Fans are asked to enter the AmeriHealth Pavilion at the Prudential Center from the Mulberry Street entrance...
NJ Devils sign defenseman Cory Murphy
The Devils announced the signing of defenseman Cory Murphy, who spent last season with the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning, on Friday morning. Murphy, 31, agreed to a two-way deal with the Devils. He played in 25 games for Tampa Bay last season and had five goals and 10 assists. The...
Jeff Frazee hoping to land backup goaltender job with NJ Devils
John O'Boyle/The Star-LedgerJeff Frazee posted a 28-22-6 record and had a 2.62 GAA with AHL Lowell last season. Jeff Frazee spent all of last summer training in New Jersey. He got away from home in Minnesota, where the stain of the worst hockey season of his career remained. It worked so well...
July 16, 2009
Rod Pelley hoping to live up to comparisons to former NJ Devils center John Madden
John O'Boyle/The Star-LedgerRod Pelley, shown at Devils rookie camp this week, has played 67 NHL games. When the Devils let John Madden walk as a free agent, they had Rod Pelley in mind. "We have to make room for Rod Pelley and a couple of others," general manager Lamoriello said on July 1.High...
July 15, 2009
Swedish prospects Mattias Tedenby and Jacob Josefson spending plenty of time together at NJ Devils rookie camp
John O'Boyle/The Star-LedgerJacob Josefson has been attached to the hip of fellow Swede Mattias Tedenby this week at rookie camp. The last two first-round picks of the Devils were assigned lockers next to each other for rookie camp. They flew over from Sweden together. And they have been line...
New Jersey Devils' 2009-10 schedule released
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils fans won't get a chance to boo former coach Brent Sutter at the Rock this season. The Devils will play the Flames, Sutter's new team, in Calgary in March. The NHL released its 2009-2010 schedule Wednesday afternoon and the Devils will open their regular season...
Former NJ Devils assistant coach John MacLean taking 'right step' with AHL head coaching job
Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerJohn MacLean, right, shown with Patrik Elias during MacLean's days as Devils assistant coach, is grateful to remain in the Devils organization. Given the choice of remaining an assistant at the NHL level under new Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire or becoming a head man...
July 14, 2009
NJ Devils giving Rod Pelley chance to step into role vacated by John Madden
John O'Boyle/The Star-LedgerRod Pelley is humbled by comparisons to former Devils center John Madden. When the Devils let John Madden walk at the start of free agency, they had Rod Pelley in mind. And general manager Lou Lamoriello made no secret of it. "We have to make room for Rod Pelley and a...
While the Devils hired a head coach, rookie camp opened -- and Sergei Brylin was there
John O'Boyle/The Star-LedgerThe Devils invited 38 players to rookie camp, including first-round pick Jacob Josefson. Officially without a head coach Monday morning, the Devils' assistants and support staff took over as rookie camp began at the Prudential Center. The Devils invited 38 players to...
July 13, 2009
New Jersey Devils' general manager Lou Lamoriello says Jacques Lemaire is the 'right man' to be the Devils' coach
Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerDevils GM Lou Lamoriello called new coach Jacques Lemaire a great teacher and said he and Lemaire "had a great relationship'' during Lemaire's first stint with the team. Lou Lamoriello hired Jacques Lemaire for a second tour of duty as Devils coach "because he's the...
New Jersey Devils hire Jacques Lemaire to be their new head coach
Coach who led franchise to first Stanley Cup returns behind benchTim Farrell/The Star-LedgerThe Devils have hired Jacques Lemaire as their coach, hoping the leader of the 1995 Stanley Cup champions can bring back the glory years to the franchise. The Devils have gone back to the future for their...
New Jersey Devils will name head coach later today
The Devils have scheduled a 1:30 p.m. conference call to make "a major announcement" later today, when, obviously, a new head coach will be named. Since a conference call is being held, one can assume that John MacLean, who is here at the Prudential Center for the beginning of rookie camp, is not...
July 11, 2009
Jeff Frazee, Rod Pelley among players who will attend New Jersey Devils rookie camp
Joe Epstein/The Star-LedgerGoalie Jeff Frazee is among those players who will attend the Devils' rookie camp next week. Goaltender Jeff Frazee, who could serve as Martin Brodeur's backup next season, will be among thoe players attending the Devils' rookie camp next week. Also scheduled to...
July 10, 2009
GM Lou Lamoriello says New Jersey Devils won't name a head coach before next week; Brendan Shanahan still on club's radar
Ed Mulholland/US PresswireThe Devils are still thinking about bringing back unrestricted free agent Brendan Shanahan. The Devils still do not have a head coach and they won't have one by the time rookie camp opens on Monday. But general manager Lou Lamoriello said Friday it is likely the...
Former Islanders goalie Yann Danis signed by New Jersey Devils
Paul J. Bereswill/APThe Devils signed former Islanders goalie Yann Danis Friday. The Devils signed former Islanders goalie Yann Danis Friday, which may mean the team feels minor league prospect Jeff Frazee is not yet ready to serve as Martin Brodeur's backup. Danis, 28, was 10-17-3 with a...
Former Islanders goalie Yann Danis signed by New Jersey Devils
Paul J. Bereswill/APThe Devils signed former Islanders goalie Yann Danis Friday. The Devils signed former Islanders goalie Yann Danis Friday, which may mean the team feels minor league prospect Jeff Frazee is not yet ready to serve as Martin Brodeur's backup. Danis, 28, was 10-17-3 with a...
Former Islanders goalie Yann Danis signed by New Jersey Devils
Paul J. Bereswill/APThe Devils signed former Islanders goalie Yann Danis Friday. The Devils signed former Islanders goalie Yann Danis Friday, which may mean the team feels minor league prospect Jeff Frazee is not yet ready to serve as Martin Brodeur's backup. Danis, 28, was 10-17-3 with a...
July 8, 2009
Claude Lemieux says '95 Conn Smythe Trophy he won with New Jersey Devils was one of his career highlights
Jonathan Cooper/APClaude Lemieux said he has always had a special relationship with the Devils and GM Lou Lamoriello. Claude Lemieux made it official on Wednesday when he ended a career that should earn him a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame some day. Speaking on a conference call with...
Ilkka Pikkarainen signed one-year contract with New Jersey Devils
Richard Wolowicz/Getty ImagesThe deal Devils GM Lou Lamoriello gave to Ilkka Pikkarainen was for one season. Ilkka Pikkarainen, who has been penciled-in as a third or fourth-line right winger for the Devils next season on the club's preseason depth chart, was signed to a one-year contract. ...
Former New Jersey Devils winger Claude Lemieux retires at 44
Paul Sancya/APClaude Lemieux, who made a comeback to the NHL last season with the San Jose Sharks, will formally retire Wednesday. After a career in which he won four Stanley Cup championships, including two with the Devils, Claude Lemieux has decided to retire. Lemieux, 44, revealed his...
New Jersey Devils' rookie camp to begin on Monday
Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesJacob Josefson, the Devils' top pick in the 2009 entry draft, will be among those players attending rookie camp next week. Top 2009 draft pick Jacob Josefson will be among those players attending the Devils' rookie camp beginning Monday at the Prudential Center in...
July 6, 2009
New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac opts for salary arbitration
Grant Halverson/Getty ImagesDevils center Travis Zajac (19) has opted to go to salary arbitration. Devils center Travis Zajac, a restricted free agent, has opted for salary arbitration later this summer. Zajac, who earned $984,000 last season, has been unable to work out a new deal with the...

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