The New Jersey Devils have acquired left wing Tuomo Ruutu from the Carolina Hurricanes for center Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third-round pick in 2017.
The Devils went 0-0-3 on their three-game road trip last week, losing shootouts to both Ottawa and Tampa Bay and falling in overtime to Florida.
With Ilya Kovalchuk on the mend and stars slumping, it’s imperative Devils GM Lou Lamoriello acquires a veteran scorer before the April 3 trade deadline.
Alex Killorn scored with 15.1 seconds left in the third period and Tampa Bay won 5-4 in a shootout over the New Jersey Devils to give new Lightning coach Jon Cooper a victory in his NHL debut on Friday night.
Mika Zibanejad scored the winner in the shootout to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Monday.
Martin Brodeur playfully asked what else he could have done for the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night, and coach Peter DeBoer had an idea. “If he would’ve got in a fight, he would’ve done a little bit of everything for us,” DeBoer said.
The player who couldn’t find his place in LA and was cast aside by the Kings is turning out to be the Devils’ treasure.
Ilya Kovalchuk capped New Jersey’s three-goal first period with his NHL-leading fourth short-handed goal, and the Devils beat the mistake-prone Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 on Wednesday night.
New Jersey is now an NHL-worst 1-5 in games decided after regulation after tying Colorado with a league-best 16-6 mark in games decided in either overtime or shootouts last season.
Andrew Ladd scored 8 seconds into the game, tying a franchise record, and finished with two goals and an assist to lead the Winnipeg Jets over the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Thursday night.
Ilya Kovalchuk and the determined Devils have the fortitude needed to win the Atlantic and perhaps make another visit to the Stanley Cup finals.