Ilya Kovalchuk and the determined Devils have the fortitude needed to win the Atlantic and perhaps make another visit to the Stanley Cup finals.
The Nets will continue to be looking up at teams like the Spurs from echelons below. For now, I will look to be comforted by the Devils, a warm blanket of consistency in New York’s volatile sports landscape.
Travis Zajac is picking up where he left off after a strong 2012 playoffs, as he has two goals in two games to begin the new season.
I trust that Lou will find the answer, but it might take him another year.
GM Lou Lamoriello declined to provide terms, but said the deal was “long enough to keep (Zajac) a Devil.”
“It’s hard to replace guys like Zach and Sykie,” goaltender Johan Hedberg said. “Those are pure goal-scorers. This will be an opportunity for other guys to step up. We have talent in this system, and sometimes all you need is opportunity.”
Goaltender Martin Brodeur has seen it all in leading the New Jersey Devils to three Stanley Cups and two other finals.
Ilya Kovalchuk will be back in the United States Tuesday and practice with the Devils on Wednesday.
Ilya Kovalchuk’s desire to remain in the KHL must have burned Lou Lamoriello and the Devils up.
Kovalchuk, who signed a 15-year, $100 million contract with New Jersey in 2010, played in a KHL game Tuesday. He told Russian media he was playing to stay in shape pending the end of the lockout.
Two days of marathon labor talks later, NHL owners and players were still working to reach a deal on Thursday.
Some of the NHL’s biggest stars are rushing to Europe with no end to the lockout in sight.
The New Jersey Devils have signed first-round draft pick Stefan Matteau to an entry-level contract, the team announced on Tuesday.
Signing Alexander Semin will help ease the scoring Devils’ void left by the loss of Zach Parise to the Wild.
Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey’s longtime general manager, as well as former players Mike Modano and Eddie Olczyk, were recently selected into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.