Lou Lamoriello has announced that star scorer Ilya Kovalchuk will miss 2-4 weeks after suffering a right shoulder injury.
The 40-year-old Brodeur last played in a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Feb. 21. The NHL’s all-time winningest goalie had an 8-2-3 mark with one shutout and a 2.27 goals-against average before being hurt.
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 and the determined Devils have the fortitude needed to win the Atlantic and perhaps make another visit to the Stanley Cup finals.
The Rangers were expected to be ready-made contenders straight out of the gates. So much for that.
Steve Bernier scored two big goals late in the third period as the Devils beat the Isles 3-0.
David Clarkson scored the winner as the Devils got their season off to an ideal start as they beat the Isles 2-1.
18-year-old Stefan Matteau unexpectedly made the Devils’ opening night roster. Now, he’s ready to make his mark with the Devils.
I trust that Lou will find the answer, but it might take him another year.
“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.”
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.
Signing Alexander Semin will help ease the scoring Devils’ void left by the loss of Zach Parise to the Wild.
The New Jersey Devils announced Tuesday that former defenseman and team captain Scott Stevens will return to the team as an assistant coach.
Devils assistant Adam Oates worked under three head coaches in his two seasons with New Jersey. Now he has a team of his own.
Martin Brodeur is leaning toward returning next season, but if this year’s Stanley Cup proves to be his last, the future Hall of Famer who wears number 30 will have played in 30 Final games, going 17 and 13.