It’s getting late early for the Devils, who begin the week with just two wins in their last 11 games (2-6-3) and have fallen to a season-low four games below .500 (11-15-5), tied for 12th in the Eastern Conference standings.
Taking a look at who’s hot and who’s not on the NY/NJ sports landscape.
General manager Lou Lamoriello says the 34-year-old center signed a contract Sunday night and there is a good chance he will play against the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
The New Jersey Devils will begin the 40th overall season in franchise history, including their previous stops in Kansas City and Colorado, Thursday night against the Flyers in Philadelphia.
NHL free agency frenzy kicked off Tuesday, and there was enough money thrown around to end world hunger. But sometimes, general managers and owners act irresponsibly with their wallets.
This city offers Henrik Lundqvist everything he desires. He isn’t going to turn his back and throw it all away.
Brad Richards is without a role and will soon be bought out by the Rangers because of a shrinking salary cap and long offseason checklist for GM Glen Sather.
Indeed, the Devils general manager has been through this before — losing a marquee player to free agency — and his team has survived.
The Rangers are not in need of a dramatic shake-up. But when free agency comes around, you never know how things will unfold.
Josh Bailey scored the overtime winner as the Islanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 3-1 on Saturday night.
Richards has ignited the Rangers’ top line. And any doubts that he wasn’t capable of living up to his monster contract are long gone.
Finally, the Rangers have two superstars worthy of their salaries: Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.
Ryan McDonagh has made a knack of being in the right place at the right time throughout the young 2011-12 season. The 22-year old blue-liner continues to demonstrate why he’s set to be a big part of the Rangers future.
What a summer it was for the New York Rangers. A big signing, a new captain and more. After losing to the Capitals in five games in the first round of the playoffs last season, the Rangers added and removed what they thought was the problem.
After a sluggish start, four days off may be just what the New Jersey Devils needed to get back on track. A trip to Montreal shouldn’t hurt either.