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We're #28 in this preseason poll

05 October 2015 - 09:35 AM



28. New Jersey Devils (2014-15 record: 32-36-14, 13th in East): This once-proud organization has missed the playoffs four of the last five years and it figures to be five out of six once Game No. 82 is over. 

Former Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero was brought in to replace team icon Lamoriello, but it'll be a while before he can fix the mess he inherited. The offense was 28th last year (2.15 goals a game) and it's difficult to see how that will improve much. After all, this team still relies a lot on 39-year-old forward Patrik Elias. Goalie Cory Schneider (.925 saves percentage) is the team's biggest strength. He will have to steal a lot of games for this team to get out of the lower tier.

Devils sign Lee Stempniak to one-year $850K deal

03 October 2015 - 04:33 PM

After a strong training camp as a tryout, right wing Lee Stempniak signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Devils today.

The deal was first reported by Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest.


Stempniak, 32, had one goal and one assist in five preseason games with Devils.


The 5-foot-11, 196-pound West Seneca, N.Y. native has 165 goals and 204 assists for 369 points in 708 career NHL regular season games with the St. Louis, Toronto, Arizona, Calgary, Pittsburgh, the Rangers and Winnipeg. He split last season between the Rangers and Winnipeg, putting up 15 goals and 13 assists in 71 regular season games and then adding one goal and no assists in four playoff games with the Jets.


In 28 career playoff games, Stempniak has three goals and three assists.



Another Chump Move by Kovalchuk

25 August 2015 - 10:13 AM

If Ilya Kovalchuk does return to play in the NHL again some day, he can expect to be showered with boos from more than just Devils fans in New Jersey.

All of Canada would surely have something to say to the talented winger now that he has officially been cited as the reason Russian players deliberately left the ice at the conclusion of the 2015 world championships in Prague before Canada's national anthem was played to celebrate that country's gold medal victory.


After studying video evidence, the IIHF said Kovalchuk gave an "unmistakable head gesture" as a signal for teammates to skate off the ice early after receiving their silver medals. Most of the Russian players did not stay to hear the Canadian anthem and watch the flags of the three medallist countries being raised.