Former exec sues Devils GM

A former Prudential Center executive has sued New Jersey Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello, claiming he jeopardized his livelihood by falsely accusing him of running the arena poorly.

Richard Krezwick, the former president of Devils Arena Entertainment, seeks $2.3 million in the lawsuit filed this week in federal court in New Jersey.

Krezwick also claims he was offered a four-year contract to become chief executive of MetLife Stadium – the home of the NFL’s New York Jets and Giants – at a base salary of $700,000. But he said he turned down the offer when then-Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek promised him a future multiyear contract.

The Devils declined to comment on the suit.

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Elias has two All-Star assists

The Devils’ Patrik Elias had two assists for Team Toews in its 17-12 win over Team Foligno in the NHL All-Star Game Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.

Elias, 38, made his fourth All-Star appearance. He has a goal and six assists in those games, including two assists in 2000.

The Devils, who have been off since Jan. 19, resume the season Wednesday at home against Toronto (weather permitting).


Links: AP recap | Box score

Nash selects Elias in All-Star Draft

Rick Nash may have made a lot of Rangers fans angry, but he knew what he was doing when selecting Patrick Elias in the 2015 All-Star Draft (Devils, Jan. 23).

“We’ve got a good leadership guy for the dressing room, one of the most respected guys in the NHL,” Nash said before the pick. “Ranger fans won’t be happy, but from the Devils, Patrick Elias.”

Elias, who also participated in the All-Star Game in 2000, 2002 and 2011, was selected as the 12th pick in the draft.

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Albany Devils helped Kinkaid prepare for NHL

Keith Kinkaid is off to a strong start in his first season between the pipes in the NHL for the Devils — but it was with the other Devils in Albany where he said he became truly prepared for the road ahead (Devils, Jan. 16).

“It’s valuable. It definitely gives you that time to prepare and get ready when your chance comes to be in the NHL,” Kinkaid said of his experience in the AHL. “For me, the three-plus years in Albany definitely helped me, especially starting out in the beginning of the year, playing two games in New Jersey and then finally getting my first NHL start. It was definitely a good feeling, and they did it right. They manage you right and once the opportunity comes, you’ve got to take advantage of it.”

Kinkaid, who posted his AHL career-high 24 wins last season, said making the playoffs at the end of that season was definitely one of the highlights of his early career.

“Probably making the playoffs for the first time in my three years there,” he said of his favorite moments with Albany. “We played a good team in St. John’s and they made it to the Finals there, but the experience definitely helped us. Hopefully Albany can get in again this year.”

While the Devils head into the All-Star break, the Albany Devils will take the ice at the Prudential Center on Wednesday, Jan. 21 to welcome the Islanders affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Game Recap: Devils 5 — Sharks 2

Result: The Devils broke open a close game with two third-period goals and entered the All-Star break with their second win in three games in California.



Need to Know: Devils goalie Cory Schneider had 34 saves, including 18 in the third period, when the Sharks outshot the Devils, 18-5.

The Devils took a 3-2 lead on Michael Cammalleri’s power-play goal with 5:15 left in the second period. The Devils outshot the Sharks 29-18 in the first 40 minutes.

Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson scored in the third period. Zajac scored with 8:50 remaining for his fourth goal and eighth point in his last 10 games. He also won 14 of 18 faceoffs. Josefson, who missed the last nine games with the flu, had the Devils final goal short-handed with 5:28 left, and an assist. He won eight of 10 faceoffs.

Adam Henrique had two assists to take the team lead in points (26) from Jaromir Jagr (25). . . . Scott Gomez had two assists to give him nine points in his last eight games (two goals, six assists).

The Devils led 2-1 after the first period on goals by Jordin Tootoo and Steve Bernier. They had 17 shots in the period, two more than their total in a 5-1 loss to Anaheim Friday.

San Jose, which scored early in the first and second periods, has lost five of six.


Links: AP recap | Box Score


What’s Next: The Devils are off for nine days during the All-Star break. They start a five-game home stand Wednesday Jan. 28 against Toronto.

Lamoriello: Kinkaid did ‘as well as he could’ in 5-1 loss

Devils rookie goaltender Keith Kinkaid warmed up as quickly as he could after starting goalie Cory Schneider left Fridays game one period in with an unspecified upper-body injury (Fire and Ice, Jan. 17).

Kinkaid found out he was going to take over just a few minutes before the second period against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. Although he ultimately allowed four goals on 25 shots in the last two periods, en route to the Devils’ 5-1 loss, interim coach Lou Lamoriello said Kinkaid, “handled it as well as he could.”

“It’s tough going in like that without getting any warm-up or shots, but that’s part of the game,” Lamoriello said. “You have to be ready when called upon.”

Kinkaid tried to be ready. He said he “juggled a few racket balls and tried to play catch with myself.”

“There was a little talk that just be ready,” Kinkaid said. “I started stretching, but it was definitely short notice.”

The rookie ended up giving up two goals on the first three shots, giving the Ducks a 3-1 lead in the second.

“It’s was a little tough there,” Kinkaid said. “I didn’t have much time to get ready, but I’ve got to stay ready at all times. I was a little cold out there, but I’ve got to find a way.”

Though he struggled out of the gate, Kinkaid emphasized that he didn’t want to make excuses for his performance.

“As a backup, you’ve got to be ready all the time,” said Kinkaid. “I could have been ready in the first. I didn’t feel sharp at first. I’ve got to find a way to get sharp real quick. As soon as I got a few shots, I felt more comfortable.”