With Marin Brodeur’s contract up this off-season he has not decided if he will retire, re-sign with the Devils, or with another team.
Pete DeBoer is keeping his job as coach of the New Jersey Devils despite missing the playoffs in two straight seasons.
Devils President Lou Lamoriello said on Sunday that DeBoer is under contract for next season and he will return.
“There are a lot of rumors going on, a lot of misinformation about our coach,” Lamoriello said during a hastily called news conference after the first period of the Devils’ 3-2 win over Boston. “So, I’m going to step out of character and put this to rest.
“Pete DeBoer is under contract for next year, has been under contract for next year, and will be coaching next year. That’s all I have to say.”
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The Devils played their final game of the season Sunday afternoon at the Prudential Center, defeating the Bruins 3-2.
During the first intermission, team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello – attempting to put rumors to rest – said that head coach Pete DeBoer will return for the 2014-2015 season (Gulitti, April 13).
Martin Brodeur got the start in net in what may have been his final game as a Devil. Brodeur saluted the crowd from center-ice after the victory and was awarded the first star – returning to the ice as the crowd chanted his name.
The Devils jumped in front 1-0 at the 7:12 mark of the first period, when Marek Zidlicky beat Bruins goalie Chad Johnson with a wrap-around.
Boston evened things up with 32 seconds left in the first on a power-play goal by Loui Eriksson.
At the 3:52 mark of the third period, the Devils took a 2-1 lead when Travis Zajac tipped one in.
Less than three minutes later, the Devils extended their advantage to 3-1 when Marek Zidlicky notched his second goal of the game on a slapshot.
Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins with 16 seconds left in the third to cut the Devils lead to 3-2.
Jaromir Jagr had two assists in the game, tying and then passing Gordie Howe for eighth on the NHL’s all-time list.
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Frans Nielsen, Josh Bailey and Ryan Strome scored in the shootout, and the New York Islanders beat the New Jersey 3-2 in what might have been Devils goalie Martin Brodeur’s final start. >> Read the full recap at SNY.tv
Ryan Carter and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils in the first period.
Devils coach Pete DeBoer hasn’t said whether the soon-to-be 42 year-old Brodeur will start the season finale against Boston at home on Sunday. Cory Schneider is in line to be the Devils’ No. 1 goalie of the future.
Brodeur, the NHL career leader in wins (687) and shutouts (124) in a 20-year career with New Jersey, is in the last season of his contract. He won three Stanley Cup titles with the Devils.
The Devils close out the season on Sunday against the Bruins at 3 p.m.
Glenn “Chico” Resch will retire from the broadcast booth after 18 years during Friday night’s Devils game.
“I never thought of this as a profession because at the end of the day I’m talking about hockey, a sport that I love and have a tremendous amount of respect for,” Resch said. “That’s why I’ve always had a special relationship with the people watching on TV and cheering in the arena – I’m an extension of them. I’ve been lucky to do this for 18 years and I’ve enjoyed every handshake and conversation I’ve ever had with Devils fans.”
Sunday’s Devils and Bruins game will be his last.
New York, NY (April 11, 2014) – MSG Networks hockey analyst Glenn “Chico” Resch announced his retirement from the New Jersey Devils broadcast booth during tonight’s Devils-Islanders telecast on MSG+. Sunday’s Devils-Bruins matchup at 3:00 p.m. on MSG will be his final hockey telecast on MSG Networks.
Resch will join Al Trautwig, E.J. Hradek, Ken Daneyko and Ron Duguay on “Hockey Night Live” Saturday at 9:30 p.m. to talk about his career on the ice and in the broadcast booth. He will then say goodbye to fans in a special postgame segment following Sunday’s game. The Devils will recognize their television analyst of 18 years during the first period of Sunday’s contest.
“I never thought of this as a profession because at the end of the day I’m talking about hockey, a sport that I love and have a tremendous amount of respect for,” said Resch. “That’s why I’ve always had a special relationship with the people watching on TV and cheering in the arena – I’m an extension of them. I’ve been lucky to do this for 18 years and I’ve enjoyed every handshake and conversation I’ve ever had with Devils fans.”
“I’d like to thank MSG Networks, especially the Devils production team and my broadcast partners, for their friendship and dedication over the years,” continued Resch. “And thank you to the Devils for the many memories both on the ice and in the booth.”
Resch joined MSG Networks in 1996 and was paired with Devils play-by-play legend Mike “Doc” Emrick for 14 years. For the past three seasons, Resch has called games alongside play-by-play partner Steve Cangialosi.
“From the first day I met Chico in 1983 when he was the Devils’ goalie, I was like everyone else who crossed his path, especially Devils fans – I felt welcomed, I felt like I had a friend, and I knew I was not around a dull person,” said Emrick. “I will always remember watching so many great Devils performances together. I felt like we were broadcasting in Camelot. I imagine him getting back to Minnesota next week, hitting an antique store and then heading to the shack to ice fish, something he will probably be able to do up there until mid-May. I am very happy for Chico and his family.”
“Few people in the National Hockey League have been more giving of their time to the fans than Chico,” said Cangialosi. “It’s not uncommon to see him talking strategy with ticket holders an hour after the game. His energy and enthusiasm have been an inspiration to me.”
“Area hockey fans have had the opportunity to enjoy Chico’s work as a player and broadcaster for nearly 30 years, as he’s had an exquisite career both on and off the ice,” said Daniel Ronayne, general manager and executive vice president, MSG Networks. “We certainly will miss his spirit and hockey analysis, and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life. Chico will always be a part of the MSG Networks family.”
“Chico Resch was a fan favorite during his 22 seasons with the Devils’ organization, first as a player, and more recently as a broadcaster,” said Devils’ President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. “He was an original Devil who brought a smile to the rink every day. Chico and his wife, Diane, will always be a part of the Devils’ family.”
A native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, Resch began a 14-year National Hockey League career in 1973 with the New York Islanders. He appeared in 571 NHL games as a goaltender with the Islanders, Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers. Resch compiled a career record of 231-224-82 along with 26 shutouts and a 3.27 goals-against average, and won the Stanley Cup as a member of the 1979-80 Islanders.
Resch played in 282 games with the Islanders, allowing a club-low 2.56 goals per game. He tallied 25 shutouts for the team, the most in franchise history, en route to a 157-69-47 record. He was named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team twice – in 1975-76 and 1978-79 – and was the recipient of the 1981-82 Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
In March of 1981 Resch was traded to the Colorado Rockies only to return to the tri-state area the following season when the franchise moved east and became the New Jersey Devils. He was immediately embraced by the Meadowlands crowd and enjoyed a successful career in the Garden State. In 1986 he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers and in 1987 he retired from professional hockey.
Resch served as goaltending coach for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 1987-88 season before embarking on a broadcasting career with the Minnesota North Stars. In 1990 he returned to the coaching ranks, serving as goaltending coach and scout for the North Stars. The following year he became the general manager and coach of the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. From 1992-96 Resch worked in the Ottawa Senators organization as a goaltending coach and scout, which included time as a bench coach during the 1995-96 campaign. He returned to broadcasting permanently in 1996 when he joined MSG Networks.
Before embarking on his NHL career, Resch attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he played two seasons for the Bulldogs. He was given the nickname “Chico” by former Islanders teammate Doug Rombough, who chided Resch as he attempted to learn to speak Spanish during his first year with the team. The reference is to the television show “Chico and the Man.”
Thursday night in Ottawa, the Devils fell to the Senators 2-1 in a shootout.
The Senators took a 1-0 lead midway through the second period when Mike Hoffman beat Cory Schneider with a wrist shot.
Michael Ryder tied things up for the Devils at the 17:26 mark of the second with an unassisted wrist shot.
Erik Karlsson notched the game winner for Ottawa in the shootout.
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The Devils take on the Islanders Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Prudential Center.
The Devils will miss the playoffs for a second straight year.
New Jersey was eliminated from playoff contention on Thursday night when Detroit beat Pittsburgh in a shootout and Columbus beat Dallas.
They will miss the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons.
There are three games remaining in the Devils season.
The Devils players voted on team awards and they named Jaromir Jagr the MVP for the 2013-14 season.
Ryan Carter was voted the players’ player award winner, while Andy Green was awarded the unsung hero award.
The Devils (34-29-16) fell to the Calgary Flames (34-38-7) by a score of 1-0 Monday evening at the Prudential Center.
New Jersey looked as though it picked up the initial lead in the first, but the goal was waved off as officials determined that Ryan Carter kicked the puck into the net.
After a scoreless two periods, the Flames got on the board 23 seconds into the third with a slapshot by Mark Giordano in the final three seconds of a power-play opportunity.
With the Devils’ loss, the Rangers have now clinched a playoff spot.
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The Devils will return to action Thursday when they take on the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre at 7:30 p.m.