The New Jersey Devils are believed to have received clearance to talk to former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma about New Jersey’s coaching vacancy, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (May 24, 12:00 a.m.)
The Penguins fired Bylsma after the 2013-14 season, but is still under contract. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford gave Buffalo and San Jose permission to speak to Bylsma.
Devils President Lou Lamoriello named former Penguins GM Ray Shero as general manager earlier this month. (May 4, 4:02 p.m.)
Bylsma is scheduled to interview with Buffalo this week. (May 24, 12:05 p.m.)
Devils GM Ray Shero expects Patrik Elias to have an impact next season (NHL, May 22).
Despite Elias’ comments earlier this week when he said he would be willing to leave the only NHL team he’d ever played for, Shero said he plans to talk to the veteran forward soon.
“I think [Patrik’s] going to be a big part of this team next year, and we’ll see where that’s going to take us,” Shero said in an interview with Northjersey.com. “When I sit down and talk to him, I’ll find out further his thoughts and things like that. But we did have a really nice talk on the phone and he is an interesting guy to talk to.
“I’ll find out more about him and where he’s at and what he thinks about next year and all those things. So I’m looking forward to sitting down and talking with him.”
Elias has already been thinking a lot about where he’ll fit into Shero’s plan.
“Honestly, if he wants to change things around and this is not a place for me anymore, it’s OK. It happens,” Elias said to Northjersey.com before Shero spoke up. “And if he wants to keep me around and still be a part of the team, then I’ll be more than happy.”
The 39-year-old has spent his entire 19-season career with the Devils and has one year remaining on his contract. He struggled this season, recording just 13 goals and 34 points in 69 games.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the salary cap for the 2015-16 season to settle in around $71 million, depending on the fluctuations of the Canadian dollar (AP, May 22)
The $71 million would reflect a five percent rise from this season’s $69 million cap.
Martin Brodeur has signed a three-year contract to become the St. Louis Blues’ assistant general manager.
The 43-year-old Brodeur played seven games for St. Louis this season, retiring Jan. 29 to become a senior adviser to Armstrong.
Brodeur played 21 seasons for New Jersey, leading the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and winning the Vezina Trophy four times as the NHL’s top goalie.
The Devils have spoken to Guy Boucher about their opening at head coach (Jean, May 20).
According to Louis Jean, the discussions were preliminary, and it’s unclear how new GM Ray Shero will proceed.
Boucher, 43, served as head coach of the Lightning from 2011 to the middle of the 2013 season, when he was fired.
The Devils fired head coach Peter DeBoer last December, and proceeded with co-coaches — including Lou Lamoriello — through the end of the season.
The New Jersey Devils re-signed forward Jordin Tootoo to a one-year deal worth $825,000, according to TVA Sports’ Renaud Lovoie.
Tootoo, 32, played 68 games with New Jersey last season, recording 10 goals and five assists.
He spent two seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and six with the Nashville Predators. He’s totaled 59 goals and 90 assists in 607 career games.
The Predators drafted him in the fourth round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.