Darren Drager tweeted this morning reporting that the Minnesota Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky has waived his no trade clause to come to the Devils. No deal has officially made. Things are in the works. Zidlicky has 1 more year left on his deal after this season at a $4 million cap hit.
I think this would be great for Zidlicky and the Devils. He will provide great depth for the Devils as they hope to move up in the standings. If the Devils don’t have to give up too much for him it’ll be a great deal for the Devils.
Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first hat trick as a Devil in a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. He also assisted on Petr Sykora’s goal. Kovalchuk has been red hot since the All Star break. Congrats to Kovy on his first New Jersey Devils hat trick.
First Period- Kovalchuk (23)
Second Period- Pominville (21)
Third Period- Sykora (13) and Kovalchuk (24) and Kovalchuk (25)
Next Game: 2/16 vs Anaheim Ducks 7:00 pm.
Ilya Kovalchuk Postgame:
“Zach has an empty-net breakaway and I was thinking he was going to put it in. But that says a lot about his leadership and that’s what we were talking about to get me the third one right before that. He said, ‘Even if I get an empty-net breakaway, I will spin and try to find you’ and he did, so it’s nice.”
Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“It’s a close-knit group. It’s a really unselfish group. There’s not a guy in that room that would shoot a puck in an empty net if he could pass it to somebody else. That’s kind of the mentality they have and it’s nice when you see that.”
Devils outdrew the Sabres 27-26
Devils outshot the Sabres 31-30
Devils went 2 for 7 on the power play.
Sabres outhit the Devils 22-9
I am giving this week’s Player of the Week award to Martin Brodeur. He played extremely well in the Devils 5 game win streak that ended against the St. Louis Blues (Hedberg was in net in the loss). He did play well in the loss the Florida Panthers on Saturday. The two goals he gave up there was nothing he could have done on those goals. So Marty’s strong play warrants him Player of the Week.
ESPN has posted their weekly power rankings. In a week where the Devils looked like one of the hottest teams in the NHL they fell in the power rankings all thanks to their last two losses to the St. Louis Blues and Florida Panthers. They had a lead in both losses and came up short. Just days before the Devils were playing extremely well against the Rangers and Flyers and Penguins. Last week they were ranked 8th now they are 10th. Give this a read.
Martin Brodeur gave up 2 goals in a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers this afternoon. He returned from sitting out a game from a sore ankle. His ankle was fine throughout today’s game. Give it a look.
Steve Bernier scored the only goal for the Devils today in a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. It was his first NHL goal with the New Jersey Devils. Also it was his first NHL goal since February 10th, 2011 as a member of the Florida Panthers. Isn’t that a little ironic scoring your first NHL goal with another club against your former team almost a year to the date.