The Devils have yet to find a replacement for Matt Shaw, who left the team in late May to become the head coach and GM at Dubuque Fighting Saints of USHL.
“We’re going to address that real soon. It really wasn’t a priority at this point,” Lou Lamoriello told Rich Chere of Star Ledger today.
Shaw, 47, spend one season with the Devils after joining them from the San Jose Sharks.
12:53PM: Pierre LeBrun tweets that Clowe has signed with the Devils for FIVE years and a cap hit of $4.85 million.
12:50PM: Pierre LeBrun tweets “Believe the Devils have agreed to terms with Ryane Clowe on five-year deal with Devils. Waiting for confirmation”
10:55AM: According to several reports, left wing Ryane Clowe could end up as a New Jersey Devil this afternoon as NHL free agency officially opens up.
Darren Dreger tweeted today that he would be “really surprised” if Clowe wasn’t a Devil by midday. Bob McKenzie of TSN also believes that Clowe will end up with the Devils.
Tom Gulitti of The Record tweeted that there’s a strong possibility that Clowe will be coming to the Devils.
Clowe, 30, had three goals and five assists in 12 regular season games with the Rangers after being traded from San Jose Sharks on April 3. He went goalless, but picked up 11 assists in 28 games with the Sharks before the trade. Also to mention, Clowe suffered two concussions during the regular season.
Corey GriffinAs Chris Wassel pointed out on Twitter, there was always going to be a gross overpayment in free agency. The Devils were desperate for offense and unless Reid Boucher plans on showing up and potting 30 goals as a rookie next season, they had to find it in free agency. With that in mind, this is still an absolutely terrible deal. Just awful. It’s not so much the average annual value — the $4.85 million is similar to what David Clarkson got from Toronto — but the term. My lord, the term. FIVE years! For a player who was held together by tape for most of last season. And let’s not forget that Clowe, who’s already slow-footed, will be 35 going on 36 by the end of the deal. Do you really envision Ryane Clowe as a guy who’s going to hold up until his late 30s? Didn’t think so.
Look, Clowe is a solid replacement for Clarkson. He’s bigger, just as physical and the foot speed is similar. He’s definitely a better goal scorer than Clarkson, at least if you look at both players’ history. My problem isn’t so much with the player or the skill set as it is with the fact that Lou Lamoriello appears to be planning for now and for the future, but not in the good way. He appears to be trying to win/compete for the playoffs now with guys like Clowe and Elias while simultaneously trying to build for the future by acquiring Cory Schneider. In short, it feels like Lamoriello is playing Twister with the Devils’ roster and he’s stretched it so thin that we’re just waiting for the inevitable collapse.
Free agent forward David Clarkson may be leaning away from the Devils after sources confirmed today that the 29-year-old visited the Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers.
Bruce Garrioch of Ottawa Sun tweeted that Clarkson visited the Senators on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Aaron Ward of TSN reported that Clarkson met with the Edmonton Oilers today.
Sources confirming David Clarkson met with the Edmonton Oilers today in Edmonton. #TSN
— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) July 4, 2013
According to Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean, there are two teams that are really pushing for potential unrestricted free agent David Clarkson.
“The two teams pushing hard for David Clarkson are Toronto & Edmonton,” MacLean said on NiteCap.
MacLean continued, “I would not be at all surprised if David Clarkson is a Maple Leaf July 5th.”
Clarkson did not accept Lou Lamoriello’s “substantial offer” on Sunday, according to Tom Gulitti.
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello told Star Ledger’s Rich Chere that Anton Volchenkov had surgery on his broken foot and will remain in Russia.
Volchenkov will be sidelined for at least a month after he suffered a broken foot while playing for Torpedo Zizhny Novogord.
MSG Network has announced that it will show two upcoming Kontinental Hockey League games. One of the games will feature Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk, who plays for SKA St. Petersburg.
SKA plays Dinamo Riga on October 31. The game will be televised live at 1pm est. There will be a replay the same day at 8pm est.
John Giannone and Joe Micheletti will call the game from MSG Studios.