Devils Name Paul Castron Director of Amateur Scouting

The Devils have hired Paul Castron as Director of Amateur Scouting.

Castron comes from Columbus where he spent the past 16 seasons and the last nine as Director of Amateur Scouting.

GM Ray Shero said in a statement, “Paul has an outstanding track record of evaluating and developing prospects for more than 20 years. We feel that he has the experience and leadership qualities to help us accomplish our player development goals.”

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The Devils met with Michael Frolik yesterday

The Devils are one of six teams that has met with pending UFA Michael Frolik yesterday. (Ryan Rishaug)

Frolik, 27, has played the last two years in Winnipeg with the Jets and had 19 goals and 23 assists last season in 17:30 per game.

Frolik played last season on a one-year deal worth $3.3 million.

He was the 10th overall pick in 2006 by Florida and has played 512 career NHL games.


Devils sign Czech defenseman Vojtech Mozik

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 5.17.20 PMThe Devils have signed Czech defensemen Vojtech Mozik to an entry level contract.

The Rangers were believed to be interested in signing him.

From the Devils: “Mozik, 22, spent the previous three seasons with Plzen (Czech Republic) and was a member of its 2012-13 league championship squad. Last season, he led all defensemen in the Czech Extraliga with a career-high ten goals. Mozik also established career highs with 19 assists, 29 points and 94 penalty minutes in 2014-15. “The 6-2, 195-lb. blueliner has career totals of 20g-29a-49pts and 186 PIM in 157 Extraliga games with Plzen and Mlada Boleslav.”

Photo via HC Skoda Plzen


Jaromir Jagr traded to Florida Panthers

Jaromir JagrThe Florida Panthers have acquired Jaromir Jagr from the Devils for a 2015 second round pick and the choice of either Florida or Minnesota’s third round pick in 2016. (Devils)

Jagr, 42, has 11 goals and 18 assists this season in 57 games.

In 139 games with the Devils over a season and a half, Jagr had 35 goals and 61 assists.


Ryane Clowe out for the season/not sure about next season

USATSI_8170702_110579513_lowresDevils coach/GM Lou Lamoriello said today that Ryane Clowe is done playing this season and he isn’t sure about Clowe’s status for next season.

He was placed on IR with a concussion back in November.

Clowe, 32, signed with the Devils in the summer of 23 but has only played 56 games for them over the past two seasons. He has had three concussions since signing with the Devils.

He is in the second-year of a five-year deal that pays him $4.85 million per season.


Marty Brodeur is retiring and joining the St. Louis Blues’ front office

Martin Brodeur is retiring to take a front office job with the St. Louis Blues. The New Jersey Devils have a spot waiting for one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history whenever he is ready to come back home.

“Absolutely. He is aware of that and has always been aware of that,” Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said Tuesday. “He could have come back even now if he wanted to.”

The 10-time All-Star and four-time Vezina Trophy winner finished his career with St. Louis after a standout, two-decade run with New Jersey. A news conference was set for Thursday morning before the Blues return from the All-Star break to play Nashville.

“It’s kind of sad to see a guy like him hang `em up,” said Brian Elliott, the Blues’ All-Star goalie. “I’m sure it’s a tough decision, but I was grateful to be on the same team with him if only for a little bit.”

The 42-year-old Brodeur wrapped up his 22-year career with St. Louis after signing as a free agent on Dec. 2. He was 3-3 with a 2.87 goals-against average and in his final victory became the fifth-oldest goalie to post a shutout in a 3-0 win over Colorado on Dec. 29.

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Lou Lamoriello, Adam Oates and Scott Stevens to coach Devils

Lou Lamoriello has announced that he, Adam Oates and Scott Stevens will coach the Devils. (Devils)

Stevens will run the Devils defense and Oates will run the Devils forwards.

Lamoriello will be on the Devils bench for an indefinite amount of time.

Stevens was a Devils assistant coach for the past two seasons prior to this one.

Oates was a Devils assistant from 2010 to 2012 and was head coach of the Capitals for the past two seasons.

Lamoriello has twice been head coach of the Devils, compiling a record of 34-14-5.