Buzz: Marty Brodeur wants to keep everything private before the trade deadline

Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur wants to keep his thought process on the trade deadline and whether he would waive his no-trade clause private. (NJ.com)

Brodeur says that the situation is “nobody else’s business but mine” and he wants to make sure that whatever decision he makes is an educated one and one that isn’t influenced by outside people. (NJ.com)

Brodeur added, “You can ask all the questions you want about the situation and you’ll probably get the same answers until something happens or doesn’t happen. You’ll probably never know what happened (behind the scenes). I feel that’s the most appropriate way to deal with things when you’ve been with an organization. It’s definitely a difficult situation for both the organization and myself to go through at this point, but we’ll see what transpires in the next week.” (NJ.com)

He has not yet spoken with Lou Lamoriello about his situation. (NJ.com)

News: Devils Re-Sign Adam Henrique

12:21PM: James Mirtle notes that Henrique’s contract is six-years and worth $24 million.

12:07PM: The Devils have announced that they have come to terms on a new contract with RFA Adam Henrique.

Terms of the deal have not yet been announced.

Dave Turner

The saying “Henrique, it’s over!” now has two meanings.  It may have stretched almost the entire summer, but Adam Henrique will now be a Devil for years to come.

This deal is quite surprising, both in monetary terms and in length. For a player who still has a lot to prove, paying him four million dollars per, for the next six years may prove to be a gamble.

Yes, Henrique has shown some potential, but there is still a lot of work to be done for the talented center to prove that he was more than just a one-hit wonder. The series winning goals against Florida and the New York Rangers will forever be etched into Devils lore, but now it’s up to #14 to produce.

You can make the case that Adam Henrique was a product of the Devils system in 2011-2012, spurred on by the likes of Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk. Fast forwarding to 2013-2014 now, both are gone, and Henrique now has two seasons of NHL experience under his belt.

If you want to chalk the 2013 season as the typical, “sophomore slump” for the former Windsor Spitfire standout, that’s fine. Despite the team-wide struggles of last season, his 16 points (11 goals, 5 assists) in 42 games is reason for some concern.

The problem with Henrique is that he hasn’t exactly show what his true M.O is. Is he a scorer? Is he a play-making center? One of the biggest challenges for Pete Deboer this year might be to find a role for Henrique that works best for him and his skill set.

I still don’t believe that he has #1 center potential because he doesn’t win enough faceoffs. His 49% faceoff win percentage last season just isn’t good enough to warrant ice time in late game situations when you absolutely need to win a faceoff.

As for the idea of Henrique being a scorer? He has to go out there and show he can put up something like 30-plus goals before that would gain some traction.

With that being said, I still believe he has the talent to be an impact player on this team. 2013-2014 is a monumental year for Henrique as he will have to be a spark for a team that will no doubt struggle to score. The Devils will need him at his best, and with a long-term contract to his name, now he has to produce.

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NEWS: Devils Sale Approved/Press Conference Tomorrow

The New Jersey Devils have announced that they will hold a “Major News Conference” tomorrow at 11AM.

Tom Gulitti tweets that the Devils sale was approved this afternoon and that the sale price is “more than $320 million.”

The NY Times reports that former MSG President Scott O’Neill will be in charge of the Devils off-ice operations.

News: Devils Name Mike Foligno Assistant Coach

The Devils have announced that Mike Foligno will join Pete DeBoer’s coaching staff.

From the Devils release, “Foligno, 54, joins the Devils after serving as an assistant coach with the Chicago Wolves (AHL) this past season. He previously spent time as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks, after being named to the position June 24, 2010. Foligno was head coach of the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves for seven seasons from 2003-04 through 2009-10 and, with 189 regular-season victories, is the winningest coach in franchise history. He led the club to the 2006-07 Eastern Conference Championship and in 2009-10 served the dual role of head coach and general manager. In 1998-
99, Foligno was named head coach of Colorado’s AHL affiliate in Hershey. He led the Bears to a 186-154-60 record in five seasons, including five straight appearances in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Foligno has also served as an NHL assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche (1997-98) and Toronto Maple Leafs (1995-96). He began his professional coaching career with St. John’s (AHL) in 1995-96.”

Jaromir Jagr Was Seen At The Prudential Center With Lou Lamoriello

According to reports out of the Czech Republic, via, Jaromir Jagr was seen walking around the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ yesterday with Devils CEO Lou Lamoriello.

The report indicates that the Devils are believed to be the leading suitors for Jagr and would pair him with fellow Czech players Patrik Elias and Marek Zdlicky.

Jagr tried to get Elias to sign with the Rangers in 2006 and he was supposedly about to do so until he had a change of heart and stayed in New Jersey.

A Czech report yesterday seemed to indicate, via Google Translate, that the Rangers may have interest in reuniting with Jagr

The Devils have over $9 million in cap space.

Corey Griffin

Depending on the price and term, I really like the idea of adding Jagr to this team, if only for the immediate benefit he would provide on the power play. Right now, Dainius Zubrus is the Devils’ best man in the corners on the man advantage and even at his advanced age, Jagr is light years better at that job than Zubrus. Also, let’s face it, Jagr could be an excellent fit as the Devils’ second-line right wing. Yes, he’s left handed, but he’s spent most of his career on the right side and I think Pete DeBoer would find a way to work around it. Think about Elias and Jagr on the wings of Travis Zajac or Adam Henrique. Isn’t that better than some random combination of out-of-place left wingers and kids? Yeah, thought so.

There are two other positives to adding Jagr. OK, three. One, as a media member, I’d relish any chance to interact with him on a day-to-day basis. More importantly, you can’t underestimate how valuable his knowledge and work habits as an example to players like Henrique, Reid Boucher and Andrei Loktionov. All you have to do is look down the turnpike at the work he did with the Flyers’ young players during his only season there. Plus, there’s the inevitable assets the Devils could get at the trade deadline if they were out of the playoff race or simply wanted to deal him.

Knowing Lou, he won’t overpay for Jagr, but if it were me, I’d do everything I could to get him in the building — ESPECIALLY instead of overpaying an unknown quantity like Damien Brunner.

News: Ilya Kovalchuk Has Retired

Ilya KovalchukThe New Jersey Devils have announced that Ilya Kovalchuk has retired.

Kovalchuk released this statement, saying “This decision was something I have thought about for a long time going back to the lockout and spending the year in Russia. Though I decided to return this past season, Lou was aware of my desire to go back home and have my family there with me. The most difficult thing for me is to leave the New Jersey Devils, a great organization that I have a lot of respect for, and our fans that have been great to me.”

Kovalchuk has 12 years left on his contract.

Because of cap recapture penalties, the Devils will be charged with a $250,000 cap hit through 2024-25.

The Devils will forfeit their first round pick in 2014 because they were found guilty of circumventing the salary cap with the 17-year contract Kovalchuk signed and that the NHL voided.

Corey Griffin

What the what?! Pardon me while I put what’s left of my brain back inside my skull. It’s difficult to comprehend this at the moment and I’m sure I’ll have some more thoughts later, but right now all I can think of is shock.

OK, first of all, the Devils will only lose $250,000 per year through the 2024-25, according to CapGeek.com. So at least there’s that. But, they also have no first-round pick next season because of the Kovalchuk contract in a year they’ll likely end up with a top-five pick. Let’s be honest, without Kovalchuk the Devils are one of the worst offensive teams in the league. There’s absolutely no one on that roster that does what he’s able to do or even come close. To put it in perspective, Michael Ryder and Stephen Gionta are the Devils’ top two right wings. Yeah

You can bet Kovy took a look at the Devils’ roster, their reportedly shaky finances and their third-fiddle status in the New York market and figured now was the time to get out.


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