Scott Gomez will attend Devils training camp on a tryout basis. (Tom Gulitti)
Gomez, 34, played 548 games for the Devils (116 goals and 334 assists) before leaving New Jersey to sign a seven-year deal with the Rangers.
Since leaving New Jersey, Gomez has played 439 games between the Rangers, Canadiens, Panthers and Sharks and scored 57 goals and 206 assists.
The Devils will take on the San Jose Sharks on 10/18 in their home opener.
The Devils play the Flyers in Philly on October 9th in their home opener and also play the Panthers on October 11th in Florida in the Panthers home opener
Martin 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)
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.
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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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.
The Devils are conducting a conference call with newly signed Jaromir Jagr.
The call was interrupted twice with a live feed of the NHL Radio. During the second interruption the Devils ended the call.
Jagr’s comments are below
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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.”