Alexander Urbom claimed by Devils off waivers from Washington

The Devils, who lost Urbom to Washington via waivers at the start of the season have claimed the Swedish defenseman off of waivers from the Caps.

Dave Turner

[UPDATE 12:25] Because Urbom cleared waivers, he can go back down to Albany and apparently, that’s where he will start, as per TG via Lou Lamoriello.

 

Somehow, this isn’t shocking. To me, this is almost a no-brainer. With injuries to defensemen and now the placing of Jacob Josefson on IR, there is a spot.

What this may be, in a sense, is a tryout. Give him 3-4 games while players are still on the mend and see what you can get out of him. If he plays well, keep him up and send Merrill/Gelinas down. If he doesn’t play up to par, he can always be jettisoned through waivers once again.

Why not give him another chance. It was clear that the Devils didn’t want to lose him when they did and just because he didn’t pan out in Washington certainly doesn’t mean that he can’t come back to New Jersey and compete for a spot.

 

 

Ryane Clowe cleared for contact, to return to practice

Though it was never clear when Ryane Clowe would return from what is being described as a concussion, it seems like the big winger is on his way back.

Clowe is now cleared for contact and practice, though he won’t be traveling with the team to Columbus for Tuesday’s game. With that news, it means that he’ll be a full participant in practice as he begins to work his way back into game form.

It’s not clear when he’ll play, but the former Shark and Ranger is on his way back into the lineup. He’ll add size and grittiness to the lineup once he returns, though his ice time may be limited upon his return.

Side note: Martin Brodeur will get the start against the Blue Jackets.

Reid Boucher called up for tonight. What can we expect?

The moment that many have been waiting for is finally here. It may only be a stop-gap, one-game tryout, but coveted forward Reid Boucher will get his first chance to play with the big boys tonight when he suits up for the New Jersey Devils against the Montreal Canadiens.

Reid Boucher by the number: Albany 2013

Games played: 21

Goals: 10 (leads Albany)

Assists: 8

Plus/Minus: plus-4

Shots: 69 (leads Albany)

Dave Turner

No doubt, this is an exciting moment for one of the most prized Devils offensive prospects in team history. It’s a smart move, especially given the opponent. Against a big bruising team, someone like Boston perhaps, Reid might get a rude awakening to the NHL. Montreal, on the other hand is a smaller team that uses their speed well. In fact, Boucher was a former teammate of Canadien forward Alex Galchenyuk, when the two were members of the Sarnia Sting while playing in juniors

What Boucher can bring to the Devils is speed and the ability to shoot the puck. He’ll be on a line tonight with Patrik Elias and Steve Bernier, which is a great fit for him. In Elias, he’ll have someone who will get him the puck and with Bernier, there’s someone who can crash the net and possibly bang home a rebound, as well as win pucks in the corners to allow for more offensive chances.Reid Boucher

Boucher’s game is centered around his ability to rip the biscuit. He has a deadly accurate wrister. He has the ability to pick corners from almost anywhere on the ice, so if he gets some space, he’ll definitely be shooting. With a chance to impress tonight, there’s no doubt that he’ll be doing everything he can to get on the scoresheet.

The biggest shortcoming of his game at this point is his ability to backcheck. In New Jersey, that doesn’t fly. If you don’t play in all three zones, you won’t be around very long. For the all-time Sarnia Sting single-season goal leader, he’ll have to find the balance between creating offense and being defensively responsible. If he gets caught hanging back a few times, Pete DeBoer may quickly move him off of the second line.

Realistically, unless he goes out and puts up two goals and looks sensational in all three zones, this will probably be a short stay in New Jersey for Boucher. With Ryan Carter on IR, there’s a chance that he may get a few games. He could also still stay on the roster but be a healthy scratch. The bottom line is that he knows he has to perform tonight.

If Boucher is able to show some promise, it will bring him up the list for the next time that a forward goes down with an injury. Instead of calling up someone like Tim Sestito like they did for Monday’s game, Boucher could easily find himself with the big club again, if he’s able to show a well-rounded game tonight.

The moment is finally here for the prolific OHL goal scorer and 99th overall pick in the 2011 draft. How long he stays may very well be decided by what he’s able to do tonight.

Henrique injured in loss, status for Wednesday unknown

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Adam Henrique left Monday’s contest in Montreal with an upper body injury and did not return.  The injury happened when he got tangled with Alexei Emelin at the end of the first period.  Henrique tried to play through it in the second but couldn’t go.

His status is unknown for Wednesday’s game at Prudential Center against Montreal.

Jaromir Jagr ties Steve Yzerman for eighth most goals in NHL history at 692

Jaromir Jagr

With his third period goal off of his own rebound, Jaromir Jagr has moved into a tie for the eighth most goals in NHL history. The 41-year-old Czech native ties former Red Wing Steve Yzerman at 692 career goals.

Jagr needs just two more goals to move into seventh place, alongside Mark Messier. 

Rk Born Name Pos GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG G/GP A/GP P/GP
1 1961 CA Wayne Gretzky F 1487 894 1963 2857 577 518 204 73 91 0.601 1.320 1.921
2 1928 CA Gordie Howe F 1767 801 1049 1850 1685 0.453 0.594 1.047
3 1964 US Brett Hull F 1269 741 650 1391 458 23 265 20 110 0.584 0.512 1.096
4 1951 CA Marcel Dionne F 1348 731 1040 1771 600 28 234 19 74 0.542 0.772 1.314
5 1942 CA Phil Esposito F 1282 717 873 1590 910 249 23 118 0.559 0.681 1.240
6 1959 CA Mike Gartner F 1432 708 627 1335 1159 67 217 23 90 0.494 0.438 0.932
7 1961 CA Mark Messier F 1756 694 1193 1887 1910 210 179 63 92 0.395 0.679 1.075
8t 1965 CA Steve Yzerman F 1514 692 1063 1755 924 185 202 50 94 0.457 0.702 1.159
8t 1972 CZ Jaromír Jágr F 1416 692 1016 1707 973 286 195 11 121 0.488 0.718 1.206

- Stats via Quanthockey.com

 

Seth Helgeson called up to NJ on emergency recall

Defenseman Seth Helgeson has been called up from Albany on emergency recall, after Stephen Gionta was placed on IR, as per Rich Chere.

Helgeson gives the Devils a bit more flexibility on defense, should they need to sit someone tonight or Friday against the Hurricanes.

With Adam Larsson out due to a lower body injury, that left the Devils with only six defensemen after Jon Merrill was called up from Albany as well. Larsson’s ailment is on top of injuries to Bryce Salvador and more recently, Anton Volchenkov.

Gionta was placed on the injured list due to an ankle injury. The move is retroactive to November 23rd.

Gelinas x-rays negative

Eric Gelinas

Eric Gelinas left Thursday night’s game with a foot injury after blocking a shot.

X-rays on his foot were negative, though there’s no immediate prognosis, quite yet.