The Devils have recalled Cam Janssen from the Albany Devils.
He will wear No. 25.
Chalk this one up as confusing move by the Devils. Cam Janssen has been given an opportunity to play for this team time and time again, yet he shows exactly what he is, an enforcer and nothing more.
Janssen is a marginally skilled player who can fight. Okay, so now the Devils have an enforcer in the lineup. That may come in handy at one point or another, but to sit someone with any sort of offensive talent at his expense makes no sense.
Assuming that he’ll end up on the fourth line, that basically takes away any ability for that line to do anything positive. He doesn’t have the forechecking skills, or the skating ability to work the kind of system that the “CBGB” line implements.
How exactly does this move make the Devils a better team? To me, it just doesn’t. Rostislav Olesz wasn’t exactly wowing during his tenure in red and black, but he had some forechecking ability and he had two assists on the year.
Also, to put Janssen on the roster and not play him is an even bigger waste of a roster space.
Take this for example; In his four games last season, Janssen was a minus-45.33 in Corsi rating. Basically, when his line was on the ice, they generated nothing offensively, while getting bombarded with shots in their own end.
If the goal is to constantly improve this team, then this move is as puzzling as any. Though Olesz wasn’t stellar by any means, he certainly brought a lot more to this club than Janssen can.
“I hope it will never happen , but if there is a situation that could be really fun for me and really good for the Devils, why not? It’s not like I’m going to play 25 more years here.”
-Martin Brodeur on possibly waiving his no-trade clause (Chere, The Star-Ledger)
Former Devil Jason Arnott retired on Tuesday after an 18-year career.
Arnott played five seasons with the Devils, from the 1997-98 season to 2001-02 and again in 2010-11.
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The Devils have placed Rostislav Olesz on waivers (Gulitti).
In 10 games this season, Olesz has two assists, averaging 11:25 minutes on ice per game.
This is a wise move by the Devils. If no one claims him by noon tomorrow, he can be sent down to Albany.
This likely signals that one of, if not both,Travis Zajac or Patrik Elias will be ready to return to the lineup for Thursday’s game in Philadelphia.
At this point, it’s preferable to see what the Devils have left in their own former first-round draft picks in Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby. They took a flier on Olesz and from the eye test thus far, he appears to be no more than a third-line grinder who can protect the puck and get an occasional scoring chance.
If he gets claimed, it’s less of a logjam when the Devils need a fill-in at forward. If he doesn’t, he’s a nice insurance policy sitting down in Albany.
Stay tuned. It appears more moves could happen before Thursday.
UPDATE 3:23 p.m.: GM Lou Lamoriello told Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger that it’s not definite Olesz will be sent to Albany if he clears.
Travis Zajac suffered an ankle injury during practice on Friday, but is not expected to miss any games.
“He was slowly skating along the boards, hit a rut and then fell to the ice during practice,” Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger reports. “There was no contact and Zajac flexed his right foot as he slowly left the ice and went to the dressing room.”
“I just caught a little rut and kind of took a little tumble,” Zajac said. “It should be alright for tomorrow.”
The New Jersey Devils edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 at Prudential Center in Newark on Tuesday night. The win pushes their record to 3-5-4 on the year.
The Least You Should Know:
- Two odd man rushes netted the Devils their first two goals. Adam Henrique scored a shorthander on a 2-on-1 and Jaromir Jagr scored on an even strength breakaway.
- In the first 35 minutes of the game, the Devils limited Tampa to just six shots on net.
- One way to stop the line of Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis is to score when they’re on the ice. The Devils did that twice. They were both out there for Henrique’s shorthanded goal and St. Louis made the giveaway on Jagr’s goal.
- The Devils held the Lightning to only 17 shots on net.
Everything seemed to click for the Devils in the first 35 minutes. The forecheck was ferocious. The breakout was mostly clean from their own end. There was a neutral zone transition game with sharp passing. Their passes were also crisp and on the tape when they were in the attacking zone.
Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias teamed up for the first goal of the game just moments into the second period. Shorthanded, Henrique found himself on his off-wing with Elias on a 2-on-1. Henrique made an easy pass across the slot and Elias gave it right back to Henrique who buried it, setting the Prudential Center on fire.
“There was a lull in the second for five or six minutes, but other than that, the guys played great,” said Henrique. ”They battled hard. We’ll keep moving forward here, keep building on it. Two in a row. It’s nice.”
Midway through the period, Martin St. Louis had a bad giveaway at the blue line of the offensive zone. Jaromir Jagr took it all the way, deked goaltender Ben Bishop and beat him blocker side to make it 2-0.
“My attitude changed this year,” said Jagr. ”I feel the cockiness coming back. I want to be the best I can be.”
The Lightning got their lone goal on a power play. Teddy Purcell fired a puck into the slot that Steven Stamkos tipped. Brodeur stopped it cold but the rebound went right back to Stamkos, unmarked, and he poked it home for his ninth goal of the season.
Martin Brodeur didn’t have to make many stops, but he made five or six point-blank saves over the final two periods.
“The way that we played the last two periods in Boston and all three periods of this game, that makes us feel good about what we’ve been talking about; having no result. Now we’ve got the results. We got a big weekend in front of us.”
After hitting a lull at the end of that second period, the Devils grinded out a win in the third. They needed a game like this, where they had to hold off the opponent with the lead and take the victory. The Ranger win was a rout. The Bruins triumph was a crazy comeback. This was the type of game they blew earlier this month; holding a lead entering the third. This was big in the standings and their confidence.
1. Martin Brodeur – I know Jagr was voted No. 1, but Marty turned in a great performance. He only had to make 16 saves, but four or five of them were high quality stops. Hopefully, he’s found his rhythm.
2. Jaromir Jagr - Besides the goal, he just gives a consistent shift each time he’s on the ice. He makes the smart pass and does it crisply and he holds off defenders and controls the puck in the offensive end.
3. Adam Henrique - Rumblings were starting to rise to the surface about his slow start. That talk can stop. He’s got goals in back-to-back games and three in his last five. He’s starting to look like 2011-12 Henrique.
New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30pm
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
TV: NBCSN Radio: WFAN 101.9 fm, 660 am
Patrik Elias – Andrei Loktionov – Jaromir Jagr
Dainius Zubrus – Travis Zajac – Damien Brunner
Rusty Olesz – Adam Henrique – Michael Ryder
Ryan Carter – Stephen Gionta – Steve Bernier
Andy Greene – Mark Fayne
Anton Volchenkov – Marek Zidlicky
Eric Gelinas – Adam Larsson
Goaltender: Martin Brodeur
Some thought on tonight’s game:
1. First goal. It’s an obvious cliche, but Tampa is 6-1 when scoring first and only 2-2 when trailing first.
2. Tampa’s over-aggression: The Lightning are the third-most penalized team in the league with 16.5 PIM per contest. Outwork them and make them take bad penalties in their own end. The Devils on the other hand, are the league’s most disciplined team as they have taken the least amount of penalties minutes per game.
3. Stop Stamkos and St. Louis. Everyone knows these guys are the key for Tampa. Combined, they have 15 goals, 31 points and are a plus-17 in the team’s first 11 games. The dropoff in talent after them is huge. Not sure how much Pete DeBoer will be playing matchups against those two, but it might not be a bad idea to have Adam Larsson and Eric Gelinas out there when they step on the ice.
4. Big Ben. The Devils saw Ben Bishop last year and lost to him in a shootout, a game that actually sent the Devils on their way to a nosedive. They were 9-3-3 before seeing Bishop. Including that game, they lost 7 of their next 8 and finished 10-16-7 from that point. He’s big, takes up a lot of net and he’s a decent athlete. He’s been great so far this year. He’s 7-1 with a .914 save percentage.
Prediction: In years past, it would be easy to predict a letdown loss after a big victory for this team. I actually see the opposite of that tonight. That win on Saturday, while obviously a big one, was simply needed. I think that’s a huge confidence builder for them. Consider they’ve played well on home ice as well and I see the Devils playing a very sound game, dictating the pace of play and taking it to the Lightning. It’ll start slow with a 1-1 score through a period of play, but the Devils pour on some goals in the second and seal it early in the third, clamping down defensively and making another statement game. 4-1 New Jersey.
By Jeff O’Connor
The New Jersey Devils have an 0-3 record in the shootout so far this season. What’s worse, is that the team hasn’t recorded a goal in 11 shootout attempts thus far. As we take a closer look at each individual attempt, you’ll see that the Devils shooters have been close to burying them more than a few times. Here we go:
Vs. New York Islanders 10/4
Damien Brunner vs. Evgeni Nabokov
Brunner comes in with great speed, dekes to his backhand and then to his forehand and can’t beat Nabokov to the far post. He actually gets a shot attempt away and the five-hole might have been open enough for him to score but Nabokov makes a pretty good save.
Ryane Clowe vs. Nabokov
Clowe comes right down the middle, barely fiddles with the puck and when he tries to go blocker side, Nabokov is essentially waiting for him and makes an easy save. This barely qualifies for a strong attempt. If a goaltender barely has to move or react for your attempt, you did something wrong.
Patrik Elias vs. Nabokov
Elias swings out slightly to his right and makes his way towards the goal. He fakes a shot, pretends to deke to his left and gets Nabokov to slightly bite. He brings the puck onto his backhand and tries to jam it home but Nabokov gets the pad there. If Elias can lift it, he scores, but he was in pretty tight quarters. Just have to tip your hat to Nabokov.
Travis Zajac vs. Nabokov
He zig zags a bit but then comes dead on from the circles in. He fakes a wrist shot once and then lets it rip. Tough to tell, but it sounds like he completely misses the net. I know it’s extremely challenging to beat an NHL goaltender and pick a corner, but you can’t miss the net on a free attempt.
Michael Ryder vs. Nabokov
Wow, does Ryder pull out everything. First, he slightly pulls his leg back as if to fake, then he goes into a triple deke with the puck rolling up on his backhand and finally shoveling one to the net that gets stopped with the pad. Ryder probably got a little too creative on this one. He’s a natural gunner, he should always be shooting prior to dekeing.
Jaromir Jagr vs. Nabokov
It’s tough to gauge him in the shootout. Years ago when he was with the Rangers, he actually preferred not to be a part of the shootout if possible. He goes sixth here and after a few short dekes, he lets a wrister go blocker-side and Nabokov had it pretty well read again with a pad stop.
Vs. Edmonton Oilers 10/5
Brunner vs. Jason LaBarbera
Brunner comes in and works a double deke. He then tries the one-hand, backhander across his body and misses the net. This is a move for world-class players, like a Pavel Datsyuk or a Peter Forsberg. Heck, that’s even an OK move for a shootout specialist like Eric Christensen. If you’re going to do that move, you better sell the head fakes or wider dekes earlier.
Clowe vs. LaBarbera
Clowe comes in, sells a good wrist shot and then reaches to his backhand, lifts it but LaBarbera gets it with his glove. This was actually a really good attempt, as he got LaBarbera to drop to his knees and everything. Just a good save.
Vs. Vancouver Canucks 10/24
Zajac vs. Roberto Luongo
Zajac fakes a shot, re-cradles and slightly veers to his right before fanning on the shot and having it go wide. Basically, this was the same exact attempt as he had versus Nabokov.
Adam Henrique vs. Luongo
Henrique fakes a shot, slightly dekes to his backhand and gets Luongo to sprawl and flop as he goes forehand…and hits the pipe. This is about as good as you can do without scoring. He had Luongo completely out of position but couldn’t bury it. From one of the angles, it looks like Luongo may get some lumber on it.
Elias vs. Luongo
Elias fakes a wrister and then proceeds to fake a deke to his backhand. He goes forehand shot along the ice. He actually stuffs it under Luongo’s pad, but Luongo spins after the puck hits his pads and keeps it between his legs. Shootout over. Devils lose again.
So what have we learned? Yes, the Devils are 0-for-11 in the shootout thus far, but they’ve had some strong chances. From my count, and please feel free to have your own take, they had five really strong chances to score: Brunner and Elias in the Islander game, Clowe in the Oilers game and Henrique and Elias in the Canucks game. They didn’t give away many chances: Zajac missed completely in both attempts and Clowe gave away his opportunity in the Islander game. The other few were 50/50 chances that could have gone either way. This tends to even out over the course of a season. The Devils were unreal in 2011-12. Last year, they were really bad. Ilya Kovalchuk wasn’t automatic like the year prior and their other top players were a combined 4-for-16. This year’s Devils probably are a little deeper on paper when it comes to the skills competition. They won’t go 12-4, but they won’t be 2-7 either.
Bryce Salvaldor has been placed on injured reserve with a non-displaced stress fracture in his foot.
Cory Schneider was also placed on IR with a lower body injury.
Keith Kinkaid and Eric Gelinas will be recalled for Tuesday’s game.
“When he came back from his personal situation, his foot was still sore and we took an MRI and it showed a non-displaced stress fracture,” GM Lou Lamoriello said of Salvador.
“Cory is still a little sore, so we’re not going to take any chances,” Lamoriello said. “We will be recalling (Keith) Kinkaid tomorrow. He’s practicing up in Albany today.”
The New Jersey Devils announced today that defenseman Eric Gelinas has been sent back to AHL Albany, in order for Bryce Salvador to return to the active roster.
According to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record, it appears to be a temporary move and that Gelinas will be with the big club for Tuesday’s game.
Will it happen? Who knows. GM Lou Lamoriello has stated before that he doesn’t like to have one-way contracts on their way to Albany. Unless he sends down Adam Larsson, the player designated for Albany would have to clear waivers first.
The obvious candidate seems to be Peter Harrold. It seems unlikely that anyone would claim him, but if a team did, the Devils can certainly survive the season without him.
While it would seem wise for the Devils to keep Gelinas on the big roster, nothing would surprise us.