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The New Jersey Devils have signed defenseman Dan Kelly to a two-year, two-way $1.1 million contract (NBCSports, August 31).
The 25-year-old has played the past four season with the Albany Devils tallying 17 points in 71 games in the 2013-14 season. Kelley has appeared in 233 games total for Albany with nine goals and 38 points.
According to CapGeek, the blue liner will make $90,000 at the AHL level in 2014-15 while he’ll get $550,000 in the NHL.
The Devils will unveil new pre- and post-game entertainment using Quince Imaging this season.
“Quince technology is the game changer — the sliced bread, color TV, microwave, DVR, wifi, and Angry Birds equivalent of game entertainment and we are glad to be showcasing it in two arenas across two sports within two weeks of each other,” said Scott O’Neil, chief executive officer of the 76ers, Devils and Prudential Center, where the Devils play.
Here’s an example of the technology in action:
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.
Cory Schneider is ready to take over between the pipes full time for Devils legendary goalie Martin Brodeur. Not to mention he has the support of someone who is familiar with that spot in the crease as well, former Devils goaltender, Kevin Weekes (ESPN, August 12).
Brodeur is an unrestricted free agent after more than two decades withe the Devils, but the team has been looking for a way to transition from Brodeur to Schneider as the 28-year-old backup goalie repeatedly outplayed the veteran last season.
“He was ready to take that mantle,” said Weekes last week. “I like that the franchise was able to put that to bed and start that transition.”
Weekes is confident in Schneider’s ability to preform for the Devils, having known him since he was an NHL rookie.
“He’s a first-rate individual,” said Weekes, who finished his career as a Devil. “Classy, super-intelligent and he handles himself like a pro.”
While New Jersey would be sad to see Brodeur go, Weekes, who is now and analyst for NHL network, said this could be best for the future of the organization.
“It’s a unique situation,” said Weekes. “Because he’s Marty Brodeur, he’s earned the right to his influence and impact. Sometimes, the problem with that is it’s not always what’s best for the Devils’ personnel.”
Former New Jersey Devil and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame (Devils, August 6).
Rafalski played his first seven seasons of his 11-year NHL career with the Devils, beginning in 1999 when he was signed as a free agent. He played 541 regular season games with New Jersey recording 44 goals and 311 points while helping the Devils win the Stanley up in 2000 and and 2003.
Before his NHL career, the Dearborn, Mich. native played four seasons at the University of Wisconsin. He went undrafted but played four seasons in Europe after his college career before catching the eye of the Devils.
Rafalski was also a three-time member of the U.S Olympic hockey team in 2002, 2006, and 2010, taking the silver in 2002 in Salt Lake and 2010 in Vancouver – where he finished first in scoring among defensemen with four goals and eight points.
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is unfazed by the team’s 2013-14 season 0-13 shootout shootout record – he’s more concerned about what happens on the ice before the game calls for a shootout (NBC Sports, July 31).
“I look at how we play during the 60 minutes because that’s what you have control of,” Lamoriello said. “The shootout is an individual thing and if you look at the history of the players who were on our roster last year and the sort of history of their success you would say, ‘How did this come about?’ But in saying that, it’s not a focus.”
Instead of getting hung up on the “skills competition”, Lamoriello focused this off season on bolstering the team’s offense, acquiring Mike Cammalleri and hoping for a healthy Martin Havlat.