New Jersey Devils top forward prospect Graham Black is back on track after Graves’ disease nearly derailed his hockey career (NorthJersey.com, July 18).
Black was diagnosed with Graves’ disease at age 15, an immune system disordwer that causes an overproduction of thyroid hormones, boosting Black’s metabolism making it impossible for him to maintain a fighting weight or sleep at night.
“I’d go to games where I hadn’t slept in three days and you can’t go into a game with that mind-set,” Black said at Devils development camp. “All you’re thinking about is, ‘How am I supposed to perform?’ And now that I’ve got it under control, I feel like I’m invincible almost because that [disease] tried to stop me and wasn’t able to.”
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The New Jersey Devils re-signed restricted free agent forward Jacob Josefson to a two-year, $1.6 million contract (NBC Sports, July 17).
Though Josefson’s playing time was limited last season, the 23-year-old has seven goals and 25 points in 118 career NHL games. His lack of playing time has been a source of concern for the mainly defensive forward, though he now has two more seasons to show his value.
The Devils now have 14 forwards signed to one-way contracts for the 2014-15 season.
While Martin Brodeur’s future with the New Jersey Devils remains uncertain, one thing is for sure: there’s more where that came from.
Brodeur’s three sons, Anthony, Jeremy and William have looked to make dad proud this week at the Devils development camp (NHL, July 15).
Anthony, 19, is the oldest of the three, chosen in the seventh round (No. 208) by the Devils in the 2013 NHL draft. He played 30 games in goal with the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL last season going 13-10-2 with two shutouts. While that wasn’t the type of season he necessarily was oping for statistically, he still appreciates the chance to grow on the ice.
“It was a great learning experience and I thought I played well for the circumstances I was put under,” Anthony said. “I expect a better season [in 2014-15] since the expectation is I’ll be the No. 1 goalie.”
Jeremy and William, the twins at 17-years-old, both had stand out seasons at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Minnesota. Jeremy will play of the Oshawa Generals in goal in the OHL this upcoming season while William will play one more year for Shattuck as a forward.
While the two have yet to become draft eligible, they are excited for the opportunities that come from the Devils development camp.
“It was hard adjusting to shots during the camp because of how quick they’re coming in,” Jeremy said. “It’s a faster pace. It’s a hard pace but it’s hockey and it’s the next level. The challenge is good for me since I’m heading to Oshawa and a lot of these players in camp play in those leagues so I need to know what it’s like.”
Martin Brodeur’s agent said Sunday that the goalie has spoken with a few teams, but may wait until the season begins to sign a deal for the 2014-2015 season (Bergen Record, July 13).
The Devils won’t be bringing back the 42-year-old, who’s been with the team since they drafted him in 1990. They signed goalie Cory Schneider to a 7-year deal last Wednesday, and will be moving on without Brodeur.
Many teams have already signed their backup goalies. But leaving the possibility open to sign in-season means Brodeur could step in if a team’s has to deal with a goalie injury.
“Marty has a lot to offer, but it will be the right fit and this may come later this summer or even early in the season. He is in no rush until the right fit appears,” his agent Pat Brisson said.
The Devils have announced that they have re-signed goaltender Cory Schneider to a multi-year contract.
“I’m excited to be a New Jersey Devil for a long time, hopefully the rest of my career,” Schneider said on a conference call (Gulitti, July 9).
Schneider’s contract will be $6 million per season over seven years (Chere, July 9). The team will not confirm the contract details, per team policy.
“With today’s signing, we have solidified our goaltending for the present and the future,” GM Lou Lamoriello said in a release. “Cory demonstrated throughout the year what he could bring to our organization, both on and off the ice.“
Schneider would have been eligible for free agency after this season.
Lamoriello conference call at 4 p.m.
Lou Lamoriello has scheduled a 4 p.m. for Wednesday. The team did not say what the call was for.