The CBA has been ratified. The Memorandum has been been Understood. Unlock the gates and open the hypothetical doors. Let’s play some hockey.
UPDATE: Free agency, waivers and trades are allowed starting around midnight.
UPDATE 2: The Devils will open training camp at noon ET on Sunday at the Prudential Center, per Tom Gulitti.
Adam Henrique and Adam Larsson will not be participating in this weekend’s All Star festivities in Ottawa. Henrique and Larsson both finished last night’s game with some health problems. Henrique tweaked his groin while Larsson had a sore wrist. The Devils will have no representatives in the All Star game or skills competition.
The Fourth Period is reporting that the NHL may have to advance the Devils $20 million to be able to pay the payroll for the rest of season. One of the biggest contracts on the team is soon to be free agent Zach Parise.
Now it is already suspect that Parise may not be back with the team next season but it seems like the Devils may not be able to afford him for the rest of the season. So it may seem that the Devils might have to trade Parise for draft picks to ease up on some one the payroll.
This is troubling news for the Devils because there is no doubt that Zach Parise will bring in revenue next season should he resign but could really hurt the team off the ice should he depart. Definitely give this a read.
The Devils acquired Alexi Ponikarosky for prospect Joe Sova and a 4th round pick in this year’s draft. He will be in the lineup this afternoon when the Devils play the Philadelphia Flyers. Alexi will play on the 3rd line with Jacob Josefson and David Clarkson. To make room for him on the roster the Devils have sent Mattias Tedenby down to Albany.
I think this is a great trade for the Devils and hopefully will give the Devils 3 solid lines that can score on a consistent basis. Ponikarovsky is a great depth player whose contract expires at the end of this season. If things workout for him in New Jersey hopefully he’ll resign again.
As per Bob McKenzie, The New Jersey Devils claim center Ryan Carter. Carter was placed on waivers earlier this week by the Florida Panthers. This move was definitely made to fill the spot left vacant due Jacob Josefson’s injury. He will join the team in Phoenix and may play Thursday against the Coyotes.
Some stats on Carter:
In 189 regular season NHL games he has 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points over the course of 5 seasons. He is a career -1 center.