Hockey’s back and that’s all well and good, but we know this shortened season won’t be anything close to perfect. Dave D’Alessandro of The Star-Ledger makes that very point so poignantly in his column today that I highly recommend you read it. READ
ESPN has posted their weekly power rankings. The Devils have moved up 5 spots from last week to the 8th spot. The Devils have been playing better from last week including winning their last 3 games over the Blackhawks, Lightning and Hurricanes. They are hitting stride at a good time right before the playoffs.
The Hockey Buzz has posted a good look at some Devils prospects. They go over the play of goaltender Scott Wedgewood and winger Reid Boucher. Wedgewood stopped 35 of 36 shots against the Barrie Colts of the OHL. Boucher has 21 goals this season in the OHL. In the article they compare him to Phil Kessel. So there is a lot of potential for the up and coming Devils. Give it a read.
ESPN has posted their weekly power rankings. The Devils are ranked 14th despite losing two straight to the Bruins and Flyers. There is one more game for the Devils before the All Star break against the Sabres tomorrow. If the Devils can notch a victory against the Sabres and then rest going into the break there should be no reason why the Devils can’t come out of the break and make an even more serious playoff push to advance in the standings.
Puck Daddy has posted an article on the future of Martin Brodeur and his decision to retire or continue to play. Brodeur has said that he is still unsure if he is going to retire or not at the end of season when his contract with the Devils expire. Puck Daddy also looks at the potential goaltending possibilities for the Devils.
The Hockey News has posted a rumor roundup with features the impending free agency of Zach Parise. It says that Parise wants a good amount of money but overall wants to win a Stanley Cup. If the Devils want to have a shot at keeping Parise they are going to have to show this season now probably more than ever that they need to win now otherwise Parise will probably play for someone else next season. Definitely give this one a read.
In my opinion I think both parties will come to an agreement before the end of the season which may light a spark under the whole team knowing that their captain isn’t going anywhere. I think that with the young talent coming up the Devils’ system they will be able to convince Parise to stay and lead this team to a Stanley Cup. I’m sure he’d give a rather small hometown discount in signing in the $7 million range.
ESPN posted their weekly power rankings. Last week the Devils were ranked 23rd after a bad stretch of games but the Devils have really bounced back winning 6 of 7 games. The most important thing is that the top line of Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk have been generating a lot of goals. Finally. Give it a read.