San Jose Sharks expected to name Peter DeBoer head coach

The San Jose Sharks are expected to hire Peter DeBoer as their new head coach (LeBrun, May 27).

DeBoer served as the Devils head coach from 2011-2014, leading them to a Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2012. He was fired just 36 games into this season after a 12–17–7 start. Adam Oates and Scott Stevens replaced him on the bench for the remainder of the season in a duel-coaching set up.

Prior to coming to the Devils, DeBoer coached the Florida Panthers from 2008-2011. He has a 205-183-70 lifetime record as a head coach.



Could Heatley land in New Jersey?

Pat Pickens

The hockey boards lit up toward the end of last week at the prospect of Dany Heatley coming east to New Jersey.

Can you picture this scene, only with Dany Heatley wearing a Devils sweater?

Can you picture this scene, only with Dany Heatley wearing a Devils sweater?

That trade has likely been delayed, considering Tallinder was placed on IR today. But it’s no secret that Heatley’s been frustrated ever since he was pulled from the Minnesota Wild’s top-line back in February.

Heatley’s numbers speak for themselves: 357 goals, 755 points in only 775 NHL games. Six times Heatley has played all 82 games in a season– he also has made up formidable lines in San Jose and Ottawa.

Heatley is also signed through next year, which makes him more than a rental. He’s evidently worn out his welcome in Minnesota, plus his cap number is $7.5 million, which means he could be had for less than other non-rental players. He’s a gamer, who has played with a variety of injuries in the postseason over the years.

Plus, look at his playoff numbers.

Fifty-seven points in 65 career postseason games? On a line with Ilya Kovalchuk?! Sign me up for that.

That’s the upside.

The down side is, Heatley is notoriously sulk-ish. He feuds with everyone— which is the real reason he’s on the trade block to begin with. He was happiest in San Jose, yet he didn’t perform enough in the playoffs to warrant his contract.

This would be the third place out of four that Heatley’s forced his way out of. He pushed a trade from Atlanta– OK, we can see that. He battled with Cory Clouston in Ottawa, and now he’s reportedly upset with Mike Yeo. What if Pete DeBoer gets on Heatley’s back-checking this year– or even next– and Heatley decides he doesn’t want to play in New Jersey anymore?

If Heatley’s available, it seems like the Devils need to listen. But what say ye, Devils fans? Should the Devils pursue Heater?


Note: Scott Gomez Signs With Sharks

Corey Griffin

The Devils were rumored to be interested at the beginning of Gomez’s short process, but I never thought it was anything more than Lou doing his due diligence. I’m very interested to see what Gomez has left and how he fits into a Sharks team that is forever “one player away.” He should, at the very least, add some playmaking depth to their forwards and be an interesting play on their second power-play unit.


Injury Report: Jacob Josefson Out, Boulton Hurting

Eric Boulton’s hand has been hurting thanks to Douglas Murray’s face. It was a good fight to say the least. Take a peak.

In the same game against the San Jose Sharks, Jacob Josefson broke his right collarbone and is expected to be out 3-4 months. With the injury to Travis Zajac and Josefson this leaves the Devils weak down the center. It will be interesting to see what the Devils do fill the voids at center.


Post Game: Sharks 4 Devils 3

Scoring Summary:
First Period- Patrik Elias (2)
Second Period- Joe Thornton (1) and Ryane Clowe (2)
Third Period- David Clarkson (2) and Joe Pavelski (3)
OT/Shootout-Ilya Kovalchuk (SO) and Michal Handzus (SO) and Ryane Clowe (SO)
Sharks win shootout 2-1

Next Game: 10/22 at Pittsburgh Penguins 7 pm.

David Clarkson Postgame:
On hitting former Devil Colin White ””It’s all right. We’re best buddies. I’m sure that’s not the first or last time that’s going to happen.”

Zach Parise Postgame:

On going to his shootout move on penalty shot “I was going to do the same thing on the penalty shot. I changed my mind. Good thing I didn’t do it then.”

Peter DeBoer Postgame:
On the game “We probably got what we deserved in the end.”

Team Notes:
Sharks outdrew the Devils 39-27
Sharks outshot the Devils 41-19
Devils went 1 for 4 on the power play.
Sharks out hit the Devils 9-6

Player Notes:
Adam Larsson picked up his first penalty minutes in the NHL on a Holding the Stick penalty in the 1st.
Ilya Kovalchuk lead the team in total ice time again.
Zach Parise scored his first ever penalty shot.
Jacob Josefson broke his right clavicle, it is unsure how long he may be out but it will be a while.


Headline: Colin White Returns to NJ

Former New Jersey Devils’ defenseman Colin White returns to New Jersey tonight as the Devils take on the Sharks. During the offseason the Devils bought out Colin White’s contract. He signed with the Sharks and has fit in well with them. Hopefully the Devils faithful give him a nice hand when he steps out on the ice tonight. He has really helped out the Devils organization in his tenure with the team.


Upcoming Matchup: San Jose Sharks

Tonight the New Jersey Devils take on the San Jose Sharks at the Prudential Center. Now these two don’t usually see each other more than once or twice a year. In the two games last season, both teams won one game . However, both teams have made major changes since last season. The Sharks became a more defensive team with the acquisitions of Brent Burns, Jim Vandermeer and former Devil Colin White. The Devils became a younger team with the loss of Brian Rolston and Colin White.

I expect this game to be a very close game if the Devils can avoid the penalty box. The Sharks are a very good powerplay team. They thrive off of it. The Sharks can score from any where on the power play. One off the things they knew they needed to improve was the point on the powerplay hence the reason why Brent Burns is a Shark. Last season the only defensive threat on the powerplay was Dan Boyle. That is no more. Burns is going to be logging a lot of time on the powerplay.

The Devils can win this game with quick effective passing in the offensive zone. If they can control the puck in the offensive zone and play keep away from the Sharks. They can win if they can convert on some off all the time in the offensive zone.

Expect a fairly close game and fairly good number of chances for both sides. Please feel free to comment on the game as its going. Discuss and game on!