5 Reasons to Believe New Jersey Devils’ GM Lou Lamoriello Is Losing His Touch

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He was the team’s offensive leader, the hardest working guy on the ice, a shut-down defensive player, the leader on penalty kills, a stud in shoot outs and just the humblest, most charming guy. He was always in the right place in front of the net. Last season, he was also their captain. When he and Ilya Kovalchuk were able to cooperate and actually develop some chemistry, they were one of the most dangerous pairings in the league. Parise also played a large role in last season’s playoff run. Needless to say, when Zach announced that he would be signing a contract with the Minnesota Wild , it was a pretty big blow to the team. And it was a hard decision for him. If you believe him (I do), it came down to a decision between the Devils and the Wild, and he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to return home to Minnesota. I don’t blame Lamoriello for losing Parise. I believe he did everything in his power to keep him. I also believe that he genuinely thought there was a good shot that Parise would stay. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1627230-5-reasons-to-believe-new-jersey-devils-gm-lou-lamoriello-is-losing-his-touch

Devils choose David Clarkson as team’s King Clancy Trophy nominee

Clarkson, 29, has played of his seven NHL seasons with the Devils but he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. The right winger led the Devils with 15 goals while playing in all 48 games this season. Always known for his off-ice charity work, Clarkson joined the advisory board for the Hockey in Newark program this year and helped arrange the donation of 50 sets of hockey equipment through the NHLPA’s Goals and Dreams Fund. Hockey in Newark aims to cultivate hockey in the city. “When you get to meet these kids, you get to see the smiles on their faces just for something so little as a helmet or a pair of hockey pants,” Clarkson said. “It was something we had wanted to do for a while and the NHLPA was right there.” When Hurricane Sandy devastated the New York-New Jersey area last October, Clarkson was among the NHLers who answered the call. He skated in Operation Hat Trick, a charity game played in Atlantic City to benefit those impacted by the storm. “To the players that came out, I think it was a great cause for a lot of people in need,” Clarkson said. “It was one of those things I’ll remember the rest of my career.” Clarkson’s “Clarky’s Kids” program with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers is now in its fifth year. It provides children battling cancer with the chance to experience a Kitchener Rangers game from the “Clarky’s Kids” suite and visit with players and coaches in and out of the hospital. “I played in that community, it was like home to me,” Clarkson said. source: http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2013/05/devils_choose_david_clarkson_a.html

Rolston announces retirement from NHL

As a player, he was instrumental in a lot of the success we had in New Jersey, including our first Stanley Cup, and I can’t say enough about the leadership and passion he brought to our team. – Martin Brodeur In the 2005-06 season, as a member of the Wild, Rolston recorded new career highs in goals (34), assists (45) and points (79) and was named to his first NHL All-Star Game the following season after yet another stellar campaign in which he was tied for the team lead in points with 64 (31 goals, 33 assists). In the summer of 2008, Rolston signed with the Devils as an unrestricted free agent, returning to the team that he played his first NHL game with on February 5, 1995. His career came full circle after playing his 1,000th career game on January 10, 2009, becoming just the 234th player in NHL history to reach the milestone. Over three seasons, as a member of the Devils, Rolston recorded 103 points in 209 games before being traded to the New York Islanders in the summer of 2011. He split the 2011-12 season between the Islanders and Bruins, finishing with 24 points in 70 games. “I was lucky enough to play with Brian in New Jersey. Everyone knows how great of a player he is, but I also got to experience how great of a person he is. He is the ideal professional and has the unique ability to always keep everything positive and light in the dressing room, which isn’t easy in a sport that has so many ups and downs. “Rolly” had a great career, and his presence on the ice and in the locker room will be missed,” said Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise , who played with Brian in New Jersey from 2008-2011. Rolston was a strong two-way player who showed great durability throughout his career as he appeared in at least 80 games in eight different seasons. He also played in 77 playoff games over 12 postseasons. source: http://devils.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=668564

Two New Jersey Devils Will Represent Team USA At World Championship

New Jersey Devils Stephen Gionta

Forwards Ryan Carter and Stephen Gionta will represent Team USA at the upcoming 2013 IIHF World Championship, a first senior team appearance for both. Gionta played in all 48 games for the Devils this season, scoring four goals and 14 points. That was a huge step forward, as the previous two seasons had seen him only get into 13 games while scoring one goal. Gionta made his mark with the Devils during last season’s playoffs, as he scored three goals and had seven points in 24 games as the team reached the Stanley Cup Finals. He scored two goals in six games while representing Team USA at the 2001 U-18 World Junior Championship. Carter had six goals and 15 points for the Devils this season while appearing in 44 games. After six seasons in the league, he seems to have found a home with the Devils, and joining Team USA at the tournament should be a great chance for him to further showcase his skills. Carter also had a breakout 2012 postseason, as he scored five goals and had seven points in 23 playoff games during the run to the finals. With few veterans on the roster, it will be interesting to see how the U.S. does in this competition. For Devils fans, there are at least a few players still doing something worthy of following. Carter and Gionta are both set to return to New Jersey next season, and this experience should help them have even more of an impact for the Devils next season. source: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/04/30/two-new-jersey-devils-will-represent-team-usa-at-world-championship/


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