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Goalie nods: Bryzgalov back in for Wild, Brodeur goes for Devils


News and notes from around the crease…

Minnesota sticks with Bryz

Ilya Bryzgalov will make his second straight start for the Wild tonight, putting Darcy Kuemper in a back-up role once again.

Bryzgalov earned tonight’s start on the strength of 23 saves in a big 3-1 win in Phoenix over the weekend. The victory came after Kuemper struggled in consecutive losses to Vancouver at St. Louis — following the Blues loss, Wild head coach Mike Yeo said he felt bad for Kuemper, noting the club put the 23-year-old in a difficult spot by handing him the No. 1 gig after he entered the year as the No. 3 behind Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding.

Bryzgalov and the Wild will face the Kings tonight, and Jonathan Quick will get the start for L.A.

Devils roll with Marty

Desperate to keep its flickering playoff hopes alive, New Jersey will give Martin…

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Dealing with the Devils: NHL reverses Kovalchuk punishment

Finally some great news for the Devils organization.

Kovi royally screwed over this organization on so many fronts by retiring suddenly in the summer.

No its not the leagues fault for this happening, its solely Kovi’s choice to retire.

However, the NHL tried to make an example out of the Devils by giving them this penalty of the first round pick, and the fine. Now the Devils are still on the hook for 300K per year.

Its ironic that many other teams have done the same thing with front loaded contracts (Luongo etc…) just not for the length that Kovi was given.

Why was Vancouver not penalized with the front loaded deal for Luongo? Why not Detroit for the deal with Franzen?

Not the NHL allows compliance buyouts for bad contracts, even front loaded ones. (Lecavalier, Bryz, Redden, Gomez etc…)

Why did the NHL step into this deal initially? Because of Cap circumvention???? Because of the length?

(As I have said before when the compliance buyouts were happening). How about the NHL forces any team that wants to do a compliance buyout is forced to dump one first round pick over the next 3 years.

Want to see how fast the owners will give more reasonable contracts.

This Kovi situation is not much different with many other NHL teams and what they did when contracts were on the table, excluding the length of the term.

Now the NHL is giving a potential back door clause to any owner who wishes to drop a contract that THEY signed with the player and the LEAGUE approved.

Yes I am a die hard Devils fan….but my rant is about the league and owners in general.

Lets look at the facts:

1. Long term contract
2. Front loaded contract
3. Working with the cap space

Now a disgruntled player/owner wants to move along with his careers somewhere else for personal reasons or because they are not performing to the level they want to achieve.

Which player am I talking about



Luongo, St. Louis, Lecavalier, Bryzgalov, Gomez, Dipietro etc… This list can go on and on.

Long term contracts don’t work (especially front loaded ones) but why were the Devils the sole organization to be penalized?

here is my proposition to the League, NHLPA and the owners.

The league needs to hold owners responsible for these contracts and make the owners pay dearly for burying players in the minors and for also a performing compliance buyout.

If a players is injured, player retires or player passes away (lets hope this doesn’t happen) its a player decision or inability to perform and should not be the solely the owners fault.

But to kill someones career such as Dipietro, Redden, Souray, Connoly etc.. just to take the numbers off the cap space is your own fault for signing the contract in the first place. Owners/GMs should NOT be allowed to bury any contract with any term deal longer than 3 years or over 3 million.

Owners/GMs are to forfeit 1 first round pick over the next 3 years if they wish to perform a compliance buyout.

Owners/GMs are to forfeit 1 second round choice should they waive a player who fails to be picked up with 3 yrs/3mil+ contract (refer to above)

Players who retires (not due to injury or death) with more than 3 years left in contract will pay 100% back to the owners in which the contract term remains. And the owners will pay the 50% of that money to the NHLPA players fund and 50% to the League…plus 150% of the contract terms to remain on the CAP.(yes 150%…so 1 mil contract now becomes 1.5mil to cap)

Owners may do front loaded contracts…where the contract can only be loaded by 10% each year (ie: 3 years deal. 1st year 1 million, 2nd year 900k, 3rd year 800k) [to all you math geeks out there I know that these would not be the actual numbers due to compounding factors…but rough idea]

My opinions….but the owners/GMs need to take notice the contracts they fling affect everything from ticket prices to the players lives.


The NHL is set to reverse the punishment handed to New Jersey for the Ilya Kovalchuk cap circumvention incident, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger:

In September of 2010, the NHL fined the Devils $3 million and took away their third-round pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft — as well as a first-round draft choice in one of the next four NHL Entry Drafts.

The punishment was levied after an independent arbitrator ruled Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million deal attempted to circumvent the league’s salary cap (the deal was heavily front-loaded, with Kovalchuk earning $95 million over the first 10 years.)

This summer, Kovalchuk surprised the hockey world by retiring from the NHL with 12 years and…

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Jim Dowd (off the list)

So today; just got Jim Dowd off my list of pucks for my collection. So glad to get the first New Jersey native to play for the Devils.


Below is his bio from Wikipedia.




James Thomas Dowd (born December 25, 1968) is an American former professional ice hockey center who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for ten different teams over the course of 17 NHL seasons. Dowd, who won the 1995 Stanley Cup with his hometown New Jersey Devils, was the second New Jersey high school hockey player to make it to the NHL. He is also a frequent guest on NHL Live.



Early life, high school and college[edit]

Dowd helped Brick Township High School win the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association ice hockey title for the 1985–1986 season.[1] In his senior year, he broke the national scholastic scoring record, finishing with a four-year tally of 375 points: 189 Goals, 186 Assists. Dowd was an 8th round pick (149th overall) of the New Jersey Devils in the NHL Entry Draft. He went to Lake Superior State University in the fall of 1987. In his four years with the Lake Superior Lakers (in the CCHA), Dowd was a prolific scorer, earning selections to the NCAAWest Second All-American and CCHA Second All-Star Teams in 1990 and the NCAA West First All-American and CCHA First All-Star Teams in 1991. He was also named the CCHA’s “Player of the Year” in 1991. He was a member of the Lake Superior State Lakers 1988 NCAA Championship men’s ice hockey team.

Pro hockey career[edit]

New Jersey Devils and the Stanley Cup[edit]

After college, Dowd joined the now-defunct Utica Devils (New Jersey’s minor league affiliate) of the American Hockey League (AHL). He became the first New Jersey native to play for the New Jersey Devils when he made his NHL debut during the 1991–92 season. He spent the 1991–92 and the 1992–93 seasons in the AHL, with single-game NHL appearances in both seasons. As a top scorer with the AHL’s Albany River Rats(the Devils affiliate at the time) in the 1993–94 season, Dowd made impressive appearances with the Devils, collecting 5 goals and 10 assists in 15 regular season games, and 2 goals and 6 assists in 19 games during their playoff run. The labor dispute shortened the 1994–95 season, which was further shortened for Dowd when a shoulder injury and surgery caused him to miss 35 games. However, the highlight of Dowd’s career with the Devils came in Game Two of the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals. With 1:24 left in regulation, he notched the game-winning goal, giving the Devils a 2–0 series lead over the Detroit Red Wings to take back home to New Jersey. The Devils completed the sweep at home for their first Stanley Cup Championship.

Late 1990s[edit]

Less than six months after helping the Devils capture the Cup, Dowd was traded with a 1997 2nd-round draft pick to the Hartford Whalers on December 19, 1995, for Jocelyn Lemieux and a 1998 2nd-round draft pick. Later that same day, Hartford traded Dowd with Frantisek Kucera and the 1997 2nd-round draft pick to the Vancouver Canucks for Jeff Brown and a 1998 5th-round draft pick. Dowd would only play 38 regular season games and one playoff game for the Canucks. On September 30, 1996, the New York Islanders claimed Dowd in the NHL Waiver Draft. He only played in three games for New York, spending the rest of the 1996–97 season with the International Hockey League’s (IHL) Utah Grizzlies and AHL’s Saint John Flames. Dowd signed with the Calgary Flames on July 10, 1997, as a free agent. In the 1997–98 season, he played in 48 games in Calgary and another 35 regular season (and 19 playoff) games with the AHL Flames.

On June 27, 1998, Dowd was traded by Calgary to the expansion Nashville Predators for future considerations. For the second time in his career, he was traded before playing a single game, this time to the Edmonton Oilers with Mikhail Shtalenkov on October 1, 1998, for Eric FichaudDrake Berehowsky, and Greg de Vries. Dowd appeared in one game with the Oilers during the 1998–99 season, spending the rest of the season with their AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. As a group two free agent, he re-signed with Edmonton on September 7, 1999, and played the 1999–2000 season with the Oilers appearing in an NHL career high 69 games.


The next chapter in Dowd’s career began on June 23, 2000, when the Minnesota Wild selected him during the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft. A couple of weeks later, Dowd’s wife Lisa gave birth to their first child. After nearly four seasons with the Minnesota Wild, Dowd was traded to theMontreal Canadiens on March 4, 2004 for a 2004 4th-round draft pick. After the season, Dowd became an unrestricted free agent and signed with Germany’s Hamburg Freezers during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. Following the lockout, Dowd signed with the Chicago Blackhawks on August 5, 2005.

On March 9, 2006, Dowd was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a 2006 4th-round draft pick. His brief tenure with the Avalanche ended after the 2005–06 season, with Dowd again becoming a free agent.

On November 2, 2006, after left winger Dan LaCouture cleared waivers, the Devils signed Dowd to a one-year contract. The contract paid Dowd the NHL minimum of $450,000. “It’s great. You should see the smile on my face,” Dowd said via phone. “I’ve tried to come back every time I became a free agent. I’d call New Jersey, but the timing was never right.” [1] When Dowd returned to the Devils, he was forced to wear jersey #12, as John Madden wore #11. He went on to score 4 goals as well as have his first career multi-goal game, which came against the Florida Panthers.

After the season ended with a loss to the Senators in the second round of the playoffs, questions arose about the futures of such Devil’s veterans as Dowd, who was scratched several times in favor of Rod Pelley. On September 11, Dowd announced that GM Lou Lamoriello and the Devils were uninterested in offering him a contract and instead attended Philadelphia Flyers training camp on a try-out contract. He made the team and became a solid PK and defensive center for the Flyers during the 2007–08, scoring his first goal with the Flyers against the Devils. Dowd was invited to the Flyers training camp on a tryout basis again in 2008, but he was released after the last game of the Flyers’ 2008-09 preseason, along with Bryan Berard, to allow rookie development, notably Danny Syvret and Darroll Powe. Dowd announced his retirement on April 7, 2009.

Off the ice[edit]

Jim Dowd’s Shoot for the Stars Foundation held its 11th Annual Shore High School All-Star Hockey Game on August 9, 2008 at the Red Bank Armory. The Monmouth All-Stars defeated the Ocean County, New Jersey All-Stars 6–5 in Overtime, with proceeds benefiting Jeremy Zalinsky, a 6-year-old Brick Township resident afflicted with pontine glioma, a cancerous tumor of the brain stem. The Ocean County All-Stars took a 2–1 series advantage, having won 5–1 two years ago. Monmouth County won last year’s event 5–2. The All-Star Games and other events hosted by Shoot for the Stars have raised thousands of dollars for local families in need due to catastrophic illnesses. He also coaches ice hockey for the Red Bank Generals, a travel organization in his home state of New Jersey.

In September 2011, Dowd appeared at Mother Teresa Regional School in Atlantic Highlands, as part of a fundraiser benefiting the American Red Cross. He spoke to students and players from the school, as well as shooting around with them before signing autographs.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 Lake Superior State University CCHA 45 18 27 45 16
1988–89 Lake Superior State University CCHA 46 24 35 59 40
1989–90 Lake Superior State University CCHA 46 25 67 92 30
1990–91 Lake Superior State University CCHA 44 24 54 78 53
1991–92 Utica Devils AHL 78 17 42 59 47 4 2 2 4 4
1991–92 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1992–93 Utica Devils AHL 78 27 45 72 62 5 1 7 8 10
1992–93 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Albany River Rats AHL 58 26 37 63 76
1993–94 New Jersey Devils NHL 15 5 10 15 0 19 2 6 8 8
1994–95 New Jersey Devils NHL 10 1 4 5 0 11 2 1 3 8
1995–96 New Jersey Devils NHL 28 4 9 13 17
1995–96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 38 1 6 7 6 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Utah Grizzlies IHL 48 10 21 31 27
1996–97 Saint John Flames AHL 24 5 11 16 18 5 1 2 3 0
1996–97 New York Islanders NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Saint John Flames AHL 35 8 30 38 20 19 3 13 16 10
1997–98 Calgary Flames NHL 48 6 8 14 12
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 51 15 29 44 82 11 3 6 9 8
1999–00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 69 5 18 23 45 5 2 1 3 4
2000–01 Minnesota Wild NHL 68 7 22 29 80
2001–02 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 13 30 43 54
2002–03 Minnesota Wild NHL 78 8 17 25 31 15 0 2 2 0
2003–04 Minnesota Wild NHL 55 4 20 24 38
2003–04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 14 3 2 5 6 11 0 2 2 2
2004–05 Hamburg Freezers DEL 20 4 9 13 12
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 3 12 15 38
2005–06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 18 2 1 3 2 9 2 3 5 20
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 66 4 4 8 20 11 0 0 0 4
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 5 5 10 41 17 1 2 3 4
NHL totals 728 71 168 239 390 99 9 17 26 50

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA Second Team 1989-90
All-CCHA First Team 1990-91

DeBoer, Devils concerned about toll Olympics will have on Jagr


With the Devils right in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff chance, Peter DeBoer is worried about what effect the Sochi experience will have on Jaromir Jagr.

“You worry, for sure,” DeBoer said, per “He got back on Thursday, so we gave him Friday, Saturday, Sunday off.  He’s back out here today. I’m probably more worried about it than him. When you speak to him about it, he sees it as a non-issue and his play seems to have backed that up.”

Jagr, 42, has been New Jersey’s best player this year, leading the team in goals (17), assists (32) and points (49). It’s actually scary to think where the Devils would be without Jagr’s contributions, which is why DeBoer’s highly concerned about keeping him fresh.

The Olympics did little to alleviate those concerns.

Jagr logged big minutes for the Czechs, playing five games in seven days…

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Canada shuts down high-flying U.S. offense, will play for gold


The U.S. was averaging five goals per game heading into the Olympic semifinals.

Against Canada, it couldn’t muster one.

That was the story at the Bolshoy Ice Dome on Friday as Carey Price stopped all 31 shots faced and Canada continued its stifling defense in a 1-0 win over the Americans, securing a berth in the gold medal game for the second consecutive Olympics.

“Our back-checking was excellent tonight, and our forecheck was good,” Price told CBC’s Elliotte Friedman following the game. “We tried to stay on the right side of the puck the whole night, and the effort was there.”

Jamie Benn scored the game’s lone marker — his second of the tournament — early in the second period, deflecting home a Jay Bouwmeester slap-pass. The game-winner was one of the biggest of Benn’s career and made for a great story, as Benn is the lone player on the…

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Czechs avoid choke, will face U.S. in quarterfinals


The Czech Republic dodged a monumental collapse on Tuesday, building up a four-goal lead before hanging on to beat Slovakia 5-3 at the Shayba Arena.

With the win, the Czechs will now face the high-flying Americans in the quarterfinal.

Getting there, however, was an adventure.

Victory seemed almost certain after Roman Cervenka his second of the game with under five minutes left in the second period, giving the Czechs a commanding 4-0 lead. That came after his team got off to a flying start, scoring three times in the game’s first 18 minutes while out-shooting the Slovaks 13-7 in the first period.

But after Cervenka’s second marker, the Slovaks woke up.

Marian Hossa ripped off two quick two goals — his only markers of the tournament — before Tomas Surovy scored with 11 minutes left to cut the Czech lead to one. From there, the action was furious. Slovakia peppered…

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Devils’ AHL coach says Larsson is ‘his own worst enemy sometimes’


New Jersey Devils prospect defenseman Adam Larsson has had a rough season. He’s played 20 games for New Jersey and has been playing for the minor league affiliate in Albany since Jan. 9.

So what’s wrong with the 21-year-old 2011 fourth overall pick? Randy Miller from The Star-Ledger shares the story.

“I think Adam’s his own worst enemy sometimes,” Albany coach Rick Kowalsky said. “He wants to be an impact, and sometimes he wants to make an impact every shift. He doesn’t have to make a play that leads to a scoring chance. Sometimes he’s got to make the simple play, and he’s done that at times, but he has a tendency to get away from it.”

Larsson admits he’s trying hard but he wants to make it with the Devils and not somewhere else. He’s in the final year of his entry-level deal and not exactly in line…

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Jagr scores, Czech Republic bounces back with win vs. Latvia


After a rocky start to the 2014 Olympics in a loss to Sweden , the Czech Republic bounced back with a 4-2 win against Latvia on Friday.

The Czechs might not be the same power they once were, yet there was still a familiar story, as Jaromir Jagr captivated on and off the ice. Jagr, 42, scored the game-winner on a scorching shot.

The Czech Republic out-scored Latvia 2-1 in both the first and second periods before coasting to a 4-2 win following a scoreless final frame. They generated a 39-20 shot differential in almost uniformly doubling Latvia’s output in each period.

VIDEO: Jagr shines as Czech Republic rolls

Generally speaking, the Czech Republic can be heartened by some solid work from expected go-to players. Ondrej Pavelec made his debut after surprisingly sitting out the starting game against Sweden. He stopped 18 out of 20 shots in getting the…

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Jagr, about to turn 42, is upbeat, loose, and scoring


We’re two games into the Czech Republic’s schedule and Jaromir Jagr has found the back of the net in both contests. Will he go on to score in every Olympic match?

“Yeah, probably,” Jagr told Sportsnet’s ChrisJohnston.

Jagr doesn’t mind joking around with the press, but the thing is, it’s certainly plausible that scenario will play out. Which is particularly remarkable when you remember that he’ll be turning 42 tomorrow.

“I don’t get old, man,” Jagr said, per the Olympic News Service. “I don’t know why.”

His work ethic and tremendous skill sometimes create that illusion. Of course, his attitude helps too. While we’ve seen losses get to him, even on a stage this big, he doesn’t sound like a guy that’s carrying a tremendous weight on his shoulders.

“We are from the Czech Republic, we are always loose man,” Jagr said. “No pressure.”

That being said, Jagr…

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Devils know they need to step up to make playoffs


The New Jersey Devils couldn’t solve St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak on Tuesday and consequently suffered their second straight loss. The Devils have been up-and-down lately, which would be fine under better circumstances.

The problem is that the team is entering the stretch run and have an uphill battle ahead of them. The Devils are one of six teams that are currently within two points of the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. So while they’re clearly still in the race, they can’t expect to squeak into the postseason if they are simply okay through their final 28 contests.

“I just think we’ve got to get a little more bite in our game, overall a little more urgency, desperation,” Devils forward Ryane Clowe told the Bergen Record. “This is it for us right now. … You’ve got to take charge. We’ve got a veteran team. We’ve…

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