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Ray Shero Explains His Plans About the New Jersey Devils Free Agents

May 21st, 2015 at 7:11 PM
By Edward Allegretto

With Ray Shero being the new general manager of the New Jersey Devils, he has a lot on his plate. With the organization speaking with former Tampa Bay Lightnings head coach Guy Boucher has immerged as a favorite to become the next coach. However, there is still plenty of time before the NHL entry draft for Shero to name the next head coach of the red and black.

As for the Devils free agents this summer, the GM said there is no rush on them either. He would prefer for that to be the coaches job in deciding who he wants to sign and for what amount. Perhaps the most important players that are restricted free agents are defenders Adam Larsson and Eric Gelinas, but where do they fit in?

"They're two important players for the organization," Shero explained. "It's important for us to build around Adam. We're trying to find some common ground there. It's too early to say where we are there. It's an important contract for him and certainly he's an important part of the team moving forward. Same thing for Gelinas."

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New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero’s Input on His Offseason Plans

May 20th, 2015 at 5:07 PM
By Edward Allegretto

When the IIHF world championships took place in the Czech Republic from May 1-15, New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero spent some time with his former head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Dan Bylsma. However, Shero did not say that Bylsma was the front runner to become the next head coach of the red and black.

"It's ongoing," Shero said of his search for a head coach. "The world championships was very productive for me. I'm not going to say if I interviewed any people over there. The process is ongoing and underway. Now that I'm back here, it will be a continuation of that."

With all of the questions circling around the Devils, especially who the next head coach will be, a lot of fans wonder what is taking so long. Also, if Shero found success why wouldn't he hire Bylsma again and help lead New Jersey back to the playoffs. There is a slight problem with Bylsma; he is still currently under contract with Pittsburgh, and it has been about a year since he coached.

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Will Patrik Elias Be Traded by the New Jersey Devils

May 19th, 2015 at 10:13 PM
By Edward Allegretto

With a new general manager for the New Jersey Devils, Patrik Elias understands that Ray Shero might move him in order to rebuild the team. After 17 seasons with the red and black organization, he knows his career is close to coming to an end, but his future with New Jersey may also be up in the air.

Obviously with a new GM, he is in a position to be more objective and may want to bring in younger players, or people he is more comfortable with, which is understandable. Only time will tell what his intentions are, and Elias certainly understands.

"I really don't know," Elias said. "I know Mr.Shero is a very respected GM. He did a great job in Pittsburgh and in Nashville when he was apart of it (as an assistant GM). So, I know, in that regard he's very respected and I believe he's going to do a great job for this organization going forward. I guess it's up to him to kind of talk to me about it and let me know where he stands. Honestly, if he wants to change things around and this is not the place for me anymore, its OK. It happens. And if he wants to keep me around and be apart of the team, then I'll be more than happy."

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Who Should Be the Next Captain of the New Jersey Devils

May 18th, 2015 at 7:27 PM
By Edward Allegretto

With a lot of questions surrounding the New Jersey Devils this offseason, whether it is who the next head coach will be, or what veterans will be brought, and even, what players will be drafted. Let's not forget that the red and black will also need a new captain for next season. The current captain is Bryce Salvador who missed most of the season due to a back injury. The 39 year-old defenseman may has seen his last days as a member of the Devils, so who will the organization appoint as the next player that will have the honor of wearing the "C"?

Andy Greene 32, was one of the three alternate captains last season after Salvador was unable to play. Greene has been without a doubt the red and blacks best defenseman the past several years. Let's look at this past season; he totaled 22 points with three goals and 19 assists in 82 games. Greene was the only player to appear in every game for the Devils and he also had a plus/minus of one, which is remarkable for a team that finished below .500 and third to last in scoring. As a matter of fact, the defenseman played in every game the last two seasons, which proves his durability.

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Grading the New Jersey Devils Offseason So Far

May 17th, 2015 at 7:03 PM
By Edward Allegretto

This offseason for the New Jersey Devils has been very interesting to say the least. They made two signings, and longtime general manager Lou Lamoriello stepped down but remains the team president of hockey operations. Lamoriello and the red and black organization hired Ray Shero as the new GM, who did well with the Pittsburgh Penguins during his tenure. But were these moves and good? Did New Jersey start their rebuild period off with a bang? Or will these moves crash and burn?

On April 13th, the Devils and rookie goaltender Keith Kinkaid, agreed to a two-year deal worth $1.45 million dollars. Obviously, with Cory Schneider in net, Kinkaid will only play 20 games at most a season. However, the young net-minder proved to be valuable throughout the season and posted pretty solid numbers. In 19 games this past season, Kinkaid totaled a 6-5-4 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.59 goals against average. At the young age of 25, learning from Schneider can only help him improve over the next two seasons for New Jersey. Overall great job by the organization to resign Kinkaid who is more than a capable backup.

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