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Why the Offseason for the New Jersey Devils Has Been Promising Thus Far

July 4th, 2015 at 2:09 PM
By Edward Allegretto

After basically changing their entire organization, the New Jersey Devils have been promising move to improve their team. General manager Ray Shero was hired on May 5 after Lou Lamoriello announced he was stepping down after a 28 year tenure. Shero has vowed to keep the same framework of the red and black; defense first. But, he has also promised to bring in players that fit his vision.

Shero hired head coach John Hynes who worked under him in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. Hynes coached the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for five seasons, leading them to the playoffs each year. After the Hynes hiring, the coaching staff was quickly finished by bringing on Alain Nasreddine (who was Hynes' assistant coach in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton), Geoff Ward who has plenty of NHL coaching experience as an assistant coach, and lastly, they retained goalie coach Chris Terreri.

After all of those moves to change the organization, they have been slowly replacing their aging talent with youth players to change the outlook of the roster and to also bring in players that fit their scheme. As Shero and the Devils look to get faster not only in movement, but also passing and working plays. After being the oldest team in the NHL last season with the average age around 30.6 years, the red and black have let Bryce Salvador (39), Scott Gomez (35), Michael Ryder (35), Martin Havlat (34), Peter Harrold, and Steve Bernier (30), the roster has become a much younger squad.

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New Jersey Devils Sign Two More Players

July 3rd, 2015 at 7:30 PM
By Edward Allegretto

The New Jersey Devils signed two more players today as they continue to add depth for their organization. Net-minder Yann Danis returns to the red and black after signing a one-year, two-way contract today with an NHL salary of $575,000. General manager Ray Shero also signed another defender; Marc-Andre Gragnani. Gragnani was also signed a one-year, two-way contract with an NHL salary of $575,000.

Shero wanted a goaltender with NHL experience to split time for the AHL Devils. In the AHL, New Jersey has Scott Wedgewood who they recently resigned, and they just drafted MacKenzie Blackwood in the second-round, so clearly, Shero wants a goalie with experience to help put the youngsters on the right path.

Danis, 34, has played a total of 53 NHL games, including 12 back in the 2009-2010 season with the red and black. The goaltender made only six starts as he backed up Devils great, Martin Broduer. In those six games, Danis compiled a record of 3-2-1 with 2.06 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage. The 34-year-old net-minder has also played for several other teams in the NHL. He totaled a 17-21-4 record with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, and the Edmonton Oilers. During those games, Danis finished with a 2.75 goals-against-average, .910 save percentage, to go along with three shutouts. Recently Danis split last season with Norfolk and Hartford in the AHL. He helped Hartford reach the Eastern Conference Final by going 7-7 with a 2.37 GAA.

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Recapping the New Jersey Devils Free Agency Thus Far

July 2nd, 2015 at 8:19 PM
By Edward Allegretto

It is now day two of the National Hockey Leagues 2015 summer free agency. While each team is franticly trying to sign all of the high caliber free agents, the New Jersey Devils have remained patient and are only going for the available players that fit their scheme and cost the right amount. It should have come to no surprise that the red and black stayed away from the headlines and made quality low-key signing in improve the depth of a team that has been amongst the oldest in the NHL.

"We were trying to do something a little bit bigger, I guess, but we were prepared if that didn't happen," Shero admitted.

General manager Ray Shero and head coach John Hynes share the same vision as they continue to bring in younger guys that can not only be impact players now, but also for many years to come. Bringing in players like Kyle Palmieri helps them do that. The organization is trying to get younger, faster, and add more depth. With Shero deciding not to resign Scott Gomez, Steve Bernier, Peter Harrold, and Mark Fraser, he effectively has given the younger players on the team like Jacob Josefson a chance to prove themselves.

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The New Jersey Devils Sign Defender John Moore to a Three-Year Deal

July 1st, 2015 at 5:09 PM
By Edward Allegretto

Today the New Jersey Devils signed former New York Rangers defenseman John Moore to a three-year deal worth $5 million dollars. Annually, the 24-year-old defender will be making roughly $1.6 million, so it leaves plenty of cap space for general manager Ray Shero to continue bringing players in.

Moore played the last stretch of the season with the Arizona Coyotes after the Rangers traded him there for defender Keith Yandle. The 24-year-old would have been a restricted free agent but the Coyotes opted not to make him a qualifying offer, which ultimately made him an unrestricted free agent. In 230 career NHL games, Moore, who is left-handed, compiled nine goals and 31 assists while playing for The Columbus Blue Jackets, Rangers, and Coyotes. The Blue Jackets drafted Moore back in the first-round of the 2009 NHL draft.

The 6-foot-3 defender from Illinois, tallied one goal and four assists with Arizona in 19 games after the March 1 trade from New York. Before that trade, Moore had one goal and five assists in 38 games with the red and blacks rival Rangers.

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Predicting the New Jersey Devils Defensive Pairings After the Draft

June 30th, 2015 at 1:38 PM
By Edward Allegretto

Yesterday we at Devils 101 looked at the entire New Jersey Devils organization and tried to predict what the offensive line combinations might look like. Today, the defensive pairings will be looked at. Keep in mind that this is just a prediction and it is based on the current roster. General manager Ray Shero told defensemen Peter Harrold and Mark Fraser to test free agency so most likely neither of them will be on the squad next year.

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Defensive Pair One; Andy Greene and Adam Larsson. If it is not broken, do not fix it. After Damon Severson got hurt last year, Larsson return from the mumps and was placed next to veteran Greene and they were perfectly together. Greene is as solid a two-way defender any team in the NHL could ask for. Pairing him with the youngster Larsson who is still trying to develop the skills to be a good two-way defender himself will continue to improve the teams blue line play for many years to come. Larsson is one of the key pieces of the puzzle for New Jersey's future, look for Shero and new head coach John Hynes to use him and fully develop his abilities.

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