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The Hockey Machine Comes to Life for New Jersey Devils

January 7th, 2013 at 9:28 AM
By Philip Coffey

The New Jersey Devils' schedule for the 2013 season hasn't been released yet, but owning to an ice show at Prudential Center, it seems likely the Devils will open the truncated season on the road.

The ice surface being down is one less cause for concern in making a quick turnabout now that a new collective bargaining agreement has finally been reached. Coach Peter DeBoer and his staff were in New Jersey during the lockout, so they figured to be prepared up to their ears to get the season started.

Now, the clarion call has gone out to the players to get here. Ilya Kovalchuk, already in top form from his play in the KHL, and defenseman Anton Volchenkov are heading back from Russia. Other Devils who were overseas are already back.

A group of players that includes Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky have joined up with the local crew that had been renting the ice at the Prudential Center practice rink.

And a small contingent of familiar faces have been playing for the Albany Devils, so they figure to be recalled quickly. That group includes Adam Larsson, Stephen Gionta and Jacob Josefson.

GM Lou Lamoriello will have to juggle between keeping players with the Albany Devils and having some extra bodies in New Jersey for the shortened training camp.

Tom Gulitti reported that Adam Henrique has the cast off his left hand following surgery for a detached ligament, but he figures to be a month away from playing.

Gulitti also asked Lamoriello is re-signing Petr Sykora is in the plans.

“Everything is an option,” Lamoriello said. “The potential of doing something is always an option, no specific individuals.”

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