It’s an incontrovertible rule of nature that if you give a hockey fan something, they will throw it, as far and violently as possible: beer bottles, pretzel chunks, their own teeth, engagement rings, Lindbergh baby, doesn’t matter. Anyway, somebody gave an arena full of hockey fans some rats.
A long jersey retirement ceremony for Martin Brodeur was made even longer by the fans who wouldn’t let him speak. After being introduced, Brodeur had to pause and step away from the podium as fans cheered and chanted his name. “I was ready to just go with my speech,” Brodeur said, “and Doc [Emrick] said stop a little…
A youth soccer game at Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, N.J., was called off Sunday night after a helicopter touched down in the middle of the pitch and stayed there. This was no emergency landing, however: the vehicle was there to pick up Josh Harris, billionaire owner of the New Jersey Devils and…
Chris Neil is somewhat of an Ottawa Senators lifer, having played 13 seasons-long career with the team and notching his 900th game on Thursday. The Senators lost 5-4, but Neil had himself a game, scoring, assisting, and wrasslin’, all in a mere 6:17 of ice time.
Lou Lamoriello has stepped down as Devils general manager, but will continue on as team president. The new GM? Ray Shero, formerly of the Penguins.
The Panthers traded for Jaromir Jagr. They'll send New Jersey a second-rounder and a conditional third-rounder.
What in the damn hell is going on in New Jersey? Yesterday they fired head coach Pete DeBoer, and today they announced that for the foreseeable future the team will be coached by a three-headed Rock Hydra:
The Devils announced today that they have fired fourth-year head coach Pete DeBoer. GM Lou Lamoriello said no replacement will be named until after he speaks to the players tomorrow, upon their return from Christmas break.
Maybe it's Jaromir Jagr's last season; maybe not, since he did put up 67 points for the Devils last year. But just on the chance that this'll be his last run, let's not wait for the silver anniversary. It was 24 years ago today that a bemulleted Penguins rookie scored his first NHL goal.
Lewis Katz, the former owner of the New Jersey Nets and New Jersey Devils, was one of seven people aboard a private plane that crashed at Hanscom Field just outside Boston Saturday night. There were no survivors.
Martin Brodeur's 688th win capped a celebratory and mournful night in Newark, as fans sent off the face of their franchise with a tentative goodbye. Unlike Teemu Selanne, who was in a situation where he could run up the odometer and exit at a time of his own choosing, Brodeur may have just run out of gas before he was…
Devils fans booed Zach Parise every time he touched the puck last night, in the star winger's first return to New Jersey since he signed with the Wild in 2012. So the mood was predictable hostile, but according to one Minnesota fan, the venom extended into the stands in an ugly way.
Just great work by everyone involved here. That's perfect framing by the selfie taker to get himself, Jagr, and bewildered
Devils lady Cory Schneider in the picture, and Jagr has just the right mix of mischievousness and nonchalance that's needed to pull off a good photobomb.
Back in 2010, the Devils signed Ilya Kovalchuk to a frontloaded 17-year contract. It was an obvious attempt to clear cap space by sticking cheap, never-intended-to-be-honored seasons on the back end, and the NHL responded swiftly, voiding the deal and fining the Devils $3 million and first- and third-round picks. The…
Last night's win over the Red Wings, his 684th all-time, was either Martin Brodeur's last start as a Devil, or his last start as a Devil until Friday (when NJ takes on Detroit again in the first half of back-to-backs). So no one knew quite how to act.
Martin Brodeur called the makeshift rink at Yankee Stadium "the worst ice I ever played hockey on," and given a 21-year career, that's saying something. No other player on either team had such harsh words for the ice, but, then, no other player got yanked after giving up six goals in two periods.
Stephen Gionta didn't miss a shift. Hockey.
[Shaq and The Devil ride in a Zamboni, January 11, 2014.]