Devils capture Brodeur’s ‘Salute’ with statue dedicated to goaltender

Jared Clinton
Martin Brodeur and family pose with 'The Salute' (via New Jersey Devils/Twitter)

Martin Brodeur is the most iconic player in the history of the New Jersey Devils, and now fans will always be reminded of the legendary netminder when they enter the Prudential Center for Devils home games.

Brodeur, now an assistant GM with the St. Louis Blues, was honored Monday with an 11-foot bronze statue that will stand outside the Prudential Center. The statue features one of Brodeur’s most well-recognized poses: his stick raised in his right hand saluting the crowd following a win, winking to his children in the stands.

“I just felt that after looking at the pictures of my career and some of the events that meant a lot to me, I always saluted the fans, even at different times in my career and while in different jerseys,” Brodeur told NHL.com’s Mike Morreale. “It all came down to the same pose. We added the wink because that’s the thing I always did all the time to my kids when they were in the corner of the rink every home game.” Read more

Devils’ Cammalleri on the shelf with hand injury as busy month begins for New Jersey

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Mike Cammalleri (Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Devils enter Tuesday’s tilt against the Rangers just one point out of a playoff spot, but if New Jersey is going to make a push towards the post-season coming out of the all-star break, it will have to be without the services of Mike Cammalleri.

New Jersey placed Cammalleri on injured reserve Monday retroactive to Jan. 26, and he’s already been ruled out of Tuesday’s game. Following practice Tuesday, tough, Devils coach John Hynes told NorthJersey.com’s Tom Gulitti the earliest Cammalleri will be back in the lineup is Saturday against the Washington Capitals.

“It started acting up on him again, so we’ve got to shut him down here for a little bit and give him a little bit of time and see how quickly he can get back,” Hynes told Gulitti Monday following the Devils’ first practice back following the break. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Decision time looming for playoff bubble teams

Nick Schultz (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

With the Feb. 29 trade deadline less than a month away, the general managers of several playoff bubble teams must soon determine if they’ll become buyers or sellers in the coming weeks.

Emerging from the NHL all-star break, the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers were one and five points outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture, respectively. Like the Flyers, the Vancouver Canucks sit five points back in the Western Conference postseason chase. The Calgary Flames, meanwhile, are 11 points out and fading.

NorthJersey.com’s Tom Gulitti believes Devils GM Ray Shero owes it to his hardworking players to bolster their weak offense. He notes Shero isn’t keen to part with assets for a rental player, preferring instead to add younger players who could fit into the Devils long-term plans. Gulitti points out such deals tend to be uncommon at the trade deadline.

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Already struggling, Devils’ Jiri Tlusty out 3-4 months following wrist surgery

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Jiri Tlusty (Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jiri Tlusty’s off-season didn’t go quite as planned. The 27-year-old went nearly the entire summer without landing a contract, and didn’t sign an NHL deal until the New Jersey Devils came calling midway through September. It seemed like Tlusty should have had something to prove this season, but he’s struggled in a big way.

Through 30 games, Tlusty has just two goals and four points, and first-year coach John Hynes has even made Tlusty a healthy scratch on a few occasions. He’s averaging third- and fourth-line minutes in New Jersey, and he’s barely even managing a shot per game. The one plus to Tlusty’s game, as always, is that he’s been a solid defensive zone player and is one of few players in New Jersey who seems able to truly drive play for the Devils.

But Tlusty’s chance to turn his season around could be over, as he underwent wrist surgery earlier this weekend and the Devils announced he will be out for 3-4 months. That means barring a post-season appearance by New Jersey, Tlusty’s time with the Devils could be over after less than half a season with the club. Read more

Who says No. 1 netminders can’t play all 82 games in a season? (Hint: not goalies)

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File this under the Captain Obvious department: Martin Brodeur owns just about every major record for goaltenders: wins  (691), shutouts (125), games played (1, 266), 30-win seasons (14), 40-win seasons (eight), minutes played (74,439)…you get the point.

But one record eluded him his entire career. In fact, no goalie has ever done it, though a few, including Brodeur, have come close. He tried for it every season, and it wasn’t like he couldn’t have done it. The problem was trying to convince the killjoys who called the shots in New Jersey to let him try.

“I always begged my goalie coach, ‘Come on! One year. Let’s do it. This could be a record. I’ll play all 82 games. You can pull me after seven minutes if you want. Just let me start 82 games,’” Brodeur said, laughing. “He never bit on it.”

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Devils’ Tootoo latest player to be fined $2,000 for diving

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Jordin Tootoo (Jana Chytilova/NHLI via Getty Images)

The past week hasn’t been kind to New Jersey Devils winger Jordin Tootoo.

During Tuesday’s fracas with St. Louis, Tootoo suffered an injury when fighting with Blues tough guy Ryan Reaves that will keep him out of Thursday’s game. On top of the injury, though, Tootoo also learned Thursday that he’s been hit with a $2,000 fine for diving.

Tootoo’s second citation for diving came following a Jan. 4 game against the Detroit Red Wings. When skating into the Red Wings zone, Tootoo came into contact with Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who gave Tootoo a slight shove in the side. Tootoo went sprawling to the ice, but neither player was whistled on the play: Read more

Devils’ Farnham suspended four games, league sends message about retaliatory hits

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Bobby Farnham (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

New Jersey Devils left winger Bobby Farnham is a smart guy. He went to an Ivy League school after all, where he studied Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship, whatever the heck that is.

So Farnham will conceivably learn something over the next four games, for which he’ll have a seat in the press box instead of on the ice with the New Jersey Devils. What earned him his four-game vacation was his “violent and predatory hit to the defenseless Dmitrij Jaskin,” (the NHL’s words) in the Devils 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night.

And what Farnham will learn is what the NHL just might be trying to teach its players after all these years – that it’s simply not acceptable to respond to clean hits by losing your mind. When people complain that there’s not enough hitting in the NHL these days, part of it might be because every time a player hits an opponent with a clean check, for some reason it has been ingrained in players’ minds that there absolutely has to be some sort of retribution meted out. Read more

Patrik Elias out indefinitely following knee surgery, Devils ‘optimistic’ he’ll return this season

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Patrik Elias  (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

New Jersey Devils veteran Patrik Elias has missed all but 13 games this season due to a knee injury, and it’s unlikely Elias will be back anytime soon.

Devils GM Ray Shero announced Tuesday that Elias, 39, underwent a procedure on his right knee at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

“The surgery was successful and he will be out indefinitely,” Shero said in a release. “There is no current timetable for his return, but we are optimistic that Patrik will return this season. This was a decision that was made based on conversations and in conjunction with our training staff, team doctors and Patrik.” Read more