Julien coach of Bruins “as of today,” says GM Sweeney

Jared Clinton
Claude Julien (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

There has been much speculation about the status of Bruins coach Claude Julien’s position with the team and new Boston GM Don Sweeney did little to put those questions to rest during his introductory press conference Wednesday.

Sweeney, who was named the eighth GM in Bruins history early Wednesday, met with media to discuss his vision for the club, what he likes about the squad and what will need changing when he was asked about Julien. His response was one that was more wait-and-see than he’s-our-guy.

“He’s the coach of the Boston Bruins as of today, for sure,” Sweeney said. Read more

Jagr and Eichel proving age means nothing at the World Championship

Jaromir Jagr (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

As we pause briefly from the Stanley Cup playoffs, let’s turn our eyes over to Europe for a second, where the World Championship is down to four teams. Canada plays the Czech Republic in one semifinal, while Russia and the United States renew hostilities on the other side of the bracket.

If Canada hopes to move on, they’ll have to stop an ageless icon. Meanwhile, the Russians will have their hands full with a powerful teenager.

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Martin Brodeur says he won’t be heading to Devils front office any time soon

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Martin Brodeur (Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

If Martin Brodeur is going to be a New Jersey Devil again, it won’t be happening in the near future.

According to Tom Gulitti of northjersey.com’s Fire and Ice, Brodeur says that if he is going to head back to New Jersey, where he began his career and built his legendary resume, it won’t be for at least the next few years, citing the change in GM from Lou Lamoreillo to Ray Shero as the main reason.

“Especially with the change (the Devils) made, I think it’s a great opportunity for me to take a step back and go somewhere – or stay somewhere – that I’ll be able to learn and do things I want to do and try to learn as much as possible and who knows what the future,” Brodeur told Gulitti. “But, it’s less and less likely it’s going to happen in New Jersey for a few years, that’s for sure.” Read more

Former Devils, Panthers coach Peter DeBoer has had talks with Sharks, Oilers

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Pete DeBoer Featured

As if the NHL’s off-season coaching shuffle couldn’t get any crazier, there’s now a chance that former Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer is back in the league next season as a bench boss.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, DeBoer, 46, has been in contact with both the Edmonton Oilers and the San Jose Sharks about their coaching vacancies. DeBoer was last behind the bench for the Devils before the holiday break in December, but was let go on Boxing Day in a surprising firing that led New Jersey to hire Adam Oates and Scott Stevens as co-coaches, along with Lou Lamoriello joining the Devils behind the bench. Read more

The five craziest free agent offer sheets in NHL history

Scott Stevens ended up a New Jersey Devil after the St. Louis Blues signed Brendan Shanahan to an offer sheet. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues and GM Doug Armstrong have made no bones about it: whatever the price is for Vladimir Tarasenko, they’re willing to pay. In the end, that could come down to matching an offer sheet.

If the Blues can’t get Tarasenko, a restricted free agent, under contract by the time the draft comes and goes, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that another team will see the worth in locking up St. Louis’ star sniper. It’s a tactic that has been used for nearly three decades, although rarely over the past decade.

Looking back through the NHL’s history of offer sheets, though, gives us an idea of just how crazy things could get should Tarasenko ink an offer from another team. These are five of the craziest offer sheet scenarios in league history: Read more

Devils name Ray Shero GM, retain Lou Lamoriello as president

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Ray Shero. (Getty Images)

How’s that for a Monday bombshell? The longest active tenure of any NHL GM is officially over. Lou Lamoriello has stepped down as GM of the New Jersey Devils. Ray Shero will take over, with Lamoriello staying on as president of hockey operations.

The move was 100 percent Lamoriello’s decision. He personally recommended Shero for the job. Shero is the fourth GM in team history and will report directly to Lamoriello.

“Ray is well respected within the hockey industry and knows what it takes to win,” Lamoriello told media on a conference call Monday. “His 22 seasons of NHL experience will be beneficial to the Devils organization. I look forward to working alongside Ray.”

So why has Lamoriello removed his GM hat after 28 years? For one, he’s 72 and may want to participate in the broad strokes rather than the day-to-day minutia.

“My age is not something that’s hidden,” Lamoriello said on the call. “Timing is everything in life, and the opportunity to bring in someone like Ray Shero…when you see that, you make those types of decisions.”

The timing doesn’t just work because of Lamoriello’s age. The Devils are also a team in need of a fresh start, and perhaps the wily Lamoriello recognizes that.

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Devils face tough choice with young defense as they attempt to add scoring

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Adam Larsson featured

The New Jersey Devils have some decisions to make this off-season. Chief among them, however, is finding a way to bring in scoring. Unfortunately, that may come at the cost of at least one of their young defensemen.

In the regular season, the Devils were the third lowest scoring team in the league, potting 181 goals, only 20 more than the lowly Buffalo Sabres. Had it not been for goaltender Cory Schneider, New Jersey’s season would have been much more bleak, but Schneider’s play along with an encouraging defense corps gave a glimmer of hope for Devils fans. While they were a bottom-rung team offensively, they gave up the 14th fewest goals in the league.

This off-season, though, New Jersey needs to retool. Up front, the team isn’t getting younger, and three of their top four scorers – Mike Cammalleri, Patrik Elias and Scott Gomez – are over the age of 30. To get quality scoring, the Devils are going to have to at least explore trading away one of Eric Gelinas, Jon Merrill, Damon Severson or Adam Larsson – all blueliners and all under 25. Read more