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New Jersey Devils Place Dainius Zubrus on Unconditional Waivers

July 29th, 2015 at 1:09 PM
By Edward Allegretto

Today at noon the New Jersey Devils placed veteran winger Dainius Zubrus on unconditional waivers in an attempt to terminate his contract. If Zubrus is not claimed by the deadline on Thursday at noon, the veteran forward will be bought out. Zubrus is on the last year of his contract, and is set to make $3.1 million dollars this season.

The 37-year-old has had a rough couple of seasons after signing his contract. The last three seasons, the winger has played 178 games and has tallied 19 goals, 26 assists, and 45 points. Just 45 points from the years 2012-2014 clearly shows that Zubrus has lost a step. Prior to that in during the 2011-2012 season, the 37-year-old compiled 44 points in 82 games.

Since the veteran winger is due to make the $3.1 million dollars this season, if the buyout is successful, it will cost two thirds of the contract. Which means, the Devils will owe him $2 million dollars over the next two years, paying him an annual fee of $1,033,333. The bad news is, since Zubrus is above the age of 35, the full contract sum of $3.1 million will count against the teams cap salary during the 2015-2016 season.

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Updated: Projecting the New Jersey Devils Offensive Lines

July 28th, 2015 at 6:57 PM
By Edward Allegretto

After the 2015 NHL draft, we at Devils 101 projected a starting lineup for the New Jersey Devils. A month later, with several new additions and players re-signed, we update the lines to bring the fans a new projection. This will be just the four offensive lines, and interesting battles or other players that have a chance to make it as well.

Line One; Mike Cammalleri ,Travis Zajac, and Kyle Palmieri. Cammalleri will be on the first line for the fact that he was the best scorer on the red and black last season. He also showed great chemistry with Zajac on route to scoring 25 goals. With Cammalleri and Palmieri on the wings, the center should have some space to operate. The scoring touch has not been there the last few years, but, Zajac has proven that he can score 20 or more goals in the league. Palmieri was a great trade by Shero, he added a player that is fast and can score some goals with his hustle, which is what their new scheme is all about.

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Reviewing Ray Shero’s Offseason with the New Jersey Devils

July 27th, 2015 at 5:09 PM
By Edward Allegretto

Even though Ray Shero has been the new general manager of the New Jersey Devils for a short time, he has been very busy. Shero was hired on May 4 after long-time general manager Lou Lamoriello stepped down. Since then, Shero has had a lot of work to accomplish. First he had to evaluate the Devils roster and organization. Then he needed to draft successfully while bringing in free agents, and re-signing their own players.

Although the new GM has had limited time, Shero has done a pretty solid job during his first several months with the red and black organization. First Shero brought in his head coach and coaching staff. The general manager brought in guys who worked under him during his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. Head coach John Hynes was the coach of the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins for five seasons. Hynes led the Penguins to the postseason all five years while allowing the fewest goals in the AHL during several of the seasons.

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What Else Does Ray Shero Have to Accomplish This Offseason

July 26th, 2015 at 5:41 PM
By Edward Allegretto

It has been a very busy couple of months for the New Jersey Devils. Especially for new general manager Ray Shero, after being hired on May 4 to replace the iconic Lou Lamoriello who has recently moved on to be the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Shero has brought in several players and and front office personnel. But is that enough for the red and black to get back on track? What else needs to be done?

The new general manager has perhaps his best week with New Jersey after re-signing two of the organizations young studs; Adam Larsson and Eric Gelinas. Shero successfully avoided both of their arbitration hearings and brought back two huge future pieces of the Devils. The GM also hired someone close to him that he trusts as the new assistant general manager; Tom Fitzgerald.

Shero has made the red and blacks organization a revived version of the Pittsburgh Penguins that was successful the past nine seasons. In the "out with the old, and in with the new" approach, New Jersey has added a plethora of new faces this offseason in an attempt to get the struggling franchise back into the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-2012 season when they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals.

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New Jersey Devils Re-Sign Adam Larsson to Six-Year $25 Million Dollar Deal

July 25th, 2015 at 3:48 PM
By Edward Allegretto

Today, the New Jersey Devils and star defenseman Adam Larsson agreed to a six-year $25 million dollar contract. The red and black were able to avoid the 22-year-olds arbitration hearing which was scheduled to be on July 29. The average annual salary was announced by the Devils to be around $4.16 million.

New Jersey has made a long-term commitment to Larsson and appear to be linking him to their future. The Swedish defender was selected fourth overall by the red and black in the 2011 NHL entry draft. Under former head coach Pete DeBoer, Larsson never fully gained his trust and he was sent to the organizations AHL team; the Albany Devils numerous times.

However, last year after DeBoer was fired, the 22-year-old played much better both offensively and defensively. In just 64 games, the young defenseman led the defenders in points with 24 off of three goals and 21 assists. Prior to that, Larsson totaled 27 points in 128 games. With this contract, Ray Shero and the Devils organization are putting their trust in the youngster.

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