Even after winning Game 4 on Wednesday, the New Jersey Devils still have an uphill battle ahead of them. Martin Brodeur knows that as well as anyone, but he’s not letting the weight of the task at hand keep him down.
“I’m enjoying this ride,” said Brodeur. “Defintely, I’d like to have a little more success in the finals here. We’re still alive, still looking to create that success and win again.”
Although he hasn’t been perfect, Brodeur has given the Devils a chance to win on most nights during the Stanley Cup finals. The Devils problem has been beating Jonathan Quick, which Brodeur can’t directly help with. However, the confidence that Brodeur gives the Devils might be part of what’s kept them level-headed, even as their Cup hopes started to slip away.
“We feed off his composure,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “He handles the puck so much, he has so many touches. He does it so effortlessly and without any panic in his game. And that has a real calming influence on our entire team. There’s very few moments when the pucks in your own end or around your net because of his composure.”
That calming influence will certainly help them as they try to stave off elimination on Saturday.
The San Jose Sharks have assigned forwards Nikolay Goldobin and Melker Karlsson and defenseman Mirco Mueller to AHL San Jose.
Goldobin and Mueller are both first-round picks — the former in 2014, the latter in 2013.
Goldobin had one goal and two assists in five preseason games. It’s possible he could be called back up when the NHL suspends Raffi Torres.
Torres remains part of the 23-man roster (see below) but is facing a lengthy ban for his hit on Anaheim’s Jakub Silfverberg. Torres has a hearing today.
Rookie defenseman Dylan DeMelo is also on the roster. The 22-year-old had one goal and two assists in four preseason games.
Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.
Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.
While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.
A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.