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Brodeur expects Lamoriello to make Devils ‘as good or better’

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Martin Brodeur didn’t stay in New Jersey “not to be able to compete,” so he fully expects Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello to “go out and make this team as good or better than what we have now.”

Of course, per the Star-Ledger, Brodeur does admit he’s slightly concerned that key players like Patrik Elias, Dainius Zubrus, David Clarkson and Marek Zidlicky are unrestricted free agents that may not be back.

“There is always a risk,” Brodeur, 40, said. “We don’t have the checkbook to figure that out. If any of us had the checkbook, you’d want to make sure you get in the playoffs. This organization will make decisions on the way they want to run the team.”

Outside of management, it’s anyone’s guess how much New Jersey owner Jeff Vanderbeek is willing to commit in player salaries for next season.

In January, Vanderbeek gained full control of the Devils after refinancing the club’s debt and buying out his partners.

Brodeur has one year remaining on his contract.

Related: Clarkson has ‘no idea’ if he’ll re-sign with the Devils

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: All that’s been announced about Silfverberg is that he’s under evaluation and will not return.