NEWARK — Martin Brodeur’s career has seen more than its fair share of highlights and achievements. Him winning the vote to be on the cover for EA Sports’ NHL 14 might now rank as high as winning the Stanley Cup, but he’s proud of what it took for him to earn the honor.
“It makes me feel important to a certain extent. They went to the extreme to try and get me on [the cover]. Especially the hockey fans in general. My organization really helped me out with social media.”
Yeah, the social media aspect. The New Jersey Devils are strict about not having players use Twitter during the season. You’ll be happy to know even a future Hall of Famer like Brodeur had to ask
“I had to ask permission [to use Twitter]. It’s not something we don’t allow in our organization. For that I asked permission and they gladly did.”
Brodeur is the face of the New Jersey Devils and with that the guy who best represents hockey in the state. With questions about the financial future of the team coming up lately, he’s proud of how things are going with the fans in the area.
“I think it’s great,” he says. “From what we experienced here last year with the Cup run and Stanley Cup Final being here to now the draft, I think fans and people who work around the game are starting to appreciate a bit more what we have in New Jersey.”
As for GM Lou Lamoriello’s job this summer to help re-shape the Devils, Brodeur knows the team’s financial questions need to be solved to help take care of business.
“He’s going to be busy, there’s no doubt. We have a lot of guys to sign. I think that ownership is getting back on track and I think that’s probably the thing why we’re stalling on not signing certain guys. Whenever they give us the opportunity we’ll go ahead and get it done.
“I have a lot faith like every year Lou and his people to make us a competitive team.”
The Minnesota Wild hope to turn things around, yet facing the Dallas Stars certainly ratchets up the degree of difficulty.
On the other hand, sometimes that’s the best way to regain confidence: overcome an especially formidable obstacle.
Whether the Wild flounder or rebound, you can watch the action on NBCSN and stream it via the link below.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE
Not surprisingly, Edmonton’s 8-1 loss to the Islanders on Sunday didn’t pass without consequences.
The Oilers announced this morning that defenseman Griffin Reinhart had been sent down to the AHL. Additionally, defenseman Justin Schultz is expected to be a healthy scratch tonight in New Jersey.
Reinhart was a team-worst minus-4 versus the Isles.
Schultz, whose name has been coming up in trade rumors…
…was a minus-2.
“He needs to watch a game and reflect on his play and what his impact is offensively and defensively,” coach Todd McLellan told reporters of the decision to sit Schultz against the Devils.
Darnell Nurse and Adam Clendening, scratches in Brooklyn, will replace Reinhart and Schultz in the lineup.
Kyle Turris was far from an accomplished NHLer when he requested a trade out of the Coyotes organization. In fact, when he was dealt to the Senators in 2011, the third overall pick in the 2007 draft had just 46 points in 137 NHL games.
Since then, Turris has emerged as Ottawa’s top center, with the promise of a big payday in the summer of 2018 when his current $17.5 million deal expires and he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
It’s for that very reason that he can understand Jonathan Drouin‘s position with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“It’s tough,” Turris told the Tampa Bay Times. “Everyone has mixed feelings, and especially not being an established player. Then people are doubting that you’re doing the right thing, you really have to have confidence in yourself and your ability to do it.”
Though Turris, now 26, took a “lot of heat from the media…and people within the organization” and recalls the time after his trade request was made public as a “tough, tough go,” he believes the opportunity he received with the Sens “saved” him.
As we’ve written in the past, you don’t have to agree with how Drouin is handling things — maybe it ends up hurting him; he still has a lot to prove — but there have been young players who have chosen similar paths, and it’s worked out well for them.
Drouin, by the way, has 40 points in 89 NHL games.
Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds has taken exception to criticisms from Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault, in the wake of Simmonds concussing Blueshirts captain Ryan McDonagh with a punch over the weekend.
“Vigneault can say whatever he wants. He’s the coach, that’s his opinion,” Simmonds said, per CSN Philly. “I don’t really care. I’m protecting myself; guy comes to cross check you in the head. I didn’t know what he expected. I had no intention of hurting him and I feel bad about that. That’s not what I want.
“I may play physical and I like to take the body. I fight occasionally. But by no means am I a dirty player, trying to run around and injure guys.”
Simmonds was tossed from Saturday’s game after punching McDonagh, but wasn’t suspended by the league. McDonagh missed New York’s next game — Monday’s 2-1 win over the Devils — and the lack of supplemental discipline incident irked Vigneault, who had words for both the officials and Simmonds.
“An All-Star player gets sucker-punched, goes down,” Vigneault said following the Flyers game, per The Record. “I wonder if that’s (Sidney) Crosby, what happens? What are the consequences?”
At this point, it’s probably worth noting the Flyers and Rangers play each other on Sunday night (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).
Worth circling that one on the ol’ calendar, methinks.