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Trade: Maple Leafs acquire Sergey Kalinin from Devils for Viktor Loov

The Toronto Maple Leafs completed a minor trade on Saturday afternoon when they acquired forward Sergey Kalinin from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Viktor Loov, the team announced.

Kalinin, who had been placed on waivers by the Devils on Friday, officially cleared just hours before the trade had been completed.

By passing through waivers he is now eligible to be sent to the American Hockey League which is exactly where he will report following the trade.

The 25-year-old Kalinin signed with the Devils as a free agent out of the KHL before the start of the 2015-16 season. In his debut season with the team he appeared in 78 games, scoring seven goals and adding eight assists. With only four points (two goals, two assists) in 43 games this season he is not even close to matching the pace this season. He has not recorded a point in 13 consecutive games.

As for why the Maple Leafs did not just simply claim Kalinin on waivers instead of giving up a player for him, it all comes down to numbers. Had the Maple Leafs claimed him it would have given them the maximum 50 contracts. By trading for him in a one-for-one deal it keeps them below the limit and gives them some roster flexibility for another potential move in the near future.

In exchange for Kalinin the Devils will receive Loov, a seventh-round draft pick by the Maple Leafs in 2012.

He has spent most of his pro career playing for the Toronto Marlies in the AHL (including 41 games this season). He appeared in four games for the Maple Leafs a year ago, recording two assists.

Devils waive Kalinin

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New Jersey forward Sergey Kalinin, in his second season with the club since coming over from Russia, has been placed on waivers, the club announced on Friday.

Kalinin, 25, played in 43 games this year, scoring two goals and four points while averaging just under 13 minutes per night. That included 12:03 in the Devils’ last game, a 3-0 home loss to Ottawa on Thursday.

It’s fair to suggest New Jersey brass was looking for more from Kalinin in his second NHL season, considering he had reasonable success in is first. He appeared in 78 games last year — scoring eight goals and 15 points — and was rewarded with a one-year, $800,000 extension in July.

Per NJ.com, today’s move could open up a spot at center for either Joseph Blandisi or Blake Coleman. Coleman, New Jersey’s third-round pick in 2011, has enjoyed a good year in AHL Albany with 17 goals and 32 points through 44 games.

 

Devils respond to criticism, blank Flyers

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It sure looks like the New Jersey Devils are playing (bad wording) harder. Or at least meaner.

A night after management questioned their work ethic, the Devils stormed out of the gate against the Philadelphia Flyers, building a 2-0 lead through the first period of Thursday’s game.

Maybe just as importantly, they responded to a hit that shook up Sergey Kalinin with plenty of passion directed at Brandon Manning and the rest of the Flyers.

You can see the scene in the video above and some of the other stuff in GIF form here:

As the Record’s Andrew Gross notes, the Devils and Flyers combined for 46 penalty minutes in the first period alone.

Panthers’ Huberdeau leaves game after taking a skate blade to the left leg

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When it comes to injuries, there could be more bad news for the Florida Panthers.

Jonathan Huberdeau left Saturday’s exhibition game against the New Jersey Devils with an apparent injury.

Replays showed the skate of Sergey Kalinin dropping down onto the back of Huberdeau’s leg as the two players were tangled up along the boards.

So far, there has been no official word on the extent of Huberdeau’s injury.

Huberdeau, 23, had 20 goals and 59 points in 76 games last season, as part of an up-and-coming Panthers team that has potential for even bigger things this season.

The Panthers signed Huberdeau to a six-year contract extension in September.

“Jonathan is a highly talented and dynamic player who is another important piece of our team’s young core,” said Panthers president of hockey operations Dale Tallon in a statement when the new deal was made official.

“In each of his last two seasons he has posted over 50 points and has developed into a key component of our team’s offense.”

The Panthers will enter this season with increased expectations, particularly after making the playoffs last season and making a number of big moves, including signing their young core players to contract extensions, this summer.

However, the injury bug has already hit.

Nick Bjugstad is also now out four weeks with a broken hand.

Devils lock up Palmieri with five-year contract

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The New Jersey Devils announced today that they’ve re-signed forward Kyle Palmieri to a five-year contract with a cap hit of $4.65 million.

Palmieri, 25, was New Jersey’s leading scorer last season, with 30 goals and 27 assists. Devils GM Ray Shero had been hoping to get the right winger locked up to a long-term deal, so mission accomplished there. The signing also means the two sides will avoid an arbitration hearing.

Yesterday, the Devils announced they’d signed Sergey Kalinin to a one-year, $800,000 contract. Forward Reid Boucher and defenseman Reece Scarlett are now their only remaining restricted free agents.

The Palmieri signing caps off a busy spell for the Devils, who last week acquired Taylor Hall from Edmonton for Adam Larsson, then signed Ben Lovejoy and Vern Fiddler in free agency.