Author: Joe Yerdon

Peter DeBoer, Jaromir Jagr

Despite 11 shots on goal, DeBoer liked what Devils did against Red Wings

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When the New Jersey Devils lost 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night, they only managed to put up 11 shots on goal in doing so.

More often than not you’d assume coach Peter DeBoer would be upset at his team’s lack of out put. Not so this time according to Fire & Ice’s Tom Gulitti.

“I don’t look at the shot clock and say we didn’t have any offense. We created enough chances to score three goals tonight,” DeBoer said. “We didn’t cash in on some of our chances and with our group we have to be opportunistic.”

Coaches will tell you having scoring chances is the key and sometimes that doesn’t play out in the shots category. For a 3-1 game, it was a lot closer than that, especially since Detroit’s third goal didn’t come until late and on a highly dubious power play.

Then again, in situations like this maybe it’s just better to listen to what Jaromir Jagr had to say. He’s been around a bit, you know.

That’ll do.

King of New York: Rangers sign Lundqvist to seven-year, $59.5 million extension

Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist will be the King of New York a little while longer.

Lundqvist and the New York Rangers have agreed to a seven-year contract extension. TSN’s Bob McKenzie says has a cap hit of $8.5 million per year making it a $59.5 million deal in all.

Lundqvist was due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but he was eager to stay with the team. Now he’ll be a Ranger until he’s 39-years-old. Unless he has a Martin Brodeur-like run age-wise, this extension should make him a New York Ranger for life.

The timing of this announcement is made all the more fun after the “controversy” that erupted this week when coach Alain Vigneault started his backup, Cam Talbot, two games in a row, a decision Lundqvist himself supported.

Not that there were any real doubts about Lundqvist’s tenure in New York in the first place, but he’ll be holding down the Rangers net until 2021.

Panthers announced attendance Tuesday night lowest since 2008

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When the Florida Panthers hosted the Ottawa Senators at BB&T Center in Sunrise Tuesday night, they did so in front of a lightly-attended crowd.

The announced attendance of 10,074 was the franchise’s lowest number since Halloween 2008 when they drew 10,063 to a game against then division-rival Carolina.

As George Richards of the Miami Herald shares via Twitter, that number may have been a bit higher than what actually attended the game.

You have to wonder what new owner Vincent Viola thinks of all this.

Of course, the Panthers haven’t had much success in recent years. Aside from their Southeast Division title in 2012, playoffs have been an extreme rarity in South Florida. As we’ve seen just about everywhere that isn’t Canada, missing the playoffs every year takes its toll on attendance.