The New Jersey Devils have placed enforcer Cam Janssen on waivers.
25 28, hasn’t been much of a factor this year, appearing in just three games while posting a minus-1 rating.
He was a healthy scratch for Tuesday night’s 2-1 shootout loss to Boston, last dressing in Sunday’s overtime loss to Montreal.
A 2002 fourth-round pick, Janssen has played four of his eight NHL seasons with the Devils — but the writing was on the wall for Janssen back in July, when the Devils signed another enforcer, Krys Barch, to a two-year deal.
Barch has played in two of the last three games and engaged in a spirited scrap with Boston’s Shawn Thornton on Wednesday night.
The New Jersey Devils have announced that defenseman Bryce Salvador will become 10th captain in franchise history.
“It’s a tremendous honor,” Salvador said. “I think it’s just a huge compliment for an organization like New Jersey — with the success and the history they have and all the previous captains — for them to select me as the next captain was just an honor.”
Salvador, 36, joined the Devils in 2008 via trade (for Cam Janssen, no less.) The steady rearguard has been a boon for New Jersey ever since, missing just nine games over the last three seasons while racking up 39 points.
In last year’s playoffs, Salvador rose to prominence by notching 4G-10A-14PTS in 24 games, finishing second to Drew Doughty in defensemen scoring.
The Devils rewarded Salvador’s postseason scoring binge with a three-year, $9.5 million extension in July.
Once the club puts needle to sweater, Salvador will join select company as players to wear the “C” for New Jersey, joining Mel Bridgman, Bruce Driver, Patrik Elias, Jamie Langenbrunner, Don Lever, Kirk Muller, Scott Niedermayer, Zach Parise and Scott Stevens.
Stevens is the longest-serving captain in franchise history, with 12 seasons.
It should be noted the club also announced that Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk would retain their alternate statuses for the 2013 season.
The Anaheim Ducks signed elaborately named enforcer Pierre-Luc Létourneau-Leblond to a one-year, two-way deal on Tuesday.
To some extent, one expects him to fill the pugilistic (though sadly not the mustache nor Ivy League reference) hole left behind by George Parros – who is now a member of the Florida Panthers.
The man conveniently called “PL3” might not be the same fixture in Anaheim that Parros was. Again, it’s a two-way deal and OC Register’s Eric Stephens notes that Létourneau-Leblond is already on his way to the AHL.
The new Ducks fighter isn’t likely to light up the scoreboard, so instead he has two claims to “fame.”
For one thing, he was the target of Brendan Shanahan’s first suspension video, as Puck Daddy pointed out.
Personally, his real claim to fame came from fighting Cam Janssen for what felt like a life time in this memorable March 2010 scuffle:
Maybe he doesn’t have that Parros ‘stache, but it seems like he can make an impression – sometimes negative – nonetheless.
Several Devils alumni and the New Jersey Colonials coaches are scheduled to face each other Friday evening at Mennen Arena in a charity game to raise money and food for the “Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund” and the Morris County Interfaith Food Pantry, based on a report from New Jersey online.
The alumni team will feature John MacLean, Sergei Brylin, Ken Daneyko, Bruce Driver, Dave Barr, and Grant Marshall. Devils coach Pete DeBoer will also be part of the squad after his wife, Susan, suggested this event.
The Colonials squad will include one of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s sons and DeBoer’s sons, Jack and Matthew.
This is one of several examples of people within the hockey community doing their part to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. If you would like to read about some of the other events that have or will happen, please check out the stories below:
PHT Morning Skate: Cam Janssen is fighting for Sandy victims
Richards, Gaborik among Rangers holding Hurricane Sandy relief benefit
Islanders announce Hurricane Sandy relief fundraiser
Lundqvist plans to auction off helmet to help Hurricane Sandy victims
AHL Bridgeport offers free tickets in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
Blues, Preds alumni to play charity game for Hurricane Sandy relief
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Cam Janssen and a host of other former and current Blues players are playing a charity hockey game in Missouri for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Janssen’s ties to New Jersey helped make it happen. (NHLPA)
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Duncan Keith are all thinking about heading to Europe. (CSNChicago.com)
You’ll get more on this later this morning: Jason Chimera signs in Czech Extraliga for a newly dubious team. (Allan Walsh on Twitter)
Don Cherry is a huge fan of Twitter. Whaaaaaaat? (Globe And Mail)
The Flyers’ AHL team will be called the Lehigh Valley Phantoms when they move to Allentown next season. (Allentown Morning Call)
Alex Burmistrov is doing just fine in the AHL. (Winnipeg Sun)
Former Sabres tough guy Rob Ray is hoping everyone in labor talks can just cool off for a bit. (Toronto Sun)
Today marks Day 61 of the NHL lockout. By the way, Rick Nash has nine goals and five assists for HC Davos in Switzerland.