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Mike Cammalleri

With Shero in charge, Cammalleri becomes first Devil to wear No. 13


The New Jersey Devils have traditionally been against any player wearing the number 13, to the point where Mike Cammalleri had to switch to No. 23 after being signed to a five-year, $25 million contract last summer.

“I just showed up and No. 23 was in my stall,” Cammalleri told NJ Advance Media last year. To be fair, he didn’t ask for No. 13, but he had been wearing it since he was seven with the exception of times when it wasn’t available to him.

“Signing in New Jersey and all the respect I have for Lou [Lamoriello], that’s not a conversation you have, what number you wanted to wear,” Cammalleri explained, per the Devils’ website.

With Lou Lamoriello gone though and Ray Shero now in charge, Cammalleri took the opportunity to become the first player in New Jersey’s history to claim No. 13. Including the franchise’s time prior to being relocated, Cammalleri will become the second player after Robin Burns.

Jordin Tootoo will also switch from No. 20, which he wore last season, to his more common No. 22. That leaves 24-year-old Eric Gelinas, who wore No. 22 last season, with No. 44.

Report: Devils sign Tootoo to a one-year contract

Jordin Tootoo

The New Jersey Devils have reportedly signed forward Jordin Tootoo to a one-year contract worth $825,000.

Tootoo had 10 goals and 15 points while averaging 10:27 in time on ice in 68 games during his first season in New Jersey.

The 32-year-old signed a one-year $550,000 deal with the Devils this season after joining the club on a professional tryout.

Prior to joining New Jersey Tootoo appeared in 53 games over two seasons with the Detroit Red Wings scoring three goals and six assists.

End of an era in New Jersey as Shero replaces Lamoriello as GM

Lou Lamoriello

The NHL’s longest-serving GM is done.

Lou Lamoriello, who’s been in charge in New Jersey since 1987, has relinquished his title as general manager to former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero.

“This is my decision with 100 percent support of ownership,” Lamoriello said on a conference call, adding that he would retain his role as president of hockey operations. “Ray is well-respected throughout the hockey industry and knows what it takes to win.

“His 22 seasons of NHL front-office experience will be beneficial to the New Jersey Devils organization. I look forward to working alongside Ray.”

Lamoriello, 72, steps away from his GM role after winning three Stanley Cups and leading the Devils to the playoffs all but three times between 1988 and 2012. The club has failed to make the postseason in each of the last three seasons, however, and Lamoriello has faced increasing criticism following several failed free agent acquisitions.

“Teams and personnel dictate changes,” Lamoriello said. “Ray might do things just a little different than I do.”

Shero, 52, has been out of work since being fired by Pittsburgh last summer. During his time with the Penguins, Shero captured one Stanley Cup (in 2009) in eight years on the job. He will immediately be tasked with hiring the club’s next head coach, as the Devils finished last season with Adam Oates and Scott Stevens behind the bench.

With this hire, Shero falls out of contention with the vacant Boston Bruins GM gig, which he was rumored to be shortlisted for.

“It’s a great situation for me,” Shero said during Wednesday’s call. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

Shero has plenty of work ahead of him. Aside from the coaching search, he holds the sixth overall pick at this June’s draft, as well as No. 36 and 41 (the latter acquired in the Jaromir Jagr trade with Florida.) Shero will also need to work on new contracts for RFAs Stefan Matteau, Adam Larsson and Eric Gelinas, and decide what he wants to do with veteran UFAs (Michael Ryder, Martin Havlat, Steve Bernier, Jordin Tootoo, Scott Gomez, Bryce Salvador, Peter Harrold and Mark Fraser.)

Give the names on that list and the regime change from Lamoriello to Shero, the Devils could be a very different-looking team in 2015-16.

Note: Lamoriello went out of his way to thank Penguins CEO David Morehouse and the entire organization for their cooperation in the Shero hiring process, but noted there would be no compensation going to Pittsburgh. This offseasons is the first of the NHL’s re-instituted policy to award teams compensatory draft picks should their executives or coaches be hired by other teams.

PHT Morning Skate: Tootoo honors his late brother, raises awareness for suicide prevention

Jordin Tootoo

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.

Jordin Tootoo paid tribute to his brother Terence, who in 2002 took his own life:

Will the top pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft be dealt? Probably not, but it’s happened before. Here’s a look back at previous trades that involved the first overall selection. (Grantland)

Meanwhile a Buffalo restaurant has “The Tank” drinks named after Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. (QMI Agency)

Here are the highlights from Chicago’s 4-1 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday:

The Women’s World Championship is set to begin on Saturday. Here’s a look at the Team USA squad aiming to defend its gold from 2013 (there wasn’t a World Championship in 2014 due to the Olympics). (Hockey Wilderness)

Here’s a bit of an oddity: The 2014-15 Vancouver Canucks might have set the NHL record for the most empty-net goals in a single season. (Vancouver Sun)

The struggling Detroit Red Wings will be without Erik Cole tonight. Niklas Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk might play though. (MLive.com)

Although the Los Angeles Kings don’t currently occupy a playoff spot, confidence isn’t something they lack. (The Globe and Mail)

Schneider, Devils blank Coyotes

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Cory Schneider made 38 saves and Scott Gomez netted the game-winner as the New Jersey Devils blanked the Arizona Coyotes 3-0 Monday night.

The game-winner is Gomez’s first as a member of the Devils since Jan. 13, 2007.

With the win New Jersey has won four straight for the first time since Feb. 3-10, 2013. The Devils are now 11-2-3 in their last 16 home games.

New Jersey moves eight points back of the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Arizona has lost six straight.

Gomez’s goal moves him into fifth place on the Devils’ all-time list with 473 points passing Bobby Holik. He trails Scott Niedermayer for fourth spot by just three points.

Mike Cammalleri scored twice, including the insurance marker.

Its Cammalleri’s fourth multi-goal game of the season, and his second in three games.

Jordin Tootoo had an assist in the win and now has points in three straight games for the first time since Feb. 14-19, 2012.

Mike Smith stopped 25 shots in the loss.

Schneider improves to 22-22-5 with his third shutout of the season and his sixth as a member of the Devils.

New Jersey continues its six-game home stand Wednesday against the Calgary Flames.