New Jersey Devils

Report: Devils deny they’re set on Housley for coaching vacancy


On Saturday Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger reported that Nashville Predators’ assistant coach Phil Housley is the lead candidate for the New Jersey Devils coaching vacancy.

However, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Devils have strongly denied they’re set on Housley.

Friedman added the Devils could name they’re new coach in the next 24-to-48 hours and that Housley is in the mix along with a few others.

Housley coached Team USA to a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship.

The 51-year-old also had a brief stop in New Jersey during his playing days.

Overtime format highlights competition committee meeting agenda


The topic of 3-on-3 overtime is one of a few topics on the agenda for Thursday’s competition committee meeting.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman believes we could see a 3-on-3 overtime format tested during the preseason, but not implemented for the 2015-16 regular season.

Also on the agenda for this week’s meeting is the coach’s challenge, the idea of the center in the defensive zone putting his stick down first during face-offs and the salary cap escalator.

Recommendations made at the competition committee meeting would have to be voted on by the NHL’s Board of Governors in late June prior to being implemented for the 2015-16 season.

The aforementioned topics were all initially discussed at the March general managers’ meetings in Boca Raton, Florida.

General managers Ken Holland, Don Maloney, David Poile along with Ed Snider will represent league (with Colin Campbell in a non-voting role) at the meeting in New York.

Mike Cammalleri, Cory Schneider, Kevin Shattenkirk and Daniel Winnik represent the NHLPA (with Mathieu Schneider in a non-voting role).

Devils’ prospect Josh Jacobs to leave Michigan State


New Jersey Devils prospect Josh Jacobs has decided to leave Michigan State following his freshman year.

The defenseman will sign with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting. The Sting have a press conference scheduled for Monday morning at which time Jacobs’ signing could be made official.

“I talked to Josh and this is to me absolutely, positively a personal decision,” GM Ray Shero told The Bergen Record. “It was the family’s and Josh’s decision. They met with Michigan State and if that’s what’s best for him, then that’s wonderful for him. I would never be part of that decision.”

Prior to attending university, the 6-foot-2, 193-pound blue liner spent two seasons with the Indian Ice of the USHL.

The 19-year-old had nine assists to go along with 26 penalty minutes and a minus-10 rating in 35 games at Michigan State.

“I’m very thankful to Michigan State University and the hockey community for everything over the past few years and I wish them nothing but the best going forward,” Jacobs said in a release per the Detroit Free Press.

Shero said the club doesn’t have immediate plans to sign Jacobs to an entry-level contract. The Devils would like to see him at the club’s development camp first. New Jersey has until June 1, 2016 to sign Jacobs or he would be eligible to re-enter the draft.

Jacobs was the Devils’ second-round selection (41st overall) at the 2014 NHL Draft.

Report: Changes coming to compensation for executives


When the Buffalo Sabres hired Dan Bylsma on Thursday one of the issues reportedly holding up the deal was compensation.

In the end, the Sabres agreed to send the Penguins a third-round selection at the 2016 NHL Draft because Bylsma was still under contract with Pittsburgh despite being fired last year.

Pittsburgh didn’t seek compensation however when New Jersey hired former Pens’ GM Ray Shero earlier this month.

Why not?

“The rule is not as clear as it should be,” Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said on Friday. “We felt that the intent of the rule was for employees that were still with the team, that were working with the team, not terminated employees.

“Once Edmonton (gave Boston) a pick for (former Bruins GM) Peter Chiarelli — when he was a terminated employee — we decided to ask for picks for future employees.”

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the NHL’s Board of Governors will look to clarify the compensation rule.

During his headlines segment on Saturday night, Friedman reported that if an executive is fired by the club, that team will not receive compensation when the individual is hired by another organization.

A team would only receive compensation for an individual still working for a team.

The NHL’s Board of Governors are scheduled to meet next month when the league heads to Las Vegas for the awards.

Report: Devils won’t sign Anthony Brodeur


The New Jersey Devils will not sign goaltender Anthony Brodeur to an entry-level contract ahead of the June 1 deadline.

According to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record, Brodeur will be eligible to re-enter next month’s NHL Draft.

The 19-year-old had a rough season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this year.

Brodeur lost his starting role with the Gatineau Olympiques and was then claimed off of waivers by the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

If he is not selected at this year’s draft, he would become an unrestricted free agent.

“Lou (Lamoriello) had that conversation with Anthony (on Friday).” said GM Ray Shero. “Obviously, if he gets drafted that would be fantastic, but if he doesn’t there will be a spot for him in our development camp and we would love to see him and we’ll see what happens.”

Brodeur, the son of former Devils’ goaltender Martin, was New Jersey’s seventh-round selection (208th overall) at the 2013 NHL Draft.