New Jersey Devils

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.

Report: Phil Housley the lead candidate for Devils’ coaching vacancy


Phil Housley could be the next head coach of the New Jersey Devils.

According to Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger, Housley, who is currently an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators, has emerged as the front-runner for the coaching vacancy in New Jersey.

Chere reports GM Ray Shero has also interviewed former Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher, Washington Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach John Hynes.

The Devils reportedly interviewed Dan Bylsma before he took the Buffalo Sabres job.

During his playing days Housley spent part of the 1995-96 season with the Devils.

The 51-year-old’s coaching experience includes a gold medal while behind the bench of Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship.

Devils’ Shero: No decision yet regarding Clowe’s future


The New Jersey Devils have a new GM* in Ray Shero, but it doesn’t sound like Ryane Clowe’s murky future is any clearer.

Shero essentially said that it’s a status quo situation for Clowe, which basically means that he’s unsure if the power forward will be forced (or will flat-out choose) to retire. He told the Newark Star-Ledger that it’s not so much a good or a bad thing to say this, then.

“I don’t have that answer for you at this point,” Shero said. “That’s not negative or positive. I don’t know what the immediate future holds for Ryane. Certainly Lou has the background and file and knows everything about Ryane and where he is, so we’ll see where it goes. No decision as of today.”

Earlier this offseason, Clowe said the decision is “not in my hands right now,” but Shero said he believes the choice will come down to “a combination of the player, the organization and doctors.”

The elephant in the room might be style, though.

Even a “finesse” player must cope with the risks involved with playing despite a history of concussions, but Clowe is the hard-nosed type who may struggle to make a difference if he can’t really go all-out.

By Yahoo’s count, he delivered 621 hits from 2009-10 to 2014-15 (more than one per game). Even if you ignore hits absorbed, that’s a lot of collisions. He drops the gloves with frequency, as well, with peak years of 12 fights in 2010-11 and 11 in 2009-10, as well as five in each of 2012-13 and 2013-14.

That amounts to a ton of physical play, and that’s style is obviously Clowe’s calling card. He’d obviously have to play that gritty game to even be worthy of dressing in the Devils’ lineup.

Does this mean that the 32-year-old should quit right now? Not necessarily, but it doesn’t seem overly promising.

Clowe has three seasons remaining on his contract which brings an annual cap hit and salary of $4.85 million.

* – That’s still kind of weird, right?

Devils sign prospects Kujawinski and Pietila

The New Jersey Devils have signed prospects Ryan Kujawinski and Blake Pietila to entry-level deals the club announced.

Kujawinski, the Devils third-round pick (73rd overall) at the 2013 NHL Draft, just finished his fourth season in the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound center scored 34 goals and 59 points in 61 games split between the Kingston Frontenacs and the North Bay Battalion.

In four OHL seasons with Sarnia, Kingston and North Bay, the 20-year-old registered 90 goals and 184 points to go along with 126 penalty minutes in 231 games.

Pietila, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward, completed his fourth season at Michigan Tech where he scored 14 goals and 30 points in 40 games. Originally the Devils’ fifth round pick (129th overall) at the 2011 NHL Draft, Pietila scored 46 goals and 106 points to go along with 230 penalty minutes in 153 games over four seasons with the Huskies.

Prior to going to Michigan Tech, Pietila spent two seasons with the United States Development Program. The 22-year-old won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship.