New Jersey Devils

Devils to waive Clemmensen


The New Jersey Devils are set to put veteran goalie Scott Clemmensen on waivers today, per the Star-Ledger.

Clemmensen, 37, has played just two games this season, allowing four goals on 17 shots for a .765 save percentage and 6.49 GAA. Those numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, however, because Clemmensen hasn’t actually started at all this year — both of his appearances were of the relief variety, coming in for workhorse starter Cory Schneider.

Schneider has started all 11 games this year, sitting first in the NHL for TOI among goalies (637:01) and second in shots faced (331).

It’s unclear how the Devils will handle the backup position if Clemmensen clears waivers and goes to AHL Albany. They could bring up Keith Kinkaid — GM Lou Lamoriello was non-committal on that one — and we’re sure someone will make the suggestion of potentially re-signing Martin Brodeur.

But PHT will not be that someone.

Defenseman Mark Fraser signs AHL deal with Albany

Defenseman Mark Fraser is going back to where his career began.

The 28-year-old has signed an American Hockey League contract with the Albany Devils the club announced Sunday.

Fraser, who most recently spent the 2013-14 season split with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers, was the New Jersey Devils third-round selection (84th overall) at the 2005 NHL Draft.

The 6-foot-4, 220 pound blue liner turned pro with the Lowell Devils in 2006-07 and appeared in 98 games with New Jersey between the 2006-2011 seasons.

In 185 career NHL games, Fraser has four goals, 14 assists, 247 penalty minutes a plus-5 rating.

Fraser has played in 308 career AHL games with Lowell, Albany, Syracuse and Toronto.

Larsson’s big break? Fallen from grace defenseman scores winner

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There was a time when it looked like Adam Larsson would be a major part of the New Jersey Devils’ future. He’s struggled to find his way with the New Jersey Devils, but he was the hero in tonight’s 3-2 victory over Columbus.

After being taken with the fourth overall pick in 2011, he’s bounced between the minors and NHL. This season he’s stuck with the Devils, but has spent most of his time serving as a healthy scratch. He didn’t even make his season debut until Oct. 21 and Saturday’s contest was just his third of 2014-15.

Maybe he finally hit a turning point though as he launched the shot past Blue Jackets goaltender Anton Forsberg that earned the Devils’ two points tonight:

“It was huge for me,” Larsson said, per the Star-Ledger’s Rich Chere. “Good for my confidence.”

One man’s triumph is another’s defeat in this case as Forsberg’s night ended on a sour note. He was making his NHL debut and stopped 26 of 29 shots in the Blue Jackets’ fifth straight loss.

Goalie nods: Anton Forsberg debuts for battered Blue Jackets


News and notes from the crease …

Forsberg’s first

With Sergei Bobrovsky on the shelf, it looks like the Columbus Blue Jackets will give Anton Forsberg his first career NHL start tonight.

Here’s a quick Forsberg bio for those in the crowd wondering … “Anton who?”


Forsberg faces Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils in his debut.

Crawford’s back

The Chicago Blackhawks sent Scott Darling back to the minors (to the relief of Antti Raanta, who was likely sweating Darling’s strong work) as Corey Crawford appears ready to return. At the moment, it looks like James Reimer will be in net for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are wrapping up a back-to-back set.

Elsewhere …

Flyers at Panthers: Steve Mason strives for his first win of 2014-15 with Philly while Roberto Luongo’s in net for Florida.

Jets at Rangers: Ondrej Pavelec for Winnipeg and Henrik Lundqvist for New York.

Capitals at Lightning: Braden Holtby starts for Washington, Ben Bishop goes for Tampa Bay.

Coyotes at Hurricanes: Mike Smith tries to get it together with Arizona while Cam Ward continues Carolina’s quest for a win.

Senators at Bruins: Robin Lehner’s in for Ottawa, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Sabres at Penguins: Jhonas Enroth gets thrown to the wolves by Buffalo while Marc-Andre Fleury is looking like a workhorse so far for Pittsburgh.

Stars at Wild: Dallas seems to be leaning toward Kari Lehtonen while Minnesota rolls with Darcy Kuemper.

Avalanche at Blues: Semyon Varlamov goes for Colorado while Brian Elliott hopes that his goalie mask protects him from the bug going around the St. Louis locker room.

Canucks at Oilers: Ryan Miller starts for Vancouver while Ben Scrivens continues to be the go-to guy for Edmonton.

Islanders at Sharks: Jaroslav Halak hopes to stop New York’s run of bad goaltending while Antti Niemi is in net for San Jose.

Devils GM on Cammalleri: ‘He just doesn’t feel right’

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The New Jersey Devils aren’t being particularly forthcoming about what, precisely, is the problem for Michael Cammalleri. GM Lou Lamoriello told the Bergen Record that he remains day-to-day and “just doesn’t feel right.”

“We’re not hiding anything,” Lamoriello said. “You can watch the video. He got hit in the jaw. He played the next night. He just doesn’t feel right. Whether it’s his head, his neck, his jaw, we’re just making sure he feels 100 percent.”

The check that leaves Cammalleri day-to-day (Lamoriello doesn’t think it’s a long-term issue) happened during an Oct. 24 shootout loss against the Dallas Stars.

It’s an especially big shame since Cammalleri, 32, seems like he’s been fitting in so well with the Devils so far. Even though he’s parked with a three-game pointless streak, Cammalleri has seven points in eight games with the Devils while firing a robust 29 shots on goal.

Don’t expect the Devils to get any sympathy from tonight’s opponent, though, as they face the banged-up Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.