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Ilya Kovalchuk

Ilya Kovalchuk returns to Devils lineup today


Do the New Jersey Devils have another push for the playoffs left in them? We’ll find out this afternoon as they’re getting Ilya Kovalchuk back in the lineup against Florida.

Kovalchuk hasn’t played since suffering a shoulder injury on March 23 against those same Panthers and the Devils were worse for the wear because of it dropping 10 straight games following his injury. They broke their string of losses on Thursday night beating the Flyers 3-0. Coach Pete DeBoer says trade deadline acquisition Steve Sullivan will sit out to make room for him.

Even after missing 11 games, Kovalchuk is still second on the team in points with 27, just four behind Patrik Elias. What won’t surprise you is New Jersey’s offense has tanked out with him out of the lineup. The Devils are last in the league in goals scored with 99. And you wonder how they managed to lose 10 in a row.

Torres on Phoenix: ‘It’s too bad this team doesn’t have an owner’


Raffi Torres’ time with the Coyotes wasn’t long, but it certainly was eventful — probably why he looks back on it with fondness and regret.

Torres faced his former club for the first time on Monday as his new team, the San Jose Sharks, beat the Coyotes 4-0.

Afterward, Torres discussed his time in the desert.

“Phoenix was great,” he told the Arizona Republic. “Obviously it was a big disappointment for me when I got suspended last year. I feel like I could have been a big part of the run, although those guys did a great job. That was the toughest part for me.

“It was tough to bounce back from that, and it took me a long time. But overall just great guys and great training staff from the organization. It’s too bad this team doesn’t have an owner.”

All told, Torres appeared in 107 regular season and three playoff games for the Coyotes, totals that would’ve been higher if not for his 21-game suspension for hitting Chicago’s Marian Hossa during last postseason.

One wonders what might’ve been if not for the incident.

With Torres’ two-year, $3.5 million deal expiring this summer, a decision was made to flip the 31-year-old for a third-round pick, despite the fact he was having a productive season with 5G-7A-12PTS in 28 games and the ‘Yotes were in the thick of a playoff chase.

Torres said the club “didn’t want to talk contract,” and added “they’ve got some things over there that they’ve got to deal with.”

Considering the moves Phoenix made at the deadline — flipping pending UFAs Torres, Steve Sullivan (38 years old) and Matthew Lombardi (31) for picks — it could be argued the ‘Yotes hampered their playoff hopes to ensure they got something for players that might’ve walked away for nothing after the season ended.

But in the end, Torres said there were no hard feelings about being dealt.

“It’s a big-business effort from [Phoenix GM] Don [Maloney],” Torres explained. “It is what it is.”

Video: Sullivan scores first goal with Devils in 16 years

BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 07: Steve Sullivan #15 of the New Jersey Devils heads to the bench to celebrate his first period goal against the Buffalo Sabres on April 7, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

When the New Jersey Devils acquired 38-year-old forward Steve Sullivan on Wednesday, they were getting back a player they drafted in 1994.

Sullivan’s time in the Devils’ organization only lasted a few years before he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. On Sunday, Sullivan found the back of the net as a New Jersey Devils’ player for the first time since Feb. 15, 1997.

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A lot has changed for the Devils over the last 16 years, but there’s some things that haven’t. As the Devils pointed out, Martin Brodeur was also the starting goaltender when Sullivan netted his previous goal with New Jersey.

Additionally, while Sullivan netted the goal with the man advantage, when at even strength he was playing alongside Patrik Elias. The duo spent most of the 1995-96 campaign playing together in the AHL and have since gone on to individually participate in more than 1,000 NHL games.

“[The Elias-Travis Zajac-Sullivan line] spent the whole night in the other team’s end,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said in an NHL report. “They didn’t have anything to show for it 5-on-5, but it wasn’t for lack of effort.”

Ultimately, Sullivan’s efforts weren’t enough as the Devils dropped their seventh game in a row.


Reunited on same line, Sullivan, Elias come full circle