Tag: Tomas Kaberle

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Risk Factors: New Jersey Devils edition


From the same bunch of pessimists who brought you “Why your team won’t win the Stanley Cup,” PHT presents a new series called “Risk Factors,” i.e. three reasons to be worried about each NHL team in 2014-15.

New Jersey Devils

1. Not getting younger

A 28-year-old player told me last season that it’s a “young man’s game now” imagine what said player thinks looking at the roster of the New Jersey Devils. The Devils have nine players on their 23-man roster released Tuesday who are 32-years or older.

New Jersey entered the 2013-14 as the oldest team in the NHL and in the offseason they went out and got older. Despite 42-year-old Martin Brodeur not returning, the Devils went from an average age of 29.83 last season to 31.23 this season. Leading the way of course is 42-year-old future hall of famer Jaromir Jagr. The Devils also went out and added 33-year-old Martin Havlat and 32-year-old Mike Cammalleri in the summer. In goal, to replace the aging Brodeur, GM Lou Lamoriello went out and acquired 37-year-old goaltender Scott Clemmensen to backup Cory Schneider.

New Jersey also made news last month inviting several aging veterans to its’ camp. Despite cutting Ruslan Fedotenko (35), Tomas Kaberle (36) and Mike Komisarek (32), Jordin Tootoo (31) was signed on Tuesday and Scott Gomez (34) remains on a “taxi squad” awaiting a contract offer.

Without even counting Gomez, the Devils forward group carries an average age of 30.8.

2. No training wheels for Schneider

For the first time in his career Schneider enters the season as the clear-cut No.1 goaltender in New Jersey.

In years previous he had the comfort of knowing Brodeur or Roberto Luongo were around, but this season he’ll be expected to carry the load and start 60-plus games for the Devils. If last season is any indication, he can handle a heavier load. Schneider appeared in a career-high 45 games for the Devils finishing with a third-best 1.97 GAA and his .921 save percentage was better than both Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick.

There’s no reason to think Schneider can’t start 65 or so games, but we haven’t seen him do it and until we do, the jury is still out on whether Schneider can handle the workload of a No. 1. If he falters, or heaven forbid suffers serious injury, the Devils will have to rely on Clemmensen, who is back in New Jersey after tours in the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers organizations.

Is there cause for concern with regards to Schneider as a No. 1? There could be if the Devils fail in the goal scoring department and put further pressure on Schneider to be near perfect every night.

3. Where are the goals going to come from?

Relying on a 42-year-old to carry your offense is a recipe for disaster – the Devils did just that in 2013-14 as Jagr led the team with 24 goals, 43 assists and 67 points.

This isn’t the early 90’s, the Devils cannot continue like that.

Lamoriello signed Cammalleri and Havlat this summer with the hopes of adding to the offence. Only three teams finished with a worse goals-for per-game (2.40) than New Jersey last season. Not surprisingly neither of the three were playoff teams.

Cammalleri’s 26 goals in 2013-14 with the Calgary Flames would’ve led the Devils, but it was also his highest output since the 2009-10 season when he was a member of the Montreal Canadiens. The former L.A. Kings second-round pick hadn’t reached the 20 goal plateau in four seasons prior to last year so expecting him to score 25-plus again, might be asking for too much.

Havlat was bought out of the final year of his contract with the San Jose Sharks in June after scoring 12 goals and 22 points in 48 games last season. His tenure in the Bay Area was mired by injuries and the hope in New Jersey is that reuniting Halvlat with his countrymen Patrik Elias and Jagr will help the former Ottawa Senators first-round pick get closer to the 22 goals he scored while a member of the Minnesota Wild in 2010-11.

Report: Ruslan Fedotenko to attend Devils camp

Ruslan Fedotenko 2

According to Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger, veteran forward Ruslan Fedotenko has been invited to New Jersey Devils camp on a tryout.

The 35-year-old last played in the NHL during the lockout shortened 2012-13 season where he had 13 points in 47 games for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Fedotenko spent last season with HC Donbass in the KHL where he scored seven goals and 17 points in 47 games.

In parts of 12 seasons with the Flyers, Lightning, Islanders, Penguins and Rangers, Fedotenko has 173 goals and 366 points in 863 games.  He was a key contributor to the Lightning playoff run in 2003-04 where he scored 12 goals and 14 points, including the game seven game-winner, as Tampa Bay defeated the Calgary Flames to win the Stanley Cup. Fedotenko was also a member of the Penguins when Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup in 2009.

Fedotenko is the latest veteran to join the Devils on a tryout. GM Lou Lamoreillo has also invited forwards Jordin Tootoo and Scott Gomez to go along with blue liner Tomas Kaberle.

Related: Report: Tootoo will join Devils’ camp on tryout basis

Report: Tomas Kaberle ‘in line’ to attend Devils’ camp

Tomas Kaberle

Defenseman Tomas Kaberle could be attending New Jersey Devils camp on a tryout according to Tom Gulitti of The Record.

Kaberle, 36, has not played in the NHL since appearing in 10 games with the Montreal Canadiens during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

“He has talked to us about a tryout,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told Gulitti. “That has not been officially confirmed yet, but he has talked to us.”

Kaberle spent last season with Kladno of the Czech league where he scored 24 points in 48 games.

Originally an eighth-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1996, Kaberle has appeared in 984 games with the Leafs, Bruins, Hurricanes and Canadiens. He won a Stanley Cup in 2011 with Boston.

Kaberle’s invite is in addition to news former Devils first-round pick Scott Gomez will be attending New Jersey’s camp on a tryout.

Related: Tomas Kaberle aims for NHL return

Report: Kaberle close to deal in KHL

Tomas Kaberle

After Tomas Kaberle was bought out by the Montreal Canadiens earlier this summer, many wondered where the veteran blue liner would wind up. Looks like the answer to that is Europe.

Czech website Sport.cz reports Kaberle is close to a deal with the KHL’s Dinamo Minsk.

Kaberle has spent the past 14 seasons in the NHL, mostly with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ever since being dealt by the Leafs to Boston in 2011, he’s been on a roller coaster of emotions.

While he didn’t play a lot in Boston, he helped them win a Stanley Cup that season. Following that he signed a four-year deal with Carolina that saw the Hurricanes deal him to Montreal soon into it after not blending in well with the team.

Now Kaberle appears set to join a new league where, perhaps, he can land back on his feet once again at age 35.

Leafs re-sign Colborne — one year, $600,000

Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Rangers

The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed center Joe Colborne to a one-year contract, the club announced today.

Per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, it’s a one-way deal for $600,000.

Colborne, 23, spent most of last season in the AHL with the Marlies, scoring 14 goals and adding 28 assists in 65 games. He appeared in five regular-season games for the Leafs, plus two more in the playoffs, failing to register a point.

Boston’s 16th overall pick in 2008, Colborne was sent to the Leafs as part of the Tomas Kaberle trade in 2011. Next season figures to be a big one for Colborne in his quest to become an NHL regular, but it may not be easy cracking a roster that already has four centers in Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, Dave Bolland, and Jay McClement.

The Leafs also signed minor-league forward Troy Bodie to a one-year deal.