Devils coach believes Merrill’s trip was accidental

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It would be understandable if New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer wanted to blow off some steam after a brutal weekend, but he’s not throwing Torrey Mitchell under the bus for tripping Jon Merrill on Sunday:

“It looked accidental to me,” DeBoer said to the Newark Star Ledger’s Rich Chere after the 4-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Chere reports that the 21-year-old needed stitches and underwent baseline (concussion) testing, but wasn’t available for questions following the contest.