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Jay Pandolfo Gets Tryout With Islanders

The New York Islanders announced today that former New Jersey Devils forward Jay Pandolfo will be attending the Isles training camp on a tryout basis. Pandolfo's tryout is likely in the hopes of him earning a roster spot with either the Islanders or another NHL organization.

The 36-year old left wing has spent his entire 14-year NHL career with the New Jersey Devils and has won two Stanley Cups after being drafted in the second round at 32nd overall of the 1993 Entry Draft. Last year he played 12 games with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. 

If Pandolfo were to crack the Islanders line-up, he would have to earn it as the Islanders already appear to be set at forward...

Logan Couture and the Runner Ups

As you may have heard, Logan Couture signed a contract extension with the San Jose Sharks this past week. The contract will bind him to the Sharks through the 2013-14 season and pays Couture $5.75 million ($2.75M the first year, $3M the second year). This was a smart move by Doug Wilson; now the Sharks top two forward lines, top defensive pairs, and number one goalie are all signed through 2012-13, security that many other teams would die for (namely the Devils and Predators with Parise and Weber, respectively). In light of his new contract, I decided to post this story I wrote a while ago shortly after the NHL Awards.



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One-on-One With Brian Rolston

The Islanders went into the off-season with a game plan of finding a top-six forward that could help the team transition from the rebuilding phase into a playoff contender. With Marty Reasoner signed to round out the bottom two lines, the Islanders traded oft-injured winger Trent Hunter to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for 18-year veteran Brian Rolston.

Rolston carries a booming slap shot along with an impressive resume that will add veteran leadership and depth to the Islanders line-up.

With training camp just a few weeks away, Rolston called me this afternoon to discuss his expectations for the upcoming year, his experiences with the Devils last season and the potential ...

A Look At the Defense on the Island

There had been talk since the start of free agency that the Islanders were going to look to add a top six forward as well as a top four defenseman. So far, General Manager Garth Snow has traded Trent Hunter to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for veteran winger, Brian Rolston. It was seen as mostly a cap floor move as his salary brings them closer to that goal, but he also will provide veteran leadership, a booming slap-shot and a top-six presence as long as he stays healthy.

But the defenseman has yet to be found.

The Islanders went into the off-season with six defenseman already under contract with Mark Streit, Andy MacDonald, Travis Hamonic, Mark Eaton, Mike Mottau and Mil...

Breaking Down the San Jose Sharks' Offseason-Part Two

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I thought I would start this blog off with the first picture of newly acquired Sharks' defenseman Brent Burns in San Jose gear, via Brodie Brazil:



While the Sharks didn't go after any of this year's big-name free agents, it is probably for the best, as many of those players were grossly overpaid and will almost certainly be disappointments to their respective clubs. The Shark...

Islanders Acquire Brian Rolston From Devils

The New York Islanders completed a trade today with the New Jersey Devils, acquiring 38-year old veteran, Brian Rolston in exchange for 31-year old Trent Hunter, an Islanders forward for all of his nine year career in the NHL.

According to TSN, the Islanders have also received a conditional draft pick in 2012 along with Rolston. (EDIT: Scratch that, the pick was taken out of the deal, making it an even swap of Rolston for Hunter)

This trade seems to work well for both teams. The Devils were looking to shed some salary as they are trying to sign RFA forward, Zach Parise before his arbitration hearing. The Islanders, on the other hand, are below the cap floor and are trying to f...

Devils Fail To Reach Out To Parise; Arbitration Next

The New Jersey Devils had a chance to reach out to Zach Parise to get an extension worked out but his phone never rang. It's now very clear that Devils plan to file team-elected arbitration before next week’s cut off. The drop dead date could come as early as Wednesday or as late as next Friday depending on how quickly the Stanley Cup Finals are completed. This essentially would prevent Parise from listening to offer sheets from other teams. Here we go again, another failed attempt at respectability. Parise is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1. This news comes as a slap in the face to fans that were repeatedly told that Lou Lamoriello and the Devils management would ...

The Right Coach Can Fix All This Past Season's Wrongs

For New Jersey, the 2010-2011 season was about a wild of a ride a professional sports team can take their fan base on. All of this has been well documented. I include myself in this because I literally felt like a broken record repeating myself over and over. I have been reading other writers opinions on the present and future state of the organization and most of it seems to me to be way off base or only partly on base. Of course, I may be a bit biased, but I actually saw slot of great things from this team during the season. I saw a team that is hungry and with the right coach can be one of the elite clubs in the league. I gave myself a great segue into the first order of business, find...

Devils BeDevil Bruins; Send Lemaire Out A Winner

The New Jersey Devils (38-39-5) gave Coach Jacques Lemaire the perfect going away present on Sunday with an exciting 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins (46-25-1) before at Prudential Center. Immediately following the game, the man that brought New Jersey back to respectability made the announcement I don't think any of the Devils faithful wanted to hear, when he confirmed that he would not return to lead the team next year. “It demands a lot. I want to enjoy life. I want to enjoy the family. I thought that I did make the right decision last year (about retiring), “Lemaire explained, “I’m happy I took the job the rest of the season. I had fun. It was a huge challenge for me....

Devils Plan to Spoil Penguins Party

When the New Jersey Devils hit the ice in Pittsburgh they will play a regular-season game having already been eliminated from playoff contention. In 1996 it took until the final day of the season for the Ottawa Senators to remove any chance of a Stanley Cup repeat in the swamp. When was the last time the Devils played a regular season game with no chance of making the playoffs? 1989! All the way back to when the divisions were called Patrick, Smythe, Norris and Adams and we had the Campbell and Prince of Wales Conferences. But thanks to Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens the Devils are now playing the role of a spoiler. The Pittsburgh Penguins (46-25-8) still have ...