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Devils hopelessly misguided in Kovalchuk deal

What is Lou Lamoriello thinking? When the New Jersey Devils general manager acquired sniper Ilya Kovalchuk from the Atlanta Thrashers on February 4, he made the following statement during a conference call about the blockbuster deal: “He [Kovalchuk] can do things that a lot of people can’t do, and put him into our lineup, he […]

Early NHL struggles can lead to changes

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2007 By Lucas Aykroyd Life would be so much simpler for NHL coaches if every team won all its home games in overtime. In fact, it’s hard to imagine any other scenario where all coaches could succeed in keeping their jobs. However, the fans would probably start to get […]

Malakhov makes quiet debut with Devils

Originally published on in 2000 By Lucas Aykroyd Vladimir Malakhov disappeared and was unavailable to speak with the media after his debut with the New Jersey Devils in a 5-2 road loss to Vancouver on 4 March. That was appropriate, since the veteran Russian defenseman was scarcely visible during his 17:17 of ice time, […]

Scott Gomez goes for top NHL rookie honors

Originally published on in 2000 By Lucas Aykroyd Scott Gomez of the New Jersey Devils has a knack for coming first. The 20-year-old rookie center is the first Hispanic hockey player ever to appear in the National Hockey League. He has ranked first in New Jersey team scoring most of the season. And he […]

Holik hits hard on and off the rink

Originally published on in 2001 By Lucas Aykroyd Bobby Holik relishes the role of one-man wrecking crew. Of that there can be no doubt. The big center from Jihlava of the Czech Republic made a name for himself early in his career with the New Jersey Devils by leading the “Crash Line” with Randy […]