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Mathieu Darche is in Devils camp

Jan 13, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

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Free agent forward Mathieu Darche spent the better part of the lockout attending NHLPA meetings. Now he gets the chance to prove he can earn a spot once again in the NHL.

Darche will be attending training camp with the New Jersey Devils, as Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger reports. While he doesn’t have a contract with the team, he’ll be trying to do what Petr Sykora did with the team last year and secure a spot by getting it done in practice.

In 61 games with the Habs last season, Darche scored five goals with seven assists. Two seasons ago he scored a career-high 12 goals with Montreal. With the Devils in need of forward depth, Darche has a great chance to make the team.

  1. mpg44 - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    How is 5 goals in 61 games in any way better then 21 goals in 82 games . No offense to darche but sykora should be there instead. Don’t like this move.

    • letsgopens8771 - Jan 15, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      I am not a Devils fan, but I would take Sykora over Darche any day of the week and twice on Sundays. Sykora at least provided offensive balance for the Devils and put in the ice time that New Jersey needed from him. Sykora is old and not known for defensive play, but Darche is inconsistent and can’t hit at all.

  2. barbarian9 - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    He is a role player, not a goal scorer. He’s an efficient penalty killer and 4th liner.

  3. bloominoctober - Jan 14, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    A “career high 12 goals” ….

    Yeah, that’s far more efficient than Sykora …

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