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Devils look to add ‘pieces’ instead of making a ‘splash’

Mar 27, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

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The shoulder injury to New Jersey Devils star forward Ilya Kovalchuk could force the hand of general manager Lou Lamoriello prior to the NHL’s April 3 trade deadline.

But, even though it’s reported the Devils are seeking a forward with goal-scoring capabilities, Lamoriello seems interested only in acquiring complimentary players rather than a massive blockbuster move.

“There is no question in my mind a splash usually upsets things. Adding pieces complements,” Lamoriello told the Star Ledger.

“That’s not saying it will always be the case, but adding pieces would be more the norm (for the Devils).”

The original prognosis on Kovalchuk’s shoulder injury was that he could be out two-to-four weeks.

The Devils, last year’s Eastern Conference champions, are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference standings, two points up on the eighth-place New York Rangers.

But putting the puck in the net has continued to be an issue, even when Kovalchuk was healthy.

New Jersey sits 25th in the league, averaging 2.42 goals-for per game.

Even before the injury, Kovalchuk was struggling to find his scoring touch. He had 10 goals in 32 games and was in the midst of a five-game drought without a goal.

 

  1. valoisvipers - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Anyone hear an update on Kovelchuk?

  2. 950003cups - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    No update. Just that “he’s resting, and will be back skating in a week or so to strengthen his shoulder back” as per Tom Guliti of Fire & Ice Blog. Very reliable Devils information website.
    So as of now he’s resting. No surgery, no rehab. Nothing. Just waiting. Sounds like its just a very deep bruise. Amazing, considering the impact he took. Kovy must be built out of iron or something.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Thanks for the info 950003cups.

  3. thecheeman - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    So they’re not getting Jagr?

  4. valoisvipers - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    The Devils can’t make a splash because there is no water left in the pool after what Pittsburgh has done.

    • thecheeman - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      If the Devils get healthy then we’re looking at this playoff lineup (assuming we make them for now). I actually really like this lineup because getting Bernier-Carter-Gionta down on the fourth line is huge. My guess is Lou is finished with the forward group unless he feels like the injury timelines on any of these guys makes their return uncertain. I’m ok if Josefson plays for any of these guys but everyone else is a playoff liability. There isn’t a single guy in the Top 12 you wouldn’t trust to make significant contributions.

      Elias-Zajac-Kovalchuk
      Zubrus-Henrique-Clarkson
      Ponikarovsky-Loktionov-D’Agostini
      Bernier-Carter-Gionta

      odd men out are pretty obvious: Barch, Kostopolous, Pesonen, Matteau, Josefson, Matteau.

      On defense I continue to be amazed that the strength of our development pipeline hasn’t produced anyone capable of pushing Fayne, Harrold, or Tallinder out of a spot.

      I think if Lou thinks they can make a run he has to do something to shore up a spot here. There isn’t a single defender on the team who you don’t have to worry about some aspect of his game. I think the Devils could use a solid, steady if unglamorous defender. They need more anchors and dependable play.

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