Skip to content

Devils activate Volchenkov, demote Gelinas

Jan 4, 2014, 6:55 PM EST

ericgelinasnjdgetty Getty Images

Beyond merely making room to activate Anton Volchenkov (“total body soreness“) from the IR, the New Jersey Devils seemed to have sent Eric Gelinas a message by demoting him to the AHL.

At least, that’s how the 22-year-old defenseman is taking it, as he told The Bergen Record.

“I don’t think I was playing my best hockey lately and I guess there’s only one person to blame and that’s me,” Gelinas said.

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello didn’t sound nearly as negative about Gelinas’ struggles.

“He’s just going through some growing pains right now,” Lamoriello said. “But nothing negative. We feel it’s the best thing for him right now. It could be short-term. It just depends upon how he handles it.”

It sounds like it all comes down to Gelinas making the best of the situation. As he notes, he hopes that he’ll stick with the team the next time he gets called up, whenever that might be.

The Devils face the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

  1. 950003cups - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Gelinas is great!

  2. dipspit55 - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Gelly has been slowing down a little and not doing to well in the d zone some time in the AHL should help but Volchenkov sucks

  3. devilsarethebest - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Stupid decision in my opinion. The kid’s expected to make rookie mistakes, he’s not gonna learn in the AHL. And I’d much rather him and his turnovers than Volchenkov any day.

    • shaundre93 - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      He may have been losing confidence in himself. No better way to rebuild confidence than by dominating lesser competition. Its never a good idea to rush a d man into the NHL. No matter how you treat them, most d men don’t flourish till their mid to late 20’s. Look how well E Johnsons playing now when everyone thought he was a bust

  4. warrenhajr2013 - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Thanks also a LOT and a LUMP for that this i of Mr. Jim OBrien’s said accounts recounts also that Gelinas blames ONLY himself for that this i of Mr. OBrien’s said accounts recounts also that New Jersey Devils activate Volchenkov, demote him to minors w/a team from the AHL for others and even for us, too…. And this even says also, Thanks also a LOT and a LUMP for that this i of Mr. OBrien’s said accounts even recounts also that as his account recounts also that Gelinas told the ” ‘Record,’ ” he’s apparently taking this that this cites also that this i of his (i.e. Mr. OBrien’s, that is) said accounts even recounts also that he (Gelinas, that is) blames ONLY himself for that this i of Mr. OBrien’s said accounts even recounts also that Devils also do so with Volchenkov, demote him to minors w/such a said team from the AHL for others and even for us, too….

  5. xpar1000 - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    What?

Featured video

More than a Stanley Cup hangover?
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. B. Bishop (3921)
  2. S. Crosby (3832)
  3. C. Perry (2618)
  4. B. Elliott (2485)
  5. C. Crawford (2250)
  1. C. Kunitz (2110)
  2. J. Schwartz (2085)
  3. D. Krejci (2047)
  4. O. Palat (1728)
  5. T. Hall (1710)