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Welcome back: Devils claim Urbom off waivers from Caps

Jan 8, 2014, 12:27 PM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils brought a familiar face back into the fold on Tuesday, claiming defenseman Alex Urbom off waivers from Washington.

Urbom, 23, was originally a third round pick of the Devils (73rd overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and debuted for New Jersey during the 2010-11 season.

The Caps acquired Urbom in early October after New Jersey placed him on waivers — with great unease, per GM Lou Lamoriello — and the Swedish rearguard went on to appear in 20 games for Washington, scoring one goal and two points. But with John Erskine returning to full health and Dmitry Orlov playing his way into the defensive rotation, Urbom became the odd man out.

“That’s the nature of the game and it’s very difficult,” head coach Adam Oates told the Washington Post. “It creates difficult decisions and [Urbom] was the odd man out all of a sudden and we had to make decisions accordingly.”

While New Jersey is pleased to get Urbom back, it won’t be utilizing him right away. Because the Devils were the only team to put a claim for Urbom, they are allowed to send him directly to AHL Albany — which they will, according to Lamoriello.

  1. esracerx46 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:36 PM


  2. 950003cups - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    950003cups – Jan 7, 2014 at 8:38 PM
    Article is wrong. They can’t assign him anywhere unless he clears waivers. I would be very surprised if he clears. NJ would probably claim him back to the Devils.


    As I predicted!

    • ibieiniid - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      idk what you guys are thumbs downing, but I’d much rather somebody repost an earlier, on-record prediction than read somebody saying “I coulda called that one.”

      it woulda been a bit more impressive from somebody other than a Devs fan, but still.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      You got the winning lottery numbers too? Or were you just lucky with a fairly obvious guess?

      • ibieiniid - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        tell me you’ve ever made a true prediction that wasn’t the least bit lucky…

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        I have. Typically I base predictions off of facts, and when they are right I don’t crow about it on the internet.

        Granted, even guessing NJ would claim him (which I and others also predicted as well) should be a fairly educated guess considering so I’m not sure there was any luck involved. So I’ll give him that, but will stick with the “fairly obvious guess” part – particularly if he is a Devils fan.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        lol lemme just copy paste you verbatim and see if you see what I do…

        “and when they are right I don’t crow about it on the internet.

        Granted, even guessing NJ would claim him (which I and others also predicted as well)”

        as the kids say, you’re just jelly.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        Oh, I’m wrong a fair amount as well. If I want to guess based on luck, I’m sure my percentage would go down as well – and most are partly educated guesses and a bit of luck combined if I do have to guess and care to win.

        Just saying that I and others also guessed it doesn’t mean I’m crowing about it, but rather pointing out he was just a part of the majority on this one – me as well. I certainly would crow about being the same as nearly everyone else.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        lol alright I’ll put this up there in my list of dumbest arguments I’ve initiated online.

      • 950003cups - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        Except I actually posted it. Big difference. go to the post and see if anyone of that “majority” wrote about it. You wont find any.

      • 950003cups - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      • elvispocomo - Jan 9, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        I never said you didn’t post it, just that it’s not that amazing a prediction – certainly not so amazing that you should quote your own post from a previous day and paste it in a different article to prove how amazing it was. And PHT is hardly the only hockey forum in the world so if no one else mentioned it there that doesn’t mean I couldn’t see similar ‘predictions’ elsewhere.

        “What’s that? The team that drafted and didn’t want to lose that player on waivers earlier this year would be the most likely team to claim him back off waivers this time around?”

  3. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Glad to see him back in Jersey.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Well, Albany now but I get your point.

      • newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        Technically yes right now….but still a good young player that could be in the NHL sooner than later.

        I see the Devils doing some movement very soon to bulk up their front end with some better scoring forwards.

        The Devils are loaded on the rear end in both Jersey and the minors…so who knows whats going to happen.

        Lou tends to do some myterious trades some times.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        They do have a lot of depth on the back end, I’ve often looked at them when thinking of trade proposals where I might like a D back (i.e. as a Canucks fan when considering trading Schneider before and during the Luongo trade talks). I’m happy we got the high pick back from NJ to get Horvat, but would have loved a secondary piece like Jon Merrill added in.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        wouldn’t he have to clear waivers to be sent to Albany too?

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Somebody didn’t read the article…

      • ibieiniid - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        you’re right, I didn’t. my parents never taught me how. thanks for bringing it up, jerk.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        One could argue you brought it up first, but hey, you’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and, doggone it, people like you.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        WHAT!? a Stewart Smalley (sp) reference? well I’ll be god damned.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        it’s funnier to think about now since he’s a Senator or Governor or w/e.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 9, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Yup, I’ve been around a while to have seen that on SNL. Michael Jordan and all.

  4. 950003cups - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    You ever see Eric Gelinas play? He makes Merrill look like bad. Skates smooth. Big body that likes to hit. Has no problem taking big hits to make a play. Strong on the puck. Makes smart outlet passes. Last but not least, he has a howitzer of a shot.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 9, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      I haven’t seen much of Gelinas (wrong coast) but sounds like he’s playing well. Looking at the prospect pool I wouldn’t have picked him as a top guy though. Merrill had his off ice questions too, but certainly there are a lot of d-men in New Jersey’s system.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Actually, here’s a question unrelated to the topic but rather this kind of post: with Larsson having the occasional struggles and back issues and then having the depth chart of d-men so deep in New Jersey, would Devils fans have considered trading him (especially with the loss of Parise and then Kovi) for a top forward, or a package with a goalie prior to getting Schneider?

      • elvispocomo - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        And as I say that, it looks like Larsson is being sent to Albany as well.

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