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Devils demote Gelinas, want him to be more than a ‘big shot’

Feb 1, 2014, 9:06 AM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 24: Eric Gelinas #22 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center on January 24, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

The New Jersey Devils caught some people off guard yesterday when they decided to reassign rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas to the minors. He has excelled offensively with six goals and 22 points in 44 contests, but Devils coach Pete DeBoer felt he wasn’t playing a well-rounded game.

“You can’t just be a big shot,” DeBoer told the Star-Ledger. “One, I think he’s capable of being much more than that. And two, if you’re going to have a long career you have to be multi-dimensional and I think the other dimensions of his game are the areas he needs to work at.”

It’s not like the Devils have many offensive threats to begin with, but DeBoer felt Gelinas’ defensive struggles negated any potential gains Gelinas was providing. The 22-year-old blueliner had a minus-five rating.

Gelinas is highly regarded and helped the Devils shake off their rough 1-5-3 start. However, his playing time plummeted in January, to the point where he was only logging 13:44 minutes per contest.

  1. 950003cups - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    And that’s a prime example of how things are under a senile old man who still thinks he’s got it. Lou must go! I know it sounds like something we thought we’d never say, but he’s ruining things. The game passed him by and all his stars ran for brighter futures. One ran halfway around the world.

  2. buckeye044 - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Don’t know about the game passing him by, but I think he is killing this kid’s confidence. If I were Gelinas, I would think twice about resigning with them.

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