The New Jersey Devils placed forward Stefan Matteau on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 12, the team announced.
To replace him on the roster, the Devils activated defenseman Jon Merrill off injured reserve.
Matteau suffered a facial fracture that will not require surgery after he was struck in the face by a deflected puck during practice last week.
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In a move that was long rumored over the summer, Damien Brunner will be attending training camp, looking to make the club.
This is a no-brainer if you ask me. Give him a tryout, see how he does, and if it doesn't pan out, there's no harm done.
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As camp begins, the team is starting to take shape. Still, many questions remain about the roster and who will be a contributor this year. Here are five of the biggest questions coming into the season.
1. Can the defense begin to rebound?
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Matteau reportedly split on the team, taking a fan bus home from a game after he was benched for the third period The team cut him and said he left without permission and there were reports of an altercation between Matteau and the team's brass. Matteau's agent, Pat Brisson, said he left with permission after he was cut because Matteau didn't want to wait for a plane the next day.
Now, Matteau's dad, former NHLer Stefane Matteau, says he doesn't think the junior club treated his son the right way. The elder Matteau is also an assistant coach on the Armada, which makes all of this even more sticky.
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This should surprise absolutely nobody. For one, there's no way the Devils were forfeiting their first-round pick the year they host the draft. Secondly, I'm sure the Devils think they can make the playoffs next season, so why give up a lottery pick now as opposed to a mid- to late-first rounder next year? Finally, thanks to the trades they've made this season, the Devils have really no choice but to keep their first rounder. Of course, this all could've been avoided if they'd forfeited their first rounder last year when it was the second-to-last pick in the round in a very weak draft.? Hopefully, Stefan Matteau was totally worth it.
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The 19-year-old forward has quit his QMJHL team, Blaineville-Boisbriand Armada, according to RDS. Matteau reportedly quit after being unhappy about being benched during Game 2 of the Armada's series against Baie-Comeau.
He traveled back to Blaineville-Boisbriand on the fan bus and not with the team.
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The last time the Devils were in the midst of a lengthy losing streak, Pat Pickens and I got together and debated whether the Devils were in real trouble. Pat was a little more optimistic than me, although we both saw a chance for redemption. Then Ilya Kovalchuk got hurt and the Devils went off the rails. With eight games left, Pat and I faced a simple questions: Will the Devils make the playoffs? What follows is a quick answer to that question followed by a debate over why it happened, how to fix it and whether Pete DeBoer should be part of the solution or on the chopping block.
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The three-headed monster of Keith Kinkaid, Jeff Frazee and Scott Wedgewood have combined for an .899 save percentage and 2.65 goals-against average in 59 games.
Toss out Wedgewood's so-so three games, and Frazee and Kinkaid have combined for a 2.62 goals-against and .912 save percentage.
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?I think it?s the right decision,? DeBoer said. ?He got great experience, learned a lot. He?s got a big upside and a bright future. I think the league at this time of year goes to another level and it?s tough for young guys their first time around to find that. I think it was the right move.?You're right, Pete. It was the "right decision" to send Matteau back to junior now. He wasn't dressing, even with the Devils starting some questionable forwards on a nightly basis. With the pace quickening toward a playoff push, Matteau would've been overmatched, even more than he already was. But the question is not whether it was the right decision now, it's whether it was the right decision all along. Should Matteau have even stuck around in the first place?
Less than 24 hours later, according to Mikael Lalancette of Quebec's TVA Sports, Matteau was shipped back to juniors on Sunday.
Matteau netted just one goal and had two assists in 17 games with New Jersey. The 19-year old was a healthy scratch for three straight games before Saturday and had not recorded a point since New Jersey's loss in Buffalo on March 2.
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We kind of thought New Jersey would be without Loktionov tonight-- less than 24 hours from leaving the game in Philadelphia. Harri Pesonen will make his NHL debut and play on a line with Patrik Elias and David Clarkson.
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Pete DeBoer announced after the Devils' morning skate that there would not be any lineup changes for New Jersey's meeting Friday in Philadelphia.
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Being that the Devils are at the half-way point of the season (OK, a couple games past it but cut us some slack), we decided to do some "grades" for this team. Originally, this was supposed to be one full post, but after compiling them, it seems better to break them up into different pieces today. First up, the forwards.
(Disclaimer: All "grades" articles are usually entirely too general and tend to omit more detail than normal, so apologies in advance if we left a player out.)
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We'll have more on these changes in our game preview shortly.
I imagine DeBoer's lineup decision led to a scene similar to this in the home locker room of the Prudential Center:
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We've seen this before, DeBoer moving Matteau to the first or second line to start a game, only to find him riding the bench for much of the second or third period. The question isn't whether Matteau can hang up there (he can't), but rather how long DeBoer will attempt to keep Loktionov, Zajac and Henrique centering three separate lines. The Henrique-on-the-wing experiment has been tried and failed twice so far this season and I can't imagine DeBoer is anxious to return to that anytime soon. However, it's not like the Devils are overflowing with first line left wings for the time being. Perhaps DeBoer is just trying to buy time until Dainius Zubrus is healthy again, but this team isn't in a situation where it can sit around and wait for help. If I can guess anything, I'd say the lines that start the game are unlikely to be the ones that finish the game.
He played roughly six minutes in total and took just one shift in the third period. But why the benching? Pete DeBoer wasn't talking.
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- Stefan Matteau (64th overall prospect in hockey)
- Jon Merrill
- Alexander Urbom
- Keith Kinkaid
- Eric Gelinas
- Reid Boucher
- Damon Severson
- Scott Wedgewood
- Harri Pesonen
- David Wolhberg
They Devils are so frighteningly shallow up front they're one injury away from struggling to ice 12 NHL forwards.
Don't believe me? It's true. With both Carter and Zubrus on the shelf, both Stefan Matteau and Krys Barch are in the lineup tonight and there is no extra forward. Seriously. Since the Devils continue to carry eight defensemen, Carter is the 13th forward. If any of the top 12 get hurt tonight, either Carter would have to go on injured reserve or one of the defensemen will have to go.
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Rookie Stefan Matteau is skating in Carter?s place on the third line with Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier. Matteau, who will turn 19 on Saturday, has been a healthy scratch the last three games.
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Not all that surprising a move considering head injuries normally take at least a week or so to heal up. The interesting part is that Stefan Matteau gets another shot in the lineup and will skate on the the third line, which we'll get into either later today or tomorrow. As for Carter, the next step is whether the Devils reveal he's had a concussion or not. If they decide to eventually call it a concussion, my guess is we won't be hearing from him for a little while as the Devils will likely take him out of the locker room and allow him to heal. Concussed players are often bothered by the bright lights of television cameras and are usually told to rest as much as possible. Also, given how many unknowns there are with concussions, it's more of a wait and see process than any other injury. There won't be much of a day-to-day update, meaning there's no real reason to subject Carter to the same questions over and over again. The next time we'll see Carter might not be until next week after he's cleared to do some skating on his own.
The (no) adjustment bureau: They say familiarity breeds contempt, but in this case, it creates a lack of waiting time. One of the advantages of Ponikarovsky is the Devils don?t have to spend time teaching him the system or waiting for him to get adjusted to new surroundings or hoping he finds chemistry with his teammates. This is all old news for Poni and the Devils, who already have a limited amount of time as it is in the shortened season. For that reason, I would in no way be surprised if he picked up exactly where he left off last season, when he had seven goals and 18 points in 33 games for New Jersey. Will he score on that pace? Probably not, but with this Devils team, any additional offensive input is a bonus, especially when it comes from the first line left wing.
FLLW: I?ve written multiple times about the way station that has been the left side of the Devils? top forward line. I even have a hastily created acronym for it. But the truth is that even Dainius Zubrus wasn?t producing enough offensively to merit his place on the top line. I like the idea of Poni skating there because he brings the size and physicality that Zubrus brought, but perhaps with a better offensive touch. With Ilya Kovalchuk shooting almost every puck he gets his hand on, a big body like Ponikarovsky could be very useful in the front of the net to help clean up the rebounds. Plus, it allows the Devils to play guys like Ryan Carter and Stefan Matteau on the third and fourth lines, respectively, where their minutes won?t balloon too much and where they?re far more comfortable as players.
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This isn't all that surprising -- all you have to do is look at the players that have rotated through that spot thus far this season to understand the decision. DeBoer has tried Stefan Matteau, Ryan Carter, Bobby Butler, Jacob Josefson, Adam Henrique and Dainius Zubrus at first line left wing. Outside of Zubrus, Matteau has gotten the longest look there, but mostly for five or six shifts a game max. In a post I'll (hopefully) get to later today, I'll go deeper into the benefits on the Poni trade, but this is chief among them. I don't know if he'll spent the entire game there, especially if the Devils get off to a poor start again, but I imagine he'll get a pretty long look.
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So why bring Ponikarovsky back? You mean besides the gaping hole at left wing on the first and fourth lines? Kidding.
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That was such an impressive win for the Devils and it came after a poor first 10 minutes that may have been partly due to the earlier start. Regardless, the last 50 minutes of that game were reason for the Devils and Pete DeBoer to smile. Some thoughts...
Huge, Tom, huge: To borrow a phrase from TV car mogul Billy Fuccillo, there's not enough "U's" on the keyboard to describe how big of a win that was for the Devils. Not only because they beat a division rival that was one point ahead of them for first place in the Atlantic. Not only because they shut down the high-powered Pens offense for long stretches. Not only because they sent a message by rebounding from last week's 5-1 win. This was big because of how the Devils played after nearly getting run out of the rink in the first 10 minutes while the Penguins were all over the ice. Part of that was due to the three first period power plays, which took Pittsburgh out of its offensive rhythm, but also because Krys Barch stood up to Deryk Engelland roughly nine minutes into the first period. Engelland was running all over the ice, getting in David Clarkson's face and giving the Devils all sorts of trouble every time they tried to enter the Pittsburgh zone. After Barch fought Engelland, the Devils started to get some offensive momentum going and began to push back against the Pens. I know I'm not always a huge advocate of dressing a guy like Barch, but he was one of the big reasons the game turned around halfway through the first period.
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Zubrus, who will miss his second straight game today and will not play in Pittsburgh tomorrow night, is suffering from an upper body injury that has club officials concerned for the long term. Although team officials will not comment on the problem, Zubrus is being treated with medication for what is believed to be a back problem.
While the first-line left winger is considered day-to-day, he may seek an outside opinion to find out whether a different approach, such as surgery, might be necessary.Uh oh. First of all, back injuries are brutal. I've had a few in my day and they're not only extremely painful, but often difficult to fully heal from. The pain lingers and you never know which twist or turn is going to aggravate the issue. If it's serious enough that Zubrus needs to at least check if he needs surgery, then safe to say we won't be seeing him anytime soon. If it's a vertebrae issue, then he'll either need to rest until it heals completely or have it fused surgically, either of which will put him out of commission for at least a month, maybe two. It's obviously better news if it's a muscle issue because of the shorter recovery timeframe. However, muscles injuries are made trickier by the shortened season. With the Devils playing four games a week, Zubrus could miss significant time just by taking seven to 10 days off to allow the muscle to be 100 percent -- which you bet the Devils will want the 34-year old to do.
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More as I know it...
In case you're wondering how I feel, I laid out my expectations on the blog yesterday.
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That makes three straight wins for the Devils after Saturday's debacle in Pittsburgh. Tonight wasn't quite the thorough end-to-end effort the Devils put forth against the Islanders on Sunday, but I thought they played a better overall game tonight than Tuesday's win over the Rangers. Some thoughts...
Peak form: After Wednesday's optional practice, Pete DeBoer said he thought the Devils were getting close to their peak form. Tonight's win was pretty good evidence of that. The Devils played one of the more complete games I've seen them play this year and that bodes well as they navigate through a pretty difficult stretch of games. It wasn't perfect -- they played with fire in the middle of the second period -- but it had everything you wanted to see. There was goal scoring from primary players and the second line of Elias, Henrique and Clarkson continued to produce points. The defense even got in on the act. More importantly, the Devils had maybe their most consistent forecheck of the season and were aggressive and physical right off the bat. As usual, Marty was solid most of the game and very good when he needed to be, although his puck handling still gives me agita at times this season. Eventually they'll need to cut down on the penalties (we'll get to that in a minute) and the close wasn't nearly as strong as DeBoer would like, but as the Devils string together good game after good game, it's fair to wonder what the ceiling for this team is this season. Entering the season, many pegged the Devils simply as playoff contenders, but after Thursday night they're only one point out of first in the Atlantic almost a quarter of the way through this shortened season. Dare to dream, Devils fans. Dare to dream.
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Then came this morning's skate, when Dainius Zubrus was ruled out of Thursday's game against the Lightning and Matteau was inserted into his spot as left wing on the Devils' first line. Once Matteau is declared active for tonight's game, that precious first season of the entry-level contract becomes live and suddenly Matteau is one year closer to restricted free agency and eventually one year closer to unrestricted free agency.
One would assume that means Matteau will spend the season with the NHL club, learning on the job as one of the team's bottom-six forwards, scratched for the occasional game and shifted up in the lineup for the occasional shift. Not so fast, says Pete DeBoer.
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Dainius Zubrus is not participating in the Devils? morning skate today at Prudential Center and will not play in tonight?s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning because of an upper-body injury, the team says.
Rookie left wing Stefan Matteau is skating this morning in Zubrus? spot on the top line with Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk. That doesn?t guarantee he?ll play in that spot, though.
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Yup. Lou is slow-playing the heck out of this one and as I asked a couple people last night -- how long will this go? Only Lou knows.
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There were a couple of notable participants in the skate this morning: Adam Henrique and Stefan Matteau. Now, as of press time (10:40ish a.m.), neither player is locked in to playing tonight, or in Matteau's case, locked in to staying in the NHL this season. Still, in Henrique's case, it's a clear sign that he's as close to returning as he's been all season. We'll just have to see if he's in the lineup tonight.
The Devils defensemen worked on taking shots from the point while the forwards ran dump and support drill that saw one man chase a puck into the corner while the other circled back around the faceoff dot and into the slot. The Devils continue to work on different aspects of their forecheck in every practice I've been to, and rightfully so. It's one of the most important parts of their game -- if not the most important.
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?He will not be going back immediately and we?re not going to let his contract status get in the way,? Lamoriello said. ?We?re going to continue evaluating this and a decision won?t be made at this point.?
Matteau has already played in five NHL games. If he plays in a sixth game, it counts as a full year off his contract, moving him a year closer to free agency. It remains possible Matteau will play in Thursday?s game against the Islanders, but it?s also possible that the Devils will sit him and let him practice for a few days before deciding whether to send him back to his junior team ? Blainville-Boisbriand of the QMJHL.
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Moose taketh and Moose giveth away: First, let's get something out of the way: Johan Hedberg was fantastic for 98 percent of tonight's game. He was the only reason they were still in it after another slow start (getting tired of writing that) and he helped the Devils keep it close in the third period when the Bruins began to press -- particularly on the 2-on-1 power-play rush. Hedberg also made some fantastic saves in the shootout and that poke check play was so vintage Moose and perfectly timed. All that said, he probably should've stopped the Bruins' lone goal, despite the slight deflection off Henrik Tallinder's stick. He definitely shouldn't have allowed that shootout winner either. It looked like there was about five feet of space in his five hole on the shot. In the end, he had a great game with two mistakes, but those mistakes are what cost the Devils the win.
Ya too close, man!: Thought tonight was too close for comfort? Yeah, get used to that feeling. As long as Lou Lamoriello insists on not adding a top-six forward, the Devils will play in a lot of one-goal games this season. In fact, the only game so far determined by more than one goal was the Devils' 3-0 win over the Flyers one week ago. In order to get by with this kind of play, the Devils need to shore up the poor starts, limit the giveaways while doing a better job picking up trailers (which was a big problem tonight) and get very good to excellent goaltending on a nightly basis. The other thing they have to do is practice their shootouts, which were the Devils' bread and butter last season. However, this year, with a lack of impact skill players, the Devils' top shootout guys will have to be consistently effective. I mean, when Marek Zidlicky is your No. 6 shootout guy, you've got some problems.
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Tuesday night?s game could the last with the Devils this season for Matteau. Matteau, 18, has already played in four games this season. If he plays in six or more, it would count as a full year off his entry-level contract and move him a year closer to free agency.
Lamoriello said he?s ?not sure yet? what the team will do with Matteau after Tuesday?s game.
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Dainius Zubrus began the year in that spot and played most of the first two games there. Although his size and two-way are pluses, Zubrus is hurt by? an inability to finish, which is particularly noticeable when guys like Kovy and Zajac are creating such great chances. Then, DeBoer decided to give Mattias Tedenby a shot there to start last night's game, but after less a period, it seemed that experiment had been abandoned. Over the rest of the night, DeBoer tried Ryan Carter there for a stretch; Jacob Josefson got a turn; but Matteau was the one that really stood out as bringing a really interesting skill set to that line.
Then, today, I saw this from practice:
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"He?s a competitor. You like his size, you like his compete, you like his skating," DeBoer said at Wednesday's optional skate. "You know the details of the game are something we gotta work on with him daily at this level, but there?s a lot of good things there."
But that doesn't mean he's ready to rule on whether the kid will stay.
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Meanwhile, Stefan Matteau is hopeful he'll get to make his NHL debut tomorrow against the Islanders.
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I'll have a more substantive roster post a little later tonight.