Posted January 18, 2013 on AP on Fox
Carolina_hurricanes_v_d453
Martin Brodeur is entering his 19th season in the NHL with a little excitement, some expectation and a new teammate who is a blast from the past: ''Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!'' The Devils started the season off with a surprise Friday, placing top draft pick Stefan Matteau, 18, on their 23-man roster for the opener against the New York Islanders Saturday. The rookie's father, Stephane Matteau, is a former New York Ranger, who helped defeat Brodeur and the Devils in a classic 1994 Eastern Conference final series. Stephane scored in double overtime of Game 7 to eliminate New Jersey en route to a New York Stanley Cup. His famous tally prompted the aforementioned radio call by former Rangers play-by-play man, Howie Rose. Most observers felt the Devils would send Matteau down rather than have his first year come in a 48-game season. But he can still be sent down after five games and not lose his rookie service time.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Devils have doubters coming off Stanley Cup run

Reaching the Stanley Cup finals hasn't made the New Jersey Devils one of the favorites to win the NHL title in this lockout-shortened season. Far from it. Despite returning Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur and almost everyone from the club that came within two games of winning its fourth Cup, the Devils have a lot of doubters heading into the 48-game regular season. A big part...

Devils name Bryce Salvador captain

Defenseman Bryce Salvador has been named the captain of the New Jersey Devils. Coach Pete DeBoer announced the appointment after practice on Thursday, adding that Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk will remain the alternate captains. Salvador replaces Zach Parise, who signed with Minnesota as a free agent after last season. Salvador, who signed a three-year, $9.5 million pact in...

Devils Start Season in Glorious Fashion

The New Jersey Devils opened the 2013 season with a win against the division-rival New York Islanders. Martin Brodeur played well between the pipes, Travis Zajac and David Clarkson provided the offense, and the Devils jumped out to a quick two points. I was extremely impressed with the pace of the game in the first period. The Devils moved the puck well and had a few good...

Ilya Kovalchuk Is No Brian Boitano, Thankfully...

((HT: KHL)) All-Star games are what they are... made for TV events meant to please the crowd in attendance and the ones watching at home... So, the HQ doesn't quite know how to process what happened at the KHL All-Star Game when Ilya Kovalchuk had a bit of a break... The KHL found a figure skater to pair off with him... Dude needs some work...

Devils 2, Islanders 1

David Clarkson's goal at 8:17 of the third period sent the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 season-opening win over the New York Islanders on Saturday. Travis Zajac also scored for New Jersey. Martin Brodeur stopped 18 shots to increase his NHL wins record to 657. Travis Hamonic had New York's goal, a power-play score at 7:12 of the third. Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves for the...

Devils start with win over Islanders

David Clarkson's goal at 8:17 of the third period sent the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 season-opening win over the New York Islanders on Saturday. Travis Zajac also scored for New Jersey, which reached the Stanley Cup Final last season before losing to the Los Angeles Kings. Martin Brodeur stopped 18 shots to increase his NHL wins record to 657. Travis Hamonic had New York...

Some loose ends before a date with the Islanders

Just some news and notes for anyone who is interested before the Devils take on the Islanders tomorrow on the Island. Bryce Salvador has been named the captain of the New Jersey Devils, replacing Zach Parise who has since moved on to play for Minnesota. Seems to be a pretty well-supported pick by the players. “I think it’s a great choice,” said Ilya Kovalchuk to Tom...

Travis Zajac's new deal.

Former Fighting Sioux forward and current New Jersey Devil Travis Zajac is the first player to sign a big contract under the new CBA. Here is the break down of the deal: 2013-14 $3.5 million (includes $1 million in signing bonus) 2014-15 $5 million (includes $1 million in signing bonus) 2015-16 $6.5 million 2016-17 $6.5 million 2017-18 $6.5 million 2018-19 $6.5 million 2019-20 ...

Clarkson nets game-winner as Devils edge Islanders

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New Jersey Devils began their run as one of the NHL's most dominant teams during the last lockout-shortened season. Eighteen years later, the Devils are still playing the same efficient and collective type of hockey that's defined their generation of success. David Clarkson scored the tie-breaking goal with 11:43 left in the third period as the reigning...

Devils-Islanders Preview

Reaching the Stanley Cup finals hasn't made the New Jersey Devils one of the favorites to win the NHL title in this lockout-shortened season. Far from it. Despite returning Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur and much of the club that came within two games of winning its fourth Cup, the Devils have a lot of doubters heading into the 48-game regular season, which begins Saturday...

Game 1 Preview: Getting Started On The Island

New Jersey Devils (0-0-0) @ New York Islanders (0-0-0) In a few years we will stop having to visit that place they call an arena on Long Island and head to Brooklyn to play the Islanders but for now, we will continue to play in them in the Nassau Coliseum. Here we go… CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?? Finally, after months and months of fighting over money and more money and contract...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.