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2014 seasonSeason Recap: The Devils won just twice more than they lost, but made strides in working young players into the mix. Forwards Kyle Palmieri and Reid Boucher and defenseman Damon Severson teamed with veterans Mike Cammalleri, Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique to give the Devils a solid core. While the defense was solid, New Jersey’s goal-scoring needs to improve before it becomes a playoff contender.

Season Preview: The Devils decided to make 2015–16 a rebuilding year. Goalie Cory Schneider is good enough to win some games by himself, but defensemen Adam Larsson and Andy Greene will have to log a lot of ice time to keep opponents from scoring. If the Devils have a chance to pick up a young scorer through trades or the draft, that will instantly make them a better team.

2014 seasonRecap: The Devils missed the playoffs for the third year in a row despite good seasons from forward Mike Cammalleri and Cory Schneider, who took over in goal from Martin Brodeur. Schneider held opponents to 2.26 goals per game, but the Devils never found their scoring touch. Cammalleri was the only player to score more than 20 goals, and only two others scored more than 15.

January 3, 2015: Jaromir Jagr became the oldest player in NHL history to score a hat trick. The old record belonged to Gordie Howe, he scored three goals at age 41.

January 3, 2015: Patrik Elias scored his 1,000th point as a Devil.

November 21, 2014: Former devil Martin Brodeur saw his first team record fall when goalie Cory Schneider started his 20th game in a row to begin the 2014–15 season.

Season Preview: The Devils need to score more goal this year, and that job will fall to old-timers Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr, rising star Adam Henrique, and new arrival Mike Cammalleri. Another addition to the team is Martin Havlat, who could add scoring punch to New Jersey's lineup. All eyes, of course, will be on Cory Schneider, who takes over from Martin Brodeur as the full-time goalie.

March 1, 2014: Jaromir Jagr became the 7th member of the 700-goal club. The first six were Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (801), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), Phil Esposito (717), and Mike Gartner (708). He also moved into a tie with Dionne on the all-time assist list with 1,040.

December 18, 2013: Jaromir Jagr scored the game-winning goals against the Ottawa Senators. It was the 122nd game-winner of his career, the most in NHL history.

Season Preview: The Devils will rely on a balanced roster to keep the pressure on opponents in 2013–14. Tjhere are a lot of new faces on the club, but as usual no superstars—except for ageless goalie Martin Brodeur. He will be backed up this year by Cory Schneider, picked up in a trade with the Canucks. That gives New Jersey the best goaltending in the league. Building from there around veterans Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, and Jaromir Jagr—and up-and-coming players like Adam Henrique and Andrei Loktinov—they should be able to survive the loss of stars Ilya Kovalchuk (who retired) and David Clarkson (traded to Toronto).

     
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Chico Resch was a big memorabilia collector. I met him a couple of times in card shop in Hackensack. (Author's Collection)

 

 

 

 

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Bruce Driver was one of those players whose valuable contributions are easy to forget. He was not a superstar, but he played his best in big games and rarely made a mistake. (Topps, Inc.)

 

 

 

 

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Jamie Langenbrunner loves to sign this picture of himself with the Stanley Cup. Every player on the winning team gets to take the trophy home for a few days. (Author''s Collection)

 

Barry Beck — Defenseman
Born: 6/13/1957
Played for Team: 1977–78 to 1979–80
Barry Beck was the team's most talented player during its time in Colorado. He set a record for goals by a rookie defenseman and was runner-up to Mike Bossy of the Islanders for the Calder Award in 1978. Beck was traded to the Rangers early in his third year with the Rockies. After the club moved to New Jersey, Beck's fine play was a constant reminder that the team probably should have held on to him.


Chico Resch — Goalie
Born: 7/10/1948
Played for Team: 1980–81 to 1985–86
Glenn "Chico" Resch joined the team in Colorado and moved with it to New Jersey. There he became one of the state's most popular sports figures. Resch got his nickname because he grew a mustache that made him look like the lead char5acter in the 1970s sitcom Chico and the Man.


Mel Bridgman — Center
Born: 4/28/1955
Played for Team: 1983–84 to 1986–86
During the Devils' early struggles in New Jersey, Mel Bridgman was a steadying influence and a dependable playmaker for the club. He played great defense and stood up for the younger players when opponents tried to intimidate them.


Bruce Driver — Defenseman
Born: 4/29/1962
Played for Team: 1983–84 to 1994–95
Bruce Driver was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 1981 and joined the team after its move to New Jersey. During the early 1990s, the Devils looked more and more to Driver for his skill and leadership skills. He was the man who ran the team's power play, and a big part of their 1995 championship.


Brendan Shanahan — Left Wing
Born: 1/23/1969
Played for Team: 1987–88 to 1990–91 & 2008–09
The Devils took Brendan Shanahan with the second overall pick in the 1987 Draft and threw him right into the lineup as a teenager. By the age of 20, he was an accomplished scorer. Shanahan left New Jersey as a restricted free agent in 1991 and joined the St. Louis Blues. As compensation, St. Louis had to send the Devils draft picks, but the team had already traded away its high draft choices. Instead, they sent Scott Stevens to the Devils—and he led them to three Stanley Cups!


Slava Fetisov — Defenseman
Born: 4/20/1958
Played for Team: 1989–90 to 1994–95
Slava Fetisov was one of the greatest stars in Russian hockey when he arrived in new Jersey. His skill and experience helped the Devils win their first Stanley Cup. Later, as an assistant coach, he helped the team win its third.


Jamie Langenbrunner — Right Wing
Born: 7/24/1975
Played for Team: 2001–02 to 2010–11
Jamie Langenbrunner had the best season of his career when the Devils needed it most. He scored 33 goals in 2002–03, his first full year with new Jersey after being traded by the Dallas Stars. That spring he led all players with 11 goals and 18 points as the Devils rolled to the Stanley Cup.

     
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Bryce Salvador played many years for the St. Louis Blues before the Devils got him in a trade. He is one of the most respected, hard-working players in the NHL. (Courtesy of NJ Devils)

 

MAKIN' MUSIC
In 2008, the Devils teamed two young forwards—Zach Parise and Travis Zajac—with old-timer Jamie Langenbrunner. They called their line ZZ Pops.


DOUBLE DUTY
In 2013, the Devils were purchased by a company that also owned the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers. The team hired sports executive Scott O'Neil to run both teams.


THREE AND COUNTING
In 2013, the Devils named veteran defenseman Bryce Salvador team captain. Salvador was just the third person of color to captain an NHL club. The first two were Dirk Graham of the Blackhawks and Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames.

     
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Kevin Stevens signed this photo, which gives you an idea of how solid and muscular he was. No one enjoyed getting checked by Stevens. (Author's Collection)

 

GOALS
No Devil has led the NHL in goals


ASSISTS
2003–04 — Scott Gomez — 56*

* Tied with another player


POINTS
No Devil has led the NHL in points


GOALS-AGAINST
1996–97 — Martin Brodeur — 1.88


PLUS/MINUS
1993–94 — Scott Stevens — + 53
2000–01 — Patrik Elias — + 45*

* Tied with another player

     
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You can't win 'em all...this program is from one of the two Stanley Cup Finals that New Jersey failed to win. (NHL)

 
SEASON OPPONENT RESULT
1994–95 Detroit Red Wings Won 4–0
1999–2000 Dallas Stars Won 4–2
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche Lost 3–4
2002–03 Anaheim Mighty Ducks Won 4–3
2011–12 Los Angeles Kings Lost 2–4
     
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