The time is approaching, that start of the regular season is only a couple of weeks away, and Devils training camp is coming to a close, as the Devils prepare to take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.
As of right now, the roster consists of many guys from the Lowell Devils, in addition to New Jersey’s core players. Some familiar names you may recognize include:
Some names you may notice missing include Sergei Brylin and Vitali Vishnevski. Sarge was let go as the last remaining skater who has won all three cups with the Devils. Martin Brodeur is now the only one left to make that claim. The breakup was supposedly mutual, but Brylin was only offered a one year deal which he took to mean his career with the Devils was winding down.
Vitaly Vishnevski was also left out, clearing waivers to leave to US and play in Russia. You may remember Vishnevski as laying out some great hits typically once in every game. You may also remember that was the only time you heard or saw of Vishnevski in every game.
Other acquisition news includes the signing of Scott Clemmensen as a free agent, the trade of minor leaguer Sean Zimmerman for minor leaguer Kevin Cormier (Left Wing), and the reacquiring of Bobby Holik and Brian Rolston.
Also in the news, Brian Rolston apparently has a no-trade clause in his contact. He agrees that this doesn’t mean much, but it give Rolston some control over his future if the Devils want to get rid of him. Barry Tallackson, who has a legit shot at making the big leagues, had a minor heart scare on Friday. He claims it was something minor as the team conducting further tests the past few days. He was slated to be back on the ice this past Saturday.