Aug 16

New Owners for NJ Devils With previous ownership cash-strapped and deep in debt, there’s no doubt it held back the team from competing for marquee free agents in recent years.

The combination of shedding Ilya Kovalchuk’s massive contract and getting new, stable ownership in place makes this a great summer for the Devils on the financial side of the business.

On the ice the Devils have also been busy. While losing David Clarkson to a ridiculous contract offer from Toronto, the Devils replaced his grit and offense by signing Ryane Clowe away from the rival New York Rangers at a much lower annual salary cap hit.

Even more importantly, the Devils likely have solved their “goaltender of the future” question by obtaining Cory Schneider from Vancouver in exchange for their first round pick in this past Entry Draft.

Upcoming New Jersey Devils tickets are sure to be hot sellers as the team is on a positive upswing, order tickets today for big matchups against the Rangers, Islanders, Flyers, Penguins and the rest of the NHL teams.

Jul 19

NHL.com has reported that the league and the players association have come to an agreement with the IIOC to participate in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The league will suspend play from February 9 – 26 in order to accomodate those players representing their country in the Olympics.

Local NHLers of note who may make their  respective Olympic squads include:

NJ Devils – Patrik Elias (Czech Republic), Cory Schneider (USA)

NY Islanders – John Tavares (CAN), Michael Grabner (AUT)

NY Rangers – Henrik Lundqvist (SWE), Ryan Callahan (USA), Ryan McDonagh (USA), Mats Zuccarello (NOR)

The NHL schedule is expected to be released shortly, possibly within the hour. We will update this post as soon as we have the information.

UPDATE: The full schedule for 2013-14 has been released by the NHL, view it here.

Jul 12

Ilya KovalchukSuperstar sniper Ilya Kovalchuk suddenly announced his retirement from the New Jersey Devils and the NHL yesterday.

Leaving with several years and $77M on his contract, Kovalchuk is expected to return to his native Russia and sign with a team in the KHL. A lower level league but they are willing to pay big money to big Russian stars like Kovalchuk.

The Devils are now left with a gaping hole in their forward ranks as Kovalchuk was the centerpiece of their offense and the main goal scorer on the team.

While they still have Patrick Elias and Adam Henrique, Kovalchuk is in a class above them in terms of talent.

What will General Manager Lou Lamoriello do now to fill this void?

Perhaps Kovalchuk’s retirement is a blessing in disguise however as the team is now freed from the huge salary cap hit his contract brought and now have more room to play with to bring in new players. For the $6M or so cap hit that Kovalchuk occupied, the team can bring in 2 or more serviceable forwards to fill out the roster.

There are still some skilled forwards available in free agency, namely Mikhail Grabovski (recently bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs), the aging but still able Jaromir Jagr, Damien Brunner formerly of Detroit, and Brad Boyes who has put up good numbers in the past.

In the long run, this is probably a great thing for the Devils as they are freed up from the cap hit that Kovalchuk took up, but in the short term, the team is in desperate need of offense. Looking back over the past few years, one can’t help but wonder if the Devils could’ve Zach Parise instead of blowing the money they wasted on Kovalchuk but that is all water under the bridge at this point.

Lou Lamoriello is likely to come up with something to keep the team competitive, especially considering this may be Martin Brodeur’s final season with the New Jersey Devils.

Jun 3

Last week’s top 5 events on SelectATicket.com saw Wrestlemania 30 soar to the top of the list followed closely by Monster Jam.

  1. WWE: WrestleMania XXX
  2. Monster Jam
  3. Stadium Series: NY Rangers vs NJ Devils
  4. Daytona 500
  5. New York Red Bulls

Rounding out the top 5 are next January’s outdoor game at Yankee Stadium between the NJ Devils and NY Rangers, the 2014 Daytona 500 and the warm weather is causing an increase in Red Bulls soccer activity.

Come back next Monday to see what events make the top 5 list for this week!

Jan 23

The New Jersey Devils are off to a hot start in the lockout-shortened NHL season and last night star goaltender Martin Brodeur kept the hot streak going by shutting out the rival Philadelphia Flyers, 3-0.

The game was the home opener for the Devils who are now 2-0 to stand tied atop the Atlantic Division with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Brodeur made some spectacular stops to hold on to the shutout and the Prudential Center crowd loved every minute of it.

Backed by goals from Travis Zajac, David Clarkson and one on a penalty shot by Ilya Kovalchuk, Brodeur had more than enough of a lead to gain the victory.

Next up for the Devils at the Prudential Center are the Washington Capitals. Led by superstar Alexander Ovechkin, offensive defenseman Mike Green and prolific center Nicklas Backstrom, the Capitals are going to pose quite a challenge for the Devils and their strong team defense displayed this far.

Great tickets remain available for this and most Devils games at the Prudential Center. While the team is hot, why not head over to SelectATicket.com and pick out a few games to enjoy?

Jun 12

In a hotly contested series, the Los Angeles Kings capped off their unlikely playoff run with the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.

Entering the NHL in the very first expansion year of 1968, the Kings fans have waited a long time to see their team win the most famous trophy in all of sports.

Jumping out to a 3-0 series lead, the Kings put New Jersey in a hole they could not climb out of, but the Devils gave it their all. Winning games 4 and 5, the Devils laid it all on the line and their fans should be proud of the effort put forth by their team.

Los Angeles entered the playoffs as the number 8 seed in the West and New Jersey was the number 6 seed in the East. Proving once again that it doesn’t matter where you finish in the regular season, just as long as you reach the playoffs you have a shot at the Cup.

Star goalie Jonathan Quick was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. His heroics in net allowed the Kings to play their attacking style because they knew he had their backs when things tilted the other way.

The Devils fought hard and gave the Kings all they could handle but in Game 6, Devils forward Steve Bernier put his team down a man for 5 minutes when he was called for boarding. The Kings went on to score three times on the power play and the lead was enough for them to win the game. A variety of other breakdowns and an empty net goal resulted in a 6-1 Stanley Cup clinching victory for the Kings.

The Devils will be back next season though and the outlook is promising. Coming off their Stanley Cup run it is clear the team is strong. Goaltender Martin Brodeur will return as will several of their top players. The biggest question mark is what will captain Zach Parise do regarding his future — he’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. However, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello always gets his man! If he wants Parise back, chances are he’ll find a way to lock his captain up to a long term deal. Assuming they secure Parise, there’s no reason the Devils cannot repeat as Eastern Conference champions and challenge for the Stanley Cup next season.

Fans can sign up now to receive an email alert when NJ Devils tickets go on sale for next season. Don’t miss opening night when they’ll hang the Eastern Conference Champions banner or their always heated games against the Rangers, Penguins and Flyers.

Apr 6

The New Jersey Devils assured themselves of the 6th seed in the Eastern conference when they defeated the Detroit Red Wings last night, 2-1. Combined with Philadelphia’s defeat of Buffalo, it means the Devils cannot move higher or fall lower than 6th place with only one game remaining in the regular season.

The Devils faceoff against the Ottawa Senators in a 3pm start at Prudential Center tomorrow afternoon.

The Devils will open the playoffs on the road against the #3 seed in the East which is yet to be determined. That spot will go to the Southeast conference winner which is still up for grabs between the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals.

The Capitals play the Rangers on Saturday and Carolina visits Florida in the final games for all teams involved. So it will truly come down to the bitter end to see who the New Jersey Devils will face in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Either opponent poses interesting challenges. The Florida Panthers are in the playoffs for the first time in 10 years after under-going a major overhaul orchestrated by GM Dale Tallon. Tallon purged the team of many players and contracts heading into the past off-season and entered the free agency period with money to spend just to get to the salary cap floor.

The result is a team that has gone from the basement to challenging for 3rd in the East, quite a rebound from a year ago. They are not to be taken lightly.

The Washington Capitals have had their troubles this year including firing head coach Bruce Boudreau. However they are finally getting some of their skaters back as defenseman Mike Green and center Nicklas Backstrom have recently returned to the lineup following long injuries. Their firepower alone is enough to win a series, the main question mark will be in goal for the Caps where injuries to Tomas Vokoun and, last night, to Michael Neuvirth, may put them in a tight spot.

In any event, regardless of who they play, fans can find NJ Devils playoff tickets on sale now at SelectATicket.com and enjoy the live playoff hockey action, there’s nothing as intense as playoff hockey!

Mar 26

The New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday night. This win was the Rangers’ second win in two nights. The Rangers were behind the Devils all night, but managed to pull through with a 4-3 victory in Newark.

This was the second time this month that the Rangers were able to come back, and take the lead after having three separate one-goal deficits in Newark. During these two games Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk both put points on the board in each of the first two periods.

With 16.5 seconds left in the game on Thursday, Chris Drury made the goal that tied the game. Christensen sent him a backhanded pass who was able to score the tying goal, and that goal was his 12th goal of the season from the front edge of the crease. This only enhanced his reputation as being one of the most clutch players of the NHL. Erik Chistensen made the most important goal when he scored the Rangers’ fourth goal in the game during the shootout.

This game put the Rangers 10th in the Eastern Conference. They moved three points behind the number eight Boston Bruins, and five within the seventh place Philadelphia Flyers.

The New York Rangers will play their next game on Sunday, March 27 in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. Get your New York Rangers tickets from Select A Ticket now!