The Devils have announced that after months of contract talks, they have successfully re-signed center Adam Henrique to a multi-year deal. As per team policy (aka – Status Quo) no other details were made official in the initial announcement, but details soon emerged that the deal was worth $24 million for a total of 6 years. Henrique was a restricted free agent this off-season, meaning that if he wasn’t signed before next summer, he would become unrestricted and the other 29 teams in the NHL could make offers for the young, promising forward. After losing David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk this off-season, the Devils did not want to let that happen.
Despite a less-than-desired performance last season (11 G, 5 A in 42 games) Henrique has very quickly cemented his name as a fan-favorite. In the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he scored two series-ending goals, one in double-overtime in the first round against the Florida Panthers, and more notably in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Rangers, a goal that sent the Devils to their 5th Stanley Cup Final.
Re-signing Henrique will no doubt help ease fans after a troubling start to the off-season. Signing Henrique was not enough, locking him up long-term will help fans sleep easy at night knowing that one of their promising young stars will don the red-and-black for another 6 seasons.
Being one of those people who is probably too honest for her own good, I’m not going to lie. The lockout really upset me. I was mad. Beside myself mad. I was at the point where I was hoping they’d just write off the whole season and let me get on with my life. BUT, being who I am and how big of a fan I am… of course I was first in line to get my tickets to opening night! I couldn’t WAIT to get back to The Rock!
Wondering what to get for that Devils fan in you life? Here are just a few ideas!
Tickets for an Albany Devils game. The NHL may not be playing, but there is some hard-hitting action in the AHL! The Albany Devils will be playing three games at historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in January and February. Boardwalk Hall provides an intimate setting to watch the stars of the future and New Jersey Devils players like Adam Larsson and Jacob Josefson. The Albany Devils take on the Bridgeport on January 13, Adirondack on January 20, and Hershey on February 24. Visit ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets.
Everyday items made from recycled hockey sticks. Ever wonder what happens to old hockey sticks? The folks at Hockey Stick Stuff recycle broken hockey sticks into everyday items such as BBQ tools, bottle openers, picture frames, and Adirondack chairs! Check out Hockey Stick Stuff’s Etsy store to see their full lineup!
Checking buddy. Frustrated because there’s no NHL season? Take out your aggressions on the inflatable checking buddy. Throw a check on your buddy, and he’ll bounce right back. Your checking buddy is available in the New Jersey Devils shop on NHL.com.
Tickets to an event at Prudential Center. Missing hanging out at the Rock? There are many events to check out this winter. There’s Seton Hall basketball, Disney on Ice, Jeff Dunham, and many others. Visit ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets.
A Life in Hockey by Marcel Provonost. Marcel Provonost has spent 65 years in the game of hockey, including the last 22 years as a scout for the New Jersey Devils. As a player, he won five Stanley Cups with Detroit and Toronto, and he was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978. He chronicles his life as a player, coach, and scout in A Life in Hockey, which is available at amazon.com.
SAVE THE DATE!
Please join The Devils Army Generals for a party
to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
There will be 3 party locations: Clifton, Ramsey and Edison at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
20% from each check will be donated to benefit Sandy relief for anyone wearing
Devils gear all day long! There will even be a live auction at each location.
Show your Jersey pride by joining us for this special and important event.
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
852 St. Route 3 Clifton, NJ
80 Parsonage Road Edison, NJ
984 Route 17th North Ramsey, NJ
Please join us in supporting our families, friends and neighbors.
We are Jersey’s team and most importantly we are Jersey Strong!
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I’ve been planning a trip to Albany since what would be the start of the NHL season and I wasn’t letting Sandy get in the way. After waiting in a long line for one of the few open gas stations, I filled up my tank and used that precious fuel to drive up to Albany and watch the Albany Devils take on the Connecticut Whale at the Times Union Center. This was my first trip to Albany, here’s what I learned.