Peter Harrold is a Victim of Numbers for the New Jersey Devils

By Dawn Miller
Peter Harrold: The Forgotten Man for the New Jersey Devils
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US Presswire

Defenseman Peter Harrold has been a victim of numbers for the New Jersey Devils this season. With eight healthy d-men, someone has to sit and for the majority of this lockout shortened season, and that odd man out has been former Boston College standout, Harrold.

The 29-year old, who was originally signed by the Los Angeles Kings in 2006 after going undrafted in the NHL Entry Draft, has started in just one contest for the Devils.

His last start was on February 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Ohio native had spent the majority of his career with the Kings. His first goal in the big leagues came on February 23, 2008 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

On August 12, 2011, Harrold signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Devils as a free agent, and spent most of the season playing with the team’s AHL affiliate in Albany. He appeared in eleven regular season games for the Devils last year, and was on the ice for seventeen matches during the dramatic run to the Stanley Cup Finals in June. Harrold was resigned this summer.

Right now, Henrik Tallinder and Mark Fayne appear to be taking turns as the sixth defenseman.

Tallilnder was given a chance to get back into the lineup last weekend in place of Fayne, who was floundering after the death of his grandmother. However, Tallinder’s play this week has been less than stellar, prompting another change. Fayne was given the nod in this afternoon’s contest against the Washington Capitals, leaving Harrold in the stands once again as the forgotten man.

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