10 Worst Moments Of 2013 For New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Devils: 10 Worst Moments Of 2013
2013 was not nice to the New Jersey Devils.
2012 was extremely good to them, which may have made the next year even worse. In 2012, they beat the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers on their way to a Stanley Cup match-up with the Los Angeles Kings. Although they lost that series, the run was one of the more fun runs in Devils history.
Then 2013 happened. This year cannot end fast enough for Lou Lamoriello, Peter DeBoer and the rest of the team. They have some interesting new features about the team, and not all of them are bad. They definitely look much different than they did at the end of 2012.
They had to deal with many losses, including Zach Parise. He was technically lost in 2012 which is why he is not on the list, but his first games outside of a Devils uniform came in 2013. The team has not been the same since.
There have been ups, downs and somewhere in betweens for the Devils. They had a busy offseason and hosted an even busier draft. They welcomed new owners and were named as a member of the Stadium Series, something fans thought might be impossible.
While there were some positives, the end of the year cannot come soon enough. With the Christmas holiday on its way out, the Devils cannot wait for the New Year to come. Here is to a great 2014. These are the ten worst moments of 2013.
10. Alexander Urbom Claimed Off Waivers
The Devils have raved about the sheer depth of their defensive youth, and Alexander Urbom was a main part of their depth. Along with Eric Gelinas and Jon Merrill, Urbom was the youth movement that would come to replace Bryce Salvador, Marek Zidlicky and Anton Volchenkov when they moved on from the team. Unfortunately, to send Urbom back to the minors to get playing time, he had to go through waivers where he was claimed by the Washington Capitals. The team lost a big asset for nothing.
9. Ryane Clowe Deals With Concussions Again
The Devils made a move to replace David Clarkson which could have been tagged as a panic move,and the worst possible scenario happened when Ryane Clowe suffered yet another concussion. He suffered three in the lockout shortened 2013 campaign, and now he has missed 28 games so far with yet another concussion. It may be a long five years with Clowe.
8. Yet Another Lockout
This had to be added. This just sucked. Not having hockey for what seriously looked like yet another lost season was terrible. Luckily, it ended before that, but that still didn't make up for the lost games.
7. David Clarkson Leaves For The Toronto Maple Leafs
It seemed everyone was taking the first plane out of New Jersey to follow suit with Parise. Clarkson took a boatload of money from the Toronto Maple Leafs to sign there for seven years. He would be higher if he was doing anything for them right now.
6. Ilya Kovalchuk Injury
Ilya Kovalchuk was once the best player on the Devils. It seems like forever ago, but we will get to that later. Before that he suffered a serious shoulder injury that took him out for close to four weeks. That caused the team to lose any offensive efficiency for that entire time table.
5. Last Team In The NHL To Get A Win
The first seven games were a nightmare for the Devils. Blown leads, overtime losses and just overall bad games seemed to be abundant in just seven games. Every other NHL team won a game before the Devils.
4. 10 Game Losing Streak
After Kovalchuk got hurt the Devils went into a complete tailspin. They called it the "Curse Of The Devil" because Brodeur won his 666th game and then the team lost its next 10. This streak all but ruined their season.
3. Martin Brodeur Gets Hurt/Johan Hedberg Is Terrible
The Devils were rolling to start the lockout shortened season until an injury to their starting goalie stopped it all. Most fans were okay with a few weeks of Johan Hedberg. That is until he was absolutely terrible. The final numbers by the end of the season for both were near the bottom of the league, and the stretch of Hedberg attributed to the Devils' terrible season.
2. Ilya Kovalchuk Retires
What happens when your best player decides to retire in the prime of his career when he still has 12 years left on his contract? Kovalchuk surprised the hockey world when he decided that he no longer wanted to play hockey in North America and bolted to the Russian KHL. He stated it was for family, but it was just clear selfishness. In the long term it may be good for the Devils, but for now it just adds to the Devils' futile 2013.
1. Devils Missed The Playoffs
When you are a Devils fan, missing the playoffs is the worst possible scenario. There is nothing worse than sitting home watching playoff hockey and the team who wears red and black is not on the ice. This is the worst thing that happened to the Devils all season.