Top 10 New Jersey Devils Moments In 2013
Top 2013 Devils Moments
While 2013 did not go the way any New Jersey Devils fan would have liked at the end of the year, there were still plenty of moments that really helped get them through some of the rough points.
They lost players like Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise (at least this was the first season without him) and David Clarkson. They missed the playoffs for only the second time since the turn of the millennium. There is plenty to be negative about, but this article is trying to put a positive spin on the year. There are plenty of moments that really help the future of this team. There were moments that made us cheer out of our seats and others that just count as little personal wins.
They made a few good moves and had some moments that make the rest of the season really exciting. Despite one of the worst starts in franchise history, they are still only one point out of third place at the time of this writing. They have a chance to make 2014 a great year thanks to some of the positives that occurred in 2013.
There are a lot of new faces on this team with admitted varied results. They brought in a few goal scorers in Michael Ryder, Damien Brunner and Jaromir Jagr who have played really well, especially as of late.
There is plenty to love about this team. Get off the ledge, Devils fans; I am here to help you remember all the good that happened in 2013.
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10. Andrei Loktionov Trade Works Out
Lou Lamoriello did his best to make low-risk moves during the lockout shortened 2013 season to try to make his team better. He brought in Tom Kostopoulos off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins, he took Matt D'Agostini in a trade with the St Louis Blues and saw the return of veteran Steve Sullivan prior to the deadline. None of those worked out in the Devils' favor. Andrei Loktionov, on the other hand, was very good for them. He was so good that they signed on to play him again in 2013-14.
9. Swept New York Rangers In First Part of 2013-14 Season
Although the Devils haven't had an ideal season, they should take solace in the fact that they have swept their Hudson River rivals. They won the first game of the season against these New York Rangers after losing the first seven. They are currently 3-0 against New York with only two more games remaining against them.
8. Extremely Hot Start After Lockout
The Devils looked dead in the water when they did nothing to replace Parise after going to the Stanley Cup Finals, but they looked like they were fine without him when they went scorching hot to start the season. They had points in 11 out of the first 12 games to put themselves in first place in the Eastern Conference before injuries eventually derailed the season.
7. Drafting Anthony Brodeur
Although he may not be the best prospect, drafting Anthony Brodeur was a big move for the franchise. Everyone knows how it worked out with his father, Martin Brodeur.
6. Watching Jaromir Jagr Climb The All-Time Scoring List
Since joining the Devils this season, Jagr has been the best player on the ice for most of the season. Even at the age of 41, he still leads the team in most offensive categories. Fans have been able to watch him pass such legends as Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman and Mark Messier on the all-time scoring list while keeping Mike Gartner as a possibility by the end of the season. On top of that, he also broke the game-winning goals record twice thanks to a mistake by the stat keepers for the NHL.
5. End of the Lockout
Yet another Lockout brought along only a half a season of hockey. That was still enough when most fans saw the impending doom that looked like another lost season. When the puck dropped on January 19 all was right with the world once again.
4. Re-signing Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique Long-term
With the losses of Clarkson and Parise to free agency, the Devils made sure two of their own did not have the same decision. Travis Zajac was signed for $46 million over eight years just before the start of the 2013 season. Adam Henrique was signed for six years and $24 million just prior to this season. Keeping those two locked up was as close to a no-brainer as you could get.
3. Being Named To Play In Their First Outdoor Game In 2014
Speaking with most Devils fans, an outdoor game seemed like more of a dream than an impeding game on the schedule. The announcement that the Devils were going to be part of the Stadium Series and would be playing the Rangers at Yankee Stadium on January 26 made every fan go insane.
2. Trade To Bring In Cory Schneider
The Devils' biggest question for years was what was going to happen once the era of Martin Brodeur ended. They answered that when they sent their first-round pick to the Vancouver Canucks for Cory Schneider. Now the Devils have the best goalie ever and his heir apparent. The goalie duo has been inconsistent this season, but they have shown flashes of greatness. If they can get it together they could be the best duo in the league.
1. Ownership Situation Finally Resolved
For years the Devils have been toiling with Jeff Vanderbeek and his misfortune with his fortune. They finally found a stable owner when Josh Harris and his group paid roughly $320 million to buy the team. Now they don't have to worry about Lamoriello having to talk prospective free agents into coming because of the money problem. Now they have cap flexibility on top of plenty of money to spend. This looks like it is going to be a great future for this organization.