Also from Gulitti, Patrik Elias feels uncomfortable with attending the all-star game given the Devils’ struggles this season, but is honored to be selected. And with the new format for player captains picking teams at the event, the gracious veteran says he “can deal with it” if he’s the last player off the board.
There was a time this season when Mattias Tedenby was one of the few sparks among the Devils forwards. But the Star-Ledger’s Dave Hutchinson writes that the rookie’s approach is at odds with the game plan new head coach Jacques Lemaire’s style of play.
Hutchinson also writes up some notes from practice, where Lemaire was a no-show due to last night’s snow storm.
The SB Nation site also offers a really interesting look into the cap implications of drafting high in the first round, particularly poignant given the Devils’ severe cap difficulties. The average cap hit for recent No. 1 picks? About $3.7 million. That would have a pretty big impact, one way or another, on the Zach Parise negotiations I would think.