Morning Skate: October 3, 2013

The New Jersey Devils open up the 2013-14 season tonight on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils. The Albany Devils continued to prepare for their season opener on Sunday afternoon in Hartford.

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Schneider to start season opener — Click Here

Video: Brodeur’s streak of season openers end at 18 — Click Here

Video: Schneider reacts to starting season opener — Click Here

Deboer: ‘We’re capable of winning a Stanley Cup’ — Click Here

Devils blueline has size — Click Here

Video: 2013 Training Camp: Seth Helgeson — Click Here

Video: 2013 Training Camp: Rick Kowalsky — Click Here

Join us on October 8! — Click Here


Morning Skate: October 2, 2013

The NHL season got underway yesterday and the New Jersey Devils continue to prepare for their opener on Thursday in Pittsburgh. In Albany, newest member of the Devils, Scott Timmins, had his first practice. Keith Kinkaid and Cam Janssen also skated with Albany for the first time this training camp. Albany opens their season in Hartford on Sunday.

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DeBoer working on lineup for opener — Click Here

Hybrid icing tops list of rule changes for 2013-14 — Click Here

Video: DeBoer ‘surprised’ by addition of hybrid icing — Click Here

Video: Bryce Salvador on hybrid icing — Click Here

Video: Metro preview — Click Here

Timmins joins new teammates — Click Here

Video: 2013 Training Camp: Scott Timmins — Click Here

Video: 2013 Training Camp: Rick Kowalsky — Click Here


Morning Skate: October 1, 2013

The NHL season begins today, though the Devils don’t play until Thursday night against Pittsburgh. New Jersey set their 23-player roster yesterday, in preparation for the season. In doing so, they assigned RW Cam Janssen to Albany (AHL). The Devils also placed LW Patrik Elias on the Injured Reserved list and designated RW Mattias Tedenby as an injured non-roster player.

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Devils set 23-player roster — Click Here

Video: 9/30 Practice: Jaromir Jagr — Click Here

Video: 9/30 Practice: Peter DeBoer — Click Here

Hockey a welcome distraction for Brodeur — Click Here

Timmins acquired, Kinkaid assigned to Albany — Click Here


Morning Skate: September 30, 2013

The Albany Devils played their second and final preseason game on Saturday in a 3-2 win over the Adirondack Phantoms in Glens Falls. The Devils received goals from Harri Pesonen (2) and Ben Thomson. Maxime Clermont had 29 saves in the winning effort.

Also this weekend, the New Jersey Devils traded forward Krys Barch and a seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft to the Florida Panthers for forward Scott Timmins and a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft.

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Devils defeat Phantoms in final warmup — Click Here

Video: Postgame: Ben Thomson — Click Here

Video: Postgame: Brandon Burlon — Click Here

Devils, Panthers swap forwards, picks — Click Here

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Hockey 101: In the Rule Book

In perusing the American Hockey League Official Rule Book as I am inclined to do from time to time, I happened upon a fascinating rule regarding referees and linesmen. This rule, 31.11, under Section 5, Officials, contains a certain stipulation that I have never seen before, or even thought about as a possibility…and it is the subject of this week’s Hockey 101.

Section 5 of the AHL rule book, deals with officials, both referees and linesmen. It discusses equipment, general duties, abuse and more. In Section 5, rule 31 deals with referees exclusively. The last caveat in rule 31 is rule 31.11, Unable to Continue. This goes over the proper protocol when a referee is injured or otherwise and cannot continue his duties in the game. We saw an example of this last season when a referee took a puck to his face and had to leave the ice. In those situations, one of the linesmen takes over the duties of the referee.

The particular portion of this rule that caught my attention, however, had to do with the referees and linesmen being unable to appear at the game. Here is the actual wording from the League:

If, through misadventure or sickness, the Referees and Linesmen appointed are prevented from appearing, the League will make every attempt to find suitable replacement officials, otherwise, the Managers or Coaches of the two Clubs shall agree on Referee(s) and Linesman(men). If they are unable to agree, they shall appoint a player from each side who shall act as Referee and Linesman; the player of the home Club acting as Referee and the player of the visiting Club as Linesman.

It is the final sentence of that rule that jumps off the page. If the teams cannot agree on replacement officials, they will have a home player be the referee and a visiting player be a linesman! And don’t just think this is an AHL rule, the same rule applies in the NHL as well.

As I said, I’ve never seen this happen before, but I imagine it would be something to see.