Lemaire brings Devils, Kovalchuk back to respectability

Remember when the New Jersey Devils were easily the worst team in the league? I do. Well, the times they are a…er, have changed. Winners of their past four and on an 8-1-1 run, the Devs are the hottest team in the NHL. Of course, the playoffs are almost assuredly out of reach; it took

Devils’ Anssi Salmela puts bitterness aside, raises level of play

When he was placed on waivers Jan. 13, defenseman Anssi Salmela felt some momentary bitterness towards the Devils and general manager Lou Lamoriello. But it didn’t last long. “The day you’re put on waivers, you do,” Salmela said honestly. “There are so many thoughts in your mind. “But I won’t say I have hard feelings against the

Kovy’s Defense Not Going Unnoticed

Devils coach Jacques Lemaire has talked repeatedly about left wing Ilya Kovalchuk’s desire to become a better player defensively. His teammates also are noticing. Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists Sunday for his first three-point game of the season, but forward Patrik Elias singled out Kovalchuk for his defensive play. “I think Kovy has