NHL notes: Devils' Matteau released from junior team

Stefan Matteau, son of former NHLer Stephane Matteau, was released by his QMJHL team...

Stefan Matteau, son of former NHLer Stephane Matteau, was released by his QMJHL team Blainville-Boisbrand Armada. (Martin Alarie/QMI Agency)

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The New Jersey Devils confirmed Monday that their 2012 first-round draft pick Stefan Matteau has been released from his junior team.

After being benched in a QMJHL playoff series between his Blainville-Boisbrand Armada and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on the weekend, Matteau reportedly opted to take the fan bus back to Boisbriand, Que.

"You never like to hear something like this,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told the New Jersey Star-Ledger. "It's my understanding he will not be going back at the choice of the team.”

The Armada clarified Matteau’s casting off in a statement issued Monday.

“We have told him repeatedly that his behaviour is unacceptable to our organization.”

Drafted 29th overall by the Devils last year, Matteau appeared in 17 games for the Devils earlier this season, scoring a goal and adding two assists.

I have not had an opportunity to talk to the player yet," Lamoriello said, "but after my conversation with the general manager I support what was done.

"His options for next season are the same as they would have been this season. He could've been assigned to the American League (Albany)," Lamoriello said. "So he still has that option of going to the American League (next season)."

REDMOND RECALLED

Zach Redmond’s remarkable comeback from a life-threatening injury is nearly complete.

The Winnipeg Jets recalled the 24-year-old defenceman from St. John’s on Monday, two months after a chilling on-ice incident saw Redmond rushed to a Carolina hospital.

Originally thought to be a season-ending injury, Redmond needed surgery to repair a lacerated femoral artery after sustaining a serious skate cut during the Jets morning skate on Feb. 21.

Before his injury, Redmond played in eight games for the Jets this season, collecting a goal and three assists.

“I understand the situation I came into,” Redmond said of his club’s current playoff race. “I’m coming in here with no expectations. I’m just going to be positive and work my hardest. If they want to put me in, that’s great. I’d be happy to play.”

HUGE GAME

The Washington Capitals have outscored the Winnipeg Jets by a combined 13-1 in their last three meetings.

None of that matters, however, ahead of a massive meeting between the division rivals Tuesday night in a fight for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

“It’s huge,” Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin told CSN Washington. “We understand it. I think everybody right now is focusing. It’s is the biggest game.”

The Capitals, currently on 52 points, might lead the weak Southeast Division but a Jets win would see the race for the final playoff spot – and the Southeast crown – come down to the final game of the season.

All eyes were on Buffalo Monday night, where the Jets met the Sabres.

“They should be a little tired,” Oates said ahead of Tuesday night’s game. “It’s a stressful time. We should be in a better frame of mind than them tomorrow night.”

BRIEFLY

Boston Bruins winger Nathan Horton is still feeling the effects of last weekend’s dust-up with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jarome Iginla. According to CSNNE.com, Horton won’t travel with the B’s ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers due to an upper body injury … The Minnesota Wild released the name and logo of its relocated AHL affiliate on Monday. Wild owner Craig Leipold confirmed his club’s new Des Moines-based farm team will be called the Iowa Wild. Minnesota moved their former AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros, out of Texas after failing to come to terms on a new lease at the Toyota Center … The Minnesota Wild recalled forwards Jake Dowell and Stephane Veilleux, and goalie Josh Harding to replace Mikael Granlund, Jason Zucker and Darcy Kuemper, all of who were reassigned to Houston … Edmonton Oilers winger Ales Hemsky will miss the remainder of the regular season with a foot injury.


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