Martin Brodeur was pleased to hear that his ex-backup, Scott Clemmensen, was undefeated before last night (5-0-0) while mentoring Justin Pogge with the AHL Toronto Marlies. That's only one less game than Clemmensen played last year with the Devils.
"He was a quiet guy, a talented goalie in a tough situation," said future Hall of Famer Brodeur, who usually plays 70-plus games. "They (the Leafs) aren't going to play him ahead of guys making $2 million or $3 million (Andrew Raycroft and Vesa Toskala). But I don't think he wants to be a teacher. He wants back in the NHL."
ROCK THE TALK OF NEWARK
Devils' boss Lou Lamoriello is on site at the Prudential Center every day, taking care of every little detail of The Rock, the new $375-million US facility.
He took some Toronto reporters on a tour yesterday, proudly showing off the training area with its submerged treadmill that puts players in water up to their necks. The Devils also improved on the Columbus Blue Jackets' idea of an adjoining practice rink. The Devils' mirrors the main arena in everything from size to lighting to rinkboard ads. About 2,500 seats, a separate locker room and a restaurant are included, but Lamoriello insisted the game-night room next door won't be much larger than that of the old Meadowlands.
"I want people to be able to look each other in the eye," he said.
He and coach Brent Sutter can also sit in an office overlooking the complex and zoom in on players in different areas of the ice with multiple video cameras.
"We're going to have some fun with that," Lamoriello cackled.
Brodeur stopped practice on the main ice yesterday to bring workmen out to see a bump on the boards where the kickplate meets the ice that had caused him puck-handling trouble in the last game.
"Hey Marty, we'll get you a union card," cracked Lamoriello.
Darcy Tucker has a guest spot during Wednesday's episode of CBC's Little Mosque On The Prairie. Tucker and Hockey Night's Ron MacLean play themselves, with Tucker extolling the virtues of a beet juice power drink.
.. Remember Newark mayor Sharpe James, who objected to the ACC video spoofs of the Devils playing in a crime-ridden city a few years ago? He has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges for misappropriation of city funds.