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Catching up with... Jay Pandolfo

Devils veteran following Red Sox pennant hopes

Friday, 08.8.2008 / 3:30 PM ET / Features
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Catching up with... Jay Pandolfo

Pandolfo received both the Devils' Unsung Hero and Players' Player awards for a third straight season in 2007-08.

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newjerseydevils.com – As busy as Jay Pandolfo was last season, it's easy to understand why he prefers to take things a little slower during the summer months.

Pandolfo also frequents Cape Cod during the offseason.
Pandolfo's milestone-laden 2007-08 included his 700th career game, 200th NHL point, and his first career hat trick. Though the 11-year vet missed almost a third of the season with a groin injury, he battled back to finish with 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points in 54 games.

The injury ended Pandolfo's consecutive games streak at 307, but the Winchester, Mass., native still sits fourth among the longest playing streaks in club history.

Pandolfo re-signed with the Devils on July 1 and has already begun preparing for his 12th season in New Jersey.

Newjerseydevils.com reached the two-time Stanley Cup champion at his home in Boston.

Pandolfo: My summers are typically pretty quiet. I spend most of the offseason in Boston with family and friends, but the highlight of the summer was a wedding that my wife, Juliane, and I went to in Tuscany. It was our first visit to Italy since our honeymoon.

We spent a total of six days in Italy, including some time in Rome, where I have a cousin. Having someone who can lead you around a foreign city can make a big difference in how you travel. 

I've also been fishing a couple times this season for striped bass, but the fishing hasn't been good so far. Either I'm a bad fisherman or the fish just haven't been biting.

My workouts usually start around the beginning of June. Getting ready for a new season is something I look forward to. I'm really happy with the moves we've made this year, and I think Bobby Holik and Brian Rolston are going to help us a lot. Holding on to Bryce Salvador was huge, too. Bobby's a pain to play against, and we needed a guy like that – he's the kind of guy you'd rather have on your side than playing against you.

Of course, one of the biggest things to happen up in Boston this summer was the Red Sox trading Manny Ramirez to L.A. He was great for the team, but as a Red Sox fan, I think it was time to move on.

I definitely like where the Sox are right now. A lot of people thought Tampa was going to fall off down the stretch, but they're hanging right in there. Too early to say whether it'll be the Rays, Red Sox or Yankees, but one of those teams is going to miss the playoffs. Looks right now like it's going to go down to the wire.

Pandolfo battling his hometown Boston Bruins in '07-08.
I've been out to a couple games at Fenway Park this season, and saw the Sox lose 1-0 to the Yankees [on July 25].

I've been a Red Sox fan my whole life, so I really get into baseball season. It's special every time you go to Fenway Park... you don't even have to like baseball just to go and experience it.

We have some Yankees fans on the Devils, which hasn't been too bad because of how things have been the last few years. For once, we've had the upper hand on the Yankees. It's been nice to be on the other side of the rivalry because, for so long, Red Sox Nation was always on the losing end. We've had the bragging rights for the last few years, so hopefully that'll continue this October.


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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