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Sutter satisfied at deadline, Havelid skates in practice

Wednesday, 03.04.2009 / 2:08 PM / News
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newjerseydevils.com – Brent Sutter said he would follow the NHL’s deadline deals, but not because he expected any moves to be made in New Jersey.

The Devils head coach said Wednesday that he’s happy with his club’s make-up, especially after the addition of veteran defenseman Niclas Havelid.

“It’s certainly a big day, but it’s not something that I lost sleep over last night,” Sutter said. “I’m very comfortable with this group. It’s a very good group. Number one, they’re great guys, and number two, they’re a caring group that wants to succeed. They’ve put a lot of time and commitment into this to become a team.”

Havelid, the newest member of that team, skated Wednesday with Jay Leach, Mike Rupp and Kevin Weekes at AmeriHealth Pavilion. He was acquired Monday with minor-league forward Myles Stoesz from Atlanta in exchange for defenseman Anssi Salmela.

“We’re deep up front, and the one area that’s been discussed has been improved by getting Niclas,” Sutter said. “That’s just nice to have. We have depth in all three areas: in our forward situation, on the back end, and in goal. You never know from here to the end of the season what’s going to happen, that’s why it’s nice to have depth through the run. Where it takes us, who knows? But it’s nice to have.”

Havelid spoke to the media for the first time since arriving in New Jersey.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “It felt good coming here [Tuesday], and we’ll get two good days of practice here before we start back up on Saturday.”

Havelid, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, had two goals and 13 assists in 63 games with Atlanta. He was enthusiastic about his new home.

“If you look right now, it’s one of the top teams in the League,” Havelid said. “It’s a solid team defensively, and that’s where everything starts. If you’re going to win on a regular basis, that’s where it starts: you have to be good defensively. Hopefully, I can be a piece of the puzzle.”

Havelid joins a first-place Devils team that’s on the top of its game with just 18 left to play in the regular season. New Jersey extended its winning streak to four games with a 3-2 overtime win Tuesday at Toronto.

Johnny Oduya scored with 11.4 seconds left in the extra session as the Devils registered a season-high 52 shots on goal and remained undefeated since the return of Martin Brodeur. David Clarkson and Patrik Elias (PP) also scored.

The Devils (42-19-3) won for the 18th time in their last 22 games, and moved two points ahead of Washington for sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference. They lead the Atlantic Division by nine points over Philadelphia.

Sutter’s Devils will be back in action Saturday at Long Island. Though the coach planned on tuning in to the afternoon’s trade coverage, he was already looking beyond Wednesday’s deadline.

“My job is to coach the individuals in the room, and whatever happens, happens,” Sutter said. “I trust the group we have here and that’s the group that I’m going to work with. If something changes that, then it changes. I, quite honestly, haven’t given any thought about anything else happening here.

"Right now, for me, I’m already thinking about [Thursday's] practice and Friday’s practice getting ready for Saturday with the guys we have.”

NJD NOTES
Havelid was Bobby Holik’s teammate for three seasons in Atlanta. “Bobby’s a good man, so it’s good to know him here. He knows the organization and he’s been here a long time. It’s good to have him here.”

D Jay Leach has been assigned to Lowell (AHL) for conditioning.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59