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Vets hit the ice for first time

Sunday, 09.13.2009 / 10:32 AM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Vets hit the ice for first time
Dainius Zubrus at Sunday's morning session.
12:36 p.m. – David Clarkson said the morning fight between Matt Corrente and Myles Stoesz just showed that both players want to make an impression.

"I don't think you want to have fights at camp, but when it happens it shows that guys are battling for a spot; that they care," Clarkson said. "It's sometimes nice to see as long as no one gets hurt. Guys are doing their job if that's what they feel they're here to do, I think it's not a bad thing."

Clarkson, who led the Devils with 164 penalty minutes last season, was never drafted, and recalled having to drop the gloves at training camps when he was trying out for an NHL job.

"I've done it whenever I've tried out at camp," he said. "Some teams aren't happy about it, but at the end of the day, if you're coming into camp to be a fighter and you're a tough kid, you're going to get your opportunity. You're going to get your chance in exhibition games. I think that's mostly where you show yourself, in those games."

Both Corrente and Stoesz play their game with an edge. Corrente, the Devils' first choice, 30th overall, in 2006, collected 161 PIMs to go with six goals and 12 assists in 61 games last season, his first with Lowell (AHL). He fought fellow prospect Ashton Bernard (6/174, 2009) at July's rookie camp.

"No hard feelings, no animosity," Corrente said. "(Stoesz) is a teammate and a good guy, we patted each other afterward. It's part of the game."

Corrente added: "In a way it brings us a little closer. There's a lot more respect after something like that goes down, and you just got from there."

Stoesz, Atlanta's eighth choice, 207th overall, in 2005, was acquired in the Niclas Havelid deal that sent Anssi Salmela to the Thrashers last March. He recorded 188 PIMs in 53 ECHL games split between Gwinnett and the Devils' Trenton affiliate last season. In 2007-08, he amassed a career-high 291 PIMs in 64 games with Gwinnett.

"Me and Corrente probably play the same style of game. We're both tough guys to play against," Stoesz said. "He got a couple of sticks up on me, and I figured I'd get him back. One thing led to another, a couple of fists were thrown. It's good to get the first one out of the way."

Stoesz isn't generally a fan of fighting teammtes, either in camp or practice.

"It's not one of those things that I enjoy," he said. "I'd rather try and hurt another team. For me, I have to focus more on playing and getting my game better versus worrying about who I'm going to fight today. If I have to do it like today then I'll do it. No one got hurt; it's a win-win situation."

11:30 a.m. – Players skating a few laps before stretching to close out the morning's session.

11:24 a.m. – Highlight of the scrimmage is a fight between Matt Corrente and Myles Stoesz. Corrente pops off Stoesz's helmet with a big right, but the fight seems even, overall.


10:50 a.m. – First group returns to the ice for a scrimmage with Assistant Coach Mario Tremblay.
Gray, Black and Blue with the Red defense and Yann Danis against Light Blue, Green with the White defense and Martin Brodeur.

10:30 a.m. – Veterans skated for the first time at Devils training camp on Sunday. A mixed group of veterans and rookies hit the ice for a half-hour session that began at 10 a.m.

Head coach Jacques Lemaire led the session with assistant coaches Tommy Albelin, Scott Stevens and Mario Tremblay. Lowell goaltending coach Chris Terreri also took part.

The goaltenders were Martin Brodeur and Yann Danis.

Ten defensemen were split into red jerseys: Matt Corrente, Tyler Eckford, Eric Gelinas, Jay Leach and Cory Murphy; and white: Mark Fraser, Andy Greene, Olivier Magnan-Grenier, Bryce Salvador and Alexander Urbom.

The forwards were in blue: Vladimir Zharkov, Travis Zajac and Ilkka Pikkarainen; gray: Jay Pandolfo, Ben Walter and David Clarkson; green: Ashton Bernard, Stephen Gionta and Myles Stoesz; light blue: Eric Castonguay, Brad Mills and Nathan Perkovich; and black; Patrick Davis, Dainius Zubrus and Niclas Bergfors.

The first session lasted about a half an hour. Forwards then left the ice first while the coaching staff spent a few extra minutes speaking to the defensive corps.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59