Devilish details

With five days between games this week, there’s not a lot of action surrounding the Devils. But the media has still managed to pick up on some pretty interesting storylines. Here's a sample.

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For you history buffs, Mark Fraser talks with Tom Gulitti about his war-hero grandfather in the Fire and Ice blog.

Also from Gulitti, Patrik Elias feels uncomfortable with attending the all-star game given the Devils’ struggles this season, but is honored to be selected. And with the new format for player captains picking teams at the event, the gracious veteran says he “can deal with it” if he’s the last player off the board.

There was a time this season when Mattias Tedenby was one of the few sparks among the Devils forwards. But the Star-Ledger’s Dave Hutchinson writes that the rookie’s approach is at odds with the game plan new head coach Jacques Lemaire’s style of play.

Hutchinson also writes up some notes from practice, where Lemaire was a no-show due to last night’s snow storm.

In Lou We Trust looks at former draft picks comparable to the conditional pick obtained for Jamie Langenbrunner.

The SB Nation site also offers a really interesting look into the cap implications of drafting high in the first round, particularly poignant given the Devils’ severe cap difficulties. The average cap hit for recent No. 1 picks? About $3.7 million. That would have a pretty big impact, one way or another, on the Zach Parise negotiations I would think.