The Devils have made another round of cuts before today's practice, sending goaltender Jeff Frazee, center Ben Walter, right wing Vladimir Zharkov and defenseman/right wing Olivier Magnan-Grenier to Lowell of the AHL.
The latest cuts leave the Devils with 29 players on their training camp roster, including Patrik Elias, who is recovering from groin surgery, and Rob Niedermayer, who is supposed to take part in his first practice with the team on Monday. The list includes two goaltenders, 10 defensemen (including the injured Mark Fraser) and 17 forwards (including Elias and Niedermayer).
[NOTE: I forgot about Niedmermayer earlier because he's not here, yet, so that makes the roster 29].
Defenseman Mike Mottau is practicing today after leaving Thursday's game in Philadelphia with an upper body injury. Defenseman Mark Fraser, who sustained a head injury in a fight with Daniel Carcillo in Thursday's game, remains off the ice.
Left wing Jay Pandolfo also is not practicing after missing Saturday's win over Philadelphia because he was -- in coach Jacques Lemaire's words -- sore.
This looks like a punishment practice today after Lemaire was not happy with how the team played in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Flyers. Goaltneders Martin Brodeur and Yann Danis were on the ice for some drills at the start of the practice, but left after about 20 minutes.
Now, the rest of the players are skating laps as Lemaire repeatedly urges them to pick up the pace. It's pretty quiet out there. The players are not saying much.
Ilkka Pikkarainen, who was ill last week, and Tim Sestito were lagging behind their group. Andrew Peters also had some trouble keeping up with his group.