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07:19 AM ET 05.30 | For Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello, the clock is ticking. [Lamoriello] said he has begun contract talks with the team's key potential unrestricted free agents -- a group headed by forwards Patrik Elias, David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus. "We're talking to all of them and we'll try and expedite that as best as possibly can," Lamoriello said. Lamoriello also has been talking with the representatives for defensemen Marek Zidlicky and Peter Harrold and he said he would like to bring both of them back next season as well. ... Lamoriello said his objective is to get Elias, Zubrus, Clarkson, Zidlicky and Harrold signed before July 5. "In my opinion, they have to be done before that," Lamoriello said.

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Patrik Elias, Icon Sports Patrik Elias, Icon Sports
May 30, 2013  08:14 AM ET

You can always win the one horse race

May 30, 2013  08:29 AM ET

Nobody wants to play in New Jersey! :-)

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May 30, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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Wouldn't pay any of them that much, save for Clarkson.

that isn't usually an issue for Lou, is it?

May 30, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Nobody wants to play in New Jersey! :-)

Nobody wants to be in New Jersey. :-)

May 30, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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Wouldn't pay any of them that much, save for Clarkson.

Wouldn't pay Clarkson anything more than 3. Elias is still great, keep him. The rest can leave.

Toronto has their eye on Clarkson.

May 30, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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Nobody wants to be in New Jersey. :-)

Yet 8.8 million people somehow manage to call NJ home.

May 30, 2013  09:50 AM ET

"Devils aggressively pursuing UFAs" They're a bunch of hell hounds aren't they?

May 30, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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Nobody wants to be in New Jersey. :-)

But Rutgers seems like such a great place to send your kid...

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May 30, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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Wouldn't pay Clarkson anything more than 3. Elias is still great, keep him. The rest can leave. Toronto has their eye on Clarkson.

Clarkson should be in demand, driving the price up

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May 30, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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Wouldn't mind him, but I don't see the fit. Totally forgot that the Leafs have some really big decisions to make.

One of the nice things about Kadri completely disappearing in the playoffs is the ammo it gives Nonis in negotiations. Bozak's gone. Macarthur's gone. Gonna be fun!

Your #1 center only made 1.4 mil last year and you think he's gone?

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May 30, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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Yet 8.8 million people somehow manage to call NJ home.

The first thought that enters the mind when you say NJ are the areas adjacent to the turnpike and maybe the Atlantic City casinos. But, frankly there are some beautiful and very attractive sites in NJ.............especially in the western part of the state.

May 30, 2013  10:40 AM ET
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He's gonna want Grabo money. He can Grabo it off some other team.

Of course, the ugly puck is Kessel's BFF so, who knows...

He may want Grabo $$$ but he won't get it and nor is he worth it. You know I'd love to see Nonis step up though coz I don't want to see your #1 line with a real #1 center. :-)

May 30, 2013  10:43 AM ET
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He may want Grabo $$$ but he won't get it and nor is he worth it. You know I'd love to see Nonis step up though coz I don't want to see your #1 line with a real #1 center. :-)

why do I fear what Sather will do ?

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May 30, 2013  10:56 AM ET
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If they got that and at least one real defenceman, i'm guessing it's going to be a long season for ya pal.

It's okay. I have a feeling they'll wind up with Stastny and a Phaneuf extension :/

With Burkie gone I don't see the need to defend the Miss Pinch trade. Its obvious to even Leaf fans that he makes a better doorstop than defenseman never mind captain. Seriously, I just don't get it.

 
May 30, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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It's okay. I have a feeling they'll wind up with Stastny and a Phaneuf extension :/

Just a wee bit o' sarcasm.

I hope.

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