The New Jersey Devils are still tinkering with their lineup, as is customary in the latter half of the NHL preseason. Now is the time for coaches to install lineups as they might be seen in the regular season with the hopes of finding good chemistry between teammates. Coach Peter DeBoer will need just that as he has a few new faces atop his depth chart.
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Free agent acquisition Mike Cammalleri is hoping to join Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr to make a formidable top line in New Jersey, but DeBoer wants to see a little more from the trio before anointing them.
"“In a perfect world, we have all our line combinations set from training camp the way I envision them. They’ll all work and we won’t make any changes, but that’s not how it happens. So, we’ll see. And chemistry takes some time sometimes. It’s not instant. Especially good players and good offensive players, they need to get to know each other – where they like the puck, the areas of the ice they like to get to, those kind of things."
To sum that up for those less interested in chemistry, DeBoer put it simply: “They’re in the dating stage right now.”
The trio is hoping to have a happy union secured when New Jersey’s regular season begins on October 9th.
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