Wednesday, January 30, 2013
By Victoria Matiash
Rookie forward Stefan Matteau may -- perhaps -- remain with the New Jersey Devils for a good part of the season.
According to The Star-Ledger, the Devils' general manager wants to further mull over the decision on whether to keep the 18-year-old, or send him back to his junior club.
"There will be no decision made in the next few days. We're not going to let (Matteau's) contract status get in the way of his evaluation," Lou Lamoriello said Wednesday. "He will not be going back today. It doesn't mean he won't go back and it also doesn't mean that he'll play another game. Whatever decision is made, it won't hinge on the contract ... If it's best for him to be here, he'll be here. We might wait a little while and he might not play right away, to keep that window open."
Truth is, the club won't keep the teen forward around for long without playing him. So this drama can only endure so long. The Devils are one NHL lineup appearance away from burning the first year of Matteau's entry-level contract.
It's also worth nothing that, in alleged anticipation of Adam Henrique's return, the Devils placed Cam Janssen on waivers Wednesday.