Dec 18, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias (26) and defenseman Eric Gelinas (22) celebrate Gelinas

Eric Gelinas Recalled; Patrik Elias To IR


Eric Gelinas reportedly never really went to Albany when he was demoted to the AHL squad upon the return of Anton Volchenkov.

He has already returned.

Patrik Elias was placed on injured reserve retroactive to December 31st. The move opened up a spot to allow Eric Gelinas to return. Tom Gulitti mentioned that Lou Lamoriello did not want Gelinas to drive to Albany after the game against the Buffalo Sabres when the team returned.

Lamoriello then reportedly told him to wait around because it may not be long before he returns. He was right.

Dec 31, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Chris Conner (23) skates with the puck while being defended by New Jersey Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas (22) during the second period at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

This is great news for just about every New Jersey Devils fan. Just about 99.9% of the fan base was up in arms over the recent move that saw Eric Gelinas get demoted and other players got the right to stay including Jon Merrill who has been up in the NHL for less time than Gelinas.

Gelinas has 4 goals and 12 assists (16 points) in 33 games this season. He was called up early in the season and had started out on a blistering pace but slowed down a little as time went on.

Despite that, there wasn’t really any reason to send the young defenseman down when there are plenty of other candidates that could’ve received the demotion.

Gelinas practiced with Adam Larsson, who is still on injured reserve, on the apparent “4th” defensive line. This points to the fact that Gelinas may not even play tomorrow night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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