Feb 7, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill (34) celebrates with defenseman Mark Fayne (7) after scoring his first NHL career and the game winning goal during overtime at Prudential Center. The Devils won 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils Demote Jon Merrill, Pucks and Pitchforks News

Jan 4, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill (34) against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record confirmed today that the New Jersey Devils have sent down D Jon Merrill so he is eligible to play in Albany during the Olympic Break.

Jon Merrill most recently scored his first NHL goal in a game-winning goal in Overtime against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.

Merrill has played in 32 games and has 1 goal and 4 assists (5 points) and a plus/minus rating of -9. He also has 25 shots on goal and 6 penalty minutes this season (nhl.devils.com).


Just because the NHL has shut down does not mean Pucks and Pitchforks will too. We will have Olympic articles, season recaps to this point, more To Draft or Not To Draft articles, Albany Devils news and plenty more.

Stay tuned for plenty more content to come.


On February 5th, fellow colleague David Garrison started a poll asking what country will win Olympic Gold. 23 voters have submitted who they think will win:

Mar 16, 2013; London, ON, Canada; The Canadian flag American flag and Russian flag are hoisted after Meryl Davis and Charlie White (USA) won gold the ice dance free program at the World Figure Skating Championships at Budweiser Gardens. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Canada – 57% – 13 votes
Russia – 30% – 7 votes
Other – 9% – 2 votes
Sweden – 4% – 1 vote
United States – 0% – 0 votes

It’s no surprise that Canada is winning/won this poll. They are always the clear favorites to win in the Olympics and almost always put up a great showing. It is easy to believe that Russia could come out in first as they will be playing their hearts out in their home country.

The shocking result is that no one voted for the United States. Many people were very discouraged by the roster they put out. Even I voted for Canada before USA.

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