5 Players Who Played Their Last Game With New Jersey Devils

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Jon Gillies

Sticking with goalies, Jon Gillies was at times awful this season and at other times usable. He was never really good, and the Devils really didn’t give up anything to get him. He was traded by the St. Louis Blues for “future considerations”. It’s the hockey version of a “player to be named later” when a player is traded for basically nothing. Gillies came in to give the Devils a lift after Bernier went on the shelf with a hip injury. At the time, Nico Daws was also injured. Schmid proved he couldn’t be in the NHL, so the Devils got something for nothing.

It looked like a good enough move at first. He made 39 saves in his first game of the season, but that was with the Blues against the Anaheim Ducks. Through January, he mostly played backup to Mackenzie Blackwood as Lindy Ruff put all the pressure on his starting goalie. Gillies was able to have some decent performances, but none of his games were complete disasters. He allowed four goals to the Carolina Hurricanes, but that could happen to anyone.

Then February hit, and Cinderella Jon Gillies turned into a pumpkin. On February 1st, Gillies allowed six goals against to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Two weeks later, he did it again to the Tampa Bay Lightning. In his very next game, which came 10 days later, he allowed six against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Gillies only started two games since then as the Devils leaned on Daws for the rest of the season. He cleaned up a couple of times in games that were already over. It was just a bad season all around, and it was the final run for Gillies with the Devils.