2004–05 New Jersey Devils season
The 2004–05 New Jersey Devils season was the team's 23rd season in the National Hockey League since the franchise relocated to New Jersey. However, the 2004–05 NHL lockout prevented the season's games from occurring.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello sat on the negotiating committee for the league, although he had little to say early on in the proceedings. However, he was invited to a January meeting by the players' union in an attempt to breach sides; Lamoriello was invited because of the respect for the manner in which he ran the Devils organization. That meeting was ultimately unfruitful, although it did lead to further talks between the players and the owners. As late as February 2005, Lamoriello showed hope the season could be salvaged.
They're trying to do everything humanly possible to try to get the game back on the ice... If there is reason to believe that there is hope and a chance, then I think you use that time. We have to have some patience.
He later added:
Maybe I'm from the old school. But I believe we should lock ourselves in a room and not come out until we've made a deal – or announced that we can't. I've said all along, until someone tells me it's over, it's not. It's too easy to be negative. There's no question we have something scheduled at this point for (tomorrow) Wednesday. It's looking very bleak right now. But it's not over.
Lamoriello praised the final decision, saying it put everyone on "level footing" and created more parity in the league.
Meanwhile, during the stoppage Devils' center Scott Gomez went home to Anchorage, Alaska to play for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL. He went on to lead the league in scoring, netting 86 points in only 68 games, en route to winning the league's Most Valuable Player award.
The Devils completed the following transactions before the lockout suspended all activity:
|June 26, 2004||To New Jersey Devils
1st round pick in 2004
|To Dallas Stars
1st round pick in 2004
3rd round pick in 2004
|Rd #||Pick #||Player||Nat||Pos||Team (League)||Notes|
|1||20||Travis Zajac||Canada||C||Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL)|||
|2||57||No second-round pick|
|3||88||No third-round pick|
|4||121||No fourth-round pick|
|5||155||Alexander Mikhailishin||Russia||D||Spartak St. Petersburg (Vysshaya Liga)|
|6||185||Josh Disher||Canada||G||Erie Otters (OHL)|
|7||216||Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond||Canada||RW||Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)|
|7||217||Tyler Eckford||Canada||D||Surrey Eagles (BCHL)|||
|8||250||Nathan Perkovich||United States||RW||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)|
|9||282||Valeri Klimov||Russia||D||Spartak St. Petersburg (Vysshaya Liga)|
The Albany River Rats, the Devils' American Hockey League affiliate, finished in last place in their division during the 2004–05 AHL season, and failed to make the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Veteran Dean McAmmond led the team in scoring with 61 points, while right on his heels was hot rookie Zach Parise with 58. Meanwhile goaltenders Scott Clemmensen and Ari Ahonen split the load evenly, although Ahonen had more wins in fewer games played. Parise and Clemmensen would go on to make the Devils' squad full-time the following season.
- Tom Jones (December 14, 2007), "NHL likely to reject union offer", St. Petersburg Times: Sports, 1C
- Joe Lapointe (January 27, 2005), "Lamoriello Joins League's Team in N.H.L. Contract Talks", New York Times: Section D; Column 1; Sports Desk; HOCKEY; Pg. 5
- Tom Jones (February 5, 2005), "No deal, no budging, no end; no surprise", St. Petersburg Times: Sports, 3C
- John Dellapina (February 15, 2005), "Hockey season hits over time", New York Daily News: Sports, pg. 62
- Helene Elliott (July 14, 2005), "Labor Pains Finally Stop for the NHL", Los Angeles Times: Sports Desk; Part D; Pg. 1
- "Devils All-Time Transactions" (PDF). Archived from the original on March 30, 2007. Retrieved July 5, 2007.
- "2004 Draft Results". NHL.com. Archived from the original on April 15, 2006. Retrieved July 5, 2007.
- The Devils acquired the 2004 first-round pick from Dallas in exchange for the Devils' 2004 first-round pick (later transferred to San Jose and used on Lukas Kaspar) and the 2004 third-round pick (later transferred to Washington and used on Clayton Barthel) on June 26, 2004.
- The Devils traded their 2004 second-round pick (later transferred to Edmonton and used on Geoff Paukovich), along with Mike Rupp to Phoenix for Jan Hrdina on March 5, 2004.
- The Devils traded their 2004 fourth-round pick (later transferred to Calgary and used on Kris Hogg) to Columbus for Grant Marshall on March 10, 2003.
- No source exists to indicate why the Devils made two selections this round.