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Devils Camp: DeBoer pushing the pace

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 1:33 PM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / Super Saturday

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Devils Camp: DeBoer pushing the pace
NEWARK, N.J. -- It's coach Peter DeBoer's first training camp with the New Jersey Devils. He's arrived on the scene as a bench boss who wants to push the tempo and dictate pace.

It seems that's his philosophy during practice, too.

Following the team's first of three sessions on Saturday, players talked about how quickly things were moving during their first practice with their new coach.

"There's not a lot of standing around," forward Zach Parise said. "All of the drills were high-paced, lot of guys moving during the drills, so that's good. And not a lot of rest in between drills, so your heart rate is up pretty much the whole time."

Patrik Elias, who will likely open the season as the team's No. 1 center with Travis Zajac out because of an Achillies' tendon injury, was on a line with Parise throughout most of the first session. But don't read too much into or think that DeBoer wants the duo to work together.

"They put us in the first group so we formed our own line," Elias said. "I don't know if that's our line, but the coach didn't say anything."

Elias also remarked about DeBoer's style.

"You got to like it. He wants to play aggressive," Elias said. We're going to forecheck, be in their face. Maybe in the past we were too passive and he wants to change that."
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