Lovejoy stayed put as the NHL trade deadline passed Wednesday. Plenty of contenders were in the market for help on the blue line, and the Devils capitalized by dealing Kyle Quincey to Columbus for the younger Dalton Prout. Lovejoy remained untouched, however -- likely because he's in the first season of a three-year, $8 million deal. That's a hefty commitment for a 33-year-old who has contributed just six points in 62 games.
Lovejoy was scoreless in Friday's 3-1 loss against New Jersey. Lovejoy is without a point in each of his 10 games in January, and he has just one goal and four points overall this season. He did post a shot on goal, minor penalty, two hits and two blocked shots, and the latter two categories are where he can serve fantasy owners best in deeper formats. The light-scoring rearguard has 86 blocked shots and 57 hits through 46 games.
Lovejoy scored his first goal of the season against Vancouver on Tuesday, and it held up as the game-winner. The defense-first blueliner had just two points in 24 games heading into Tuesday's action. If your league counts hits and blocked shots, he can help, but if it's points you're after, look elsewhere. Even Lovejoy's ice time is unreliable -- it fluctuates regularly between about 16 and 23 minutes -- and he sees nearly no action on the power play, so offensive production is predictably rare for the 32-year-old.
Lovejoy is averaging 20:17 of ice time through three games. Lovejoy was brought in over the offseason to eat minutes, and is doing exactly that. The 32-year-old veteran has never reached 20 points in a season, so don't expect many offensive contributions from him.
Lovejoy scored one goal and assisted on another against San Jose on Saturday. The defender is better known for purposely missing the net to set up rebound chances off the boards than beating goalies, but everything went right for Lovejoy in Game 3. He scored only 10 points in 66 games during the regular season and entered Saturday's tilt with four points in 20 playoff games. Still, for one night he lived every defensive defenseman's dream.
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