NHL Rumors: Lightning, Blue Jackets, Predators, Hurricanes, More

NHL Rumors: Lightning, Blue Jackets, Predators, Hurricanes, More

August 9th, 2020 In today's NHL rumor rundown, the Blue Jackets got good news when it comes to a couple of potentially injured players, while the Tampa Bay Lightning got potentially bad news when it comes to their star defenseman. The New Jersey Devils officially picked up two extra draft picks and the Nashville...
Devils' Trading Partners: Blues Offer Great Options

Devils' Trading Partners: Blues Offer Great Options

August 9th, 2020 The New Jersey Devils are once again in a prime position to weaponize their cap space this offseason. Their current salary cap projections forecast them to have $26 million once the offseason begins, giving them ample opportunity to improve their roster.  That won't be the case for many...

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July 27th, 2020
New Jersey Devils

One of the first moves of the New Jersey Devils' rebuild in 2015 was acquiring right-winger Kyle Palmieri from the Anaheim Ducks. The team has had limited success since the trade, except for a playoff appearance in 2017-18. But that doesn't mean the move didn't pay off. In fact, it's been quite the opposite.  Palmieri scored 30 goals in 2015-16, his first season with the Devils, and has never finished with less than 24 since then. He's averaged 29.8 goals per 82 games, as well as 56 points per 82 games, and has turned into one of the team's best two-way forwards. He's entering the final year of his contract, meaning general manager Tom Fitzgerald will have a tough decision on his hands. Palmieri is a core player on the current roster, but he'll be 30 years old when a new deal kicks in. And that means Fitzgerald will have to be careful in striking a new pact.  Palmieri's Consistency The lack of high-end shooting talent has been a problem for the Devils...
July 24th, 2020
Devils History

While the New Jersey Devils struggled on the ice over the last decade, there were also a number of players who didn’t meet expectations once the calendar struck 2010. Yes, New Jersey witnessed a few draft picks and free agents who were arguably labeled busts, but let’s revisit three underachieving Devils from the past decade. Michael Ryder After winning three Stanley Cup championships and producing a handful of Hockey Hall of Famers, New Jersey's former general manager Lou Lamoriello signed plenty of regrettable free agents. It seemed that the legendary GM fell into a trap of signing aging veterans who were well past their primes and for an unreasonable price. Look no further than in 2013-14 when forward Michael Ryder signed a two-year deal worth $7 million. While the Devils were left stranded without a pure goal scorer after Ilya Kovalchuk infamously retired from the NHL that offseason, New Jersey ended up with one of its most underachieving players in recent...
July 23rd, 2020
Devils History

A pair of “Original Six” National Hockey League rivals made a one-sided trade on this date. Also, July 23 saw a long-time executive take a new job and the face of a franchise get traded to a new team. Blackhawks Acquire Two Legends The Detroit Red Wings made a deal on July 23, 1957, that they went on to regret. They traded forward Ted Lindsay and goaltender Glenn Hall to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forwards Forbes Kennedy and Johnny Wilson, defenseman Bill Preston and goaltender Hank Bassen. Lindsay was at the tail end of his Hall of Fame career and scored 29 goals and 84 points in his two seasons with the Blackhawks. He retired in 1960 but returned to the Red Wings for the 1964-65 season, where he scored 14 goals and 28 points at the age of 39. Hall became one of the best goaltenders in league history during his 10 seasons with the Blackhawks. He started every single game during his first five seasons in Chicago. Overall, he went 276-229-107 with a .916...
July 22nd, 2020
New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils will have a lot of money to spend on unrestricted free agents and trades this offseason. But they'll also have to keep a chunk of change aside for some notable restricted free agents (RFAs), one being Jesper Bratt.  The Swedish winger was a sixth-round pick of the Devils in 2016 and has performed well above that draft slot, averaging 44 points per 82 games since entering the league in 2017-18. That means a significant pay raise is on the way for the 22-year-old, one the Devils shouldn't be shy to hand out for the budding top-six winger.  Bratt on an Upward Trajectory Bratt had a solid rookie season in 2017-18, as he finished with 13 goals and 22 assists in 74 games, though he cooled down significantly over the second half — he had six points over his final 31 games. But without his first-half performance, the Devils wouldn't have been in a spot to clinch a playoff berth at season's end.  While he only played in 51...

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New Jersey Devils: Top 10 Rookie Seasons

This article was originally published in October 2014, and recently updated. Since the New Jersey Devils' inception back in 1982-83, two players have earned the Calder Trophy honors. While a rookie skater hasn't won the award since 1999-00, the Devils have had rookies shine in recent... May 26th, 2020

Martin Brodeur: Keeper Of New Jersey

This article was originally written in February, 2016. When one thinks of ways to describe Martin Brodeur, many words come to mind. Stanley Cup champion. Gold medal winner. Vezina Trophy winner. Workhorse. Consistent. Clutch. Class. You don't have to take my word for it, you could ask some of... August 22nd, 2017