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The New Jersey Devils Plan To Be Very Competitive

from Randy Miller of NJ.com,

So when can this rebuilding end and lead into perennial playoff berths, and then possibly runs at a fourth Stanley Cup?

“It’s such a difficult question,” Blitzer (team partner) answered. “Here’s the reality: We think that the core of our team is obviously very exciting for a very long period of time. At the same time, there’s going to be some very different dynamics here in the coming season and future seasons obviously from what’s going on from the global pandemic standpoint.”

Translation: The Devils could be one of the teams that benefits from the cap staying at $81.5 million next season instead of increasing to the $84-million/$88 million range. This coronavirus-induced development figures to be really bad news for cap-strapped powerhouse clubs like the Tampa Bay Lighting and St. Louis Blues, but it has the Devils sitting pretty with about $26.2 million to add to next season’s cap, according to Cap Friendly.

Will the Devils go shopping for premium free agents and/or deal high draft picks for lineup upgrades to try speeding up their climb in the Eastern Conference standings? Possibly, but Blitzer suggested the Devils will start adding big pieces once the young ones take a few more giant leaps forward in their developing.

“The reality is we’ve got that great core,” Blitzer said. “We have pieces coming in. We have moves obviously that we would intend to make over the summer, meaning in addition to what we have today. And I’d like to think that we will be a very competitive team on the ice next year as we continue to grow and build.

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Lindy Ruff Announced As The Head Coach Of The New Jersey Devils

from the New Jersey Devils,

Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald:

"We are proud and excited to have Lindy Ruff join our organization as Head Coach. He is one of the most successful and respected coaches in the NHL, not only today, but in League history. His personality, experience, knowledge, work-ethic and focus will provide a calm presence in our locker room. He is the right coach at the right time for our organization. Lindy has a proven track record of getting the absolute best out of his players across the board- stars, role players and everyone in between. His teaching ability, and communication skills will be well-suited for our team, especially our young, developing players. Throughout his career, his teams have been greater than the sum of their parts. I look forward to working together with Lindy as the organization moves forward."

Head Coach Lindy Ruff:

"I am excited to get back in the lead chair and guide the future of this team. This is a fantastic opportunity to lead a group of great young talent and strong leadership to the next level." said Ruff. "Tom and I will sit down together and build a plan for the coaching staff and I will start to get to work on familiarizing myself with the players and staff. I look forward to bringing this core together, developing our players and putting us on a trajectory that can lead to sustained success in a timely manner. It's an exciting time to be a part of the Devils' organization, and I have the desire and fire to get us on the road towards the Stanley Cup Playoffs and beyond."

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Multiple Reports State Lindy Ruff Will Be Named Head Coach Of The New Jersey Devils

from Randy Miller of NJ.com,

Devils players campaigned for status quo while management took its time deciding what to do about its interim general manager and head coach.

After almost four months of debating, the Devils are going for a big-name head coach by hiring Rangers assistant coach Lindy Ruff over Alain Nasreddine while opting to keep Tom Fitzgerald as GM, Kevin Weekes of the NHL Network reported Wednesday.

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Jack Hughes Plans To Get Stronger

from Randy Miller of NJ.com,

“I knew I had to get stronger,” Hughes said Thursday in a media Zoom call from his home in suburban Detroit.

The next words that came out of Hughes’ mouth was a vow that was made with conviction:

“I will get stronger over the years.”

Hughes is listed at 5-10, 168 pounds. He probably won’t get taller, but he still some filling out to do. That, more than anything, is what he’ll be working on during the Devils’ very long offseason, which began in March and could last until January due to the coronavirus stoppage.

His weight-gain plan is simple.

Big meals.

Lots of meals.

“Obviously, I’m trying to eat a lot, gain weight that way,” Hughes said.

It’ll take more than loading up on pasta and milkshakes to turn added pounds to muscle though, and Hughes will not be taking shortcuts pumping iron in the weight room.

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The Talk Between The NHL And NHLPA Plus The Search In New Jersey

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

In an alternate universe, I would have devoted this entire space to the ongoing talks between the NHL and NHLPA and how absolutely sidesplittingly hilarious it is that the league, which shut down the sport for an entire season in order to gain its revenue-linked hard cap it could not live without, is now relying on the union to save the system it cannot live with under these adverse conditions.

And get this, Mrs. Maisel, the union actually appears to be going along with it, knee deep in negotiating ways to reduce the pain of expected enormous escrow losses through at least 2020-21 instead of aiming for a reset that would rid the NHL forever of its linked hard cap/escrow system the players have decried since the moment it was established.

But, honestly, I doubt very many of you are terribly invested in reading about hockey labor negotiations. The players seem unwilling to fight over the CBA and about eliminating the unyielding hard cap even when at this juncture in which they hold a fair amount of leverage. But you probably don’t want to hear much about leverage, either, in the midst of this pandemic that has created so much emotional and economic wreckage and whose work is probably not remotely close to done.

So I will move on even as the NHL moves to at least temporarily de-link the cap from revenue, which is something Gary Bettman once said (once?) he and the Board would never, ever, never consider. Well, never is a very long time. And now that de-linking works in the league’s favor, well, of course it’s a good idea, and why not, and good night, everybody, here’s Shy Baldwin.

We’re hearing tales of confusion within the Devils hierarchy as ownership and its proxies continue to conduct interviews for the GM position that continues to be filled on an interim/acting basis by Tom Fitzgerald.

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Let Us Play Too

from Randy Miller of NJ.com,

All the Devils are asking in the meantime is for the NHL to treat them fairly. If those 24 other teams get game action for players following hockey’s coronavirus-shortened 2019-20 regular season, the Devils think that they and the six other teams that didn’t qualify should be permitted, as well....

Executives from the have nots – the Devils, Anaheim Ducks Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks – have been working together trying to come up with options that will be presented to NHL officials at some point.

“I know the presidents of the seven teams have been on calls together,” Fitzgerald said. “The GMs, we've all been in touch. There's a big appetite for going to the league and asking permission to have us able to at least have touches with our players.

“Bring them in in any shape or form. It could be a mini camp. It could be rookie camp. It could be rookie tournament. Maybe the Eastern teams get together. Maybe there’s an appetite for all of us to somehow have some sort of mini tournament. But there’s definitely going to be some push from us at least to be able to have the ability to work with our players in a smaller window, whatever that may look like. We all believe it’s not fair that we go nine months without being able to have contact with our players.”

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Showing Bias?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Who doesn’t love rankings? Rankings exist to spark debate. Rankings are subjective, determined by opinions, educated or otherwise. Opinions can’t be wrong, Except, of course, when they are.

Which brings us to the fun exercises in which the good folks at NHL.com have been intermittently engaged throughout this coronavirus-induced stoppage of play. A panel of writers has been polled to create a “Super 16” position-by-position ranking of the top players of the expansion era.

What could go wrong?

Well, Billy Smith ranked ahead of Henrik Lundqvist, for one. And Tony Esposito ranked ahead of Lundqvist, for another. Oh, and Patrik Elias failing to garner a single vote as one of the top 16 left wings from the 13 people who cast ballots, and what in the world is that all about? Then there’s the matter of Scott Niedermayer out-polling Scott Stevens on defense.

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Recent Hockey Topics

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Slap Shots has learned that New Jersey ownership has in fact looked elsewhere. League sources report former Vancouver GM Mike Gillis has been interviewed twice, both times believed to have been before the March 12 shutdown....

It is unknown whether Gillis, who has always been a progressive thinker, is the leading or lone candidate for the job in New Jersey. But unless there are others currently under contract with other clubs who would therefore be unavailable for interview until this season is officially over, there is no reason not to get ahead of the game and hire Gillis immediately.

Unless, that is, “Misters Harris and Blitzer” just wouldn’t want to start paying his salary now.

- This idea of a tournament among bottom-feeders to determine the order at the top of the draft seems a lot more romantic than it actually would be. Because, right, folks will flock to a series of games in August featuring a string of matchups involving the Red Wings, Senators, Kings and Ducks.

Up to a third of these players won’t be on these teams next season, so what motivation would they have?

more on the first topic and other topics too...

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Video- John Hayden Fined For A Cross Check

NEW YORK (Feb. 26, 2020) – New Jersey Devils forward John Hayden has been fined $2,016.13, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi during NHL Game No. 975 in Detroit on Tuesday, Feb. 25, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:14 of the third period. Hayden was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for cross-checking.

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Sami Vatanen Traded To Carolina

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