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from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
Fans of the Edmonton Oilers are lucky in that between the two radio stations, 630 CHED and TSN 1260, we get to hear commentary from some of the wisest heads in hockey, including five of my favourites, Craig Simpson, Mike Johnson, Craig Button, Adam Oates and Ray Ferraro.
This past week all five weighed in on the Adam Larsson-for-Taylor Hall trade. In case you missed what they had to say to hosts Bob Stauffer of CHED and Jason Gregor of Team 1260, here are some of the highlights:
Craig Simpson on Oilers Now: “I felt there was a real sense of need (to acquire a defenceman). There was a real sense of anxiousness to make something happen so at least you fill a hole that you’ve not been able to fill for a long time… You’re forced in that situation to put in a guy that we all hope will fill that role...
Ray Ferraro on TSN1260: “Clearly the best player in the deal went East. There’s not any question about that. I mean I was surprised there wasn’t a second piece in the puzzle for Edmonton. Adam Larsson, I don’t see play live a whole pile, but he is a defence first, second and third guy. He moves the puck OK. He skates fine. He’s not a speed burner, but he skates fine. He’s not going to score a lot… but it’s really difficult to get a handle on what Adam Larsson is yet because the first couple of years in New Jersey he didn’t play very much.
more from both Simpson and Ferraro plus others on trade...
Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today re-signed right wing Kyle Palmieri to a five-year contract with an average annual value of $4,650,000. The salary breakdown is: 2016-17: $4,500,000; 2017-18: $4,500,000; 2018-19: $5,000,000; 2019-20: $5,000,000; and 2020-21: $4,250,000. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Palmieri, 25, led New Jersey with a career-high 30g-27a- 57pts, while playing in all 82 games this past season. He also added 11g-12a- 23pts on the power play, all new personal bests. Palmieri was acquired from Anaheim on June 27, 2015 for a second-round choice in the 2015 Draft and a third-round selection in 2016. He spent the previous five seasons with the Anaheim organization. In 280 career NHL games, he has 73 goals and 73 assists for 146 points with 129 penalty minutes. Palmieri has seven goals and five assists with 22 penalty minutes in 33 career Stanley Cup Playoff Contests.
Palmieri was born in Smithtown, NY but grew up in Montvale, NJ. He is the second New Jersey native to ever skate for the Devils. He was Anaheim’s first choice and the 26th overall selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Devils pulled off a heist of notable proportions in acquiring young marquee left winger Taylor Hall from the Oilers in exchange for promising young defenseman Adam Larsson.
The Devils entered the offseason with a top-five goaltender in Cory Schneider, a young and relatively deep defense and an admirable work ethic but also facing a huge talent gap at forward between themselves and the best teams in the East.
This deal in which general manager Ray Shero — who when at Pittsburgh acquired Chris Kunitz from Anaheim for Ryan Whitney and James Neal and Matt Niskanen from Dallas for Alex Goligoski — added the 24-year-old Hall from Edmonton goes a long way to addressing that gap.
Hall, the first overall selection of the 2010 entry draft, is a speed-and-skill winger who plays with an edge and can put the puck in the net, getting 26 goals with 39 assists last season. Of all those high-end lottery picks that came before Conor McDavid a year ago, Hall owns the most formidable game.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
So, where to begin with one of the most dramatic half hours in NHL transaction history?
A head-swirling span that saw a swap of two premier defensemen in Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens, and included the trade of a No. 1 overall draft pick in Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils that was followed by the news that Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos re-signed with the team for the next eight years.
Let's just say the collective hockey heart rate is still beating in the red line, even as we begin to consider all that transpired in that magical 30 minutes.
Let's dive in with a swap of Norris Trophy-worthy defenders and marquee players in Weber and Subban, whose names were not once connected in the ever-swirling trade rumor mill leading up to Wednesday's blockbuster but whose swapping of teams will have repercussions in both cities for years to come.
Subban is 27 and under contract through 2021-22 with a $9 million cap hit. So much for Nashville being a small-market team.
Possible more details coming.
added 3:55pm, New Jersey release is below...
(Newark, NJ)- New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero provided the following updates on forward Patrik Elias and goaltender Cory Schneider:
“On Wednesday, Patrik Elias underwent successful surgery on his right knee. The procedure was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City by Dr. Riley Williams. We will continue to monitor Patrik’s rehabilitation and progress.
“On Tuesday, Cory Schneider underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia. His expected recovery time is approximately six weeks.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
After 18 wonderful years, including the last 14 covering the Devils, I am moving on to NHL.com, where I will be a regional writer based in Washington. I'm excited to join the team at NHL.com, but also will miss working at The Record and living in New Jersey, my home state for more than 23 years....
My first year was Wayne Gretzky's last in the NHL. I remember being a little nervous as I introduced myself to him at the start of the Rangers' training camp at the University of Vermont. Gretzky quickly informed me that he already knew who I was.
That shouldn't have been a surprise. Gretzky always took the time to learn people's names and to talk to them. He seemed to understand as well as anyone that talking to the media was part of his job as an ambassador of a game he loved playing.
I was very fortunate while at The Record to have covered as a beat reporter for at least one full season the top three scorers in NHL history – Gretzky, Mark Messier and Jaromir Jagr – and the league's all-time leader in wins and shutouts, Martin Brodeur.
from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
So what is to be made of this season?
"We've taken a step. Not the step that we wanted to," goalie Cory Schneider suggested. "We were still alive with (four) games left in the season. It's not good good enough and by all means it's not acceptable by this group, but I think some guys made some leaps and some guys proved they can handle a bigger role on this team. So now we're going to have to figure out who is going to be part of this group going forward to get back into the playoffs."
Does coach John Hynes feel pleased that his team was able to stay in the race longer than many expected?
"Good question. Right now I haven't really thought about that," Hynes said. "I'm focused now on that we're still in the regular season. We'll reflect on some of that stuff when the season's over."
Three games to go, but no postseason for the Devils.
"Overall, you can look at it from different points of view, but it's unsuccessful. We didn't get in. We didn't give ourselves a chance," Henrique said. "We knew from experience you just have to get in, give yourselves a chance and anything can happen. We've seen that before and there are guys in here who have been a part of that."
from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
Warning: Don't judge a trade on seven games.
Devils' general manager Ray Shero shouldn't start to think he got a steal in sending Stefan Matteau to the Montreal Canadiens at the NHL trade deadline for Devante Smith-Pelly. But after watching the impact the right winger has made so far (six goals, three assists in seven games), there is that possibility.
"When I first came here I said I was pretty confident in my ability," Smith-Pelley said after scoring two goals and assisting on another in the Devils' 7-4 win over the Minnesota Wild Thursday night at Prudential Center.
"Obviously I didn't think a goal per game. Right now it's going better than I thought, but I'm enjoying it."
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