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The New Jersey Devils Select Nico Hischier With The 1st Pick of The NHL Draft

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Nico Hischier was selected No. 1 by the New Jersey Devils in the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas at United Center on Friday.

Hischier, who completed his first season in North America with Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is the highest drafted Switzerland-born player in NHL history. The previous high was No. 5 (Nino Niederreiter, New York Islanders, 2010).

Hischier (6-foot-1, 178 pounds), a left-shot center, and Brandon right-shot center Nolan Patrick (6-2, 198) were considered to be the top two players available in this year's draft.


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San Jose Sharks Trade Mirco Mueller To The New Jersey Devils

SAN JOSE, CA  - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired a 2017 second (49th overall) and fourth (123rd overall) round draft selection from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Mirco Mueller and a 2017 fifth round (143rd overall) draft selection.

The Sharks now have eight selections in the 2017 NHL Draft; 1st round (19th), second round (49th), fourth round (123rd), sixth round (159th, 174th) and seventh (205th, 212th, 214th).

"We want to thank Mirco for his years of service to the San Jose Sharks and the San Jose Barracuda organizations," said Wilson.  "This will be an excellent opportunity for Mirco to continue his development and with our organization's depth on the blueline, an opportunity for us to acquire assets for the future.  We wish him the best."

Mueller played in 54 NHL games with San Jose from 2014-2017, posting six points (two goals, four assists) and 17 penalty minutes.  He was originally drafted in the first round (18th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

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The Latest On Ilya Kovalchuk

from TSN,

New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero said Monday he hasn’t closed any doors when it comes to Ilya Kovalchuk, and that includes potentially signing and keeping the Russian winger.

Kovalchuk has declared his intention to return to the National Hockey League after four years in Russia, but in order to return he must sign with the Devils, who own his rights. Kovalchuk could, technically, sign with any team but all other 30 teams would have to sign off on it – a situation Shero doesn’t expect to see play out.

“It’s simpler, I think, than it sounds,” Shero told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. “He signed his voluntary retirement papers when he left the Devils a few years ago… Kovalchuk, we’ve all seen him play many times, is certainly a tremendous player and one of the better forwards to play in the league the last 10 years for sure and he’s only 34 and (Jaromir) Jagr is still playing and (he’s) got like 11 years on him and doing pretty well.

“I think our understanding with the league and (Kovalchuk’s agent) Jay Grossman is that he can sign right now with any team but the other 30 teams would have to sign off on that and as we all know, it’s a pretty competitive league, (so that) probably won’t happen. It’s not a situation where they need our permission to talk to teams, he’s free to talk to whoever he wants and to that extent, they're the ones driving the bus.”

continued with video of LeBrun talking with Shero...

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The Process For Ilya Kovalchuk’s Return To The NHL

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

On Kovalchuk, agent can agree to contract terms with new team, new team can agree to trade terms with NJ, NJ signs Kovalchuk and trades him.

Kovalchuk cannot come off the NHL's Voluntary Retirement List unless he signs with NJ. Therefore, the need for a sign and trade.

Technically, Kovalchuk cannot "sign" contract until July 1, but there's really nothing to prevent everything else happening before that.

So in answer to many questions, no, 2017 draft picks cannot be in play as part of any Kovalchuk trade and expansion draft total non-factor.

Also reasonable to assume Kovalchuk not interested in being part of NJ rebuild; he's returning to NHL for immediate/legit chance to win Cup.

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Video- The Playoff Night When Dominik Hasek Stopped All 70 Shots

via the NHL's YouTube page,

On April 27th, 1994, Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek turned away 70 shots by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the 1994 playoffs.


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Video- Dalton Prout Suspended Two Games For Interference

The NHL explains...


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No Regrets For Patrik Elias

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

He is Patrik Elias, the greatest forward ever to play for the Devils and one of the great two-way forwards of his generation who probably sacrificed some 75-100 goals and 150-200 points off his lifetime 408-617-1,025 total in order to accommodate the unyielding defense-first philosophy of the only organization for which he ever worked.

Except, as Elias told me when we chatted upon the announcement of his retirement, it probably wasn’t much of a sacrifice at all to become an indispensable part of two of the three Stanley Cups the franchise won while reigning over the Eastern Conference for more than a decade.

“There are no regrets for me,” said New Jersey’s forever No. 26, who next year will have his sweater raised to the rafters to accompany those of franchise bedrocks Martin Brodeur, Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer and Ken Daneyko. “Maybe I could have had different numbers somewhere else, but I was happy winning championships. I was happy making the playoffs every year and I was happy knowing we had a chance to win every year.

“You either adjusted in New Jersey or you didn’t stay. We were all proud of being part of those teams. I wasn’t just a one-way player. If they wanted to move me from wing to center, I did it. I played the PP and the PK. I could check. I’m very happy being known for that.

“When I look back, the thing I am most proud of is that I spent my entire career with one team,” Elias said, before referring to the man who ran the show. “You know, I wasn’t the only one to make that decision. Lou [Lamoriello] kept me for all those years, too.”


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Video- Patrik Elias On His Retirement

via the New Jersey Devils,

Ken Daneyko sits down with Patrik Elias for an exclusive interview regarding his retirement from the NHL, #PattysLastLap and more.



Below, via the Devils, a release from Elias...

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No Playoffs Again For Taylor Hall

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

You can forgive Taylor Hall if he tunes out next month when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin.

"My first couple of seasons in the league, I probably watched every playoff game I could," the New Jersey Devils star said Thursday at the Air Canada Centre.

"Now that I'm seven seasons in, it's tough to watch, knowing that I haven't experienced a playoff game yet. In saying that, as the playoffs go on and I get more time away from hockey, I indulge more so in the games. You can't help but watch and learn and see what these guys are doing at the highest level."

You're not human if you don't feel for this guy. The 25-year-old winger is seeing his former team, the Edmonton Oilers, looking playoff-bound for the first time in 11 seasons.

He was bitter about the trade to the Devils last summer. He's over it now, but that doesn't mean he's going to be cheering for the Oilers next month.

"No, I won't be rooting for them," he smiled.


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Video- “...And One Of The Penguins Went In With His Stick…”

The Penguin is Chris Kunitz.


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