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The Three NHL Teams In The NYC Area

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

It has been a tumultuous summer in the NHL, and so much of the action has centered around the New York area. The Devils and Rangers picked Nos. 1 and 2 in the draft, respectively, and by all accounts, both took generational players. New Jersey then traded for one of the most flamboyant and talented players in the league, P.K. Subban, while the Blueshirts countered by signing the biggest free agent, Artemi Panarin.

The Islanders, who spent the past year showing the positive impact of having adults in charge, are on the verge of getting a shovel in the ground for their long-awaited new arena.

There are still a couple of impactful things that could happen between now and the start of training camps in September. But the 2019-20 NHL season is going to be as interesting as any in this area in a long time, so let’s recap what has happened and what still might.


The rebuilding is going splendidly, even though new team president John Davidson likes to just call it a “build.” General manager Jeff Gorton is also averse to using the word “accelerated,” as in the timeline from tearing it down to being competitive has turned out to be quite a bit shorter than most might have realized.


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On Taylor Hall, Robin Lehner And Other Topics

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- So the Devils appear flush with cap space for 2020-21 even after assuming P.K. Subban’s full $9 million hit, which is a good thing because they are going to need it in order to keep Taylor Hall in New Jersey beyond this season....

You begin at $13M per and watch the bidding escalate for this dynamic, difference-making winger — who will turn 28 on Nov. 14, 15 days after Panarin blows out the same number of candles on his birthday cake. That’s where you begin right now if you are Devils general manager Ray Shero, who would be taking a John Tavares-sized risk (or is that Garth Snow-sized?) in allowing No. 9 to play out the season without an extension....

- There appears to no logical explanation for the breakdown in talks between the Islanders and Robin Lehner, nor sufficient reasoning to clarify why GM Lou Lamoriello preferred giving four years at $5M per to an erratic, 31-year-old Semyon Varlamov than two years at, well, seemingly anything to the nearly 28-year-old Lehner.

There is belief throughout the industry, though without verifiable underlying evidence because of Lamoriello’s unique ability to keep things in house, that something personal must have happened between the boss and the goaltender in the course of the talks. That theory has life to it because the hockey part of the decision does not make the slightest bit of sense....

- We’re told the moves by Minnesota in signing Mats Zuccarello to a five year deal and by Dallas in adding Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry were influenced by consistent pressure on management by ownership in both precincts. In Minnesota, after only one year on the job, GM Paul Fenton is under extreme scrutiny.

more on the first two topics and other notes too...

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Using Their Cap Room

from Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic,

With the silly season underway in the NHL, I’d like to make a modest proposal intended to make all trade boards and trade trackers more pertinent in the future.

Instead of listing only the players themselves as possible targets, we need to start including an “available salary-cap space” line on these transactions.

For example, ahead of Saturday’s trade that saw the Devils acquire P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators, you could have listed $9-million worth of New Jersey’s cap space as a commodity that a dozen teams prized – and frantically chased. It put Devils’ general manager Ray Shero in an enviable position – of playing one desperate team off against another, knowing that someone was going to step up and make him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Cap space really is that precious and coveted.

continued ($$$) and Canes too...

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

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P.K. Subban Traded To The New Jersey Devils



added 12:57pm, Nashville release is below.

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Hype Time

from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,

A dazzling U.S. centre who torched the National Development Program gets chosen No. 1 overall, followed by a hulking Finnish winger at No. 2 who is already dominating amongst men at the pro level.

It looks familiar, doesn’t it? After all, it was only three years ago when Toronto’s Auston Matthews and Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine went 1-2 in the NHL Entry Draft 2016.

On Friday night in Vancouver, a similar scene unfolded on the draft floor of Rogers Arena when the New Jersey Devils chose American centre Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick and the New York Rangers followed it up by selecting Finland’s Kaapo Kakko at No. 2.

Not to heap too much pressure on the young kids, but their two respective franchises can only hope that they have a similar effect as Matthews and Laine have had on the Maple Leafs and Jets.

It’s obviously a high bar to meet.


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Jack Hughes Goes #1 To The New Jersey Devils

VANCOUVER, BC - The New Jersey Devils have used the first-overall selection in the 2019 NHL Draft to take Jack Hughes from the U.S. National Team Development Program.

Hughes, 18, is a 5-foot-10, 171-pound center who was born in Orlando, Fla. NHL Central Scouting listed him as their top North American Skater in both their midterm and final rankings.

Hughes is coming off a stellar season for the USA U-18 squad. He scored 34 goals and added 78 assists for 112 points in 50 games. He captained the Americans at the U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring nine goals and adding 11 assists in seven games.

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Afternoon Line- Stan Fischler

With the first pick in the NHL Draft...


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Afternoon Line- Taylor Hall On The NBA

via tweets from Taylor Hall,

Following the NBA more closely with this Raptors run has really opened my eyes to how great a league it is. There is a real sense of bravado and showmanship that you don’t see in other sports. The stars are on display every night and it’s impressive

No shade. Just complimenting another league. They have so many advantages over other leagues. Visibility through the roof

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More Talent For The New Jersey Devils

from Chris Ryan of NJ.com,

It was Zajac’s overtime goal, after all, that gave the Devils a season-ending win over the Florida Panthers, keeping them in 29th place in the NHL standings with the third-best odds in the draft lottery.

A loss would have dropped them to 30th. Without that win, the Devils wouldn’t have been celebrating an even larger victory on Tuesday night.

The precise bounce of four lottery balls on Tuesday night in Toronto that moved the Devils to the top spot in June’s NHL Draft, giving the team its second No. 1 overall pick in three years.

More than two months still stand between the Devils and their official selection on June 21 in Vancouver, but Tuesday marked a pivotal moment in the direction of the franchise. Now that they’re officially on the clock, here’s what adding Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko would mean to the team.


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The Battle Between The New York Rangers And New Jersey Devils

from Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post,

Well, it was nice while it lasted for the Rangers — albeit for two games.

A very modest two-game winning streak came to an unceremonious end in the form of a distasteful 4-2 loss to the Devils on Monday night at Prudential Center.

It was the fourth meeting between the teams this season and the first in which the Devils, the only team below the Rangers in the Metropolitan Division, managed to win.

It was perhaps that motivation that led the Devils to surprise the Rangers with some unexpected fight one day after the Rangers breezed past a loafing Flyers team Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia — a sure sign the Flyers, just eliminated from playoff contention, wanted no part of playing a game of no consequence.

The fact both the Rangers and Devils have long been out of any postseason conversation mattered little as the game hardly resembled one between teams anxiously awaiting the offseason.


Below, watch a different highlight package from the game...

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