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Expect A Good Third Year For Nico Hischier

from Chris Ryan of NJ.com,

Over two NHL seasons, Hischier scored 37 goals and posted 99 points over 151 games. Hischier played without Hall for the entire second half of the 2018-19 season, when Hall was sidelined with a knee injury. Yet the center found ways to drive a line on his own without leaning on Hall, and that experience should benefit the Swiss forward....

The raw stats didn’t make a jump for Hischier in his second NHL season, but Devils brass saw plenty of signs that pointed to Hischier making strides. With Hall back and an improved core of forwards all around him, the results could show up in the box score in 2019-20.

“If you look at his first year he comes in, he’s 18, he has a tremendous year,” Devils coach John Hynes said. "He centered the Hart Trophy winner and we make the playoffs, and then last year he came back, we thought he was a better player. We really went through a lot of the clips on the line numbers and things like that. He was a really strong, impact player for us.

“I just think physically and mentally, in your third year, you’ve been around the league, he understands the league better, he’s bigger and stronger, he’s more confident. He’s had some highs and lows and a lot of times that doesn’t just happen in one year, but a combined two-year situation for him is good.”


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P.K. Subban, The Social Media Star

from Sean Fitz-Gerald of The Athletic,

His workout videos have become a summer staple on Instagram, where he broadcasts to an audience of nearly one million followers. Subban reaches more than a million on Twitter, and regularly expands his footprint beyond social media — the 30-year-old defenceman and U.S. Olympic star Lindsey Vonn announced their recent engagement in Vogue.

“I think he’s doing an unbelievable job,” said Wayne Simmonds, a veteran NHL forward who will play alongside Subban in New Jersey this season. “He’s essentially almost the face of the league right now, right?”

Subban was on the cover of the popular EA Sports NHL 19 video game last year, and has now reached a point where paparazzi track his movements through public spaces. The willingness to court attention in Montreal led some members of the Canadiens organization to roll their eyes in private, but Simmonds suggested the approach has provided a template for younger stars to follow.

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Video- Season Preview For The New Jersey Devils

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

The New Jersey Devils were among the most aggressive teams remaking their roster this offseason, adding several high-profile players, including Jack Hughes and P.K. Subban.

The Devils selected Hughes, an 18-year-old center, with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft on June 21 and acquired Subban in a trade with the Nashville Predators on June 22. New Jersey signed right wing Wayne Simmonds (one year, $5 million) on July 1, and acquired left wing Nikita Gusev in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights on July 29.

The Devils are looking to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in the past eight seasons.

Hughes, who gives the Devils depth at center, joining Nico Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, had 112 points (34 goals, 78 assists) in 50 games for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team last season.

"Jack has physical tools that are elite," Devils coach John Hynes said. "But the thing that really separates guys with physical tools is their love and passion for the game, the desire to get better. Jack has that component in spades in his personality."


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Vegas Golden Knights Trade Nikita Gusev To The New Jersey Devils

VEGAS (July 29, 2019) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, July 29, that the Golden Knights have acquired a third round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and a second round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Nikita Gusev . McPhee will be available to discuss the transaction at 2 p.m. PT today, July 29. Details can be found below.

"We did our best to accommodate Nikita and his salary request but were unable to do so. He is a good person, a good player and we wish him well in New Jersey," said Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee. "When you have a roster comprised of players who are deserving of a certain salary range you are not always able to make room for everyone. This is the reality of having a good team in the salary cap world. After this trade, we now own nine picks in the first three rounds of the next two drafts. These picks will help boost our organizational depth and add to our pool of prospects. Although we were not able to make this work I am really happy with where we are at with our roster."

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Rolling Out The Red Carpet For P.K. Subban

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

No, these are not Lou Lamoriello’s Devils.

The red carpet was brought out in concert with all of the pomp and circumstance that this formerly buttoned-up organization could muster to introduce its new star, P.K. Subban, at Prudential Center on Thursday afternoon. It was a spectacle that included a drum line preceding Subban’s smoke-machine entrance into an arena populated with a couple hundred screaming fans, and a Ric Flair robe presented to Subban with his No. 76 emblazoned on the back while everyone screamed, “Woo!”

And the celebrity goes beyond the electric defenseman obtained in a trade with the Predators at the draft just short of a month ago. It goes to his oft-mentioned girlfriend, retired Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, who was brought up by managing partner Josh Harris at almost first mention during an earlier press conference.

“Let’s face it — P.K., and we’re lucky enough to adopt Lindsey also, they’re major stars,” Harris said. “I think that it’s welcome here in New Jersey, it’s welcome in our culture, and I think it elevates our organization. I’m very excited about it. I think it’s a win-win on all sides, and we’re lucky enough to have someone who’s very good at it, embraces it and connects with fans.

“We’re trying, as much as we can, roll that out in an effective way.”


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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.

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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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