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Taylor Hall collected his first two goals for the Devils last night in a 2-1 win over the Ducks.
from Andrew Gross of The Record,
The oddsmakers and many preseason prognosticators are not giving the Devils much more of a chance this season. The odds of you and I landing on the moon are just slightly higher than the Las Vegas odds for the Devils to win the franchise’s fourth Cup. And many preseason predictions, some based on advanced metrics, foresee the Devils finishing eighth in the eight-team Metropolitan Division, and possibly last in the 16-team Eastern Conference.
That, of course, is not how these Devils see it, not after adding elite left wing Taylor Hall from the Oilers, not with a healthy Mike Cammalleri in camp, not with the preseason promise of first-rounder Pavel Zacha earning a spot among the top nine forwards, not with French import Yohann Auvitu showing he might be a real foreign find for the defense corps.
"This year, we go in with the mentality to prove people wrong but to take the next step," Zajac said. "We’ve got to get back there."
"There" being the playoffs, of course.
"When it’s that long, you kind of forget how to win, what it takes to win," Zajac said. "Last year, we kind of got that back. It was a step in the right direction. We have to make sure winning is a theme here. The excuses are over. Now is the time to go out and get the job done."
Quincey mentions some of the reasons for signing with the Devils.
Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today agreed to terms with defenseman Kyle Quincey on a one-year, one-way $1,250,000 contract. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Quincy, 31, enters his ninth full NHL season after spending the last four-plus seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. He came to Detroit from Colorado, via Tampa Bay, when he was traded twice in the same day, February 21, 2012. Quincey spent three years in Colorado (2009-10 through 2011-12) and skated for Los Angeles during the 2008-09 season. He spent his first three professional seasons (2005-06 through 2007-08) with Detroit and the club's AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids.
In 495 career regular-season NHL games, he scored 30 goals and notched 110 assists for 140 points while accumulating 469 penalty minutes. The left-shooting rearguard has added eight assists and 38 PIM in 54 Stanley Cup Playoff Games. Quincey was originally Detroit's second pick (fourth round) and the 132nd overall selection in the 2003 NHL Draft.
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...
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