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Mike Babcock Not Happy With Team Effort By The Leafs

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Well, there goes the 82-0 season for the Maple Leafs — and with it just a little shine comes off this team of mammoth expectations.

It was one thing to lose to the New Jersey Devils, as the Leafs did Wednesday night. It was another thing, as coach Mike Babcock said, to cheat themselves on their way to their first kicking of this National Hockey League season.

“I don’t think we worked,” said Babcock, after the 6-3 loss to the shockingly speedy new Devils. “They skated us into the ground.

“I expected us to compete. That didn’t happen. When you cheat yourself, you look like that.

“I was disappointed. I can’t remember the last time we played with that kind of effort. We didn’t have any juice. We didn’t do our part.”


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Video- All Nico Hischier

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Christine Simpson sits down with first overall pick Nico Hischier to get his thoughts on his draft experience and being in the NHL.


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The Buffalo Sabres Need Much More From Their Top Players

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

As the slogan sort of says, it's time to Sharpen Our Swords about the ungodly opening of this Sabres season.

It's only taken us three games to clearly deduce that, in fact, it wasn't all Dan Bylsma's fault. Even though the denizens of the dressing room at One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza wanted you to believe backward coaching was what last season was about.

Well, the supporting cast is quite a bit different, but almost all the players in starring roles are returnees. And other than Evander Kane, they haven't been remotely good enough.

Embarrassing actually seems too meek a descriptive for Monday's 6-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils, an atrocity that dropped the Sabres to 0-2-1 and has to have alarm bells ringing throughout the organization.

This is not how Phil Housley had to picture his career as an NHL head coach would start. And the improvements new General Manager Jason Botterill made on paper are flaming out on the ice, headlined by Nathan Beaulieu's egregious giveaways in back-to-back games that have turned into goals.


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Video- Erik Johnson With A Knee-On-Knee Hit To Kyle Palmieri

Erik Johnson gets two for kneeing, Kyle Palmieri has not returned for the 3rd period.


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Facts On The New Scoreboard At The Prudential Center

NEWARK, N.J. (Oct. 6, 2017) — Prudential Center in Newark, home to the NHL’s New Jersey Devils’, along with LED solutions company Trans-Lux, has unveiled today the largest, in-arena, center-hung scoreboard in the world.  At 88,401 pounds, 9,584.9 square feet and almost four stories tall, the massive scoreboard contains 29,610,024 SMD pixels.

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This Is Nico Hischier

from Nico Hischier at The Players' Tribune,

People keep telling me that I make them feel old. Ever since the NHL draft, I’ve been hearing it from the reporters. Then, when I got to New Jersey, I started hearing it from the older players. I guess they see the year I was born and it blows their minds for some reason.

I was born in 1999. I was eight years old when the iPhone came out. People think that is really funny. I don’t know why.

I’ll tell you another story that people think is crazy. When I was 11 years old, my Swiss hockey team came over for the big pee-wee hockey tournament in Quebec City. It was my first time in North America, and I had never seen an NHL game before. So our whole team drove to Ottawa to watch the Senators play the Oilers. We were sitting up so high that we could barely see the puck. We were like two seats from the roof. So we just kept trying to look for number 4 on Edmonton.

We were all like, Wow, that guy is a big deal.

It was Taylor Hall. He had just been the No. 1 pick in the draft. From where we were sitting, he looked really small.


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Thoughts For Brian Boyle

Boyle has not skated in camp.




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Damon Severson’s New Deal With The New Jersey Devils

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

RFA D Damon Severson on the verge of getting a deal done with NJD.

Severson's deal is $25M for 6 years, an AAV of $4166.72. Does not include a NTC.

added 9:54am, New Jersey release is below...

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Will Butcher Will Play For The New Jersey Devils

Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today have agreed to terms with defenseman Will Butcher on a two-year, entry-level contract with an average annual salary of $925,000. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.

Butcher, 22, spent the past four seasons, 2013-2017, with University of Denver (NCHC). In 2016-17, he led his club as team captain to win the NCAA National Championship as the no. 1 ranked team in the nation. Butcher became the second Pioneer in the school's history to win the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player. He was also nominated for the award after the 2015-16 season, where he finished third in scoring among all NCAA defensemen with nine goals and 23 assists. During his final collegiate season, he ranked second in points among defensemen with seven goals and 30 assists for 37 points in 43 contests. In 2016-17, Butcher was also honored with several awards including, NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team, NCHC Best Offensive Defenseman, NCHC First All-Star Team, NCHC Player of the Year, USA Hockey's College Player of the Year, NCAA (West) First Team All-American.

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Drew Stafford Signs With The New Jersey Devils

Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today signed right wing Drew Stafford to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800,000. The announcement was made by Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero. He will wear sweater number 18 with New Jersey.

Stafford, 31, split the 2016-17 season between Winnipeg and Boston, after he was traded to the Bruins by the Jets on March 1, 2017 for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. He totaled eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points overall with 24 penalty minutes and a +6 rating in 58 total games last season. The Milwaukee, WI, native added two goals with the Bruins in six 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff games.  

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