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The Talk Between The NHL And NHLPA Plus The Search In New Jersey

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

In an alternate universe, I would have devoted this entire space to the ongoing talks between the NHL and NHLPA and how absolutely sidesplittingly hilarious it is that the league, which shut down the sport for an entire season in order to gain its revenue-linked hard cap it could not live without, is now relying on the union to save the system it cannot live with under these adverse conditions.

And get this, Mrs. Maisel, the union actually appears to be going along with it, knee deep in negotiating ways to reduce the pain of expected enormous escrow losses through at least 2020-21 instead of aiming for a reset that would rid the NHL forever of its linked hard cap/escrow system the players have decried since the moment it was established.

But, honestly, I doubt very many of you are terribly invested in reading about hockey labor negotiations. The players seem unwilling to fight over the CBA and about eliminating the unyielding hard cap even when at this juncture in which they hold a fair amount of leverage. But you probably don’t want to hear much about leverage, either, in the midst of this pandemic that has created so much emotional and economic wreckage and whose work is probably not remotely close to done.

So I will move on even as the NHL moves to at least temporarily de-link the cap from revenue, which is something Gary Bettman once said (once?) he and the Board would never, ever, never consider. Well, never is a very long time. And now that de-linking works in the league’s favor, well, of course it’s a good idea, and why not, and good night, everybody, here’s Shy Baldwin.

We’re hearing tales of confusion within the Devils hierarchy as ownership and its proxies continue to conduct interviews for the GM position that continues to be filled on an interim/acting basis by Tom Fitzgerald.


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Let Us Play Too

from Randy Miller of NJ.com,

All the Devils are asking in the meantime is for the NHL to treat them fairly. If those 24 other teams get game action for players following hockey’s coronavirus-shortened 2019-20 regular season, the Devils think that they and the six other teams that didn’t qualify should be permitted, as well....

Executives from the have nots – the Devils, Anaheim Ducks Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks – have been working together trying to come up with options that will be presented to NHL officials at some point.

“I know the presidents of the seven teams have been on calls together,” Fitzgerald said. “The GMs, we've all been in touch. There's a big appetite for going to the league and asking permission to have us able to at least have touches with our players.

“Bring them in in any shape or form. It could be a mini camp. It could be rookie camp. It could be rookie tournament. Maybe the Eastern teams get together. Maybe there’s an appetite for all of us to somehow have some sort of mini tournament. But there’s definitely going to be some push from us at least to be able to have the ability to work with our players in a smaller window, whatever that may look like. We all believe it’s not fair that we go nine months without being able to have contact with our players.”

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Showing Bias?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Who doesn’t love rankings? Rankings exist to spark debate. Rankings are subjective, determined by opinions, educated or otherwise. Opinions can’t be wrong, Except, of course, when they are.

Which brings us to the fun exercises in which the good folks at NHL.com have been intermittently engaged throughout this coronavirus-induced stoppage of play. A panel of writers has been polled to create a “Super 16” position-by-position ranking of the top players of the expansion era.

What could go wrong?

Well, Billy Smith ranked ahead of Henrik Lundqvist, for one. And Tony Esposito ranked ahead of Lundqvist, for another. Oh, and Patrik Elias failing to garner a single vote as one of the top 16 left wings from the 13 people who cast ballots, and what in the world is that all about? Then there’s the matter of Scott Niedermayer out-polling Scott Stevens on defense.


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Recent Hockey Topics

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Slap Shots has learned that New Jersey ownership has in fact looked elsewhere. League sources report former Vancouver GM Mike Gillis has been interviewed twice, both times believed to have been before the March 12 shutdown....

It is unknown whether Gillis, who has always been a progressive thinker, is the leading or lone candidate for the job in New Jersey. But unless there are others currently under contract with other clubs who would therefore be unavailable for interview until this season is officially over, there is no reason not to get ahead of the game and hire Gillis immediately.

Unless, that is, “Misters Harris and Blitzer” just wouldn’t want to start paying his salary now.

- This idea of a tournament among bottom-feeders to determine the order at the top of the draft seems a lot more romantic than it actually would be. Because, right, folks will flock to a series of games in August featuring a string of matchups involving the Red Wings, Senators, Kings and Ducks.

Up to a third of these players won’t be on these teams next season, so what motivation would they have?

more on the first topic and other topics too...

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Video- John Hayden Fined For A Cross Check

NEW YORK (Feb. 26, 2020) – New Jersey Devils forward John Hayden has been fined $2,016.13, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi during NHL Game No. 975 in Detroit on Tuesday, Feb. 25, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:14 of the third period. Hayden was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for cross-checking.

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Sami Vatanen Traded To Carolina

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Wayne Simmonds Heading To Buffalo

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Blake Coleman Headed To Tampa Bay


added 8:04pm, Tampa press release is below.

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New Jersey Devils Trade Andy Greene To The New York Islanders

via NJD press release,

The New Jersey Devils today traded defenseman Andy Greene to the New York Islanders, in exchange for New York's second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and defenseman David Quenneville. New Jersey now has seven picks in the 2021 NHL Draft: the club's own selections in rounds one, three, four, five and six;  in addition to New York's second-round pick and Arizona's third-round selection (conditional).

Quenneville, 21, will report to New Jersey's AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

Greene, 37, was signed as a free agent by New Jersey out of Miami University (Ohio). In 14 seasons with New Jersey, he has appeared in 923 games scoring 49 goals and 197 assists for 246 points while registering 259 penalty minutes. Greene's games-played total ranks seventh in franchise history. He was named the team's eleventh captain on October 8, 2015. Greene is due to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

"Andy has been a bedrock for the Devils franchise for the past 14 years and an exceptional leader in my time here," said Devils Executive Vice President/Interim General Manager Tom Fitzgerald. "I constantly communicated with Andy throughout this process to make sure he was comfortable with the decision, as it was not one I took lightly. We thank him for all that he's done on and off the ice for the organization, and wish him, his wife, Rachel, and sons, Colton and Maddox all the best."

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P.K. Subban Says He Has More To Give

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

P.K. Subban said Monday that he has not played his best this season with the New Jersey Devils, but he is keeping a positive attitude.

"I would expect that people who are in hockey that watch me play every night know what I bring but there's still another level or two to my game that I haven't really touched this year," the defenseman said following practice. "I think that's a positive thing, but you have to get there. I think in the past eight games, I've been on the power play consistently, building chemistry, getting looks, and playing a game that I'm used to playing."...

"I think when I came at the start of the year I wasn't really playing a game that I've always played, and there's a lot of things that have transpired and have happened but getting back to playing my game and making mistakes that I'm more accustomed to making because I'm playing my game, so all of those things are fun to see and I just have to continue to get into that rhythm," Subban said.

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