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The Best NHL Team Of The 21st Century At This Point

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The first Stanley Cup champion of the century is also the best Stanley Cup champion crowned in the 2000s, and it is the one that will be celebrated Saturday night in New Jersey.

This was the Devils team that fired its coach, Robbie Ftorek, with eight games remaining in a regular season that would barely make it into the top 10 of franchise history. But this was also the team that under Larry Robinson flexed all of its muscle and all of its talent and all of its depth and all of its unparalleled defense and goaltending to bring the second of three Cups within a nine-year stretch to Exit 16W off the Turnpike.

The Exit of Champions.

Few lines in NHL history have been as dynamic and sympatico as the “A Line” that consisted of Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora on the wings, flanking Jason Arnott. The band made sweet, joyful music and operated as if connected by a sixth sense, three thinking and operating as one.


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Video- Now That Is A High Stick

No call on the play.

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Mark Borowiecki is cut by Blake Coleman's high stick and leaves the ice immediately needing repairs, but he would return to the game.



added 10:57pm, Ottawa coach D.J. Smith on what the refs told him...

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Ownership In Charge

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Ray Shero’s dismissal after 4¹/₂ seasons as Devils general manager wasn’t as much a commentary on his and his team’s performance as it was a story about lines of authority and autonomy within the hierarchy.

Make no mistake. This is an owner-driven operation. If you didn’t recognize that David Blitzer and Josh Harris were calling the shots, then you might have missed the summer trade for PK Subban that was hatched in the owners’ suite. Not that New Jersey was alone on this, as another Eastern Conference team beaten to the punch on No. 76 was also holding talks above the GM level with the Predators, sources reported at the time.

There has been previous reporting by CBC’s redoubtable Elliotte Friedman about the “collaborative” process favored by ownership in decision-making. George Steinbrenner once favored a collaborative process, too.

Slap Shots has been told New Jersey features an organizational chart in which all lines on the hockey side lead to ownership rather than the general manager and that the influence the analytics department had on ownership was an issue, with VP Tyler Dellow reporting to Blitzer/Harris rather than Shero and with reports from the analytics department awarded prominence in weekly meetings between ownership and the hockey department.


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The First Half Of The Season For Jack Hughes

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Joe Thornton scored seven points in his first NHL season and two decades later, he’s a shoo-in for the Hockey Hall of Fame. Mark Messier scored one goal as a rookie in the World Hockey Association and had to go to another team after the one he was playing for folded. Steven Stamkos had two goals in his first 22 games under Barry Melrose and played his first season for one of the most dysfunctional teams in history.

So, shed no tears for Jack Hughes, who entered the NHL as the No. 1 pick in the draft and has endured a season of ups and mostly downs. Already, he’s gone through one coach and one GM, endured seeing his landlord get sent to the minors and lost a high-profile teammate in Taylor Hall. Then there has been all the losing and the 6-11-17 point totals in 38 games that look rather ordinary.

“I do,” Hughes said when asked whether he puts much stock into his point totals. “I think that’s obviously my game, right? I’m supposed to get points, but I think where my game is at, the points haven’t translated. I’m creating a lot and playing really well. Obviously I’d like to have more points…but at the same time I realize I’m going to have a really long career in this league and I’m going to be a great player. I’m happy to be in the NHL right now.”


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Ownership In The Spotlight In New Jersey

from Scott Burnside of The Athletic,

Unless you’re a true devotee of the New Jersey Devils or a devotee of the corporate machinery of professional sports teams, you could be excused for not knowing who Josh Harris was until the managing partner and chairman of the Devils stepped up to a microphone Sunday and announced the team fired GM Ray Shero.

That’s generally how owners like it. Out of the limelight unless they’re on hand for some celebratory event, like say the awarding of the Stanley Cup.

That’s not going to happen for the Devils anytime soon.

And now Harris and David Blitzer, who purchased the team in the summer of 2013, have emerged from the shadows in a most awkward fashion, making themselves a very big part of the story of a franchise that went in an instant from disappointing underachievers to curiosity.

That’s what happens when out of nowhere you fire a respected GM on a Sunday afternoon hours before a game in the middle of an already lost season.

continued (paid)

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Ray Shero Done In New Jersey

note the year is wrong on the post but information is correct...

via the NJD,

"The New Jersey Devils and General Manager Ray Shero have agreed to part ways, effective immediately.

"Ray is a talented hockey executive and I am confident he will have great success in the future. However, Ray and I are in agreement that the Devils need to move in a new direction and that this change is in the best interest of the team.

"In the coming weeks and months, we will be launching a formal search for a new General Manager.

"We are very optimistic about our future and have a lot of talent, both on and off the ice.

"Tom Fitzgerald will serve as interim General Manager and he will receive support from Martin Brodeur, who will serve as an advisor to and on hockey operations.

"Our organization remains deeply committed to creating a sustainably winning franchise. Our fans deserve nothing but the best hockey. We thank them for their continued support as we work toward our goals."

added 5:53pm, Press release is below.

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Video- Good Goal Avs/Devils

via Abbey Mastracco of NJ.com,

With the Devils down 3-1 with 6:11 left in the game, New Jersey goalie Mackenzie Blackwood was upended in the trapezoid as Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Calvert came around the net. The puck spit right out to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, who hit the open net with ease, dropping the Devils with a 5-2 loss....

The Devils challenged Bellemare’s goal, saying Calvert interfered with Blackwood. But the contact was ruled incidental, with the officials saying it was initiated by Blackwood when he had his leg out to play the puck.

"They said it's not a penalty," interim coach Alain Nasreddine said. "The (goaltender interference) rule says that the player has to make a reasonable effort to avoid the goalie and we didn't think (Calvert) did so. That's the rule."


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Video- Leafs Win In OT On Devils’ Own Goal

Good backhand.



added 10:03pm, Below, Severson on the goal.

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Video- Two Different Views On The Return For Taylor Hall

via Sportsnet,

Brian Burke explains why the steep price has him puzzled about the Taylor Hall trade.



Below, Michael Traikos of the National Post with a different view...

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The New Jersey Devils Trade Taylor Hall To The Arizona Coyotes

Just waiting for the official release from the teams.


added 4:41pm,



added 4:46pm, Arizona release is below.

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