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A Motivated Tomas Tatar

from Jackie Spiegel of the Sporting News,

On Friday night at the Prudential Center, Tomas Tatar will play in his first regular-season game for his new club, the Devils. The last time he played in a meaningful game was 141 days ago, which means it's been almost four months since he laced up the skates and hit the ice in the Canadiens' fifth game of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series against the Maple Leafs.

But didn't Montreal play into July? Yes, but Tatar spent it watching from the stands.

"Out of nowhere, to be honest, the coaches made this decision which I respected," he said during media day with his new club. Tatar played the first five games against Toronto and then sat the rest of the way. "We had a hell of a run in the playoffs. Obviously, you're upset, you wanted to play and I think I could help the team, especially in the final, but I had to respect the decision."

The decision was, well, a head-scratcher. Then-interim coach Dominique Ducharme made a guy who had led the team in scoring over the course of the three seasons he was there (149 points in 198 games) a healthy scratch. How good was Tatar for Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge? He had 21 points more than the second guy, defenseman Jeff Petry, and of his 149 points — which he collected at a tear of 0.75 per game —119 were at even strength.

"He's been a proven top-three or four scorer on the teams he's been on. He's great at getting open. He's great at finding the people that are open. He knows where to be," Devils coach Lindy Ruff said.

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Mackenzie Blackwood Confirms He Has Not Been Vaccinated

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Tomas Tatar Now A Member Of The New Jersey Devils

Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today signed unrestricted free-agent forward Tomas Tatar to a two-year contract worth $9,000,000 with an average annual value of $4,500,000. The breakdown is as follows: 2021-22, $3,750,000 and 2022-23, $5,250,000. The announcement was made by New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.

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Two-Year Deal For Jonathan Bernier In New Jersey

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Dougie Hamilton Signing With New Jersey

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Selling New Jersey

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

...as this year’s free-agent market is set to open on Wednesday, the Devils have found a different way. Slap Shots has learned that the team has sent an email to agents extolling the virtues of playing for the organization and in New Jersey. Who needs breakfast at Tiffany’s?

“Jersey is an incredible place to play and live. Players who come here quickly realize all that the state has to offer,” general manager Tom Fitzgerald writes. “We are close to major cities, beautiful beaches, fine dining and a myriad of entertainment options. We are also home to many welcoming communities. In fact, many Devils’ families were built and grown right here in the Garden State.

“I have a distinct vision of the culture we are building here and what we look for in players. I expect them to be committed to who we are and what we are, to compete day-in and day-out, regardless of skill level, and to be accountable to teammates, coaches, and most importantly, themselves. We will challenge our team to strive for excellence because I know we are on our way there.”

The email includes a link to a dedicated site meant to be shared with prospective free agents that features ownership, the organization (“FIRST CLASS ORGANIZATION”), the staff, the fans and the community.

more plus other notes like this...

Gerry Johansson, the agent for Luke Prokop, was driving along the other night when he received a call from someone outside of the hockey world asking for the cell number of the 19-year-old Predators prospect who on Monday became the first active player under an NHL contract to publicly come out as gay.

The agent gave the caller the young man’s digits.

And when Prokop next heard the ring, the man on the other end of the line was Elton John.

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The New Jersey Devils Trade Mikhail Maltsev To The Colorado Avalanche For Ryan Graves

New Jersey Devils Press Release

The New Jersey Devils today acquired defenseman Ryan Graves from Colorado in exchange for forward Mikhail Maltsev and New Jersey’s second-round pick (#61, previously acquired from NY Islanders) in the 2021 NHL Draft.  The 6'5", 220lb. blueliner has two years left on his contract with an average-annual value of $3,166,667.

"Ryan brings physicality, size, an ability to defend in tough situations and a fearless compete level that makes him tough to play against,” said New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.  “His assertive style of play and ability to play with young defensemen are characteristics that fit into what we are building with our group.”

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The New Jersey Devils Announce Digital Collectibles Partnership

NEWARK, NJ – MAY 17, 2021: The New Jersey Devils and Fanaply have announced the first digital collectibles partnership in Devils team history. Via the landmark partnership, industry-leading digital collectibles provider, Fanaply, will host, mint, sell and distribute the Devils first officially licensed Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Collection. The NJD NFTs will feature imagery inspired by iconic moments in Devils history, the team’s vibrant fanbase and the team’s recent “Made in Jersey” brand campaign;  providing true digital ownership and engagement for fans at both premium and accessible prices.  The NFTs in partnership with Fanaply will be all minted and backed on the Ethereum blockchain. To purchase the newly released NJD NFTs, go to NJDNFT.com.

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Dmitry Kulikov To Edmonton

added 1:49pm, Edmonton release is below.

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