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Dmitry Kulikov To Edmonton

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New Jersey Devils Trade Travis Zajac And Kyle Palmieri To The New York Islanders

via NJD press release,

The New Jersey Devils today traded center Travis Zajac and right wing Kyle Palmieri to the New York Islanders in exchange for the Islanders’ first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, a conditional fourth-round choice in the 2022 NHL Draft and forwards A.J. Greer and Mason Jobst.  New Jersey will retain 50% of both Zajac and Palmieri’s salaries in the transaction.

Greer, 24, is a 6’3”, 205lb. left wing currently playing with Bridgeport (AHL) where he has one goal and one assist in ten games.  In 37 career NHL contests, Greer has one goal and five assists.  He was Colorado’s second-round selection and 39th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.  Greer finished sixth in scoring (16g-16g-32pts) with the Colorado Rampage of the AHL last season and second in scoring (19g-25a-44pts) in his rookie year of 2018-19.  Jobst, 27, is a 5’8,” 185lb. forward who has two assists in six games with Bridgeport.  Both Greer and Jobst will report to Binghamton.

New Jersey now has nine picks in the 2021 NHL Draft.  The club has its own picks in rounds one, three, four and six;  the New York Islanders selections in rounds one and two; Buffalo’s fifth-round pick and Arizona’s third and seventh-round selections.

Zajac, 35, was New Jersey’s first-round selection and 20th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.  In 15 seasons, all with New Jersey, he appeared in 1,024 games scoring 202 goals and 348 assists for 550 points while registering 344 penalty minutes.  Zajac appeared in his 1,000th career NHL game on February 21 at Washington, becoming just the fourth player in franchise history to achieve that mark.  His games-played total ranks fourth in franchise history, goal total ranks tied for third, assist total is fifth and points rank third.  Zajac is due to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Palmieri, 30, has spent the last six seasons with New Jersey after being acquired on June 26, 2015 from Anaheim for New Jersey’s second-round choice in the 2015 NHL draft and third-round choice in the 2016 NHL Draft.  In 397 games with New Jersey, he scored 140 goals and 126 assists for 266 points while registering 216 penalty minutes and represented the Devils at the 2019 All-Star Game in San Jose.  Palmieri is due to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

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Jack Hughes Doing Everything But Scoring

from Chris Ryan of NJ.com,

Jack Hughes finished the Devils’ 5-4 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday with one point — a secondary assist on a pass that missed its target and ended up in the Devils’ defensive zone before Ryan Murray found Yegor Sharangovich for a goal.

It’s also not hyperbole to say that was the best game of Hughes’ young career.

Despite the lack of major impact on the actual boxscore, Hughes was relentless with the puck from start to finish. He racked up 10 shot attempts, eight scoring chances and five high-danger scoring chances, with the latter two marking career highs.

The Devils had 2.78 expected goals when Hughes was on the ice — a mark that surpassed any game Taylor Hall played when he was with the Devils. Hughes himself had a career-high 1.05 expected goals based on his shot attempts.

The problem with expected goals, of course, is that there’s no guarantee any of those shots will actually go in. Hughes hit a post and a crossbar during the game. A backdoor feed from Hughes to Damon Severson resulted into Capitals goalie Ilya Samsonov robbing the defenseman with a glove save before the puck hit the open net.

“I don’t know how he pissed off the hockey gods, but it’s just not going for him right now,” center Travis Zajac said.

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Video- Mackenzie Blackwood Saved His Best Save For The Last One

40 saves on the night.

 

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Nico Hischier Named Captain Of The New Jersey Devils

via a release from the New Jersey Devils,

The New Jersey Devils today named center Nico Hischier the 12th captain in team history. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald, in conjunction with Head Coach Lindy Ruff. 

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Checking In On The Top 2 Draft Picks From Last Year

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It wasn’t so much hype as a sense of anticipation. A year ago, for the first time ever, the first two overall selections in the NHL draft were going to teams based approximately six miles apart, and weren’t we all going to be in for a treat watching the rivalry develop between the Devils’ No. 1, Jack Hughes, and the Rangers’ No. 2, Kaapo Kakko?

Well, the future obviously all lies ahead of the two 19-year-olds, which is a pretty good thing considering their one season of NHL past added up to the biggest combined one-two statistical flop in more than two decades....

And let me tell you, Hughes was dancing all night long at the Garden on Thursday, racking up a pair of goals and an assist in an eye-opening performance to co-star with 47-save goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood in the Devils’ 4-3 victory.

The young man added musculature to his frame with diligent offseason work that has allowed him to battle in those 50-50 areas, but Hughes just never stopped moving his feet. He was dynamic and quicksilver, on his toes throughout while thriving under head coach Lindy Ruff, who worked as an assistant the previous three years on the other side of the Hudson.

“My confidence level is obviously high,” said Hughes, who has six points (2-4) through three contests. “I think it’s always been high, you know, but we’re building and I’m building personally.

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Corey Crawford Retires

TORONTO (Jan. 9, 2021)  Corey Crawford has officially announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) today following 10 NHL seasons and 488 regular-season games.

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Corey Crawford On Leave Of Absence From The New Jersey Devils

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A Bigger Jack Hughes

from Sean Farrell of NorthJersey.com,

Jack Hughes was on a mission to become a bigger and stronger player than the one that was pushed around as a skinny teenager. In order to do so, that meant eating five or six meals a day.

So after getting back to Michigan, the Devils center loaded up on a diet full of chicken, steak, protein shakes and rice.

"I put on probably 14 pounds of pure muscle since March," Hughes said. "This summer, I treated eating like a job."

The former No. 1 overall pick has arrived at Training Camp with a new physique and a sense of confidence after a bumpy rookie season. The 2021 NHL season starts Jan. 14 for the Devils.

Part of that belief comes from new coach Lindy Ruff, whose up-tempo style should complement his game of speed and skill. Hughes also feels better equipped after training with his brother Quinn, a Calder Trophy finalist with the Vancouver Canucks last season.

Maybe it's a blessing in disguise that Hughes had something to prove during the longest offseason of his career.

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Corey Crawford Lands In New Jersey

added 11:02pm, NJ release is below.

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