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The Maturation Of Jack Hughes

from Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

First of all, you need to know that Jack Hughes wanted nothing to do with this story.

But, because he’s as good a young man as he is a hockey player, he felt compelled to do his part. It’s just that when he looks at his NHL career so far, he’s not the least bit satisfied. He wants to shift the focus from himself until he feels he deserves the attention. So, when a chronicler approaches him with an angle about him being on the verge of greatness at the same time other players are laying their bodies on the line to try to win a Stanley Cup, Hughes gets a bit uncomfortable.

So, in the end, he agrees to answer a couple of questions via email. There has been a continual cycle of focus on Hughes since he was about 15 years old, and now he wants to start proving he’s worthy of that buzz. The time to talk is over. He must now begin to show some things. “I haven’t done a ton in this league just yet,” Hughes said. “You watch all these playoff hockey games going on, with guys putting it all on the line, battling and doing what it takes to advance. That’s where we all want to be as a team, what our young group really wants to get to.”

New Jersey Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald is informed of this, and, of course, he’s thrilled.

Having a star player with that attitude makes people like Fitzgerald sleep much better at night. Fitzgerald has watched Hughes progress through his first three NHL seasons, seeing enough after two-plus seasons to sign him to an eight-year extension worth $64 million, which kicks in this fall. “That’s a proud moment,” Fitzgerald said. “It really tells me what his priorities are. I’ve known that about Jack for a long time.”

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The Transformed New Jersey Devils

from Amanda Stein of the Devils' website,

There's a saying that if leadership isn't everywhere, it's really nowhere.

And the Devils have certainly acquired an abundance of it over the summer.

The quote was used by Devils head coach Lindy Ruff, shared in an exclusive off-season interview after the transformation of his roster.

There will be an influx of experience into the Devils lineup when Ruff opens camp in just a few short weeks. Whether it's the young Devils core one year older, or new additions acquired in the off-season, the 23-man roster will have a different feel to it this year.

Ondrej Palat, Brendan Smith and Eric Haula, three of the players who joined the group this off-season are going to provide just that by the experience of games play alone.

Palat is a veteran of 628 games, Smith 571, and Haula 532. They each, along with their 500-plus games of experience, bring with them a wealth of qualities that should coalesce with the group already identified as the Devils young core.

But they provide much more than that.

Palat, it is no secret, brings the championship pedigree.

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John Marino Acquired By The New Jersey Devils

Newark, NJ – Saturday, July 16, 2022 – The New Jersey Devils today acquired defenseman John Marino via trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Ty Smith and the club’s third-round selection in the  2023 NHL Draft. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.

“John is a competitive, highly-mobile defenseman who strengthens our back end,” said Fitzgerald. “He takes pride in his game away from the puck and his puck management and ability to transition play will fit in nicely with our style and the strengths of our forward group. This is another move focused on improving our club today, while also providing certainty and stability for roster flexibility as we continue to build.”

Marino, 25, joins the Devils after spending the past three seasons in the NHL with Pittsburgh from 2019-20 to 2021-22. The 6’1”, 180lbs. blueliner signed a six-year contract with an annual average value of $4.4 million on Jan. 3, 2021, which is set to expire after the 2026-27 season. The right-handed shot recorded 25 points (1g-24a), and earned career-highs with 24 assists, 23 PIM and two shorthanded points.

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Ondrej Palat Headed To New Jersey

via Sportsnet,

Free-agent forward Ondrej Palat has agreed to a five-year, $30-million contract with the New Jersey Devils.

Palat has been a clutch performer for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the post-season, helping the team reach the Final this year after winning the Stanley Cup the previous two years.

Over the past three post-seasons, Palat has 27 goals and 25 assists in 71 playoff games.

The 31-year-old native of the Czech Republic had 18 goals and 31 assists in 77 games last season. Originally a seventh-round pick in 2011, he has been a core member of the Lightning since a breakout campaign in 2013-14.

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Washington/New Jersey Trade

MONTREAL – The Washington Capitals have acquired the second-round pick (37th overall) and third-round pick (70th overall) from the New Jersey Devils in the 2022 NHL Draft for goaltender Vitek Vanecek and Washington’s second-round pick (46th overall, originally from Winnipeg), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Washington now owns New Jersey’s second and third-round picks and their own third-round pick (85th overall), fifth-round  (149th overall), sixth-round (181st overall) and seventh-round picks (213th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Vanecek, 26, posted a 41-22-10 record with a 2.68 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in 79 career games with Washington. He was drafted by Washington with the Capitals' second-round pick, 39th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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The King Clancy Memorial Trophy Goes To P.K. Subban

NEW YORK (June 7, 2022) – New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban is the 2021-22 recipient of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded for “leadership on and off the ice and who has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community.” Subban will receive a $25,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of his choice.

Each NHL team nominated a player for the King Clancy Trophy, with the three finalists and winner chosen by a committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

The selection committee applies the following criteria in determining the finalists and winner:

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Time For The New Jersey Devils To Step Up

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

A couple of years ago, I’d have said that this is a team in dire need of John Tortorella’s Shock Doctrine, but I just don’t know at this point whether he can relate constructively to the newest generation of elite talents. It would be worth the Devils’ while to find out, though. Perhaps Maurice can be recruited to go behind the bench.

Again. Not a single meaningful game in the second half of a season since 2018. Four years of hockey irrelevance, except on the one and only date on the calendar that needs to be circled. That would be Lottery Day. That is the day on which the Devils matter....

Friday night’s season finale at the Rock was deemed Fan Appreciation Night. The organization should have been appreciative that Devils fans did not show up en masse wearing paper bags over their heads. There is a heritage to uphold here. Ownership has an obligation to remember that.

The buck stops at the top.

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Jack Hughes Done For The Season

via the New Jersey Devils,

The New Jersey Devils provided the following medical update on center Jack Hughes who suffered an injury to his left knee during Sunday's game against the New York Islanders.

Following imaging and evaluation of Jack's injury by the Devils medical staff and head orthopedic surgeon/Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jonathan L. Glashow, it was determined that Jack suffered a low grade MCL sprain of his left knee.

Given the timing, he will be held out of game action for the rest of the season. Jack will begin his motion rehab and conditioning immediately.

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Trading P.K. Subban

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Not all that long ago, the idea that an available P.K. Subban would be ignored by NHL GMs seeking to improve their defense was a laughable one. 

The veteran and multi-time all-star had an on-ice talent as immense as his personality, and teams that employed him were able to command a notable amount of assets in return for him in a trade.

Today, though, Subban is nearing the end of the eight-year, $72-million contract he signed with the Montreal Canadiens in 2014 – and as the NHL’s March 21 trade deadline looms large, you don’t hear a peep of his name in rumors. At age 32, and now, as a New Jersey Devil, Subban has declined as an offensive force – he has just three goals and 18 points while averaging 19:10 of ice time in 53 games this season – and he was never an elite defender to begin with. Lately, he’s become more famous for being a slew-footer than anything else. And the idea he was going to be offered anywhere close to his current $9-million salary to remain in New Jersey is preposterous.

“I sat down with P.K. yesterday, and we talked about uncertainty, and the deadline, and that we're not at a spot where we're looking to extend him at this point," Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald told The Athletic this weekend. “He’s done a lot for community here and the organization. But I told him, ‘On the last day (before the trade deadline), somebody may lose a right-shot ‘D’ and may call me, and if the move makes sense for the New Jersey Devils and makes sense for you to potentially have a chance to win, I have to do what's best for the organization.”

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Video- A Late Scrum Between The New Jersey Devils And Vegas Golden Knights

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

With 15 seconds left in the third period, Mason Geertsen goes after Alex Pietrangelo and a huge scrum ensues between the New Jersey Devils and Vegas Golden Knights.

Geertsen and Pietrangelo along with Robin Lehner received misconducts.

 

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