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Three New Jersey Devils question marks heading into the 2019-20 season

September 2, 2019 - 12:37 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell It's not an exaggeration to say the New Jersey Devils had the best off-season possible. They entered the summer with some glaring holes and, in one way or another, made significant moves to address almost all of them. Scoring beyond the top line has been an...

Three reasons to be optimistic about the New Jersey Devils in 2019-20

September 3, 2019 - 11:55 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell I recently looked at three question marks surrounding the New Jersey Devils heading into the 2019-20 season. Naturally, the post had more of a pessimistic feel so today I'm going to look at three of the many reasons you should be optimistic about the team....

New Jersey Devils fantasy projections for 2019-20

September 4, 2019 - 2:01 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Dom Luszczyszyn of The Athletic recently released his fantasy draft kits for the 2019-20 season. Whether you're a casual player or a fantasy nut, I can't recommend them enough. They're really good, cheap, customizable, you can purchase different tiers based on yo...

Four New Jersey Devils to watch at the 2019 Prospects Challenge

September 5, 2019 - 12:56 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils open up the 2019 Prospects Challenge Friday night against the Buffalo Sabres, who are once again hosting this year. The Devils are taking 27 players (15 forwards, nine defensemen, three goaltenders) to the three-game mini-tournament and,...

Pavel Zacha agrees to terms with KHL team

September 9, 2019 - 10:45 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils open up training camp this week and yet restricted free agent Pavel Zacha still remains without a contract. In effort to change that, Zacha has agreed to terms with Avangard of the KHL. Per @Boogaard_2 Pavel Zacha agreed to terms with...

New Jersey Devils sign Pavel Zacha to three-year extension

September 10, 2019 - 12:53 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils have taken care of their last bit of off-season housekeeping, signing Pavel Zacha to a three-year extension worth $2.25 million per season. Zacha didn't have much leverage in negotiations as a 22-year-old RFA without arbitration rights. T...

Three experiments the New Jersey Devils should test during preseason

September 11, 2019 - 11:46 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell ​The New Jersey Devils begin preseason play in just five(!) days. ​While players use the games to get themselves ready for October, or to try and land jobs, coaches have the luxury of trying different things without worrying about whether they work or not....

On Jesper Boqvist's roster chances and teams checking in on Pavel Zacha

September 12, 2019 - 11:02 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell 1) I realize there is a lot of competition for roster spots – much more than in previous years – but I can’t shake the feeling Jesper Boqvist will force his way onto the New Jersey Devils. From what I saw, he was one of the more impressive players durin...

On Taylor Hall's next contract and testing Wayne Simmonds in the top-6

September 14, 2019 - 11:30 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell 1) There’s been a lot of talk about Mitch Marner and the impact his lucrative contract will have on the restricted free agent market. Understandably so. Young stars very rarely command anywhere close to the annual salary Marner fetched, especially without g...

Six things to watch during the New Jersey Devils preseason openers

September 16, 2019 - 11:12 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Hockey is back. Finally. Tonight the New Jersey Devils open their seven-game preseason schedule with a pair of split squad games against Atlantic Division foes. Jack Hughes, P.K. Subban and co. are playing host to the Boston Bruins while a group featuring N...

Takeaways from the New Jersey Devils preseason openers

September 17, 2019 - 10:17 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils played a pair of preseason games Monday night. They picked up a 4-3 overtime win at home over a watered down Boston Bruins squad, and fell 4-2 at the hands of the Canadiens in Montreal. I was able to watch (and track) the latter so I...

P3 New Jersey Devils @ New York Rangers: Five things to watch

September 18, 2019 - 10:44 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils take on the New York Rangers tonight in what will be the third of a seven-game preseason schedule. Here are five things to watch: 1. Following up Michael McLeod needs to have a really good preseason for *any* chance of cracking the...

Devils 4, Rangers 3: Five takeaways from a close victory in New York

September 19, 2019 - 10:47 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five takeaways from New Jersey vs New York: 1. Mikhail Maltsev made a statement Maltsev has long been everyone’s favorite sleeper prospect to one day make it as a regular with the Devils. He showed why last night. Maltsev was excellent protecting the puck...

P4 New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers: Taylor Hall is back!

September 20, 2019 - 10:42 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils take on the New York Rangers tonight in what will be the fourth of a seven-game preseason schedule. Here are five things to watch: 1. Taylor Hall’s return No. 9 will be appearing in his first game since December 23rd of 2018. Yes,...

Devils 4, Rangers 2: Hall, Hughes steal the show

September 21, 2019 - 10:38 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five takeaways from New Jersey vs New York: 1. The top line was exceptional Taylor Hall, Jack Hughes, and Kyle Palmieri played together for the first time. It couldn’t have gone much – any? – better. On the very first shift of the game, Hughes sco...