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Todd Cordell's Archive

Setting the table for the New Jersey Devils in free agency

July 1, 2019 - 10:05 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell NHL free agency officially gets underway this afternoon and the New Jersey Devils have plenty of money to go shopping. They already have 15 players under contract, Will Butcher is the only RFA expected to cost more than ~$2 million to extend, and at least a co...

On the signing of Wayne Simmonds

July 2, 2019 - 12:22 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils made some noise on the opening day of free agency, signing veteran winger Wayne Simmonds to a one-year, $5 million contract. I have mixed feelings about the deal so I'm going to break down the things I like, dislike, and allow you all to...

On the New Jersey Devils' cap situation and a Will Butcher contract update

July 3, 2019 - 10:23 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell 1) The New Jersey Devils have been quite active in recent weeks, adding the likes of Jack Hughes, P.K. Subban and Wayne Simmonds to their roster. They still need to re-sign a few RFAs – with Will Butcher, Pavel Zacha, and Mirco Mueller being the notables –...

Will Butcher expected to file for arbitration

July 5, 2019 - 12:35 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils have three NHL players – defensemen Will Butcher, Mirco Mueller, and Connor Carrick – eligible to file for arbitration in advance of today's 5 p.m. deadline. Barring anything unforeseen happening prior, at least one of them will go do...

The New Jersey Devils should extend Nico Hischier sooner than later

July 7, 2019 - 11:31 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils should lock up Nico Hischier prior to the upcoming season, rather than waiting until next summer when his entry-level contract expires. At least they should try. On the surface Hischier's numbers – 99 points in 151 games, good for ~54 p...

Let's talk about Taylor Hall

July 9, 2019 - 11:05 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell There's been a lot made about the negotiations – or a lack thereof – between Taylor Hall and the New Jersey Devils to date. Understandably so. Hall is a former Hart Trophy winner currently in the prime of his career. He's mustered up 130 points in 109 regu...

Notes on the state of the New Jersey Devils' forward core & Micheal Ferland

July 11, 2019 - 12:25 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell 1) There's been a lot of speculation the New Jersey Devils want to add more to the team this summer. And they very well might. They are still very flexible financially and the acquisition of P.K. Subban certainly indicates they want to become relevant again s...

New Jersey Devils sign Jack Hughes to entry-level contract

July 12, 2019 - 10:39 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils took care of some housekeeping today, signing 2019 1st overall pick Jack Hughes to a three-year entry-level contract. As was the case with fellow No. 1 Nico Hischier, who also inked his ELC in mid-July, the deal will carry a maximum base...

What about Jake Gardiner?

July 14, 2019 - 10:17 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell We're two weeks into NHL free agency and all the players capable of making a sizeable impact have been scooped up. All but one. The lone exception is Jake Gardiner, who happens to play the New Jersey Devils' biggest position of need (left defense). Heading...

One sportsbook is optimistic about the New Jersey Devils in 2019-20

July 15, 2019 - 12:28 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils have been quite active this off-season. They acquired star defenseman P.K. Subban from Nashville for pennies on the dollar. They selected Jack Hughes while picking atop the draft for the second time in three years. They also made some noi...

New Jersey Devils sign Connor Carrick to two-year extension

July 16, 2019 - 4:55 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils have signed defenseman Connor Carrick to a two-year contract extension worth $1.5 million per season. Carrick appeared in 34 games last season, 20 of which came with the Devils after being acquired in the Ben Lovejoy trade at the deadline...

Wayne Simmonds' poor 2018-19 season was not a one-off

July 18, 2019 - 11:04 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell There's a perception the 2018-19 season was simply an injury-plagued down year for Wayne Simmonds and that a full summer to recover, and a change of scenery, will help him return to old form. That perception is misguided. While it's possible Simmonds enjoys mo...

Projecting Pavel Zacha's next contract with the New Jersey Devils

July 20, 2019 - 9:55 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Earlier this off-season I took a closer look at EvolvingWild's contract projections as pertaining to the New Jersey Devils. They had Pavel Zacha penciled in for a two-year deal worth $2.06 million per season. I opined that was fair for someone who, despite his...

Pavel Zacha will play an important role in 2019-20

July 22, 2019 - 10:37 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Pavel Zacha is a disappointing draft pick. At least relative to where he was chosen, and those who came after. He'll never be a dynamic offensive player like Mathew Barzal, Timo Meier or Mikko Rantanen, and he'll never provide 20+ minutes of quality hockey on...

On Mirco Mueller's one-year extension with the New Jersey Devils

July 23, 2019 - 10:16 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero checked another item off his to-do list on Monday afternoon, signing defenseman Mirco Mueller to a one-year contract extension worth $1.4 million. Mueller recorded just one goal and 11 points in 53 games with the Devils last seas...