Newark, NJ – Unfortunately, the New Jersey Devils struck out at the NHL Awards. Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier & Lindy Ruff each finished in second place for their respective awards. It’s alright, though. The trio had a fun time in Nashville.
The winner of the Lady Bing Memorial Trophy is Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar.
Taking home the Frank J. Selke is none other than Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron.
And the Jack Adams is awarded to Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery.
Although the Devils struck out, there’s little doubt we’ll see them at these awards again in the future.
NHL Awards aside, silly season is here as trade speculation swirls, deals are being made, and the draft is looming.
Let’s dive in.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: On Monday, the Devils traded defenseman Reilly Walsh to the Boston Bruins in exchange for former first-round selection Shane Bowers.
More NJHN: One night prior to the NHL Awards, all of Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, and Lindy Ruff recognized each other’s importance to the success of the Devils.
NJ Advance Media: The Devils’ seventh overall selection at the 2020 NHL Draft, Alexander Holtz, hasn’t been able to grab an NHL roster spot yet. At his exit interview with Devils brass, Holtz was told it’s a “potentially career-defining offseason.”
National Hockey Now
Boston Hockey Now: The Bruins created cap space by trading Taylor Hall to the Chicago Blackhawks. According to a source via BHN, Bruins GM Don Sweeney is just getting started with his off-season moves.
More BHN: The Bruins traded forward Taylor Hall and the rights to Nick Foligno to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defensemen Alec Regula and Ian Mitchell.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Hockey Now: Erik Karlsson could be on the move this summer. SJHN asked 10-beat writers where the best fit for the Swedish defenseman would be. Watch here.
Philly Hockey Now: According to Flyers President of Hockey Operations, Keith Jones, a competitive Flyers team is “not far away.”
Montreal Hockey Now: The Canadiens have the fifth overall selection at Wednesday’s draft. Mitvei Michkov might be one of the best talents in the draft, however, he’s signed in the KHL through the 2025-26 season. Regardless, the Canadiens are set to meet with the Russian phenom and are open to selecting him.
Nashville Hockey Now: Retirement didn’t last very long for Pekka Rinne. The Predators announced on Monday they hired Rinne as a European development coach and scout.
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