Newark, NJ – Well, New Jersey Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald certainly knows how to turn your average Tuesday into an exciting one. The Devils got down to business yesterday, shipping out goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood and Yegor Sharangovich in separate trades. In exchange for Sharangovich and the 80th overall selection tomorrow in the third round of the draft, the Devils acquired Tyler Toffoli. He asked to be traded, so maybe we should have seen this coming. However, if you had “Fitzgerald snagged Toffoli” on your bingo card, congrats, you win.
Fitzgerald wasn’t the only active GM around the league, however. With the draft set to kick off tonight, plenty of action went down around the NHL.
Let’s dive in.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: It was just a matter of time following the 2022-23 season that Mackenzie Blackwood and the Devils would divorce. On Tuesday, the Devils traded Blackwood to the Sharks for a 2023 sixth-round pick.
More NJHN: As a pending restricted free agent, Sharangovich garnered plenty of interest around the NHL on the trade market. Fitzgerald pulled off another favorable trade for New Jersey, Shipping the 25-year-old to Calgary in exchange for Tyler Toffoli.
The 2023-24 NHL schedule was revealed on Tuesday and with it, the Devils’ as well.
National Hockey Now
Los Angeles Kings
LA Hockey Now: The Kings pulled off a blockbuster with the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday acquiring Pierre-Luc Dubois in exchange for Gabe Vilardi, Alex Iafallo, Rasmus Kupari, and a 2024 second-round pick.
Boston Hockey Now: The draft is tonight and free agency is just three days away. The Bruins are approaching this offseason with the expectation that Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci are retiring.
More BHN: The Bruins acquired Dmitry Orlov at the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline. He worked out quite well for Boston. Although they want to retain him, GM Don Sweeney isn’t confident they can.
Colorado Hockey Now: The Avalanche selected Alex Newhook 16th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. The Avs sold high on Newhook, trading him to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for 31st and 37th overall picks at tonight’s draft.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Hockey Now: From the Sharks’ perspective, San Jose acquires Mackenzie Blackwood from New Jersey. The Sharks’ newest netminder will enter the internal competition for time in San Jose’s crease.
Philly Hockey Now: The brewing blockbuster between the Flyers and St. Louis Blues fizzled out and never happened. However, Kevin Hayes still found his way to the Blues as he was finally traded on Tuesday.
Calgary Hockey Now: From the Flames’ perspective, Calgary wasn’t in a position of strength to deal Toffoli following a trade request. As a result, the return is underwhelming.
Montreal Hockey Now: Because he was behind so many big names in Colorado, Newhook didn’t quite pan out for the Avs. With a lot more opportunities for him to succeed in Montreal, this could be his time to shine.