The New Jersey Devils are lucky to have Jack Hughes. More importantly, they’re lucky that General Manager Tom Fitzgerald was smart enough to sign him long-term when he did. As a result, they have one of the best bargain contracts in the NHL. Speaking of Hughes, New Jersey fans are chomping at the bit to see his younger brother, Luke, in his first full NHL season. Plus, Erik Karlsson revealed the Seattle Kraken as a potential suitor. What would it cost? And, are the Buffalo Sabres playoff-bound?
Let’s get to some news.
New Jersey Devils
The Athletic: There are some pretty remarkable bargain contracts around the NHL. Fortunately for New Jersey, they have one of the best in Jack Hughes.
As we inch closer to the 2023-24 regular season, Devils fans are excited for a full season of Luke Hughes. NHL Network shared a glimpse of his first taste of the NHL, including his first goal.
Luke Hughes became the 36th player in NHL history to score his first career NHL goal in overtime.
— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) July 23, 2023
National Hockey Now
Boston Hockey Now: Ilya Samsonov’s arbitration hearing settled more in his favor than the Toronto Maple Leafs. Jeremy Swayman could be the next one to be awarded a favorable result.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Hockey Now: Erik Karlsson admitted to speaking with teams as potential landing destinations. Among those teams is the Seattle Kraken. What’s a fair ask from Seattle in exchange for the Norris Trophy winner?
Philly Hockey Now: As a result of Samsonov’s arbitration settlement, could there be a trickle effect involving Carter Hart?
Buffalo Hockey Now: The Sabres’ ascent in 2022-23 was enough to convince some that Buffalo is playoff material next season. Especially with a plethora of talent coming through the pipeline.
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