When you think about it, it’s amazing what the New Jersey Devils have been able to do to retain their players.
General manager Tom Fitzgerald did an excellent job extending Jesper Bratt for an unbelievable price. Timo Meier agreed to take less for an opportunity to win. Even Erik Haula’s contract is extremely reasonable.
Everyone in the locker room has seemingly bought into whatever Fitzgerald is cooking. Maybe he paints a really good picture of what the future holds. Now, he’s already in talks to retain his next player. More on that later.
Elsewhere, a Devil returned to the ice yesterday, the Bruins are likely holding on to their goaltending, and the Sharks potentially inquired with Calgary for blue-line help.
Let’s do that hockey.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: The Devils are banged up but the good news is things are starting to turn the corner. A forward returns to practice yesterday as New Jersey begins to heal.
NJ.com: Extension talks between general manager Tom Fitzgerald and Tyler Toffoli’s camp have started. However, there’s a catch.
‘Round the Rink
NHL.com: The Kraken have recalled first-round pick and high-profile prospect Shane Wright following Jordan Eberle’s injury as Seattle searches for a spark in the midst of their mediocre start.
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins and Tristan Jarry dodged the worst of what could have been a serious injury to the often-injured starting goalie.
Boston Hockey Now: Edmonton’s awful start and a clear need for an upgrade in goaltending have created whispers that they have their eyes set on Linus Ullmark. However, NHL Sources agree that the Bruins netminder isn’t going anywhere.
Colorado Hockey Now: With the Avalanche in need of a forward, they’ve recalled the AHL top scorer.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Hockey Now: Despite recently acquiring defenseman Calen Addison, San Jose is still on the hunt for defensemen. According to a report, they very well might have also inquired about Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin.
New York Islanders
NYI Hockey Now: After signing a seven-year, long-term extension to remain on Long Island, Pierre Engvall was a healthy scratch last night against the Bruins.
Washington Hockey Now: The Capitals lost to the Florida Panthers in overtime on Tuesday. Washington’s head coach Spencer Carbury was pretty pointed in calling out Evgeny Kuznetsov for costing the Caps the extra point.