This weekend’s All-Star event was certainly an improvement from what we’re used to getting. However, that’s not to say it doesn’t still need improvements. For instance, New Jersey Devils forward, Jesper Bratt, was minimally involved in the festivities. Bratt heard his name called at the draft on Thursday, was completely out of the equation on Friday at the Skills Competition, and Team Hughes was bounced by Team Matthews in their tilt. Bratt was literally involved in 6:13 of the All-Star weekend skating alongside J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser Saturday afternoon. Fans of the Devils didn’t have much incentive to tune in.
Regardless, Team Matthews won the All-Star tournament and will split the $ 1 million prize.
Auston Matthews scored twice in the final and racked up 2-2—4 across the two games to become the first Maple Leafs player in 33 years to win All-Star Game MVP.
🗣️ MVP! MVP! MVP!
— NHL (@NHL) February 3, 2024
Now, the regular season schedule resumes on Monday. The Devils face the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday in their pursuit to jump back into playoff position. The Devils take the ice at 2 P.M. for practice this afternoon. Maybe, just maybe, Jack will be back.
In the links, which Devils will head to the best-on-best tournament in Milan at the 2026 Winter Olympics?
Elsewhere, how the Sean Monahan trade affects Pittsburgh, how Tomas Hertl regained All-Star form, and Alex DeBrincat plays a big role in Team Matthews’ All-Star victory.
Let’s do that hockey.
New Jersey Hockey Now: Best-on-best hockey is set to return! Which Devils players will represent their countries at the Olympics in 2026?
More NJHN: Devils superstar Jack Hughes flew home ahead of Saturday afternoon’s All-Star Game. New Jersey explained that Hughes feels “really close” to returning and he wants to focus on the Devils for the rest of the season.
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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Believe it or not, the Sean Monahan trade affects the Penguins. Here’s how.
Boston Hockey Now: Boston joins the hypothetical fun by sifting through which Bruins will represent their countries at the 4 Nations Face-Off and 2026 Olympics.
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Hockey Now: Red Wings forward Alex DeBrincat played a major role in helping the Auston Matthews Team win the NHL All-Star tournament in Toronto.
Philly Hockey Now: Avalanche goaltender Ivan Provestov was waived yesterday by Colorado. The Flyers are in need of a goaltender. Perhaps a claim will solve the issue.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Hockey Now: The Sharks may not have rebounded this season but Tomas Hertl sure did. Here are the micro stats on Hertl’s All-Star campaign.