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For what it’s worth: Ray Shero apparently has permission from the ownership group to spend to the cap. [The Record]
Taylor Hall has been named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, which is given “to the most outstanding player” in the league as voted on by the players.
Congrats, @hallsy09! Hall has been named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award. The award is presented annually “to the most outstanding player in the @NHL,” as voted by fellow members of the @NHLPA. pic.twitter.com/Pbva8JitSl— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) April 26, 2018
A couple injury updates here. Neither would seem to be serious, but something to note:
Nico Hischier played the entire season with a chronic left wrist/hand injury. After evaluation by team physicians and a hand surgeon, it has been determined that he does not require surgery, but will also need two-to-four weeks of immobilization. (3/3)— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) April 26, 2018
Jack Adams finalists for this season: Jared Bednar of the Colorado Avalanche, Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins and (the likely winner) Gerard Gallant of the Vegas Golden Knights. Seeing as this award is usually the “We thought your team would be bad, but it wasn’t. Good job on that.” Award, it’s a little surprising not to see John Hynes get a mention here.
Amazing seasons from all of their squads. The Jack Adams Award finalists are Jared Bednar, Bruce Cassidy and Gerard Gallant.— NHL (@NHL) April 25, 2018
We find out the winner in Vegas! #AwardWorthy #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/bbf6cjKhtj
In his “31 Thoughts” column, Elliotte Friedman mentions the rumors you might have heard recently about the Devils signing Russian defenseman Egor Yakovlev. It sounds like the Devils are expected to ink Yakovlev. [Sportsnet]
The league is, for some reason, tweaking how the Draft Lottery results (remember when the Devils won the whole dang thing last year?) will be announced, and it is predictably annoying. Here’s how it will work: Picks 4-15 will be announced during the “2018 NHL Draft Lottery Show” Saturday on NBC. The top three selections will be revealed later (imagine the suspense!) during the second intermission of Sharks-Golden Knights Game 2. [NHL]
The league reportedly gave the Bruins a call and asked them to tell Brad Marchand to stop licking people after Marchand did just that to Leo Komarov in the first round. [ESPN]
Will Lou be back with the Maple Leafs next season? His three-year contract with Toronto ends this offseason. Might the Islanders be a fit for the legend? [Newsday]
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