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All signs in training camp seem to point to reigning MVP Taylor Hall picking up right where he left off last season. [The Athletic ($)]
The Devils played their first two games of the preseason and lost both. John broke down both the 4-3 overtime loss to the Rangers and the 3-1 loss to the Habs excellently the other day, giving you looks at how individual players raised and lowered their stocks. Read on, if you missed those recaps: [All About the Jersey]
The Devils have made a few cuts to the training camp roster:
#NJDevils trim their training camp roster by 5 players.— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) September 18, 2018
Mitch Hoelscher and Xavier Bernard returned to Junior.
Meanwhile, Ryan Schmelzer and Tariq Hammond have been assigned to Binghamton.
G Colton Phinney has been released from his PTO.
49 players remaining at camp. https://t.co/Sl8NLnFTEN
Prospect on the move:
No update on Miles Wood:
No progress has been made towards getting Miles Wood extended. The two sides simply aren't talking and, as of now, there is no set date/time for any further discussions.— Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell) September 16, 2018
Speaking of Miles Wood, our friend Mike points us to an interesting chart and article over on The Athletic:
This piece has some definite tangential interest to Devils fans. Solid numerical evidence for the common eye-test observation of Miles Wood being able to blow people's doors off but often having no idea what to do after that https://t.co/VvgmcJQOum— Mike Stromberg (@ColdSportsTakes) September 18, 2018
Other RFAs who have yet to sign deals and show up to a training camp:
We are now down to five unsigned RFA's absent from NHL training camps: William Nylander (TOR), Sam Reinhart (BUF), Shea Theodore (VGK), Nick Ritchie (ANA) and Miles Wood (NJ).— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) September 17, 2018
Almost a third of the league’s teams could go into opening night without a captain. What does that say about how teams view being captain? [AP]
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