The offseason has begun. Here are your links for today:
Opportunity! “Agents looking for a payday and teams looking to move contracts have identified New Jersey as a potential landing spot. The Devils have plenty of salary cap space and a GM in Tom Fitzgerald willing to deal.” [The Athletic ($)]
A Q&A with The Athletic’s Corey Pronman about the Devils draft, including thoughts on finding a No. 1 defenseman, taking Yaroslav Askarov and plenty more: [The Athletic ($)]
Elliotte Friedman on the Devils in the first round: “New Jersey’s 18th and 20th picks are in play. (Not the seventh, I don’t think.) The Devils could do a lot of things: move up, move down or trade for immediate help. If the move is for a player, they are looking for youth (maximum 26) with term or team control. It’s a specific target.” Friedman also links the Devils to Askarov. [Sportsnet]
An unnamed GM: “The number of franchise-changing players available or being talked about each day is astonishing. It’s just that no one has any room for them.” [TSN]
Side note: I think you can safely bet on Taylor Hall heading to free agency.
Things are believed to be intensifying in Arizona on the OEL front, however, unless something changes, the Oilers have been told they’re not on the short list of teams OEL will waive his trade protection to go to.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 1, 2020
Ekman-Larsson's list (for now) is believed to include BOS & VAN. Things can always change.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 1, 2020
A cool story: A Lightning fan screaming “Shoot!” while watching a game had the police called on him in a misunderstanding by his neighbor. He’s using the moment to raise money for a good cause. [ESPN]
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