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Garden State of Hockey- Episode 38: Season Suspended

The sports world is on pause so we talk about what that means for New Jersey’s team as well as answer some of your Twitter questions and announce a fun new group project to fill the time.

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NHL: MAR 10 Penguins at Devils Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We start this episode by recapping the Devils’ loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins but obviously, that’s the last thing on anyone’s mind these days. The coronavirus has halted most major professional sports and the NHL was no exception, and for a look at how that specifically impacts New Jersey, check out Corey Masisak’s look into what could change in offseason planning given this new set of circumstances. Credit to owners Joshua Harris and David Blitzer for covering the hourly employees’ wages in this extremely stressful time, as not only is it the right move to do so, it is really the only move given this unforeseen and unprecedented event. Additionally, my apologies to Reilly Walsh for calling him Reilly Smith. I’m well aware that one of those two players roasted his former team, the Florida Panthers, when asked a question about potentially playing in empty arenas.

We also got a great response on Twitter this week with some interesting questions and as the season remains halted, we’d love to see more questions and topics from you, the fans and People Who Matter (trademark, John Fischer). Some of that can come with our new project that will help ease the pain of not having fresh hockey to watch.

We’re temporarily moving back to one episode a week but in that one episode, in addition to discussing any possible off-ice developments for the current Devils team, we’ll take a look back at a classic game in Devils history and do a full analysis and breakdown of the context of the game, the landscape of the league and really any memories that we have of it. We’d love to get your input and share some of your favorite Devils memories with everyone so to start off, we’re going to go with their latest ultimate victory, Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final.

That’s the whole game minus commercials for your viewing pleasure and what I’ll be calling Devils Book Club will launch starting next week. We can’t wait to share this experience with our listeners and readers and hopefully this is a great way to get your fix of hockey while we wait for the sports world to resume turning again.

Again, stay vigilant, stay smart and be considerate of your fellow individual. This is a strange time for the world and I know everyone is looking to get back to a sense of normalcy so make sure you do your part.

Hockey season or not, Let’s Go Devils!