Here are your links for today:
Matt Loughlin with a season-ticket holders Q&A with Marty: [NHL]
The Athletic’s State of the Devils series takes a look at Kyle Palmieri, Nikita Gusev, Jesper Bratt and all the wingers: [The Athletic ($)]
If you’re jonesing for some nostalgia today, check out this wild memory from Devils-Rangers Game 4 in the Eastern Conference Final eight years ago yesterday:
Congrats to Ty Smith (again):
NJD prospect Ty Smith has been named WHL defenseman of the year. He is the 4th repeat winner along with Kris Russell, Dion Phaneuf and Nolan Baumgartner.— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) May 20, 2020
Just in case you were feeling slightly positive, the Hockey Guy takes a look at the low points for the Devils franchise:
Uh, well, Steve Simmons reports this of the Devils GM job: “Pierre McGuire denies it but word is he recently interviewed for the GM job that may or may not be open in New Jersey. ‘They have a GM,’ said McGuire.” [Toronto Sun]
If the vote passes, there are still details to be worked out with the NHL. Players are voting on the format @FriedgeHNIC reported last night: Having the top-four teams per conference play each other, while the other 16 participate in a play-in round.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 22, 2020
A closer look at the NHL’s 24-team playoff proposal...— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) May 21, 2020
The #NHL & #NHLPA have hashed out an initial framework for how the #StanleyCup may be awarded in 2020, pending approval from both sides.
More from @frank_seravalli: https://t.co/jgZYeKfWoM#TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/vzRaSztq61
How many fans might be allowed in empty arenas?
The NHL and teams have done social distancing models for people in seats...most arenas, based on people being 6 feet apart in every direction...would only be able to host 2000 to 2500 fans at a game. A bit of a non-starter.— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) May 20, 2020
Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet on Taylor Hall resigning with Arizona: “I wouldn’t take us out of the running. Obviously I’m biased. And I’m not saying he is going to sign here, but I definitely think we’re a team he’s very interested in staying with.” [ESPN]
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