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Uh, what? Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman: “New Jersey is continuing conversations around its GM position. (It’s also possible the position is called “Chief Operating Officer.”) Incumbent Tom Fitzgerald remains a candidate. According to a couple of sources, one of the interviewees was NBC/Blackhawks broadcaster Ed Olczyk. Asked via text if he’d spoken to the Devils, Olczyk replied, ‘I speak to a lot of people in the NHL.’” [Sportsnet]
TSN’s Darren Dreger: “Well, I’d say there’s a number of top candidates including the interim head coach, who’s with the New Jersey Devils, Alaine Nasreddine, but the name that I keep hearing, James, is a familiar one. And that is Peter Laviolette, formerly of the Nashville Predators, but Tom Fitzgerald, who is the interim general manager, who has been managing this search. He still hasn’t had the interim tag removed from his title. So it’s an ongoing process for the Devils.” [TSN]
Some news out of a media availability with Tom Fitzgerald:
#NJDevils Cory Schneider and Travis Zajac are still in New Jersey. The Devils practice facility will be open next week and they are expected to skate.— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) June 11, 2020
Fitzy reached out to all players and told them that if "they need a safe-haven to be in" he'll open the practice facility.
#NJDevils IGM Tom Fitzgerald says regarding the 7 teams not in RTP plan, wanting access to players:— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) June 11, 2020
"There's definitely going to be some push from us to at least be able to have the ability to work with our players in a smaller window, whatever that may look like"
Full quote: pic.twitter.com/u4uvFhje66
Second quote from #NJDevils interim GM Tom Fitzgerald is in response to a question about the report from @PierreVLeBrun that NJD have interviewed "8-10 coaches" ... pic.twitter.com/dga4H22gAM— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) June 11, 2020
#NJDevils interim GM Tom Fitzgerald was asked if there was one area he hopes to really improve this offseason to help the younger players on his team. His full answer was ... pic.twitter.com/kdXxGKSNYq— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) June 11, 2020
Our young friend Jesper Bratt speaks about being back home in Sweden and what life is like for him now: [NHL]
Training camps are expected to open in about a month:
NHL, NHLPA agree on opening date for formal training camps. https://t.co/35lF9nEob0 pic.twitter.com/l6W4VLXVYv— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 11, 2020
What if we just … eliminated neutral zone faceoffs? Justin Bourne considers here: [Sportsnet]
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