Here are your links for today:
Elliotte Friedman with some additional reporting on Lindy Ruff as a coach candidate and on if Tom Fitzgerald is getting the GM job: “I don’t know. I honestly don’t know. It would seem to me the answer to that question would be yes, but I honestly don’t know. I heard they were interviewing some people as recently as last week, so until we get a final announcement, I don’t know what to say to that, I really don’t. It would seem to indicate yes, but I don’t know for sure.” [Sportsnet]
31 Thoughts this week has a brief mention of what we’ve heard about the Devils and the six other teams not heading back to play getting some sort of exhibition games to stay fresh: [Sportsnet]
A look at the story of how Devils assistant coach Mike Grier, one of a small handful of Black NHL coaches, made it to where he is today: [The Athletic ($)]
ICYMI: The draft order that we know so far after the lottery on Friday night.
If, for whatever reason, the play-in cannot be completed....the remaining bottom 8 teams will have a one-in-eight shot at the top selection— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 27, 2020
Members of the Hockey Diversity Alliance talk about what it’s like being minorities in a predominantly white sport: [TSN]
Might we see a hockey game with the Egyptian pyramids as a backdrop? Get acquainted with the push to get Egypt into the IIHF (with New Jersey connections!): [The Hockey News]
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