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Garden State of Hockey- Episode 56: Labor Peace and a Ruff Transition

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The Devils make some big hires and the NHL strikes a deal.

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After weeks of speculation, the New Jersey Devils went ahead and ripped the interim tag off of newly minted general manager Tom Fitzgerald and paired that news with the hiring of their new head coach, Lindy Ruff.

For several angles on the hiring, check out the stories linked here:

There are perspectives from Dallas and Buffalo beat writers who saw Ruff at the helm before so browse through these stories ($) if you’d like more perspectives on the next Devils head coach.

In terms of the CBA news, ESPN has a comprehensive breakdown of the changes and resulting implications. There’s a lot to pick apart but the league and more importantly, the Devils, will benefit as a whole. There’s tons to unpack but most importantly, we won’t have to worry about another lockout for a while.

Any other questions about the CBA? Thoughts on Fitzgerald/Ruff? Anything you’d like to hear us cover about the restart in a future episode? Let us know in the comments and as always, Let’s Go Devils!