Here are your links for today:
Tom Fitzgerald on moving a first-round pick: “If I was to move 18 or 20, it would have to be for someone we control, someone who can be a top-six forward or top-four defenseman, and someone that’s in that age bracket of where our group’s at. Anything else, I don’t know if it’s worth it. I don’t think it would be worth it because I’m staying true to this age bracket that keeps growing together.” [NJ.com ($)]
Scott Burnside lists the Devils as possible destinations for UFAs T.J. Brodie and Mike Smith: [The Athletic ($)]
On the 31 Thoughts podcast, about 45 minutes in, Elliotte Friedman speculates about the Devils picking goaltender Yaroslav Askarov at No. 7: “I know there’s a couple teams wondering if New Jersey will be that team. And then moving another (first-round pick) later.” [Sportsnet]
More draft conversation: Steve Kournianos over at The Draft Analyst talks the Devils and their 2020 draft. [The Draft Analyst]
If you’re wondering about another bubble...
Let the Torey Krug sweepstakes begin:
Look for the Bruins to trade Torey Krug's rights tomorrow to a team looking for exclusive negotiations before UFA opens on 10/9. Colorado, Florida, Vegas, and Detroit are among the suitors.— Rear Admiral (@RearAdBsBlog) September 27, 2020
And let the cap dumps begin:
It sounds like Dustin Byfuglien’s time in the NHL has come to an end. [Sportsnet]
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