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With just a few days left before the puck drops, the deal is done and signed: The Devils have signed Jesper Bratt to a two-year contract with a $2.75 million AAV. [NHL]
Step 1: Jesper Bratt secures a work visa, which could take like 36 hours or several days— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) January 10, 2021
Step 2: Travels to NJ, 7-day quarantine, four consecutive negative COVID-19 tests
Step 3: Can rejoin the team for practices and games
ICYMI: Corey Crawford makes a surprising decision to retire after 10 seasons, a few days before this season is set to begin.
Corey Crawford has officially announced his retirement from the NHL following 10 NHL seasons and 488 regular-season games.— NHLPA (@NHLPA) January 9, 2021
"Crow" leaves the game with an impressive resume as a two-time #StanleyCup champion: https://t.co/aagQepg6wP pic.twitter.com/oe7HoJJOb2
#NJDevils coach Lindy Ruff said this was weighing on Corey Crawford's mind from the beginning, not something that happened mid-camp that caused him to reverse course.— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) January 9, 2021
"This was something that was on his mind from the get go. Simple as that."
The Devils recognize Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died Thursday because of injuries he sustained during the insurrection in Washington, D.C.:
The Devils organization sends condolences to the family & friends of U.S. Capitol Police Officer & Air National Guard veteran Brian Sicknick, who died Thursday during the attack in D.C.— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) January 9, 2021
Our thoughts are with the loved ones of this passionate Devils fan and South River native. https://t.co/l5PKMfCdEv
A goaltender named Brodeur is back in the organization:
OFFICIAL: Devils have signed forwards Travis St. Denis and Danick Martel, along with goaltender Jeremy Brodeur to AHL Contracts!— Binghamton Devils (@BingDevils) January 9, 2021
Here’s the first episode of the team’s behind the scenes series, featuring some looks at the organization’s process during the draft:
They say the Devil is in the Details.— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) January 10, 2021
Watch Episode 1 of our new documentary series New Jersey Devils Details presented by @investorsbank to take a look inside the 2020 NHL Draft. pic.twitter.com/jm40U20KlB
The first games have been delayed because of COVID-19: The Stars’ first two games of this season, at the Panthers, have been postponed. [NHL]
Islanders get a deal done with Matt Barzal:
Barzal 3 years. 1) $4 mil. 2) $7mil 3) $10 mil.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 9, 2021
The offside rule, taxi squads, COVID protocols and more: A good primer here from ESPN on the rules changes for this season. [ESPN]
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