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Garden State of Hockey- Episode 79: Last Bits of Business

A new face retires, an old face returns and the Devils’ season starts tomorrow with everyone in tow.

Dallas Stars v New Jersey Devils Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Today’s episode starts with a spirited inquiry into the Jesper Bratt contract situation which has since been resolved. We also bring up Corey Crawford’s retirement, Sami Vatanen’s re-entry to the defensive corps, and some prospects and other various x-factors that will impact the season which starts tomorrow (!) for New Jersey.

Here’s the announced roster including the taxi squad to start the season. We included some notes about players with waiver exemptions and of the players waived, the only real surprise was Nick Merkley. Some of the younger prospects will get a chance to show what they’ve got in the first few weeks of the season and there will likely be changes once the AHL season gets underway. Good luck to them, they’ll need it as the Devils square off against the Bruins twice without Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt.

It’s finally here! We’re back to our regular game recaps and Devils updates on the podcast so feel free to leave any questions, comments, or suggestions for us in the comments section.

Let’s Go Devils! Time to see what they can muster up in the strangest season to date.