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It sure looks like Jack Hughes has arrived. He potted two goals and had an assist as Mackenzie Blackwood once again bailed out the Devils late to get the team a win against the Rangers Tuesday night. [NHL] [All About the Jersey] [NJ.com] [NorthJersey.com]
The next episode of the team’s behind the scenes documentary series:
Hmmm… Some interesting reporting here from Elliotte Friedman: “Apparently, New Jersey’s Tom Fitzgerald has a unique contract. He signed a long-term extension last year, but, when promoted to the GM chair last summer, was given a one-year contract for that specific position. We’ll see how that plays out.” [Sportsnet]
ICYMI: Devils have a new goaltender in the mix.
Devils have claimed goalie Aaron Dell off waivers from Toronto— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 18, 2021
Wild and Avalanche trade:
The Mike Babcock reputation rehabilitation tour appears to be underway. Here’s the first piece on that tour and, well, it’s ... something. [The Athletic ($)]
The NHL is going back to normal pucks that don’t have the onboard tracking technology for now after complaints surfaced about the tracking pucks. Per ESPN, “One NHL player told ESPN on Tuesday that the pucks were ‘terrible’ and ‘don’t slide,’ adding that players had voiced their displeasure with them.” [ESPN]
TSN’s Frank Seravalli reports here on the delays in the league’s COVID-19 testing: “I think the thing to point out here is that this is exactly what the NBA is not doing. They are rapid testing their players. Before NBA players can even enter a team facility they get a rapid test and if it’s negative, then they’re clear to enter. This may just be something that the NHL has to consider as they continue to be flexible and nimble down the road.” [TSN]
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