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The Devils are bringing back Sami Vatanen on a one-year, $2 million contract:
No exact date for when #NJDevils Sami Vatanen will be in New Jersey.— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) January 7, 2021
At the moment he is still in Finland, will have to come back to Jersey, quarantine, etc.
Ruff isn't quite sure when he will join, didn't want to give an inaccurate timeline.
Corey Crawford was again missing from practice on Thursday:
Another 'personal day' for #NJDevils Corey Crawford, head coach Lindy Ruff says.— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) January 7, 2021
Everyone has questions about Corey Crawford. I, along with other writers from The Athletic, have reached out to people in various NHL circles seeking clarity on the situation. We're not going to speculate about what's going on without concrete information.— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) January 7, 2021
Q from me to #NJDevils Travis Zajac: "Corey Crawford took a personal day yesterday, wasn't out on the ice this morning -- is that a situation where you just sort of just give him his space are you talking to him about stuff?"— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) January 7, 2021
His full answer: pic.twitter.com/glFi9IGtfk
Some not terribly encouraging news about Jesper Bratt:
Elliotte Friedman on SN590 says that he checked on the Jesper Bratt negotiation on Monday and heard it's not close. Bratt is still in Sweden— J (@Account4hockey) January 7, 2021
Will the Blue Jackets end up moving Pierre Luc-Dubois, even after signing him to a two-year deal? (also a brief mention here of the connection between former Coyotes GM John Chayka and the Devils): [TSN]
As we jump into the season, what will the trade market look like? Will trades happen across the United States-Canada border? [Sportsnet]
The Bruins have named Patrice Bergeron captain:
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