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Devils in the Details - 2/3/21: On Pause Edition

New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 2/3/21

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New Jersey Devils v Buffalo Sabres
BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 31: Assistant coach Mark Recchi (L), head coach Lindy Ruff (R) and New Jersey Devils players follow the action during an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres on January 31, 2021 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. New Jersey won, 5-3.
Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images

Here are your links for today:

Devils Links

By now you’re likely aware that the Devils season is on pause because of COVID-19:

Here’s the latest on absences:

And now the Sabres are on pause as well. The whole situation raises a few questions about the league’s protocols.

Nothing particularly new here, but a nice piece from Greg Wyshynski here talking about Jack Hughes’ progress from last season to this season: [ESPN ($)]

Following news that the Penguins had some vague interest in Tom Fitzgerald for their GM job, Elliotte Friedman pretty well shuts that all down: “New Jersey does not want to let Tom Fitzgerald interview. The Devils consider him an important part of their future, and it sounds like they’re going to address his situation.” Does this mean the team is going to lock up Fitzgerald? It certainly sounds like it. [The Athletic ($)] [Sportsnet]

Hockey Links

Sounds like the 2022 Beijing Olympics will feature hockey played on North American-sized ice rinks. [TSN]

It seems Tony DeAngelo has played his last game as a New York Ranger. GM Jeff Gorton: “I told him if his name came up in anything at all that he would be on waivers. I felt like I had to stay true to my word, the organization’s word.” [ESPN]

Feel free to discuss these and any other hockey-related stories in the comments below.