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The Devils held off the Islanders and Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri on Thursday night for a 2-1 win. The Devils have decided to go 5-1-1 down the stretch here, which is, um, fine, but not exactly ideal if you’re thinking about draft position. [NHL] [All About the Jersey] [NorthJersey.com]
Our other Nico is in the fold:
#NEWS: We've signed Nico Daws to his ELC. Congrats, Nico!#NJDevils | @investorsbank https://t.co/mhIGcVEaZM— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) May 5, 2021
It’s official: The Devils have a new AHL affiliate.
We are proud to announce a 10-year affiliation deal between the @NJDevils and Utica Comets!— Utica Comets (@UticaComets) May 6, 2021
Read up on the details here: https://t.co/0FO2jGHjTo pic.twitter.com/ccpER741gx
You’re probably familiar with the situation by this point:
May 4, 2021
New York Rangers Fined $250,000. https://t.co/W70Meln7Lr pic.twitter.com/R0MvLhGQVq— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 6, 2021
And of course, the Rangers canned GM Jeff Gorton and team president John Davidson on Wednesday and have promoted Chris Drury into those roles. [ESPN]
Is George Parros at any risk job-wise, given the comments from the Rangers? It doesn’t sound like it. TSN’s Frank Seravalli: “According to multiple team and league sources, the Rangers’ statement galvanized support for Parros and the Department of Player Safety from other teams and general managers in feedback that was delivered to the commissioner’s office. That support did not wane after gloves littered the Garden ice on Wednesday night. Nearly half of the NHL’s general managers – the gatekeepers of the league who collectively influence the policy that governs Parros’ department – were canvassed for this story and not one expressed concern or doubt about Parros’ competence.” [TSN]
Might we hear from The Great One on ESPN? It sounds like ESPN has approached Wayne Gretzky about a broadcasting role. [The Athletic ($)]
Congrats to Anze Kopitar:
1000 points for the Kings legend Anze Kopitar pic.twitter.com/aG293quli7— TSN (@TSN_Sports) May 6, 2021
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