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Devils in the Details - 12/13/23: The Future Edition

New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 12/13/23

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NHL: DEC 10 Devils at Oilers
New Jersey Devils Defenceman Simon Nemec (17) and New Jersey Devils Goalie Akira Schmid (40) in action in the first period of the Edmonton Oilers game versus the New Jersey Devils on December 10, 2023 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB.
Photo by Curtis Comeau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Here are your links for today:

Devils Links

“...Akira Schmid has quietly given the Devils some pretty stable goaltending of late. He hasn’t flipped a switch and become the second coming of Martin Brodeur but he has played good hockey, which is all the team needs.” [Infernal Access ($)]

A lot to be excited about here:

​​Hockey Links

Craig Berube is out in St. Louis:

“Monumental Sports & Entertainment owner Ted Leonsis and Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) will appear together Wednesday at an event in Alexandria’s Potomac Yard area, according to multiple people familiar with the details, suggesting that a plan to build a new arena there for the Washington Capitals and Wizards is close to a formal announcement. Monumental has not definitively said whether it would move the Capitals and Wizards across the Potomac River. But news of the joint appearance by Leonsis and Youngkin prompted D.C. officials to make an 11th-hour attempt to keep both teams downtown.” [Washington Post]

Two suspensions:

“The players are the product and the entertainment. They should not be the ones doling out the discipline. It’s time the referees adhered to a higher standard and streamlined dangerous hits from behind. Because if they’re not careful, we’ll end up with another regrettable situation on our hands.” [The Athletic ($)]

Some changes to the All-Star Skills event: “Instead of every All-Star participating, the new format will feature just 12 NHL players battling one another in eight events. They’ll receive points for where they place in those events. The individual player who accumulates the most points on the night will win $1 million.” [ESPN]

“There’s no way around it: Ovechkin’s scoring-chance metrics are the worst of his career, right up there with the Dale Hunter lowpoint of 2011-12. The numbers read like they belong to a different player. And Ovechkin arguably looks similarly unrecognizable on the ice, having visibly lost a step. So the question I’m nudging us toward is: if we do accept that the age monster finally has Ovechkin in its clutches, and he’s no longer going to score like a man 10 years younger, can he still catch Gretzky in goals? And how long will he have to play to do so?” [Daily Faceoff]

“Chicago Wolves head coach Bob Nardella has been suspended 10 games by the American Hockey League for using anti-gay language toward officials in a game at the Texas Stars on Saturday.” [ESPN]

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