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Non-Devils Issues, Views & Analysis

General issues, views, and analyses for players not on the New Jersey Devils or discussing other teams that do not include the Devils.

The Post-Game Discipline for Headshots Mess Caused by Perverse Incentives in the CBA, the NHL, the NHLPA, & the Refereeing

Nico Hischier’s impending return and Jacob Trouba’s headshot on Tomas Nosek has got me thinking about NHL discipline for headshots. The NHL’s post-game discipline is a mess caused by the league, the player’s union, and the referees.

The NHL EDGE: Not Dull But Not So Sharp

Earlier this week, the NHL announced a new feature of their stats site: NHL EDGE, which is an output of the player and puck tracking the league now does. This post reviews the new feature with a focus on Jack Hughes.

Weekly Metropolitan Division Snapshot: 10/15/2023 - 10/21/2023

Welcome to the first weekly Metropolitan Division snapshot of the 2023-24 season. The Carolina Hurricanes begin in first, the Pittsburgh Penguins rebounded to take second, and a shootout loss helps the New Jersey Devils start in third. Check out what happened last week and what’s next for all eight teams in the division.

New Jersey Devils 2023-24 Season Preview Part 3: The Goalies

With opening day closing in, we take a look at the third part of the AATJ’s season preview, a recent sore spot in New Jersey before last season: the goalies.

Comparing Eastern Conference Top Six Center Duos

The Devils are built primarily down the middle and on the backend. Where do Hischier and Hughes rank among top six centers in the east?

A Devils Perspective on the Ongoing Ivan Fedotov Saga

Flyers 2015 seventh round draft pick goaltender Ivan Fedotov signed an entry level contract back in 2022. Since then, he has been detained for military service, signed a contract with CSKA Moscow, and played for them despite an IIHF suspension. This saga impacts the Devils, the NHL, and the international hockey landscape.

Getting Goalied Revisited: The Threshold, the 2023 Playoffs, & the Devils Since March 17

This post revisits the familiar yet frustrating concept in hockey called "getting goalied." It re-visits the definition and threshold and looks at how often it happened to the New Jersey Devils in the 2023 playoffs and in the season since March 17, 2023.

A Surface-Level Overview of Hockey in New Jersey Beyond the Devils

The New Jersey Devils is the state’s only professional team with New Jersey in it. However, hockey goes beyond the Devils in the Garden State. This post gives an overview of the various teams at all levels that play hockey in New Jersey.

The NHL Goalies Who Played for Trophies: 2008-2023

Are the goalies who make deep playoff runs the ones who had great seasons? This post looks at the final four playoff goalies as well as the top ones from 2007-08 to 2022-23 and concludes: Not necessarily. This is relevant to a New Jersey Devils team rumored to want to upgrade their goaltending position.

2023 Offseason Metropolitan Division Snapshot

Now that the NHL’s free agency period is over a week old, this offseason snapshot for 2023 looks at how the Metropolitan Division has done so far. Who got better? Who did not? This post looks at it all at a higher level.

A Good Low Key First Day of Free Agency for the New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils did not do any flashy or expensive moves on the first day of free agency. GM Tom Fitzgerald and his staff had a good, low key day to retain two fourth liners and add some organizational depth. This post summarizes his day as well as lists 10 of the worst contracts handed out on July 1, 2023.

The 2023 Free Agency Frenzy Open Post for the New Jersey Devils

The calendar week of the 2023 NHL Awards and 2023 NHL Draft ends with the most expensive day of the offseason: Free Agency Frenzy. It is back on July 1. When noon strikes, unrestricted free agents can sign with anyone. What will the New Jersey Devils and the other 31 teams do? Talk about it here as it happens.

No Trophies for Second Place: Devils Did Not Win at 2023 NHL Awards

The 2023 NHL Awards Show was a boring and awkward slog. It also had no New Jersey Devils winning. Nico Hischier, Jack Hughes, and Lindy Ruff all finished second for the Selke, Lady Byng, and Jack Adams trophies. This post goes over the results and laments the show.

Trade Possibilities Revisited for the New Jersey Devils 2023 Offseason

The NHL trade market continues to grow with less than a week before the 2023 NHL Draft. Enough has happened to warrant another Devils-specific look at it, focusing on who the Devils could trade, revisiting Connor Hellebuyck, and more.

Elias & Mogilny Snubbed by Hockey Hall of Fame Once More

Earlier today, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced their inducted players and builders for 2023. Patrik Elias and Alexander Mogilny were not selected, but, somehow, Tom Barrasso and Mike Vernon were. Really. This is a lament.

Reports: New Jersey Devils to Hire Travis Green to Replace Andrew Brunette

Elliotte Friedman reported on Twitter after noon today that Travis Green will be joining the New Jersey Devils to replace Andrew Brunette’s spot on the staff. This post is a late reaction to the news as well as a quick dive into whether the Canucks’ power play was good under Green.

Trade Targets to Consider for the New Jersey Devils 2023 Offseason

The offseason is not just for making picks and signing free agents. It can be about trades. This post goes into some names the New Jersey Devils should consider in a deal - and even a few to avoid.

Devils Potential Free Agent Targets: Bottom Six Forwards

With free agency starting on July 1, the New Jersey Devils may look to the market to fill in some gaps in their bottom two forward lines. This post goes over some pending free agent forwards who can play those limited minutes.

New Jersey Devils to Play at MetLife Stadium in 2024 Stadium Series Against Philadelphia Flyers

A decade after a game in Yankee Stadium, the New Jersey Devils will host the Philadelphia Flyers on February 17, 2024 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey. This post reacts tonight’s announcement of the outdoor game.

Andrew Brunette Hired as Head Coach by Nashville; How it Impacts New Jersey Devils

Kevin Weekes broke the news today that the Nashville Predators hired Andrew Brunette to be their head coach. This post is a reaction to the news, points out how much better the power play was under Brunette compared to Recchi, and names Sarge as a potential option to fill the now open position.

The 2023 New Jersey Devils Offseason Preview: Free Agency & NHL Draft

After a fantastic 2022-23 season, the expectations for the New Jersey Devils are more than just getting into the playoffs in 2023-24. The work to achieve that will continue in the 2023 offseason. This post previews the Summer’s main activities for the Devils: free agency & the NHL Draft.

The AAtJ Open Post for the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs & World Championships

As is tradition when the New Jersey Devils are not in the playoffs, this is an open post for all 2023 Stanley Cup Playoff discussion at All About the Jersey. This also includes discussion of the 2023 IIHF World Championships.

The Issues with Carolina’s Aggressive Forecheck

The Carolina Hurricanes defended the New Jersey Devils exceptionally well in Game 1. That all started with Carolina’s aggressive forecheck. This post goes into what it was, the issues inherent in it, and what the Devils might want to try to do about their 1-2-2 (or 2-1-2) forecheck.

Predictions for the Next 30 Years of the NHL and New Jersey Devils

Since the 2022-23 New Jersey Devils are playoff-bound, and the next three games do not mean much, let’s look ahead and predict what could happen on and off the ice for the NHL and the Devils over the next 30 years.

Getting Goalied: It Happens to Everyone, Even the 2022-23 New Jersey Devils

It is never fun to see the New Jersey Devils getting goalied in a game. But is there a way to objectively define such a game? This post comes up with a definition and applies it to the 2022-23 New Jersey Devils. The post also reveals how often the Devils goalied their opponents and lit up opposing goalies.

The 2023 NHL Trade Deadline & the New Jersey Devils Open Post

Today is the day of the NHL Trade Deadline for the 2023 season. By 3 PM ET, all trades must be registered with the league. The New Jersey Devils already got Timo Meier in what has been a very active deadline week. Will they do more? Who else will be dealt? Discuss it all as it happens in the comments to this post.

A 2023 New Jersey Devils Trade Deadline Preview & the Many Issues in Making a NHL Trade

The NHL Trade Deadline is in two weeks. Here is a New Jersey Devils trade preview as well as a listing of all of the issues involved in making a trade in the NHL.

The Big Deal in Florida: The 2023 NHL All Star Weekend Open Post

This weekend is for the NHL All-Stars. The Skills Competition is on Friday, the All-Star Game Tourney is on Saturday, and Jack Hughes is representing the New Jersey Devils. Talk about it here as it happens.

A Response to Sean Fitz-Gerald’s & The Athletic’s Hatchet Job on Scott Stevens

Sean Fitz-Gerald, former 2015 Sportswriter of the Year per Sports Media Canada, wrote up a retrospective piece on Scott Stevens for The Athletic. It is a terrible hatchet job that cannot be ignored. This is a response to the awful post.

Weekly Metropolitan Division Snapshot: 10/30 - 11/05

In the third weekly Metropolitan Division snapshot of the 2022-23 season, the Philadelphia Flyers are actually in first place. In a crammed division where two points separate first from seventh, check out what happened last week and what’s next for all eight teams in the division.

Weekly Metropolitan Division Snapshot: 10/23 - 10/29

In the second weekly Metropolitan Division snapshot of the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins remain on top, the New Jersey Devils swept their week to move up to fifth, and only the New York Islanders put up a losing record for the week. Read on to see what all 8 teams have done and what’s next for them.

Weekly Metropolitan Division Snapshot: 10/16 - 10/22

As the 2022-23 NHL regular season has begun, so returns the weekly Metropolitan Division snapshot. This post looks at the week that was and the week ahead for all eight teams in the division. Read on to see that Pittsburgh has taken an early lead and Columbus is in the basement.