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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.

What Football Manager Helped Me Better Understand about Hockey Management

A NHL GM has to do more than just put a good roster together. There is much more to literally manage. And one of the best games on the market to express is actually about being a soccer manager. This post explains what I learned from Football Manager about hockey management.

Where Did the 32 NHL GMs Come From? Part 2

Tom Fitzgerald was an Assistant General Manager to Ray Shero and was hired as the GM of the New Jersey Devils as Shero’s replacement. Is this common path for other GMs in the NHL? This second of two parts looks at the staffing history of the other GMs in the league to see if they had success prior to their position.

Where Did the 32 NHL GMs Come From? Part 1

Tom Fitzgerald was an Assistant General Manager to Ray Shero and was hired as the GM of the New Jersey Devils as Shero’s replacement. Is this common path for other GMs in the NHL? This first of two parts looks at the staffing history of the other GMs in the league to see if they had success prior to their position.

NHL Players Can Participate at 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

This morning, the NHL, NHLPA, and IIHF announced that NHL players can participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. This post reacts to the news, the memo sent to the players, a summary of the qualifying games, and includes an early preview of the event.

NHL & NHLPA Agree to New COVID-19 Protocols for 2021-22 Season

This evening, the NHL and NHLPA agreed to new COVID-19 protocols for the 2021-22 season. This post goes over the main points of those protocols, their impact, and touches briefly on New Jersey’s status.

An Incredibly Early 2022 Olympics Projection for Devils Players & Men’s USA Hockey

Signs are showing that the NHL expects to pause for the 2022 Winter Olympics next February. Thus, assuming the NHL does participate, this post is a very early projection of which New Jersey Devils players could go to Beijing and who could represent America in men’s ice hockey.

The 2021 Free Agency Frenzy Open Post for the New Jersey Devils

Get ready for NHL teams to spend a lot when the clock strikes noon. Unrestricted free agency begins today. This is the annual open post for Devils fans to discuss everything that happens today. The New Jersey Devils have over $30 million in cap space. They can spend. What will they and others spend on today? React to it all here.

A New Jersey Devils 2021 Free Agency Frenzy Preview

The third main event of the 2021 NHL offseason begins at noon on Wednesday, July 28. Free agency begins then and the New Jersey Devils have the cap space to make something happen. This post previews what the Devils can and need to do in free agency. And the Dougie.

Seattle Kraken Took Nathan Bastian from New Jersey Devils in Expansion Draft

The Seattle Kraken took right winger Nathan Bastian from the New Jersey Devils in the Expansion Draft. This post is a quick reaction to that previously leaked news and reacts to ESPN’s unimpressive return to broadcasting NHL events.

The 2021 Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft & the New Jersey Devils Open Post

This is the open post to discuss all the choices, activities, events, and other news that will be made at the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft. With a New Jersey Devils focus as this is for the People Who Matter - the Devils fans.

The 2021 Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft Preview for the New Jersey Devils Fan

Tonight is the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft. One member of the New Jersey Devils will be picked by Seattle. This post previews the event by explaining when is it, how to watch it, where it will be, who is involved, and its potential impact on the Devils.

Ty Smith Earned 2021 NHL All-Rookie Team Spot; Finished 7th in Calder Trophy Voting

New Jersey Devils defenseman Ty Smith was named to the 2021 NHL All-Rookie Team by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. He also finished seventh in Calder Trophy voting. This post quickly reacts to this news.

Which Cap-Strapped Teams Should the New Jersey Devils Target in the 2021 Offseason?

The New Jersey Devils will enter the 2021 offseason with a lot of cap space even after they take care of their own free agents. This can be used as an asset. By offering relief to cap-strapped teams, the Devils can pry more assets from them. This post looks at who those teams may be this Summer.

Devils in Riga: The AAtJ Open Post for the 2021 IIHF World Championships

This morning in New Jersey and this late afternoon in Riga, the 2021 IIHF World Championships begin. Six players in the New Jersey Devils organization will represent their nations in this year’s tourney from Nico Hischier to Matt Hellickson. Fans can discuss all of the action from the WCs here in this open post.

The AAtJ Open Post for the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

As is tradition when the New Jersey Devils are not in the playoffs, this is an open post for all 2021 Stanley Cup Playoff discussion at All About the Jersey. Only the Islanders and Oilers impact the Devils’ picks this year.

The NHL Should Consider the Play-In Tournament

The NBA added a play-in tournament this season before the playoffs proper, and it has created lots of drama at the end of the regular season. The NHL should consider something similar.

James Dolan, Your Hockey Team Needs You!

The Rangers and their fans, suffering under the delusion that they were executing a reasonably successful rebuild effort, have been correctly disabused of that notion by their wise owner. Now, Mr. Dolan, it is time for you to grab hold of the reins and steer this franchise to the promised land.

Welcome to The Week of Pity Against the Second-Rate Rivals Philadelphia Flyers

The New Jersey Devils will close out the month of April with four games in seven days from Sunday to Saturday against their second most-hated rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers. This post goes in on the Flyers as it declares this to be The Week of Pity.

Welcome to The Week of Hate: It’s 2021 & The New York Rangers Still Suck

The Week of Hate begins, a stretch of four consecutive games between the New Jersey Devils and Our Hated Rivals, the New York Rangers. Before the first game, this post rants about how the Rangers still suck - even if they should prevail in The Week of Hate.

An Early Look at the Seattle Expansion Draft for the New Jersey Devils

One of the challenges for this year’s NHL Trade Deadline is the fact that there will be an expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken in July. As the deadline is two weeks away, this post takes an early look at the expansion draft to see who the New Jersey Devils should protect and expose for it.

A Stupendously Early Look at the 2021 NHL Draft for the Devils Fan

With the New Jersey Devils idle for two weeks, it is a time as any to take a really early look at the 2021 NHL Draft class. This post highlights the top defensemen and forward prospect, the one top goaltender prospect, and even has a look at the potentially spectacular 2022 NHL Draft class.

An All About the Jersey Hockey Stat Primer: Goals Above Replacement & Game Score

In a final part for 2020 for the All About the Jersey hockey stat primer, this post summarizes two catch-all statistics: Game Score by Dom Luszczyszyn and Goals Above Replacement (Wins Above Replacement) by Josh and Luke Younggren of Evolving-Hockey.

2021 World Junior Championships Preview & Open Post for the Devils Fan

Merry Christmas and the start of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championships. This year’s tourney features six New Jersey Devils prospects: Dawson Mercer, Patrick Moynihan, Shakir Mukhamadullin, Arseni Gritsyuk, Alexander Holtz, and Jaromir Pytlik. This is a WJC preview and an open post for Devils fans to discuss this year’s tourney as it happens.

NHL Releases 2021 Season Schedule; New Jersey Devils Host Boston to Start & Visit the Islanders to End

This afternoon, the National Hockey League released the 2021 schedule for the regular season. This post is a quick breakdown of the schedule for the New Jersey Devils that is lighter on back-to-back games and heavier on consecutive games against opponents.

Official: NHL & NHLPA Agree to 56-Game Season for 2021 Starting January 13

The plan has been approved by the NHL and the NHLPA. It is officially announced this afternoon that there will be a 56-game NHL season starting on January 13. Read on for additional details about the season such as the name of the Devils’ division, the taxi squad requirements, and more.

An All About the Jersey Hockey Stat Primer: Three Common Biases in Stats

Hockey stats are not perfect, not even the "advanced" stats. This post goes over three common biases in stats: the streetlight effect, success bias, and scorer bias. It includes a turkey sub, Scott Wedgewood, and some team stats from last season.

NHL & NHLPA Tentatively Agree to 56 Game Season for 2021

This evening, news came out that the NHL and NHLPA have tentatively agreed to a 56-game season for 2021. This post goes over the major details revealed so far, what has to happen next, and shares hope that the plan will pass.

The Pandemic Ushers in the NHL Ad-pocalypse

Thanks in part to the financial damage wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL’s advertisers have arrived at one of the final sponsorship frontiers, the uniform.

An All About the Jersey Hockey Stat Primer: Goaltending

Continuing the series of primers about hockey stats, this post focuses on goaltending. This includes save percentages, quality starts, goals saved above average, and a return of expected goals. All with Devils-appropriate examples.

An All About the Jersey Hockey Stat Primer: Teammates and Competition

Continuing the series of primers about hockey stats, this post focuses on teammates and competition. This includes an explanation of why they are not used at a season level, why they are more valuable at a game-to-game level, and a couple of tools used for both with Devils players used as examples to demonstrate these concepts.

An All About the Jersey Hockey Stat Primer: Scoring Chances & Expected Goals

Continuing the series of primers about hockey stats, this post focuses on scoring chances and expected goals. This includes an explanation of what a chance is, where danger came from, a brief history of expected goals, and multiple Devils used as examples for these concepts.

An All About the Jersey Hockey Stat Primer: Shooting and Save Percentages and PDO.

Continuing the series of primers about hockey stats, this post focuses on shooting percentage, save percentage, and PDO. This also includes the Law of Large Numbers, the Gambler’s Fallacy, and plenty of Kyle Palmieri.