With the NHL season paused due to cornavirus concerns, Devils owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer announced that he would continue to pay hourly employees of the Prudential Center.
"We are incredibly grateful for the community of people that come together each game and event night to make the Prudential Center an unbelievably special place for our fans," Harris said. "We realize the suspension of our Devils games and concerts has created an unintended hardship for the men and women who provide for their families and believe our commitment to them in this unprecedented time is imperative."
After the NBA's decision Wednesday night to suspend the season due to the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, the NHL followed suit Thursday afternoon.
The NHL announced before Thursday's games that it would be pausing the season with the hope of resuming games when "appropriate and prudent."
Along with the NBA and NHL, most NCAA conference tournaments have been cancelled, and MLB is expected to suspend operations on Friday.
Clearly big sellers at the NHL trade deadline, the Devils have sent defenseman Sami Vatanen to the Carolina Hurricanes and goaltender Louis Domingue to the Vancouver Canucks, per multiple reports.
Vatanen, who is currently on injured reserve, is being traded to Carolina, per TSN's Pierre LeBrun, for prospects Fredrik Claesson, Janne Kuokkanen and a conditional fourth -ound pick, reports NHL Network's Elliotte Friedman.
Domingue will cross the border to Canada, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie, in exchange for fellow goalie Zane McIntyre.
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The Devils have traded RW Wayne Simmonds to the Buffalo Sabres, per multiple reports.
In return, the Devils will receive a conditional fifth round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, which can potentially become a fourth rounder if the Sabres makes the playoffs and Simmonds plays 10 games. The Sabres are currently eight points out of the second wild card spot in the eastern conference.
According to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, the Devils will retain half of Simmond's $5 salary/cap hit, and there currently is no extension in place between Simmond -- an unrestricted free agent this year -- and the Sabres, but one could be in play depending on how he plays in Buffalo.
For the second time in as many months, Ilya Kovalchuk is on the move. The former Devils left wing from 2010-13, who left the NHL entirely in July 2013, was traded Sunday evening by the Montreal Canadiens to the Washington Capitals for a 2020 third-round draft pick.
Kovalchuk started the 2019-20 season with the Los Angeles Kings, the team he signed a three-year, $18.75-million contract with in June 2018, before his Dec. 17 release. The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder signed a one-year, two-year league minimum contract Jan. 3 with the Canadiens.
Through 39 games, Kovalchuk has 22 points on nine goals and 13 assists. He split his production between the Kings and Canadiens, netting nine points with Los Angeles before adding 13 in Montreal, and the Capitals believe the veteran has more left to give.
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The Devils traded center Blake Coleman to the Tampa Bay Lightning for left wing Nolan Foote and a first-round pick in the 2020 NHL draft, New Jersey announced Sunday evening.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Devils traded defenseman Andy Greene to the New York Islands for defenseman David Quenneville and a second-round 2021 draft pick.
Coleman, 28, had entered his fourth NHL season -- all with the Devils -- after New Jersey originally signed him to a two-year entry level contract out of Miami (Ohio) University.
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The Devils traded defenseman Andy Greene to the Islanders on Sunday afternoon, in exchange for defenseman David Quenneville and New York's second-round pick in the 2021 NHL draft, the team announced.
Quenneville, 21, will report to the Devils' AHL affiliate in Binghamton, New York.
New Jersey now has seven picks in the 2021 NHL Draft -- their own first, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth-rounds picks, in addition to New York's second-round pick and Arizona's third-round pick.
A little over one month after the Devils' Dec. 3 firing of head coach John Hynes, they announced their next change in leadership with general manager Ray Shero out.
On Sunday afternoon, the Devils announced that they parted ways with Shero, who was the organization's GM since the start of the 2015-16 season.
The Devils released the following statement on the front office change, which applies the interim tag to assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald.
Devils forward Kyle Palmieri was named to his second-straight NHL All-Star game on Monday.
The 28-year-old leads the Devils with 27 points and 15 goals this season. Nico Hischier is currently second on the Devils with 22 points.
Palmieri participated in last season's All-Star festivities after he replaced then-teammate Taylor Hall on the Metropolitan Division roster.
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After being scratched in each of the last two games, Taylor Hall was traded by the Devils to the Arizona Coyotes, the team announced on Monday.
In return, the Devils received a pair of draft picks, including Arizona's first-rounder in 2020, along with defenseman Kevin Bahl and forwards Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr.
Hall was expected to be a leader on and off the ice for the Devils, who brought in P.K. Subban in the offseason along with No. 1 overall draft pick Jack Hughes.
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After being held out of Friday night's game in Colorado, Taylor Hall is once again out of the lineup as the Devils prepare to take on the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, according to NHL reporter John Shannon.
Hall skated in warmups on Friday, but was a healthy scratch for what the Devils termed as "precautionary reasons."
Rumors have swirled over the past week that New Jersey was shopping the 28-year-old, and those rumors intensified after he was taken out of the lineup against the Avalanche.
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The Devils announced Tuesday afternoon that they have relieved John Hynes of his head coaching duties and will elevate Alain Nasreddine to interim head coach.
Hynes had been the head coach of the Devils since 2015 and held a 150-159-18 record during his four-plus seasons with the team.
This season, the Devils have gone 9-13-4 with 22 and sit at the bottom of the eastern conference. Despite having the No. 1 pick in 2017 and 2019--which turned into Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes-- and the additions of Taylor Hall and P.K. Subban, the Devils haven't progressed much since Hynes took the reins.
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A game after recording his first career NHL point, Jack Hughes lit the lamp for the first time to give the Devils a 1-0 lead over the Vancouver Canucks.
With the Devils on the power-play, Taylor Hall skated along the left wing half-board, before picking out Hughes with a beautiful cross-ice pass. Hughes made no mistake and rifled it past Thatcher Demko for the goal.
The Devils locked up a key piece of both their present and their future on Friday, signing center Nico Hischier to a seven-year contract extension, worth an average annual value of $7.25 million. The contract is set to begin in the 2020-2021 season.
Hischier, 20, was the first overall pick in the 2017 draft and scored 99 points (37 goals, 62 assists) in his first two NHL seasons. In six games this season, the Swiss native has collected a pair of assists.
The move futher solidifies the core of the Devils, who added star defenseman P.K. Subban in the offseason a day after drafting Jack Hughes No. 1 overall. They came into the season as one of the more talked about teams in the league, but began the season 0-4-2 before collecting their first win of the season over the Rangers on Thursday.
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Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko went head-to-head on Thursday night for the first time since the duo was selected first and second, respectively, in this year's NHL Draft.
With the Devils already up 2-1 in the second period, Hughes recorded his first NHL point. with under eight minutes to play in the period, Matt Tennyson wristed a shot from the point. The shot deflected off of Hughes' stick, then bounced off Miles Wood's backside and into net past Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev.
Wood was credited with the goal, but Hughes picked up his first career NHL point on the play.
Disappointing seasons from the Rangers and Devils prompted impressive offseason work from both organizations. It certainly helped that both teams had the top two picks in the NHL Draft -- selections that netted potentially franchise-altering talents in Kappo Kakko and Jack Hughes, respectively.
While they didn't have a high draft pick or significant free agent signing, the Islanders made a handful of moves, mainly in the form of re-signings. For the most part, their roster enters 2019-20 relatively unchanged.
Taking all of this into consideration, here's a closer look at the biggest moves each organization made...
Jack Hughes, the Devils first overall draft pick, donned the red and white jersey for the first time on Tuesday when he took the ice for the start of the team's developmental camp.
"Yeah, it was good to get out here. Good little skate to get our feet under us. It was good to get out there with the jersey for the first time."
While Hughes admitted the hype has gone down and he's had time to relax by the pool, he's ready to start soaking in all the information his new coaches will be throwing at him as he gets acclimated to his new team.
Jack Hughes, the New Jersey Devils' first-round pick and first overall pick of the NHL Draft, was officially introduced as a Devil on Tuesday at the Prudential Center in Newark where he unveiled he will be wearing No. 86.
The 18-year-old joined SNY's Dan Graca for a few minutes to discuss what it was like being the No. 1 pick and what lies ahead for his NHL career, plus much more.
"It's been a whirlwind," he said. "I'm really excited to be a Devil."
P.K. Subban is optimistic in his new team and what No. 1 pick Jack Hughes brings to the Devils.
A day after New Jersey acquired Subban in a trade with the Nashville Predators, Subban said he is looking forward to joining a team with playoff potential.
"My main objective is to come in and be a good mentor for the young guys, but I'm coming to win," Subban told the New York Post's Mollie Walker. "I'm not coming for participation, I want a Stanley Cup ring and I want to do that in New Jersey."
The Devils continue to load up on talent.
One day after selecting Jack Hughes first overall in the NHL Draft, the Devils acquired defenseman P.K. Subban in a trade with the Nasvhille Predators, according to Pierre LeBrun of TSN.
The Devils will send defensemen Jeremy Davis and Steven Santini, plus a 2019 second-round pick and 2020 second-round pick to Nashville.
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The Devils selected center Jack Hughes with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
He'll likely become the first-ever player to make the jump straight from the USA Hockey National Team Development Program to the NHL.
Here are six facts to know about the 18-year-old Hughes.
It wouldn't have mattered which team had the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft. Jack Hughes just wants to be the first player taken.
"You always dream of being No. 1," Hughes told reporters Friday at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo. "You don't dream of being two, three or four when you're a young kid."
But the 18-year-old American center isn't about to ruffle any feathers. Asked whether he'd look better in red or blue, with the Devils and Rangers holding the top two picks in the NHL Draft, Hughes said, "I think I'd look good in either."
It was a rough season for the NHL's Hudson River Rivalry.
The Devils took a huge step back after making the playoffs in 2017-18, their 72 points the third-fewest in the league, while the Rangers were only six points better as they embarked on their first full season of their rebuild.
But next month's NHL Draft represents an opportunity for both teams to add a potential game-changing prospect, as the Devils hold the No. 1 pick with the Rangers picking right after at No. 2. American center Jack Hughes and Finnish wing Kaapo Kakko should be the top-two picks in some order, with Hughes long pegged as the top prospect in this draft class.
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Although no New York-area teams made it to the Stanley Cup Final this year, the Empire State will still have a large impact on hockey's grandest stage. Twelve players from the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues have connections with the New York metro area in some way, so local fans still have plenty of reasons to tune in.
The Bruins have one of the largest collections of American-born hockey players of any team in the NHL. Not surprisingly, several of them have called New York home for at least part of their careers.
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Time will tell whether the Devils thinking highly enough of Kaapo Kakko to take him over long-presumed No. 1 NHL Draft pick Jack Hughes, but Kakko's emergence over the last year has at least made it a debate.
And Kakko thinks it can happen, especially as he dominates in the IIHF World Championship.
"This is a big thing for me for the draft," Kakko told NHL.com through a translator. "I think I can be the first (pick)."
The NHL Draft gets more interesting by the day.
Because the more Kaapo Kakko plays in the IIHF World Championship, the more he impresses, adding intrigue to the Devils' decision on whom to select first overall.
The Finnish wing, who will go to the Rangers at No. 2 if the Devils take American center Jack Hughes at No. 1, scored a beauty of a goal on Thursday for his sixth goal of the tournament.
The tournament is only two days old, but Kaapo Kakko is already the talk of the IIHF World Championship.
The 18-year-old Finnish wing scored a hat trick Saturday in Finland's 4-2 win over Slovakia, giving him five goals after he scored two in the team's opener on Friday.
Kakko's first of the game was a long one-timer. He showed brilliant hands on his second goal before adding an empty-netter.
It appears as if there could be a good ol' New York vs. New Jersey battle for Finnish hockey phenom Kaapo Kakko.
Many expect the 18-year-old forward to go second overall to the Rangers, but perhaps it is too early to count out the Devils just yet.
Kakko scored an impressive goal at the IIHF Worlds on Friday, grabbing the puck on a breakaway while a defender attempted to trip him from behind. Kakko escaped free of the defender's stick while also deking out the goalie to sneak the puck past him.
When the clip of the goal surfaced on Twitter, the Rangers tweeted out the eyeball emoji while the Devils tweeted out a double eyes emoji along with a gif of the goal five minutes later.
The probable top two picks in the 2019 NHL Draft have topped NHL Central Scouting's final rankings lists, which were released Monday.
The Devils drew the No. 1 pick in the June draft during last week's NHL Draft Lottery, while the Rangers came away with the No. 2 pick. Hughes has long been considered the consensus No. 1 selection, but there's been recent talk of Kakko at least closing the gap on Hughes as far as who the top prospect is in this year's draft class after a strong season in the Finnish Liiga.
Winter is here.
With Game of Thrones set to return Sunday for its eighth and final season, New York athletes gave their predictions and talked about theories for how the saga will end.
The 2019 NHL Draft lottery took place on Tuesday night, and it was the New Jersey Devils' card that flipped to lock in the No. 1 pick.
This is the second time in the last three years the Devils were awarded the top pick, as they landed it in 2017 as well. They spent it on Nico Hischier, who has collected 99 points over two years thus far.
After hearing the announcement, Devils GM Ray Shero couldn't be happier as he said "we need talent." That statement comes after a dismal Devils season where they finished last in the Eastern Conference with a 31-41-10 record.
The Devils snapped their two-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score
- 3:54 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Connor Carrick, Mirco Mueller
- 14:34 NJD Travis Zajac (power play); Assists: Damon Severson, Nico Hischier
- 18:40 NYR Brett Howden; Assists: Connor Brickley, Neal Pionk
This spring marks the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest non-Stanley Cup Finals playoff series in history -- the New York Rangers' epic seven-game Eastern Conference finals win over the New Jersey Devils. The Rangers, on their way to their first championship since 1940 that season, trailed three games to two before winning Game 6 when Mark Messier backed up his victory guarantee with a natural third-period hat trick and winning Game 7 on Stephane Matteau's goal in the second overtime.
The tri-state rivals will not commemorate the anniversary with a similarly high-stakes meeting this spring. Instead, the Rangers and Devils will each be looking to take solace in playing out the string in inspired fashion Monday night, when they complete their season series as New Jersey hosts New York in Newark.
A shootout was needed to decide who took the win in the Devils-Coyotes matchup on Saturday afternoon, and New Jersey came away with the victory, 2-1, on their home ice. >> Box score
- 2:31 PHX Oliver Ekman-Larsson; Assists: Alex Galchenyuk, Conor Garland
- 17:01 NJD Drew Stafford; Assists: Pavel Zacha, Miles Wood
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The injury-riddled Devils lost their third straight game Thursday night, falling 5-1 to the Bruins in Newark. New Jersey has lost 10 of its last 12 games. Cory Schneider stopped 22 of 26 shot. >> Box score
- 18:34 BOS Patrice Bergeron; Assists: David Pastrnak; Brad Marchand
Devils backup goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood struggled in net during the second period, allowing three unanswered goals as New Jersey fell to the Washington Capitals, 4-1. >> Box score
- 2:52 WAS Andre Burakovsky; Assists: Nic Dowd, Brett Connolly
- 19:59 NJD Kenny Agostino
The Washington Capitals conclude a four-game road stretch when they visit the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
New Jersey (27-37-9) has been eliminated from playoff contention and is returning from a six-game road trip to open a four-game homestand.
The Devils went 2-4 on the trip, which ended with a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
Despite Cory Schneider playing well in goal, the Devils could not get anything going offensively and fell to the Avalanche 3-0 on Sunday. >> Box score
The Devils erased a two-goal deficit to come back and defeat the Canucks in a shootout, 3-2, Friday night in Vancouver. The injury-riddled Devils have won consecutive games for the first time in a month. Damon Severson ended the game in the seventh round of the shootout. MacKenzie Blackwood made 25 saves. >> Box score
- 3:18 VAN Elias Pettersson (Power Play;) Assists: Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat
The Devils took care of business on the road, defeating the Oilers in their barn, 6-3, on Wednesday night. >> Box score
- 7:34 NJD Kenny Agostino; Assists: Andy Greene, Kevin Rooney
- 9:37 EDM Sam Gagner; Assists: Jujhar Khaira, Matt Benning
- 14:22 EDM Alex Chiasson (Power Play); Assists: Connor McDavid, Oscar Klefbom
- 19:41 NJD Travis Zajac (Power Play); Assists: Damon Severson
The Devils scored the first two goals of the game, but that's all they could muster in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers at the Garden on Saturday night. >> Box score
- 16:26 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Kenny Agostino, Michael McLeod
- 19:49 NJD Blake Coleman (Power Play); Assists: Will Butcher, Travis Zajac
The Devils' struggles continued Friday night as they were shut out by the Capitals in D.C., 3-0. New Jersey has lost five straight and has scored just one goal in its last three games. MacKenzie Blackwood made 33 saves. >> Box Score
- 2:40 WSH Andre Burakovsky; Assists: Michal Kempny, Travis Boyd
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BOSTON (AP) Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal early in the opening period and Tuukka Rask made it stand up with 20 saves for his third shutout of the season, lifting the surging Boston Bruins to a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.
The victory improved the Bruins' streak of at least one point in every game to 16 straight (12-0-4) and they haven't lost in regulation since a 3-2 setback to the New York Rangers on Jan. 19. It's their longest since 18 games (14-0-4) last season.
Rask is 14-0-3 in his last 17 starts.
New Jersey-bred James van Riemsdyk wasn't friendly to his hometown team, as he led the Flyers in a 6-3 Devils loss on Friday night. >> Box score
- 12:53 PHI James van Riemsdyk (Power Play); Assists: Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek
- 14:16 PHI James van Riemsdyk; Assists: Ryan Hartman
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The Devils found themselves on the losing side of a low-scoring game at The Rock in a 2-1 loss to the Flames on Wednedsay night. >> Box score
- 1:07 CAL Elias Lindholm (Power Play); Assists: Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau
- 13:52 CAL Mark Giordano; Assists: Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan
- 16:47 NJD Kevin Rooney (Short Handed)