"I entered the NHL as a top-prospect guy. I became one of those in-between guys, to a role player. I've filled a lot of different roles. You learn from everybody. I know stepping in (to coaching) after I retired, this is what I wanted to do. This isn't a convenience thing. This is a passion for me."
-- Jarrod Skalde
The Devils gave him a small binder with their logo on the cover, filled with various introductory tidbits. In the two decades since then, Skalde has kept that same binder within arm's length, cramming it with whatever useful tips, drills and various handouts he harvested in his journey across the hockey universe.
"It's a little crinkly, some edges are folded over," Skalde said. "I've always been a guy who's kept stuff. I've always wrote stuff down. I knew it'd come in handy at some point."