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Shero-Fitzgerald Past Creates Bright Future for NJD

Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald is the man behind Devils youth movement

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer /

In May of 2015, when the newly named general manager of the New Jersey Devils, Ray Shero, received permission from Jim Rutherford, the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, to speak with their assistant general manager, Tom Fitzgerald, Shero thought the interview that would follow was a mere formality. 
"I thought this was going to be a slam dunk," Shero said. "He was the captain when I was [assistant general manager] in Nashville. I gave him his first job in management in Pittsburgh and brought him up through the ranks. Why wouldn't he want to work with me? But when he came to meet with me, I realized real quick it wasn't a slam dunk at all."
As a player, Fitzgerald was known, above all else, as a competitor. He prided himself on being one of the toughest players to go up against night in and night out and strived to improve every season. After being drafted 17th overall in 1986, it's that work ethic and mentality that enabled him to play 17 seasons in the NHL for seven different teams, including two who selected them in their respective expansion drafts - Florida and Nashville - while averaging just 20 points a season. 
When he transitioned into management in 2007 as the Director of Player Development for the Penguins, his work ethic and competitive spirit didn't disappear. Not only did he still want to do everything he could to help his team win, but he also wanted to grow and be challenged in his new role. Just as he worked hard to grow and be challenged as a player to reach the highest level, his new goal was to reach the highest level in management. 
When Shero reached out to Fitzgerald about coming to New Jersey, it wasn't just about having the opportunity to work with a man he respected and had an outstanding previous relationship with. It was also about how this position could grow him as a member of management and prepare him for the opportunity to become an NHL GM someday.
"Looking back on it, I shouldn't have expected anything less," said Shero of the intense three hour meeting he had with Fitzgerald, where he had to sell him on the organization, the ownership and his expanded responsibilities as assistant general manager of the Devils. "He's a competitive guy who is extremely thorough in his research. The due diligence he took while making sure this was the right career move and opportunity for him is exactly the due diligence I saw from every management decision he made in Pittsburgh and why I wanted him on my team." 

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Healthy Cooking with the Devils & RWJBarnabas Health

Travis Zajac Grills Asian Chicken Burgers

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils /

Cooking with the Devils: Ep. 2

Cooking with the Devils and RWJBarnabas Health

Travis Zajac grills some Asian Chicken Burgers in the latest episode of Healthy Cooking with the Devils and RWJBarnabas Health

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The New Jersey Devils have teamed up with RWJBarnabas Health to prepare some healthy recipes, perfect for athletes, fans and, families. Watch as Travis Zajac joins Barbara Mintz, Vice President of Healthy Living for RWJBarnabas Health and Jason Choate, Executive Chef for Prudential Center, as the crew cooks up Asian Chicken Burgers with a special twist, only a hockey player could add. If you'd like to whip up this dish, the recipe is below


Asian Chicken Burgers
Serves 4

•   Cooking spray
•   1 small carrot
•   1 small red onion, halved
•   1 pound ground chicken
•   1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
•   1/4 cup hoisin sauce
•   1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger
•   4 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
•   3 teaspoons hot Asian chili sauce, such as sambal oelek
•   8 ounces white mushrooms, thinly sliced
•   2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
•   Juice of 1 lime
•   4 whole-wheat sesame hamburger bun

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Devils edged by Jets in a shootout

Devils fall 4-3 in a SO to Winnipeg: Three things we learned

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer /

The Devils picked up a point in a 4-3 shootout loss to Winnipeg despite goals by Beau Bennett, Taylor Hall and Stefan Noesen. Here's what we learned: 

1) Cory Schneider made 33 saves on Tuesday night. After the game, Hall explained that the club didn't do a good enough job maintaining possession and relied too heavily on Schneider to bail them out.

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Preview: Jets at Devils

Forward Patrik Laine, defenseman Dustin Byfuglien return to Winnipeg lineup at New Jersey

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

JETS (34-35-7) at DEVILS (27-35-13)

7 p.m. ET; MSG, TSN3, NHL.TV

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Devils Sign Michael Kapla to Entry-Level Deal

Defenseman to Report to New Jersey

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils /

The New Jersey Devils today signed defenseman Michael Kapla to a two-year, entry-level contract. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero. The contract will begin with the 2016-17 season and he will report to New Jersey. He has been assigned no. 32.

Kapla, 22, has spent the previous four seasons, 2013-17, with University of Massachusetts-Lowell (HE). He most recently captained the River Hawks to the 2017 Hockey East Championship. He also received Hockey East All-Tournament Team honors and was named to the Hockey East Second All-Star Team. The Eau Claire, WI native ranked second among blueliners on his squad with a career-high 30 points, 3 goals and 27 assists, in 40 games during his final collegiate season. He notched a career-high four assists on Dec. 31 at Dartmouth in the Ledyard Classic Championship Game. Through 152 collegiate games, the left-shooting defenseman has recorded 17 goals and 75 assists for 92 points while accumulating 100 penalty minutes.

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3/28 Pregame Notes: Devils vs. Jets

New Jersey Devils (27-35-13) vs. Winnipeg Jets (34-35-7) • 7PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils /


Tuesday is the second and final meeting between New Jersey and Winnipeg this season. The Devils lost their first match-up vs. the Jets, 3-2, on Nov. 29 at MTS Centre. Nick Lappin and Miles Wood scored in the loss. The goal was the first of Wood's NHL career.

Tuesday is New Jersey's final game against a Western Conference opponent this season. The Devils are 5-5-3 vs. the Central Division and are 10-11-6 overall against the Western Conference.

New Jersey is 2-3-0 in its last five games overall against Winnipeg and are 16-9-4 all-time at home vs. the Jets/Thrashers franchise.

Taylor Hall has 16 points (5g-11a) in 10 career games vs. the Jets.

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Delbarton, Glen Rock, Ridge State Champions Unite

New Jersey Devils Welcome NJSIAA Champs to Prudential Center

by John Christian Hageny @JCCSports /

NEWARK -- Teammates and friends, coaches and adopted sons. All of them brothers in arms, forever linked by glory, together again for the first time -- and quite possibly the last time.

Three weeks had passed since Delbarton, Glen Rock and Ridge skated off as NJSIAA state champions but the New Jersey Devils saw fit to unite them again under one roof capping an extraordinary weekend of celebration as part of NHL's 100th anniversary tour at Prudential Center.

All three teams received the royal treatment, tickets to the game and first-class accommodations in one the Devils' fully furnished suites as New Jersey hosted the Dallas Stars in Newark Sunday night.

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3/26 Recap: Devils fall to Stars in OT

Blake Colman scored the lone goal for the Devils, his first in the NHL

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer /

Postgame: Stars down Devils in OT

3/26 Postgame: Stars top Devils in OT

Hear from the Devils following the club's 2-1 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars at Prudential Center

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The Devils lost, 2-1, in overtime to the Dallas Stars on two late power play goals on Sunday at Prudential Center. Blake Colman scored the lone goal for the Devils, his first in the NHL. Here's what we learned: 
1) Penalties played a major a factor tonight. Dallas had four power plays opportunities, accumulated eight shots and lit the lamp twice. The Devil went sixty-plus minutes without a man-advantage opportunity.

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Preview: Stars at Devils

Dallas tries to keep slim playoff hopes alive

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

STARS (30-33-11) at DEVILS (27-35-12)

5 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-SW, NHL.TV

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3/26 Pregame Notes: Devils vs. Stars

New Jersey Devils (27-35-12) vs. Dallas Stars (30-33-11) 5PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils /


Tonight is the second and final meeting between New Jersey and Dallas this season. The Devils defeated the Stars, 2-1 OT, on Nov. 15 at American Airlines Center. Adam Henrique scored the overtime goal, while Damon Severson had the other Devils' goal. The Devils are 6-3-2 against Dallas since the 2010-11 season. New Jersey has not lost to the Stars on home ice in regulation since the 1999-00 season (8-0-2).

Tonight's game also closes New Jersey's 16 of 18 sets of back-to-back games this season. New Jersey is 5-7-4 in first games and is 7-5-3 in second games of back-to-backs. The Devils are 5-5-2 vs. the Central Division and are 10-11-5 against Western Conference opponents.

Adam Henrique has six points (2g-4a) in his last four games vs. the Stars.

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