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10 Takeaways: A Big 24 Hours

From Nico named captain to celebrating Travis it's been a week

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

Talk about an eventful week.

Since we last met for 10 Takeaways, there are three more games under the Devils' belt, but more importantly, the franchise had two major milestone moments in the span of 24 hours. 

A new captain, and a team icon, all celebrated over the past weekend. It was fitting the two things happened at the same time, with one player helping shape the other and shuttling the franchise into a new era. 

Here are 10 Takeaways from the last week.

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What does it take to make it to 1,000 NHL games? What kind of imprint do you leave on the sport? This is the story of Travis Zajac's journey to a career milestone, and what makes it so special

by Amanda Stein /

It is true that Winnipeg, Manitoba can be a cold place.

The winter wind seeps into your bones. The famous street crossing of Portage and Main is often referred to as the coldest and windiest intersection of the 3,855,100 square miles that make up Canada. 

But along those streets, as cold as they may get, the city of Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba shape some of the warmest people. Its short winter daylight hours foster its sons and daughters into hardworking, humble people; where little is taken for granted.

That may as well be the story of Travis Zajac. Hardworking, humble and takes little for granted.

"Growing up here, we're just we're kind of laid-back people," Tom Zajac, Travis' father shared, "So, I think the area is kind of laid back in that respect, you know, come winter times, there's not much to do. So, it's basically hockey. I think it shaped Travis."

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10 Takeaways: Reset and Restart

As the Devils return to play, we have a look at your 10 Takeaways

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

The team has only been back for all of 48 hours after 16 days away from the game in Covid Protocol… and yet I've found ten things to share with you! The easy one is just being back, there's so much I could say about how that makes everyone feel, but even in just these first 48 hours back, there's plenty to cover! 

Here are your 10 Takeaways of the week: 

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PODCAST: Mark Dennehy Making Most of Time In New Jersey

The Binghamton Devils head coach joins the Speak of the Devils Podcast, with special guest host Rob Lippolis

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

There are plenty of things different about this hockey season, a late start to the schedule, a condensed schedule, and in some team's cases, an entirely different home city. 

That's the scenario for the Binghamton Devils this season, who bring the AHL franchise to New Jersey to play out of Newark this season. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, leading the AHL squad to make themselves at home within the confines of Prudential Center and playing out of RWJ Barnabas Health Hockey House. 

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BLOG: Devils Recall Jacobs to Taxi Squad

Senn and Bahl assigned to Binghamton, Maltsev to Taxi Squad

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

The New Jersey Devils announced the addition of defenseman Josh Jacobs to the taxi squad on Wednesday morning. 

Jacobs played in the Binghamton season opener on Monday night, and appeared in three NHL games over the last two seasons. 

In an additional move, defenseman Kevin Bahl was assigned from the taxi squad to Binghamton, along with goaltender Gilles Senn.

Bahl and Senn will be on the ice today for Binghamton's morning skate. 

Senn appeared in 27 contest for Binghamton last season with a 2.77 GAA and .901 save percentage. 

Bahl played in the OHL last season with Ottawa, appearing in 54 games with six goals and 25 assists. 

Forward Mikhail Maltsev has been assigned to the Devils Taxi Squad from the main NHL roster. 

Maltsev skated in his first NHL game on January 31st at Buffalo. The 22-year-old played 49 games with Binghamton during the 2019-20 season, recording 11 goals and 10 assists.

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BLOG: Three Devils Added to COVID-Related Absence List

Hischier, Vatanen and Carrick enter protocol

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

On Monday, the NHL announced that Devils Nico Hischier, Sami Vatanen, and Connor Carrick have been placed on the COVID-related absence list. 

They are new additions to the list based on the guidelines outlined by the League and NHLPA.

The Devils currently have 19 players in league protocol.

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BLOG: Three More Devils Games Postponed

Devils are currently scheduled to return to play next week

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

On Monday afternoon, the National Hockey League announced that the Devils three games scheduled between February 11th and 15th have been postponed to later dates. 

The Devils were originally scheduled to play the 11th and 13th in Philadelphia and again on the 15th in Boston. 

New Jersey's next game is currently scheduled for February 16th against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. 

As for a return to the ice for practice, a decision on "resumption of practice and game play will be made by the League's, NHLPA's and Clubs' medical groups in the coming days."

The same announcement also indicated that two Minnesota Wild games and two Buffalo Sabres games have also been rescheduled. 

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PODCAST: Salvador Sees Game Through Analysts' Eyes

After a playing career, Salvador has quickly become a top analyst in the game

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

If you follow former Devils captain Bryce Salvador on Twitter, something new may have been popping up on your timeline. Working as an analyst for the MSG broadcasts, if Salvador is going to make critical comments about his former team, and some of his former teammates, he's going to make sure he's backing up his words. 

"I'm critiquing guys that I played against […] If I'm going to say that he's not having a very good game in the faceoff circle, okay, let's make sure that I'm getting correct stats. Or if I'm saying that, you know, he's turning the puck over a lot, well, let's make sure that he actually is, and kind of getting a little bit away from just the eye test."

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10 Takeaways: Before the Break

This week we saw milestone moments from a very young Devils roster

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

Leading up to the announcement that the Devils organization will be on pause until February 8th due to the club entering COVID Protocols, the team had been on a run. The group put together by General Manager Tom Fitzgerald and under the tutelage of Lindy Ruff has been finding its stride, even without key players like Nico Hischier, Mackenzie Blackwood, and Sami Vatanen. 

This week there were standout performances, more than one milestone game, and plenty to celebrate all around. 

Hear about it all in this week's 10 Takeaways: 

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PODCAST: Jesper Bratt Thrilled to be Back

The Devils forward caught up with the Speak of the Devils Podcast while in quarantine

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

It was a highly anticipated arrival.

Jesper Bratt finally back with the team after his quarantine period upon returning to New Jersey from Sweden. 

If it felt long for fans, imagine how long it felt for Jesper, who was itching to be on the ice and put his off-season work into action. But he still had to wait. 

"I have a Pav and Nico calling me 20 times a day," Bratt said of his arrival in New Jersey, "We talk a lot on the phone and stuff and I asked them a lot of questions."

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