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THREE THINGS: Dmitry Kulikov Checks the Boxes

Kulikov checks off the boxes for Devils GM, see why in Three Things presented by Wawa

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

If we go back to Devils General Manager Tom Fitzgerald's end-of-season press conference, he outlined what he believes the team's needs are going forward, without any hesitancy. Fitzgerald was honest, succinct, a man with a plan. 

"We definitely need to look at the back end," Fitzgerald said in June. "We need some size, some hardness, with the ability to move the puck."

On Thursday, he once again made an addition to check those needs off the list with the addition of veteran defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. The veteran NHL defenseman has signed a one-year deal.  

Here are Three Things: Dmitry Kulikov, presented by Wawa. 

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RELEASE: Devils Sign Kulikov

The veteran defenseman has agreed to a one-year deal worth $1,150,000

by New Jersey Devils PR / NewJerseyDevils.com

The New Jersey Devils today signed defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to a one-year, deal worth $1,150,000. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.

"Kulikov is an experienced, physical left-shot defenseman who skates well," said Fitzgerald. "His ability to play both the right and left side brings value to our defense corps."

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THREE THINGS: Get to Know Andreas Johnsson

Get to know Devils winger Andreas Johnsson in our Three Things presented by Wawa

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

Andreas Johnsson has spent the last two seasons as a regular in the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup. Through 125 games, including appearing in nine during the 2017-18 season, the Swedish born winger has 30 goals and 37 assists and is starting to come into his own as an NHL player. He's a player that Tom Fitzgerald had his eye on and jumped at the opportunity to bring onto his roster. Now you can get to know the newest Devils winger in Three Things: Andreas Johnsson presented by Wawa. 

 

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FEATURE: Doc Emrick Sidebars

Read up on some stories about Doc Emrick, as told by his friends, colleagues, and fans, compiled by Stan Fischler

by Stan Fischler / Special to NewJerseyDevils.com

The following includes a series of stories about Mike Emrick told by both broadcasting colleagues as well as Devils fans.

MATT LOUGHLIN, DEVILS RADIO PLAY-BY-PLAY BROADCASTER: 

* LAUGHS: "'Fun' is the keyword. Doc has a delightful sense of humor. He loves to laugh and, because of that, there always was a 'lightness' around our broadcasting of games. Devils hockey always was fun and Doc loved it AND encouraged it."

* 2000 CUP FINAL: "I'm looking at a photo of The Cup. It's me and MSG guys -- You, Mark Balk, Roland Dratch, Larry Gaines, Rick Minch, and Doc -- surrounding it with huge smiles on our faces. How lucky we were. And how fortunate it was that, while our broadcast coverage ended in the first round, we all got to follow Devils throughout their run by doing post-game shows from wherever they played. And how serendipitous it was to be with Doc throughout the entire Final against Dallas. And how magical it was to be able to share that championship moment together."

* THE LONG FLAMAN INTERVIEW: The rule for the sideline reporter is to be brief. Doc's preference was that I follow that rule. But one night I interviewed Devils scout and Hall of Fame defenseman Fernie Flaman. Now Fernie is telling one great story after another. He was wonderful but he never took a breath. Meanwhile, I'm holding my breath that no one scores. (Which the Devils did.) And Fernie casually announced, 'Oh, the Devils just scored there.' And kept going. And after I finally sent it back to Doc, I thought I was going to hear about it. Instead, Doc just laughed at it all, delighted to hear Fernie's stories, and recognized that the viewers probably enjoyed them as much. Doc realized that the game is the thing. But some things are more interesting than the game. He got/gets it."

* BREAKFAST DETAIL WITH DOC: "It's December 31, 1999, and my entire family comes with me to Boston as the Devils have a night game with the Bruins the next day. In the morning the Loughlin clan heads downstairs for the breakfast buffet. Doc is there and joins us. My youngest son, Liam, is about to fill his bowl with cereal when Doc notices that there's a bit of schmutz on the bowl. He quickly pulls the bowl away and runs up to the front of the line to get Liam a new one. We talk about it to this day. The point is the great ones don't miss a thing!"

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FEATURE: Devils Memories and an Iconic Broadcaster

Legendary hockey writer Stan Fischler writes about legendary broadcaster Mike Emrick in the days following his retirement announcement

by Stan Fischler / Special to NewJerseyDevils.com

Mike Emrick liked to call his fifteen-year stint as Devils tv play-by-play voice as "The Camelot" of his broadcasting career.

According to legend, Camelot was a mythical city full of adventure and wonderful characters such as King Arthur, Merlin The Magician, and the Knights of the Round Table.

According to Emrick reality, his Camelot was a New Jersey hockey arena full of adventure and wonderful characters such as Chico Resch, Matt Loughlin and the knights of MSG Networks Devils telecast.

Lou Lamoriello, who orchestrated the Devils three Stanley Cups, considered Emrick as much a champion as his New Jersey titlists.

"Mike was the best of the best," says Lou, now running the Islanders franchise. "He was informative, kind, gentle and as prepared as anyone could be. He was respected and liked by everyone.

"He related to all ages and his style kept you feeling not only a part of the game but part of the history of players and teams. Simply put, there's only one Mike Emrick!"

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FEATURE: Alexander Holtz's Role Models

Alexander Holtz answers questions from Black and Red Members presented by Investors Bank

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

If the player's Alexander Holtz admires or watched growing up and admired is any indication of the type of player he may become, the New Jersey Devils are in luck. 

"I watch [Alex] Ovechkin a lot," Holtz told fans on the Black and Red Banter series, presented by Investors Bank, "I love how he plays the game. He scores a lot of goals, he is very fun to watch."

Video: BLACK AND RED | Alexander Holtz

Not a bad player to try to emulate.

While it would be unfair to compare Holtz to Ovechkin, Holtz has been recognized for being the best sniper from the 2020 Entry Draft. His shot is often talked about, his accuracy too. Some suggest his shot is 'NHL-ready' already and his hockey sense and awareness are highly regarded already. The future appears bright for the 18-year-old, who can score from just about everywhere on the ice. 

His list goes beyond Ovechkin as a role model.

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RELEASE: Devils Sign Merkley

The Devils have re-signed forward Nick Merkley to a one-year, two-way deal worth $874,125 at the NHL level and $70,000 at AHL

by New Jersey Devils PR NJDevils / NewJerseyDevils.com

The New Jersey Devils today re-signed right-winger Nick Merkley to a one-year, two-way contract worth $874,125 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level. The announcement was made by New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald. He will rejoin the Devils prior to the start of 2020-21 training camp.

Video: CBJ@NJD: Merkley nets Rooney rebound for first goal

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FEATURE: Devils 2020 Fourth Rounder Has Promise

Jaromir Pytlik has an opportunity to become one of the top two-way power forwards in the OHL

by Peter Robinson / Special to NewJerseyDevils.com

Jaromir Pytlik selection by the Devils with the 99th pick in the 2020 NHL Draft created a couple of automatic storylines. 

Video: DRAFT | Jaromir Pytlik Media Avail

Any Czech hockey player, especially one named Jaromir, is going to be asked about Jaromir Jagr, whose storied career included almost two seasons playing for the Devils. Then there is retired Devils star Patrik Elias, who remains perhaps the next-best Czech player of his era behind only Jagr.

Soon after his selection, Pytlik confirmed that, like all Czech hockey players, he idolized both. 

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PODCAST: Hear from the New Blood

The Speak of the Devils Podcast welcomes the Devils newest acquisitions and the man who acquired them, GM Tom Fitzgerald

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

A lot has happened over the last week for the New Jersey Devils. General Manager Tom Fitzgerald was kept busy reshaping the franchise, checking off boxes and creating internal competition. Those boxes included adding a goaltender, winger and defenseman all within the first 36 hours of free agency. 

It started with a trade on the night of October 8th, when the Devils acquired defenseman Ryan Murray from Columbus, then a free agent signing of goaltender Corey Crawford on the opening day of free agency, followed by the acquisition of winger Andreas Johnsson from Toronto the next day. All three players, along with Fitzgerald are guests on this week's Speak of the Devils Podcast. 

The night-before-free-agency the trade for Murray came on Fitzgerald's radar.

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BLOG: Mike 'Doc' Emrick Announces Retirement

Emrick steps away from the microphone after 47 years

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

On July 21st, 2011 Mike 'Doc' Emrick retired as the play-by-play host of the New Jersey Devils. Today, Doc announced his second retirement, this time from broadcasting. 

Doc sat behind the Devils microphone for an incredible 21 seasons, calling the biggest moments by the franchise, including the first Stanley Cup Championship in 1995. The U.S. Hall of Fame broadcaster was the voice of nine Atlantic Division champions and four Eastern Conference titles. 

He joined the Devils franchise right from the very start in in 1982 and remained with the club until 86, returning in 1993 and staying with the franchise until 2011. 

Emrick has been synonymous with not only the New Jersey Devils but with the greater hockey and the NHL landscape across the United States. His game cadence, enthusiasm for the big moments and his finesse were unparalleled. Doc always pulled his audience into the action, keeping everyone a part of the game experience. 

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