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BLOG: Corey Pronman Gives Insight on Shakir Mukhamadullin

Corey Pronman of The Athletic says Devils' Mukhamadullin "Played Up his Age Level for Years"

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

When the Devils selected Shakir Mukhamadullin with the 20th pick overall in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, he wasn't one of those household names taken in the first round. The 18-year-old Russian is currently playing in the KHL with Ufa and has grown up in the Ufa system, dating back to the 2017-18 season when he played 27 games on the U16 Ufa team.

On Monday, the Speak of the Devils Podcast will feature NHL prospects writer for The Athletic, Corey Pronman joining hosts Chris Wescott and Amanda Stein to review the 2020 Devils draft class and ever-growing prospect pool. 

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BLOG: Zetterlund Loaned to Sweden's AIK

The Devils prospect played for the Binghamton Devils last year where he contributed 19 points in 46 games

by Catherine Bogart catherinebogart /

The New Jersey Devils have loaned Fabian Zetterlund to AIK (HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden). His earlier loan to HC Vita Hästen (HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden) had been previously terminated.

Zetterlund played for the Binghamton Devils last season where he scored eight goals and 11 assists in 46 games. It was the forward's first season playing in North America.

In May 2019, he signed a three-year, entry level contract with New Jersey. Zetterlund was drafted by the Devils in the third round, 63rd overall in the 2017 Entry Draft.

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FEATURE: Kulikov Excited to Bring Experience to Devils

The veteran defenseman signed with the Devils during free agency and brings stability and experience to the team's blue line

by Catherine Bogart catherinebogart /

For defenseman Dmitry Kulikov free agency started out slower than he anticipated, but once the first phone call came through, it had a cascading effect.

"It was kind of quiet, calm before the storm. It wasn't many calls and then in the last couple of days, it was call after call. Once we got close in our talks with New Jersey, everything happened quick. Literally yesterday I was on the phone all day," said Kulikov about his free agency process.

Video: MEDIA AVAIL | Dmitry Kulikov

The Devils signed Kulikov to a one-year, $1,500,000 deal on Thursday. Kulikov is another addition to the Devils blue line, an area of focus this offseason for Devils General Manager Tom Fitzgerald. 

New Jersey was a franchise Kulikov was very interested in from the beginning, not only because of the team on the ice, but for personal reasons as well. 

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THREE THINGS: Rogalski Joins Devils Coaching Staff

Rogalski joins Devils as goaltending coach, get to know him in Three Things, presented by Wawa

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

The Devils coaching staff was rounded out on Friday morning, with the addition of the clubs' newest goaltending coach, Dave Rogalski. The 39-year-old jumps on board with the New Jersey Devils after three years working in St. Louis as a goaltending development coach and ample more experience as the goaltending coach for St. Cloud State University from 2010 to 2016. His new job with the New Jersey Devils will be his first as an NHL goaltending coach and brings a wealth of knowledge to his new role. 

Get to know Rogalski in our Three Things, presented by Wawa. 

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THREE THINGS: Taylor Reunites with Ruff

Chris Taylor, the Devils new assistant coach, reunites with his former coach Lindy Ruff, in his new role with the Devils

by Catherine Bogart catherinebogart /

Although Chris Taylor has never played for the New Jersey Devils, coming into his new role as an Assistant Coach for the organization is a reunion of sorts. Taylor played for Devils Head Coach Lindy Ruff during Ruff's time as the Buffalo Sabres Head Coach in the 2000s. The newest addition to the Devils coaching staff has professional hockey experience as a coach and player, experience he will use in this new role. Here are Three Things you need to know about Chris Taylor presented by Wawa.

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RELEASE: Devils Hire Two Coaches

The Devils have named Chris Taylor as Assistant Coach and Dave Rogalski as Goaltending Coach

by New Jersey Devils PR NJDevils /

Devils Name Chris Taylor as Assistant Coach

The New Jersey Devils today named Chris Taylor as an assistant coach. He will join Assistant Coaches Alain Nasreddine, Mark Recchi and recently hired goaltending coach Dave Rogalski in completing Lindy Ruff's staff. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.

Taylor, 48, started his professional coaching career with the Rochester Americans (AHL) as an assistant from 2012-16. After the 2016-17 season as an assistant with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he returned to Rochester to serve as the club's head coach. Taylor reached the playoffs in his first two seasons and was on pace in his third with the Americans, finishing with a career record of 116-65-33 in 214 games. He served as head coach of the North Division All-Star team for the American Hockey League All-Star Classic this past January. Taylor also served as an interim assistant coach with Buffalo for two months last season.

Born March 6, 1972, in Stratford, Ont., he began his professional career as a Development Coach for Rochester in 2011-12 before moving to a coaching position the next season. As a head and assistant coach, Rochester posted a 239-204-57 record for 571 points in 518 games. In his lone season with Wilkes-Barre as an assistant, the Penguins recorded a 43-27-6 record for 92 points, going to the Conference Semi-Finals in the Calder Cup.

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FEATURE: Cangialosi on Emrick

Devils MSG Networks broadcaster Steve Cangialosi pens his thoughts on Doc Emrick following his retirement announcement

by Steve Cangialosi / Special to

My first face to face encounter with Mike Emrick happened on May 7, 1994. It was an off day from work, and taking a drive to Boston with the woman who would become my wife less than a year later, Mallory Prestlien, made for a perfect Saturday. We'd walk through Faneuil Hall, watch the Kentucky Derby at an Irish pub, then watch the Devils play Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Conference Semifinal Series versus the Bruins that night.

Stephane Richer's overtime goal tied the best-of-seven series at two games apiece that night, and I had never before been to Boston Garden. I knew this was probably my last chance since the doors would be shuttered permanently four months later. We sat in obstructed view seats and stayed until ushers told us it was time to vacate. As we walked to the concourse I made eye contact with someone who was there on business. I reintroduced myself to the man I had interviewed years earlier on the radio. 

Emrick had been a guest of mine in 1987 on WNEW-AM 1130 (call letters long since retired) and I quickly recounted some of the very important topics of our last conversation: the NHL All-Star Game replaced by Rendezvous and the visiting Soviet Union, and Coach Ted Sator's success with the Sabres having been fired the previous season by the Rangers.   

"Terrific interview," Emrick responded. "You can tell how prepared the host is by the types of questions that are asked." I wished him well and asked Mallory a question. "Do you think he really remembers a radio interview from seven years ago?"  

"Yes I do," she said. 

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FEATURE: Doc Emrick Sidebars Continued

Here are some more stories about Doc Emrick, compiled by Stan Fischler

by Stan Fischler / Special to


* DOC AS MARRIAGE BROKER: "Mike helped me ask my future wife, Jackie, to marry me. I was trying to think of a different way to propose to her. I thought I'd ask her during the game when I was working. It was December 14, 1996, Devils against the Canadiens. The plan was for Jackie to be watching the game because I had produced something I wanted her to watch. She was going toi be at a friend's house watching the game. Doc helped me put together the whole proposal to Jackie. During our second-period break Doc tossed it to me and I asked Jackie. Then, Doc took it back from me and said, 'We wait for Jackie's answer.' Then I called her at the party and she said 'Yes!' Then Doc made the announcement on the air that Jackie said yes. Later, when she came to the game to close the deal, she got the ring. Doc toasted us as we raised our glasses with Champagne!"

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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 /

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 /

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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