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BLOG: Two Prospects Named to Canada's Selection Camp

Two Devils forward prospects are among 46 players invited to Canada's World Junior Selection Camp

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

Devils forward prospects Dawson Mercer ('20) and Graeme Clarke ('19) have been selected by Team Canada to attend their annual National Junior Selection Camp. Mercer and Clarke are two of 46 players invited to the camp which begins November 16th and runs through December 13th in Red Deer, Alberta. 

Mercer has played four games with Chicoutimi in the QMJHL this season with four goals and two assists, ranking second on the team. He was the Devils second first-round pick in 2020, taken 18th overall. 

Clarke is a third-round pick, 80th overall in the 2019 draft. He has played the last three seasons with the Ottawa 67s in the Ontario Hockey League. The OHL season has not yet begun due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The nearly month-long camp will be under strict health protocols and closed to both the media and the general public. 

Clarkes 67s head coach André Tourigny will coach Team Canada at the tournament beginning on December 25th, 2020. 

Canada is the defending champions at this year's World Juniors. 

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BLOG: Crawford Receives Call from Boyhood Idol

Devils free agent signing Corey Crawford received a phone call from his idol Martin Brodeur during free agency

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

Crawford grew up in Chateauguay, just a short drive from Saint-Leonard where Martin Brodeur was raised. Of course, the two never crossed paths given their age difference, but Crawford from a young age knew exactly who Brodeur was. 

"I had posters of him on my wall," Crawford abashedly shared on the Speak of the Devils Podcast, "I started idolizing Marty, you know, he's unbelievable, just how good he was with the different style of play. And, you know, he was fun to watch. And I had, I still have, that 'Heaven', VHS, I think back home, from when they won [in 1995]."

Years later, little did Crawford know, he'd be on a phone call with his idol and his idol would be trying to convince him to join his team. 

"That was a big surprise," Crawford told podcast hosts Matt Loughlin and Amanda Stein, "Obviously, I'm from Montreal, Marty was a pretty big idol of mine growing up, you know, I watched him and [New Jersey] when they were winning Cups. So, to talk to him on the phone was pretty cool. It's pretty special. And, you know, it definitely, definitely persuaded me to think about Jersey and what they can offer."

That is, among other things, the power of Martin Brodeur.

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RELEASE: Devils Announce Inaugural NJ Devil Cup

The video game tournament will be held October 24 and 25 and feature eight NHL mascots and eight professional gamers in a best-of-three series

by New Jersey Devils PR NJDevils / NewJerseyDevils.com

The New Jersey Devils have announced details for the inaugural NJ Devil Cup, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 25 at NewJerseyDevils.com/NJDevilCup. The tournament comes just four days after the release of EA Sports' NHL 21. The two-day tournament begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday and will feature eight NHL mascots including NJ Devil (New Jersey Devils), Louie (St. Louis Blues), TommyHawk (Chicago Blackhawks) and others, as well as eight professional gamers including DekeSlayer, Henreek, TopShelfCookie and others.

Each mascot participating will team up with a professional gamer, who will play as the rest of the team. The tournament will run as best-of-three series for each of the first two rounds, as well as the final. There will be eight mascot, professional gamer teams participating. The Devils are partnering with Alpha Esports Inc., multi-fold, vertically integrated esports company, to host and operate the inaugural NJ Devil Cup. The tournament will be hosted on the company's online tournament platform.

To watch the inaugural NJ Devil Cup, fans can go to NewJerseyDevils.com/NJDevilCup and follow coverage across Devils social channels @NJDevils and @NJDevil and use the tag #NJDevilCup.

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FREE AGENCY: Devils Sign Wedgewood

The goaltender has been inked to a one-year, two-way deal with the Devils

by New Jersey Devils PR NJDevils / NewJerseyDevils.com

The New Jersey Devils today signed goaltender Scott Wedgewood to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000 at the NHL level and $200,000 at the AHL level. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.

Wedgewood, 28, spent last season with Syracuse (AHL) in the Tampa Bay organization, going 13-8-2 with a 3.01 goals-against average and .893 save percentage. He served as the third goalie for the Lightning as they won the Stanley Cup last month.

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RELEASE: Devils Acquire Andreas Johnsson

New Jersey sends Joey Anderson to the Maple Leafs in exchange for left wing Andreas Johnsson

by Public Relations NJDevils / New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils today acquired left wing Andreas Johnsson from Toronto in exchange for forward Joey Anderson. The 5'10", 195lb. winger has three years left on his contract with an average annual value of $3,400,000

"Andreas is a hard-working, competitive forward who can slot up and down the lineup" said Fitzgerald. "The overall versatility of his game will be a great complement to our centermen, with his skating, quickness, and scoring touch."

Johnsson, 25, scored eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points with 14 penalty minutes in 65 games with the Maple Leafs last season, and skated in one game during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In 125 career NHL games over parts of four seasons with Toronto, he has scored 30 goals and 37 assists for 67 points. He also accumulated 46 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating. Johnsson set career highs across the board in 2018-19 with 20 goals, 23 assists and 43 points in 73 games. 

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FREE AGENCY: Devils Agree to Terms with Crawford

The New Jersey Devils have agreed to terms with goaltender Corey Crawford on a two-year contract on the first day of free agency

by Press Release / New Jersey Devils

Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today agreed to terms with goaltender Corey Crawford on a two-year contract with an average annual value of $3,900,000. The salary breakdown is as follows: 2020-21: $3,600,000 & 2021-22: $4,200,000. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.

"We are excited to bring Corey into our organization, as he is a proven winner and two-time Stanley Cup Champion." said Fitzgerald. "We will look to him to assume a leadership role and be a strong presence for our young core. Crawford's compete level and ability to battle will rub off on the entire group. This opportunity also provides him with a new challenge in his career."

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Crawford, 35, had previously played his entire 13-year career with Chicago, posting a 260-162-53 record with a .918 save percentage and 2.45 goals-against average with 26 shoutouts in 488 career games. He is ranked seventh in goals-against average among active goaltenders/25th in NHL history, while also placing eighth in save percentage among active goaltenders/14th in NHL history. He finished his time with the Blackhawks ranking third all-time in franchise victories and won the William M. Jennings Trophy (awarded to goaltender on club with fewest goals in the NHL) in 2013 & 2015. He also represented the team at the 2015 and 2017 NHL All-Star Games and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2011. Crawford went 16-20-3 with a .917 save percentage and 2.77 goals-against average in 40 regular-season games last season. He went 4-5 in nine playoffs games with a .907 save percentage and 3.31 goals-against average

Video: FREE AGENCY | Murray and Crawford

He backstopped the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015, the only Chicago goaltender to win two Cups. Crawford has played in 96 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, going 52-42 with five shutouts, a 2.38 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. He holds the franchise record in wins and the single-season record for playoff minutes played (1,504- 2013). Crawford has participated in Canadian junior or professional-level playoff hockey in 17 of his 20 seasons.

The 6-2, 215lb. netminder was selected in the second round, 52nd overall by Chicago. Crawford played four seasons (2001-02 to 2004-05) of junior hockey with Moncton (QMJHL) with a 96-68-18 record, 2.80 GAA and .913 save% in 193 contests. He was named to the QMJHL Second All-Star Team twice (2004 & 2005) and was named the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year. The Montreal, Que., native also represented the gold-medal winning Canada squad at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

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BLOG: Devils Buy Out Cory Schneider

If Schneider goes unclaimed, the Devils will buy-out the remaining two years of his contract.

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

UPDATE: The Devils have bought out the contract of Schneider after he cleared waivers

Video: Thank You Cory Schneider

The New Jersey Devils announced on Thursday that the club has placed veteran goaltender Cory Schneider on waivers today at noon for the purpose of a buy-out.

If Schneider goes unclaimed, the Devils will buy-out the remaining two years of his contract.

Schneider joined the New Jersey Devils in June 2013 after he was traded from Vancouver to the Devils on draft day in exchange for the ninth overall selection in the 2013 draft.

Schneider ends his tenure with New Jersey having played 311 games with 115 wins, 133 losses, and 50 overtime losses. His 115 wins ranks second on the Devils all-time list, behind Martin Brodeur (688). Of his 311 games, Schneider started 302.

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The 34-year old's best season with New Jersey was the 2015-16 season when he recorded a career-high 27 wins in 58 games played. That same year he represented the New Jersey Devils at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville.

On the all-time list, he has made the second-most saves in franchise history (8023), once again behind Brodeur's 28,776. His overall save percentage of .915 ranks first on the all-time list, while his 2.50 goals-against average ranks third behind Johan Hedberg (2.42) and Brodeur's 2.24. His 17 shutouts rank second, as does his 17872 minutes played.

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BLOG: Boqvist Loaned to Timra IK of the Swedish League

Boqvist can return to the Devils when 20-21 NHL training camps begin

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils announced on Saturday morning that they have loaned forward Jesper Boqvist to Timrå IK (HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden).  

Boqvist split the 2019-20 season with New Jersey and Binghamton (AHL). He scored four goals in 38 games with New Jersey and posted eight goals and three assists for 11 points in 19 games with Binghamton.  

He will be available to play with Timrå IK in Sweden right away. Their season began on Friday with a 4-1 loss top IF Björklöven.

Boqvist will be available to return to the Devils when 2020-21 NHL training camps begin. 

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BLOG: Devils Re-Sign Three Players

Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald announced the re-signing of Brett Seney, Ben Street, and Josh Jacobs

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

New Jersey Devils General Manager Tom Fitzgerald announced on Wednesday the signing of three players in the New Jersey system. 

Forward Brett Seney, who appeared in 51 games for New Jersey during the 2018-19 season and suited up for two this past year, re-signs a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000 at the NHL level and $250,000 at the AHL level. Seney played a vital role in the success of the Binghamton Devils, before the season was canceled, as the team's leading scorer, contributing a career-high 19 goals and 25 assists (44pts) in 61 games.

Captain of the Binghamton Devils, Ben Street also agreed to terms with the club, signing a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000 at the NHL level and $425,000 at the AHL level. Street was named captain of the AHL team, serving as both a leader on and off the ice. In 2019-20, Street finished behind Seney in club scoring, finishing the year second in with 15 goals and 27 assists for 42 points in 49 games played.

Defenseman Josh Jacobs remains in the New Jersey system after signing a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000 at the NHL level and $130,000 at the AHL level. As well as suiting up for 54 games with Binghamton, Jacobs played two games at the NHL level in 2019-20. He has a total of 53 points, nine goals and 44 assists, in his 228 AHL games.

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Moynihan, McCarthy Named to 2021 USNJT Evaluation Camp

Two Devils prospects named to preliminary list

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

Devils prospects Case McCarthy and Patrick Moynihan have both been named to the 2021 U.S. National Junior Team Evaluation Camp. McCarthy and Moynihan are among the 39 players selected by USA Hockey for the camp. 

Moynihan just completed his first season with Providence College in Hockey East, where the centerman scored 21 points in 34 games, including 13 goals. Defenseman McCarthy is a member of the Boston University team, who contributed 12 points in 32 games in his first season. 

The evaluation camp will take place at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan from October 8th to the 13th. The camp is part of the process of selecting the Team USA players for the 2021 IIHF World Juniors that will begin on December 25th and run through to January 5th, 2021, in Edmonton, Alberta. 

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